Top Ten: 2015 shows

The usual caveats: these are my favorite shows, they might not match yours! Favorite doesn’t equal better. So, let’s get on with it. 10.- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail 9.- Review   8.- Parks and Rec 7.- iZombie 6.- Jessica Jones 5.- Fresh off the Boat 4.- Jane the Virgin 3.- The Flash 2.- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 1.- Master of...

Why I love ‘Jane the Virgin’

I’ve never been to an IKEA. I think I know what it’s like: full of furniture with weird names and impossible-to-assemble desks. IKEA is the place where the sitcom dad goes to find something to do in a C-story. I know this from context in TV shows. I had to learn it. There’s a moment in the second episode of Jane the Virgin (which concludes its first season tonight) where Abuela Alba namechecks Catalina Creel, a telenovela villain from 1986. When I saw that, I had to pause the episode, go to my mother’s room, and show her the pilot. We binged the other eight available episodes that day. Now, I’ve never seen that telenovela. I actually have never seen a telenovela, and that’s the official statement I’m putting out on the internet, no more questions, thank you. But it was the first time, in my long history of watching TV, that I instinctively *got* a specific cultural reference. Which leads me to the first of many reasons I love Jane the Virgin. Representation Look, I know. Maybe you’re Deadline. Or maybe you say that you don’t really pay attention to diversity, you only care if the show is good or not. I’ve used that argument before. That doesn’t change the fact that television is, mostly, straight white males creating shows with straight white males as leads. Jane the Virgin was created by Jennie Snyder Urman, and stars Gina Rodriguez and other actors of latin descent. When was the last time you saw a show with two latino regulars? Or when was the last time you saw a hispanic character not playing a...
Agent Carter: Pilot/Bridge and Tunnel review

Agent Carter: Pilot/Bridge and Tunnel review

[This is a 100-word review. This is my way of forcing myself to write, as it is both easy (it’s just a hundred words…) and severely limiting (it’s just a hundred words!). Will probably take me a while to nail down the form.] Agent Carter is the show most Marvel fans where expecting. While I’m sure people were excited about S.H.I.E.L.D. (like myself), this one was actively *expected*. And, for the most part, it succeeds. Following Hayley Atwell as Peggy, the 40’s set show nicely balances character and action. Whenever Peggy and Jarvis are on-screen (fighting, talking), the show clicks. It’s sadly not the same whenever the other male agents of the SSR — the spy agency where Peggy works — appear, or when the obligatory MacGuffin appears. Special effects are good, and give the show an Indiana Jones...