Television Show Review: Nathan for You: Season 4

Nathan for You Season 4

Nathan for You: Season 4 created by Nathan Fielder and Michael Koman (Comedy Central, Abso Lutely Productions, Blow Out Productions) Starring Nathan Fielder. The Dreams of a Lonely Man A lonely man shoulders the burdens of what is lost. A spare apartment, notable more for the material possessions it lacks rather than the collection of goods signifying a life experienced. This man, adorned in off-the-rack clothes, emits a simmering desperation, a need for connection. 78 years old, the man represents a life on the verge of completion rather than the unfulfilled dreams of youth. And those dreams echo the dreams of generations after him. They mirror the dreams of those who came before him. This man wanted to see his… Read More →

Television Show Review: Nathan For You: Season 3

Nathan for You Season 3

Nathan for You: Season 3 created by Nathan Fielder and Michael Koman (Abso Lutely Productions, Blow Out Productions) Starring Nathan Fielder. Reviewing Humor We experience humor subjectively. The line of dialogue or aesthetic experience that produces whimsy in one person might cause a blank stare in another. Some laugh at physical comedy and others laugh at puns. Some laugh at the Big Bang Theory and others chuckle at The Office. So when a critic approaches reviewing a comedy, the humorous aspect often drops away. What else can you say than, “It’s funny?” For me, Nathan for You represents the pinnacle of humorous television. I laugh constantly during its run time. But I also recognize that my humor differs from almost… Read More →

Television Show Review: Broad City: Season 2

Broad City Season 2

Broad City: Season 2 created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson (3 Arts Entertainment, Jax Media, Paper Kite Productions) Starring Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, John Gemberling, Hannibal Buress, and Arturo Castro. A Millennial Show Slowly but surely, the Millennials are taking over. Most television barely gives reference to this sub-section of America, but the showrunners of the future are Millennials now. The writers too, they are up and coming. To a certain extent, the old guard of television writes what they know. The characters are defined and labeled by their demographic. There’s the white main character, the African-American friend, the Asian American, the gay character. It all feels calculated. The writing around these characters feel forced too. The lives and… Read More →

Television Show Review: Broad City: Season 1

Broad CIty: Season 1

Broad City: Season 1 created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson (3 Arts Entertainment, Jax Media, Paper Kite Productions) Starring Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, John Gemberling, Hannibal Buress, and Arturo Castro. Quasi-Adolescence Growing up isn’t easy. Post-collegiate life, for many, represents a turbulent period. People have difficulty finding work; the support of parents—financially, mostly—dries up; friends get married, move away, and start families, which raises its own stressfulness. While some young adults seize their opportunities and become the movers and shakers becoming media darlings as the future of our country, most young adults try their very best to remain in a quasi-adolescence. They’ve exited the nest, but that doesn’t mean they want to fly long and far in search of… Read More →