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Smash - Season 2
Critic Grade: A-
February 6, 2013  /   No Comments
‘Smash’ Review: “On Broadway” & “The Fallout”

After what seems like the longest hiatus ever (8 months), Smash returned to our screens Tuesday with a 2 hour season premiere that dropped bombshells on cast and crew of the show within a show. We saw couples breaking up, roommates moving in, stories being leaked, and lines being drawn. In some cases a two hour premiere might seem tiresome or overkill, but in this case it was both necessary and great. Here’s the rundown.

Critic Grade: A+
January 9, 2013  /   1 Comment
‘Parenthood’ Review: “Small Victories”

You get me every damn time, Katims. Every damn time. There are only two episodes of Parenthood left this season and honestly, I don’t know whether to be sad that it’ll be over soon, or glad for a reprieve from all these emotions. This entire season has been pretty spectacular, but there is something about “Small Victories” that really stands out for me. All season long, each family member has had their own struggle which all comes to a head in this episode and the result is something fantastic.

Parenthood - Season 4
Critic Grade: B+
November 28, 2012  /   1 Comment
‘Parenthood’ Review: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

Huzzah! I made it another week without crying through Parenthood. I didn’t think it could be done but two weeks in a row suckers! Holla! I don’t know if this episode just wasn’t as emotionally charged or if I’m just getting better at controlling my teardrops. Thinking on it I’m not sure it’s either, I just find myself more angry during this episode than I do sad. In “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” Julia (Erika Christensen) struggles with being a stay at home mom while Joel (Sam Jaeger) flourishes at work. Kristina (Monica Potter) struggles with her mortality and pushes Max (Max Burkholder) into participating in a school dance. Sarah (Lauren Graham) and Mark (Jason Ritter) butt heads over Sarah’s job and parenting. Crosby (Dax Sheperd) deals with an irate neighbor at the Luncheonette, and Amber (Mae Whitman) turns to Zeek (CraigT. Nelson) for advice when she worries about Ryan (Matt Lauria).

Parenthood - Season 4
Critic Grade: B+
November 21, 2012  /   No Comments
‘Parenthood’ Review: “One More Weekend With You”

I did it! I managed to make it through an episode of Parenthood without crying! I know it’s because I watched the episode in front of my 2-year-old nephew and didn’t want to have to explain why I was in hysterics over a television show. In “One More Weekend with You” Adam (Peter Krause) continues to struggle with life at home as Kristina (Monica Potter) gets deeper into her cancer treatment. Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger) deal with sibling rivalry. Sarah (Lauren Graham) and Mark (Jason Ritter) deal with co-parenting, while Amber (Mae Whitman) and Ryan (Matt Lauria) get closer.

Parenthood - Season 4
Critic Grade: A
November 14, 2012  /   1 Comment
‘Parenthood’ Review: “Together”

Dammit Parenthood, I thought I would make it through an episode without an embarrassing amount of crying alone in the dark. Clearly that didn’t happen; and clearly I may need to seek some professional help because my level of emotional attachment to a television show is alarmingly high. After a two week hiatus, Parenthood is back and better than ever. We pick up just after Kristina’s (Monica Potter) surgery and see how she and her family are coping (not well). Amber (Mae Whitman) and Ryan (Matt Lauria) get more serious; and Julia (Erika Christensen) struggles with Victor’s (Xolo Mariduena) inability to connect with anyone.