Review: Season two of Ozark

By John Ruberry When season one of Ozark concluded last summer, the Byrdes, a drug money laundering family from the Chicago area, decided to put roots down at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), is the number-crunching erstwhile financial planner struggling to keep all of the balls he is juggling up … Continue reading Review: Season two of Ozark

Candice Bergen Bracing Begging to be hit by Trump

I laughed when I read these comments from Candice Bergen about the Murphy Brown reboot: Bergen meanwhile was asked after the panel about the show’s relevance at a time when the president is attacking the press. “The news now, thanks to our president, is in constant turmoil,” she said. “I think it will be reassuring … Continue reading Candice Bergen Bracing Begging to be hit by Trump

Review: The Terror

By John Ruberry "It [the Thames River] had borne all the ships whose names are like jewels flashing in the night of time, from the Golden Hind returning with her round flanks full of treasure, to be visited by the Queen's Highness and thus pass out of the gigantic tale, to the Erebus and Terror, … Continue reading Review: The Terror

…But Don’t Expect any ” Rosanne Effect” to save the day for the GOP in 2018

A few days ago I talked about how the ratings and the buzz concerning the Rosanne revival was bad news for the Democrat media left and indeed it is, however the biggest mistake the right can make, particularly the GOP looking to save the house in election 2018 is to presume this adds up to … Continue reading …But Don’t Expect any ” Rosanne Effect” to save the day for the GOP in 2018

Cultivating the Roseanne vote

By John Ruberry Last week after two decades in rerun stasis the sitcom Roseanne returned to ABC with massive ratings, even higher than its final episode of its first run in 1997. Formerly a liberal, the show's star, Roseanne Barr, declared that she was a supporter of Donald Trump two years ago. While Trump isn't … Continue reading Cultivating the Roseanne vote

Series review: Portlandia

By John Ruberry "When I came into office I took an oath, alright," the mayor of Portland (Kyle MacLachlan) proclaims in Portlandia. "The oath was to keep Portland weird." And so he did. The final episode of Portlandia, a sketch comedy series focusing on the hipsters who have taken over Portland, Oregon, aired on Thursday. … Continue reading Series review: Portlandia

Review of Season One of Flint Town

By John Ruberry Early in Episode One of Flint Town, an eight-entry Netflix series that debuted this month, we discover a murder victim lying in the snow. And we see snowflakes resting unmelted on his hand--the only warmth he will offer can only come from memories from his loved ones. Such is life and death … Continue reading Review of Season One of Flint Town

Detectorists: Charming, Beautifully Written Series to Steal your Heart

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I’m bouncing off John Ruberry’s post this week; he reviewed the Netflix Longmire series and so I’m going to share my favorite series: Detectorists, which is a charming, funny, and beautifully written British series by Mackenzie Crook.  Let me stress the “beautifully written” part. Oh, and the photography – breathtaking. … Continue reading Detectorists: Charming, Beautifully Written Series to Steal your Heart

Television review: The final season of Longmire

By John Ruberry The Netflix neo-western Longmire has ridden into the sunset after six years. The final season started streaming on the network nine days ago and the results should please its fans. I enjoyed it. My Da Tech Guy review of the first five seasons of is here. Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), a widower, is … Continue reading Television review: The final season of Longmire

Review: Hinterland (Y Gwyll), the series so far

By John Ruberry Much well-deserved criticism has been leveled at the BBC for compelling Doctor Who to go transgender by having, after 41 years, a woman take the lead role. Not because, as DaTechGuy himself noted two months ago, the best performer was hired, but because the Doctor Who franchise apparently needs more diversity. Keep … Continue reading Review: Hinterland (Y Gwyll), the series so far

Politics not only reason for drop in Emmy Awards show viewership

Watching awards shows on television is as big a treat as having a colonoscopy without anesthesia. Well, actually, it's worse. I've never had a colonoscopy that lasted three hours. It doesn't matter if the host is affable and funny -- Billy Crystal and Johnny Carson come to mind -- or amazingly irritating like David Letterman. … Continue reading Politics not only reason for drop in Emmy Awards show viewership

Review: Season one of Ozark

By John Ruberry Last night I ended another binge-watching venture, this time it was Ozark, a Netflix original series starring Jason Bateman. Season one, consisting of ten episodes, was released in July and Ozark has already been renewed for a second run. Marty Byrde (Bateman) is a financial planner who makes a deal with the … Continue reading Review: Season one of Ozark

Series review: Broadchurch

By John Ruberry A few days ago I finished watching season three of Broadchurch, a British mystery series which is broadcast in the United Kingdom on ITV--and here on BBC America--starring David Tennant as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman as Detective Inspector Ellie Miller. Tennant of course is best known as the Tenth Doctor--and … Continue reading Series review: Broadchurch

Shetland: The series so far

By John Ruberry Netflix binge watching just brought me to Scotland's remote Shetland Islands for the BBC crime drama Shetland, a series that is based upon books by Ann Cleeves. Stoic Director Inspector Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall), a Shetland native who moved back to the islands from Glasgow after the death of his wife, calmly investigates the archipelago's murders--and … Continue reading Shetland: The series so far

Review: Peaky Blinders so far

By John Ruberry Most of the main characters in Hell on Wheels, my last Netflix binge-watching adventure, were shaped, and scarred, by the American Civil War. In this BBC 2 television show, Peaky Blinders, set in Birmingham, England beginning in 1919, World War I casts its shadow over the lead characters. Three seasons have been … Continue reading Review: Peaky Blinders so far

Series review: Hell on Wheels

By John Ruberry "So you'll be paying yourself to build a railroad with government subsidies." Sen. Jordan Crane to Thomas "Doc" Durant. "These are exciting times. You and I are opening the way for the greatest nation the world has ever seen." Major Augustus Bendix to Cullen Bohannon. "See him driving those golden nails that hold together … Continue reading Series review: Hell on Wheels

Television review: Longmire so far

By John Ruberry A couple of weeks back I completed my latest television binge-watching quest, in this case it was the neo-western Longmire. Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) is the Rainier Beer-drinking, unshaved sheriff in the fictional county of Absaroka in Wyoming. He's a widower putting his life and career back together after the recent death … Continue reading Television review: Longmire so far

Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

By John Ruberry It's time to take a break from politics. Many times while surfing on Netflix I came across a recommendation to watch the seven-part 2015 BBC One miniseries, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which is described as such: "In 1806 ambitious magician Norrell leads a revival of practical magic in England and ignites a … Continue reading Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Class Divide is a Documentary Well Worth Your Time

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  This post will be free from any commentary regarding last night’s debate or any discussion of the current state of the American presidential race.  You’re welcome. If you haven’t watched Marc Levin’s documentary, Class Divide, now running on HBO, you should. It is beautifully and poignantly done. The documentary explores … Continue reading Class Divide is a Documentary Well Worth Your Time

Review: Season One of The Last Kingdom

By John Ruberry Without the phenomenal box office success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, HBO's Game of Thrones series may not have ever launched. And without GoT's ongoing critical and audience raves, The Last Kingdom would almost certainly never have been giving the green light by the BBC. I just finished binge-watching the … Continue reading Review: Season One of The Last Kingdom