Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 7:54pm

Before the days of series like “House of Cards,” “Veep” and “Roadkill,” political dramas looked and felt very different. Just ask anyone who has seen “The West Wing,” a culturally reflective political series that ran from 1999 to 2006, whose trademark was its feel-good, heroic takes regarding the day-to-day struggles of the United States President and his West Wing staffers. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 7:53pm

Disclaimer: I have never seen the original version of “Saved By The Bell.” I was born 20 years too late and never had the nostalgic urge to time travel back into the early ’90s. However, given the intelligent writing of the reboot’s pilot alone, I can only imagine the gratifying easter eggs and continuities weaved into new episodes that would catch the eye of pre-existing fans. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 7:51pm

Since the 1940’s, Hollywood has been obsessed with the idea of an “antihero”: a protagonist who defies usual heroic standards and often acts out of self-interest instead. These characters are more authentic, more relatable and yet almost always, these characters have been men. There are few times where mass audiences can tolerate a woman with the same selfish motives and free-range lifestyle if the woman isn’t vilified for it by the end.

Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 6:11pm

“The Queen’s Gambit” was well received by critics, audiences and most importantly, chess players all over the world. Non-chess players were able to enjoy the show without understanding the strange esoteric and cultural norms associated with chess society, but as a chess player myself, it was definitely fun to pick up on little references, behaviors and traditions that were common in the chess community.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 7:07pm
Whether home is an hour flight away or right where you are, the Daily TV Beat has compiled a perfect list of diverse TV recommendations (and where you can watch them) to occupy your time.

When I think of going home, I picture the warmth and clutter of my childhood bedroom, my mom’s cooking and screaming over Wii games with my sisters. But mostly, I think of the nine-hour car ride. Though long road trips were a form of agony for a younger version of myself who was eager to arrive at the destination, I now catch myself wishing the journey was just a couple hours longer. After all, there’s just so much you can do, and more importantly, so much TV you can catch up on. But if you don’t know what to watch, don’t worry.

Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 9:01pm

When CBS’s original sitcom “The Unicorn” made its debut last year, it walked a fine line between genuinely heartfelt and nauseatingly corny. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 7:44pm

Comedy fans were understandably excited when “Moonbase 8,” Showtime’s latest comedy starring comedy giants Fred Armisen (“Portlandia”), Tim Heidecker (“Mister America”) and John C. Reilly (“Wreck-It Ralph”) was released last week. Unfortunately for them, it looks like the new series wasn’t able to deliver the laugh we all need right now.

The show pretty much works like this:

Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 5:14pm

Though we haven’t officially made it to the holiday season just yet, television is already preparing for what Dash (Austin Abrams, “This is Us”) calls “the most detestable time of the year.” 

Netflix’s new holiday-themed romantic comedy “Dash and Lily” follows the conventions of every stereotypical, Hallmark Channel Christmas story. However, through its cleverness and thematic complexity, this adaptation of a YA novel of the same name proves itself to be enjoyable and compelling for both teen and adult audiences alike. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 5:11pm

In the very first scene of “Oh Cook,” Amazon Prime's newest cooking show, host James May greets and introduces us to the beautiful kitchen behind him. Rows of spices of all colors adorn the cabinets, and pots and pans hang on the wall, organized in ascending order by size. This scene is typical of any normal cooking show and, at first glance, one couldn’t tell the difference. Then, the twist: Our host can’t cook. Well, he can, but only three dishes.

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 2:35pm

Over the years, with the increasing number of streaming platforms, there’s been a surge in TV series created for general audiences. Growing up, I was only able to watch whatever cable TV offered to me. Most of the shows consisted of highly fabricated and unrealistic storylines. They made life as a teenager seem utopian. Luca Guadagnino’s new series “We Are Who We Are” ensures that teens today grow up with realistic notions of what adolescence is actually like in modern times.