For all its subplots, the enduring struggle of Netflix’s “The Ranch” has always been the Bennetts themselves. The tumultuous relationship between Colt’s (Ashton Kutcher, “That 70s Show”) narcissism and the intensity of his father, Beau (Sam Elliot, “The Mule”), has been at the center of it all. As the Bennetts continue to suffer from fighting one another, so does their beloved ranch. Nothing grows where there is no nurturing. Thus, the fourth season of this often dark western comedy has arrived and with it, the end of “The Ranch.”
It’s been nearly a year since “Broad City” concluded its run, leaving a hole in the heart of anyone who watched — especially for Comedy Central. The apparent heir to this is “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” which should fit in just fine, once it settles down.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle/skin-care/health product brand Goop has long been the target of jokes skewering its willful inaccessibility (see: jade egg lawsuit, shockingly overpriced products and most recently, this candle debacle).
“Everything will be OK” is the kind of thing we tell someone when one of two situations has occurred: Someone is irrationally caught up in a minute problem, or everything will absolutely not be OK. Yet, the new comedy from Australian comedian Josh Thomas (“Please Like Me”) walks a thin line between these two situations — between being completely helpless and being just self aware enough to make it out alive — and comes out deftly chock-full of heart.
Over the last year, critically-acclaimed shows such as “The Act,” “Unbelievable” and the recently released Aaron Hernandez mini-series “Killer Inside” represent America’s newfound fascination with the true-crime genre. Similarly, the popularity of shows such as “Black Mirror” and “Stranger Things” reveals the expanding market for horror. All factors considered, it was only a matter of time before the genres of horror, crime and mystery melded together on HBO to give us “The Outsider,” the televised adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name.
If there’s one thing we can be sure of in a year of uncertainty, it’s good television. The day-to-day chaos that overwhelmed our lives made 2019 feel slow and exhausting, yet it somehow managed to fly right by. As some of our favorite television shows retire with the decade, we open the door to new possibilities and spaces for original content.
I’m only a bit worried that the show will become so absorbed in its own calamities that it forgets the Acostas are people, ones whose experiences are not only their tragedies, but also their individualities. The Acotas’s experience is a deeply American one, which deserves to be expressed more explicitly.
The beginning of the end has arrived for the loving, joyful and witty show that is “Schitt’s Creek.” It may feel like it’s leaving our lives just as fast as it was introduced, as many of us didn’t know it existed until we uncovered it on Netflix within the last year.
Amid the revival of the movie musical, NBC’s new pilot “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” seeks to capture the camp of Broadway classics along with modern millennial cynicism. A slightly magical premise and some genuinely funny moments make this show stand out from more formulaic sitcoms.