Retired Coverage


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At some point, TV coverage comes to an end.  By that, I mean I took the show out of the regular weekly or daily rotation for whatever reason.  Want to see the stuff I finished or put on hiatus?  Check in here.



Rome told the story of the days when the Roman Republic became the Roman Empire through the eyes of both the power players who made it happen, and a pair of soldiers, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, who had a ground level view of it all.  Cover can be found indexed here.

The Umbrella Academy


The Hargraves siblings all have superpowers and family dysfunction.  Can they get along and cooperate despite their personal hang-ups long enough to save the world?  Or at least not to destroy it?  Find coverage for it here.

American Gods


What is a god that is no longer worshiped?  What does religion mean in the United States?  What the hell happened with this weird show based on a Neil Gaiman novel?  I don’t know, but it probably won’t be finished given Starz’s cancellation before the finished the story.  Find the coverage here.

The Night Manager

A classy, pseudo-Bond adventure, adapted from the John le Carre novel of the same name, featured a cat-and-mouse spy game between Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie.  You can find the key to those write-ups here.

American Horror Story


FX’s horror anthology may be more campy than scary, but you can still find the coverage here.

The OA

Netflix’s metaphysical (for lack of a better word) series where a long lost young woman returning cured of her blindness is not the weirdest thing she claims happened to her can be found here.


Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

This British TV mini-series is a fun adaptation of author Susanna Clarke’s fun alternate history/fantasy novel, where magic and magicians are real in England during the Napoleonic wars.  Coverage can be found here.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Sure, the main character had seemingly unbeatable plot armor for a bit there, but moving the series to Canada sure did do a lot of good for it.  What am I talking about?  Find the coverage here.

A Series of Unfortunate Events


The Baudelaire children are orphans with greedy villains on their trail, particularly the devious Count Olaf.  Can they keep their family fortune and their lives, or will a wannabe actor with a penchant for disguise get past them and a host of incompetent adult figures?  It may not end well.   Check out coverage here.

The Wire

Considered one of the best TV shows ever made, The Wire shows the shortcomings of the various institutions of a dying city.  Find the coverage here.

Jack Ryan

Tom Clancy’s best-selling, popular spy character Jack Ryan got his own high production value series.  And, it’s actually mostly good.  See the footage here.

House of Cards

Frank and Claire Underwood are powerful, ambitious people who don’t care who they step on or how hard they trod to hold onto power.  Corruption and operatic silliness abound on this Netflix series, and you can find that coverage here.

The Night Of

HBO’s mini-series about one innocent young man’s harrowing trip through the criminal justice system, with a fantastic lead performance by John Turturro, has its footage here.

House of Cards UK

The UK’s original version of the House of Cards saga came 20 years earlier and told the whole story in 12 episodes.  See that coverage here.

The Queen’s Gambit


An exciting mini-series about chess?  Well, it’s more about  a young woman in the 60s trying to master the sport, but it’s still about chess, and it is fantastic.  Find the coverage here.

Sharp Objects


Amy Adams is a damaged woman returning to her childhood home to report on the disappearance and murder of two young girls.  The HBO mini-series was based on the first novel by author Gillian Flynn, and it shows how scars can be both external and internal for some people. The coverage can be found right here.

Gravity Falls

Gravity Falls was a delightfully weird animated series about Dipper and Mabel Pines, a pair of twins set to stay with their somewhat crooked, somewhat greedy Grunkle Stan for the summer, and how they more or less save the world.  See the coverage here.


Six teenagers learn their parents may be supervillains in this Hulu adaptation of the Marvel Comics series.  Find the coverage here.


A town full of women.  A former outlaw.  A sheriff condemned to cowardice.  And a 30-man gang of vicious killers.  This Western mini-series brought all that with some style.  See the coverage here.


The contemplative Western that made human beings out of the lawmen and psychos that inhabited a small camp out in South Dakota before the law moved in, when gold was possibly plentiful, and a rich man’s greed could bring a sheriff with a simple moral code and a brothel owner with his fingers in every illegal pie possible together as allies.  Coverage can be found here.



The History Channel’s long-running drama series finally ended.  Find the coverage here.

Good Omens


Based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, the Apocalypse has never been funnier than it is in this mini-series.  Find the coverage here.

The Boys

Amazon Prime’s adaptation of the violent superhero satire sure has caught on for a lot of folks around here.   You can find the coverage here.

Ash vs Evil Dead

Do I even need to describe this one?  It’s in the title.  It’s Ash Williams on one side, the Evil Dead on the other, and a lot of gory slapstick in-between.  Find the coverage here.

Over the Garden Wall

Two brothers get lost in the Unknown, with only a talking bluebird for help.  And maybe a frog.  Watch out for the Beast.  Anyhoo, Cartoon Network made a whimsical mini-series.  You can find the coverage here.

Stranger Things


Ah, the 80s.  When kids were allowed to do dangerous things in movies.  This Netflix adventure drama captures the feel of the era and tells a fun story to boot.  Find the coverage here.

Lost in Space


The Robinson family–and a whole lot of other people–are lost in space!  Just like the title says!  Will they find out where they are before things get really bad?  Find the coverage here.


Two lonely, damaged people enter a futuristic drug trial in this really weird Netflix sci-fi mini-series.  You can find the coverage here.

Orphan Black

Clones, clones, and more clones.  This mishmash of a sci-fi show somehow worked, helped mostly by a lead actress who brilliantly played multiple characters all at once.  Find the coverage here.



Did anyone expect HBO and the co-creator of Lost to somehow make a TV mini-series inspired by the classic graphic novel Watchmen and make it, somehow, incredibly good?  Because they did.  Find the coverage here.

True Detective

HBO’s anthology series about various cops looking into mysterious deaths and disappearances, and when it’s good, it’s really good.  When it isn’t?  Er, no comment.  Find the coverage here.

Black Mirror

Technology is only as good as the people who use it.  That seems to be the message to the British anthology series Black Mirror.  Find the coverage here.

Castle Rock


Based on the various works of Stephen King, this anthology series follows a different creepy story involving the town where many of King’s works are set.  Find the coverage here.

Swamp Thing

DC Universe canceled this show rather abruptly.  Why?  Who knows?  I watched and reviewed it anyway.  Find the coverage here.


This family-friendly fantasy series from the BBC retold the Arthurian legends from the point of view of Merlin.  Here, the great wizard is just a young man hiding his powers from authority figures who would probably kill him if they knew what he could do.  Find the coverage here.

Big Little Lies

An excellent cast you wouldn’t normally see on TV (not even HBO) and a story that was far more compelling than it probably has a right to be, Big Little Lies may have at first blush been about the problems of the upper middle class, but it still was ultimately some damn good television.  Find the coverage here.

Doom Patrol


Some superhero teams are a well-oiled machine full of well-adjusted do-gooders who always manage to save the day.  None of that describes the Doom Patrol. Find the coverage here.

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

A prequel series starring a bunch of puppets for a cult classic fantasy movie?  And it’s good?  Yes.  Yes it is.  Find the Dark Crystal coverage here.

Into the Badlands

What was this show?  I dunno.  Lots of cool martial arts in a post-apocalyptic setting, over before its time.  Find the coverage here.

Altered Carbon

When human consciousness can be passed around bodies like candy, then you might have the problems of Altered Carbon, the sci-fi show where humanity keeps their minds in their stacks and goes through sleeves/bodies like, well, candy, and the rich may be immortal.  Find the coverage here.

The Young Pope/The New Pope

A joint British/Italian production, these two connecting series show the private lives of a couple Popes, fallible men given a position that requires infallibility.  With a lot of cool visuals, the shows were more character studies of two men finding their faith in one of the most visible positions on the planet.  Find the coverage here.


Al Pacino hunting Nazis in the 70s.  That’s all you really need to know.  Find the coverage here.

Locke & Key

The Lockes moved into the ancestral Keyhouse, and it isn’t long before the kids discover some magical keys…and the dark forces that want them for themselves.  Find the coverage here.

Voltron: Legendary Defender

Netflix’s revival of the fondly remembered 80s animated series and toy line ran for eight seasons of sci-fi action.  And yes, I went through all eight of them.  See the coverage here.


Time travel around a German village, from the present to the past to the future, sure can be messy as two competing timelines each try to stop an apocalypse at the expense of the other.  Stranger Things, it ain’t.  Find the coverage here.

The Great

Young Catherine is an ambitious woman who wants to modernize a brutish Russian court.  Too bad her man-child husband Peter is the rightful heir and too stupid to do anything right.  Then again, that looks to be true for just about everyone on this occasionally accurate historic comedy from Hulu.  Find the coverage here.

Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra

Earth.  Wind.  Fire.  Water.  These are the four elements, and only the Avatar can master them all.  Whether you prefer Aang or Korra, we got coverage of them both.  You can find it here.

Penny Dreadful/Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

A great horror series and a so-so sequel series, Penny Dreadful tried to recreate the old pulp horror stories of Victorian England (successfully) and Depression-era Los Angeles (unsuccessfully).  Curious?  Find the coverage here.


Damian and Ana Helstrom had a serial killer for a father…or a demon depending on whom you ask.  It left the two with some demonic abilities of their own in their own corner of the Marvel Universe as covered in this one-season-and-done Hulu series.  Find the coverage here.

Lovecraft Country

The duel horrors of racism and otherworldly monsters come together to threaten an African American family in the 50s.  What’s scarier?  You should check it out, and you can find the coverage here.

I Know This Much Is True

Mark Ruffalo expertly plays identical twins as one man comes to grips with his family legacy, his brother’s mental illness, and his own personal demons in this excellent mini-series.  Find the coverage here.

The Haunting of Hill House/The Haunting of Bly Manor

Mike Flanagan produced two mini-series of horror stories based on older haunted house stories.  One was the excellent Hill House.  The other was…well, it was atmospheric and slow, but I’m sure it has it’s fans.  That would be Bly Manor.  Find the coverage here.

The Plot Against America

Philip Roth wrote an alternate history about fascists taking over the American government in the 40s.  That led to this excellent HBO mini-series from the creators of The Wire.  Find the coverage here.


On the one side, a vicious Mexican drug cartel.  On the other, a collection of colorful local criminals with their own ways of doing things.  And in the middle is the Byrde family, doing what they feel they need to in order to simply stay alive.  Find the coverage here.

The Stand

Weird timing aside since this came out during a real pandemic, did we need another version of The Stand?  We got one anyway, and the timing of when it came out was actually the least of my personal concerns once I watched the thing.  Find the coverage here.

Mare of Easttown

Kate Winslet is a detective working through grief and the murder of a teenage mother in this excellent HBO mini-series.  Find the coverage here.

Jupiter’s Legacy

Netflix’s attempt at a superhero generational epic only lasted one season, but I covered it anyway.  Find the coverage here.

Sweet Tooth

A naive boy learns about the world.  Only the human race was largely decimated by a plague and the boy has antlers.  It’s actually quite sweet, and you can find the coverage here.