June 8, 2023

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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 Wheel of Time

Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy novel series became another epic fantasy series on Amazon Prime Video.  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.

Locke & Key


The Locke family has a responsibility to guard a collection of magic keys.  Too bad only children remember magic works.  Their enemies aren’t always gentle.  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.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power


It’s not Peter Jackson’s work, but Amazon swung for the fences with its own adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s work.  Is it any good?  At the least, it was pretty to look at.  See the coverage 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 Sandman



Neil Gaiman’s comic book series about a being that acts as the King of Dreams and Stories finally gets its long-awaited live action adaptation.  And it looked good.  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.

Doom Patrol


Those misfit heroes, if you can call them heroes, are as likely to save the world as they are to doubt every decision they’ve ever made as they screw up.  Quite frankly, I love this show.  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.

The Afterparty


Ever wonder what Rashomon would look like it if was a modern-set comedy murder mystery?  It’s hilarious.  Find the coverage here.

Mike Flanagan’s Netflix Horror Mini-Series


Horror creator Mike Flanagan’s Netflix work is a bit of a mixed bag at times, but even the weaker entries generally have great atmosphere and are worth a look..  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.

The Good Lord Bird



John Brown had a cause.  It was a good cause.  He was, perhaps, more valuable to that cause dead than alive, but he didn’t realize it right away in this comedic retelling of Brown’s life.  If nothing else, come for the great Ethan Hawke performance.  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.

Paper Girls


I like the Paper Girls comic.  The TV adaptation for Amazon Prime?  Not so much.  It’s not terrible, but it didn’t grab me either.  Find the coverage here.

The Great


Want a historically accurate dramatization of the life of Catherine the Great?  Look somewhere else.  The Great is just hilarious and only occasionally true.  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 Handmaid’s Tale


Gilead is a terrible place to live.  Onetime Handmaid June might be trying to burn it to the ground.  Or not.  It could go either way.  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.

Lost in Space


Netflix’s family-friendly reboot of the 60s adventure show stressed family unity…if it’s the right family.  But it sure was fun.  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.



Wealthy awful people do awful things to each other, and it is awfully entertaining.  The Roys’ race to the bottom may be some of the best television on the air right now.  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 naïve 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.

Brand New Cherry Flavor

Lisa Nova found her short film stolen by an unscrupulous Hollywood producer, so she asks a witch to get her revenge.  The story that follows is, well, gross, weird, and often a bit fun if that’s your thing.  Find the coverage here.

Blake’s 7

A cult classic sci-fi show from the BBC, coming out in the late 70s/early 80s, was clearly made on the cheap, but it got away with a lot of good TV thanks to top notch writing and acting.  Find the coverage here.

Squid Game

What would desperate people do for money?  That’s what Squid Game asks, and the answer ain’t pretty.  Find the coverage here.

Pam and Tommy


Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee made a tape.  They didn’t intend to share it.  Someone did anyway.  Then things got bad for Pamela.  Find the coverage here.

Stranger Things


Everyone who grew up in the 80s remembers how much fun they were.  Hanging with your friends.  Shoulderpads in everything.  Fighting monsters from other dimensions.  One-hit wonders propelled by visually interesting music videos on MTV.  Psychic girls with anger issues.  All the good times.    Oh yeah, and Stranger Things is pretty damn fun too.  Find the coverage here.

The Umbrella Academy


The dysfunctional Hargreeves siblings are superheroes.  OK, they seem more quirky than effective, and they usually end up almost destroying the world on a routine basis, but they’re trying to be a family more than anything else.  I find them quite endearing.   Find the coverage here.


Can two awful people and their potentially awful kids get out from under an awful mess in a world where almost everyone is awful?  Maybe.  This show is awesome so long as you don’t want to see people who are kind and pleasant and mean well for the rest of the world.  Find the coverage here.

The Boys

Amazon Prime’s superhero satire, one that takes apart the very society we live in while making it look like it’s just about awful superheroes and the covert group that keeps an eye on them, sure is a lot of fun, but it sure as hell isn’t for kids.  Find the coverage here.


Someone crossed Tim Burton with Adam West and this pre-Batman story of Gotham City is the result.  Was it good?  Eh, maybe, but it sure was bonkers.  Find the coverage here.

Only Murders in the Building

Clumsy series title aside, a comedic murder mystery show about three neighbors–played by Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez–solving murders for their own true crime podcast?  Sounds great!  And…it is great!  Find the coverage here.

Jack Ryan

Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst got a flashy series on Amazon Prime.  Sure, it took a while for season three, but that doesn’t mean the show stopped being made.  See the coverage here.


Amazon put together this weird and exciting show about Nazi hunters in the 1970s, and they got Al Pacino for it.  Was it worth a look?  Find the coverage here.

Killing Eve

Murder.  Love.  Death.  Obsession.  And it’s funny?  Well, sure.  Find the coverage to this dark British comedy here.

All things Vikings

There’s been a lot of Vikings.  Some from the History Channel.  Some from Netflix.  Find the coverage here.