The (new) Tick - Season 2

Wow! I don't normally binge watch, but the end of every episode was just so hilarious and/or suspenseful. There's not much I can say without spoiling anything, but in point form:




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Childrens Hospital - Season 6

Every second of this was beautiful.



Disenchantment - Season 1

This was a bit weak, but it shows potential, especially the last two episodes. It's not as good as season one of Futurama, but better than, say, season one of the Simpsons. I'm not going to wholeheartedly recommend this, but I'll definitely watch season two.



The Fix (2018)

Americans and Canadians can't do comedy panel shows. Even if they are extremely funny comedians, they are always awful on a panel compared to Brits and Aussies and Irish. Even the South Africans and Kiwis that occasionally pop up on Have You Been Paying Attention are better on panel shows than Katherine Ryan has ever been. I don't know why. I don't know what deep cultural differences cause North Americans to be totally non-functional on one specific type of TV show.


Once in a while they try to make an American panel show. sometimes they'll try to sweeten the pot by shoving some successful panel show regulars from British TV on, but it never works. The Fix wasn't as big a train wreck as this, but it wasn't consistently good and I wouldn't recommend it.



Red Dwarf - Season 3

This season is the awkward transition from a half-horror show about isolation, hopelessness, and hatred, into something a little less bleak, and more adventure/concept-oriented. This includes a horrible redesign of the set, a stupid new intro sequence that replaced the iconic original, and the crew suddenly remembering that they have an undisclosed number of large shuttles, most of which are destroyed over the course of the season. Also, Kryten becomes a regular - it's hard to image the show without him - and the show starts its hilarious tradition of shrugging off cliffhangers.


"Marooned" (more old-Red Dwarf style) and "Timeslides" (more new-Red Dwarf style) are as good as anything the show has ever done. The rest of the episodes are a bit weak and gimmicky, but, on the other hand, how could you not love female Holly? Or the rewind gags? Or Alphabetti Spaghetti? In spite of being a bit of a low point for the show, they manage to slip in some of the greatest sitcom moments of all time into the worst episodes.



Children's Hospital - Season 7

As much as I enjoyed this, it was probably the right call to make this the last season. Seasons 3-6 where perfect and so was most of this one, but a few pretty weak filler episodes did creep in. Still, it was a lot more good than bad, and I really loved the final episode.



The Tick (new) - Season 1


You expect the Tick to be a bit weird, and I'm glad they updated the weirdness. Cartoony jokes, side-by-side with subtle running gags and callbacks, mixed with serious character development, gives this a feeling that is as awkward and unbalanced as it is engaging and hilarious.


The first two series were superheroes comedies for the time of cheap cartoons, Tim Burton's Batman, and Dark Age comics. This is the superhero comedy for the time of Zack Snyder, Chris Nolan's Batman, and 20+ spaghetti-tangled MCU movies.



Man Down - Season 1

An over-the-top combination of violent slapstick and the most miserable of British humour.

It takes a handful of sturdy, reliable sitcom tropes and twists them into near-unrecognizability. The entire cast is brilliant, the writing is excellent, and Roisin Conaty's blind enthusiasm brilliantly offsets the rest of the show. Even with a rocky first episode, I couldn't recommend this strongly enough.