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Daniel Fienberg

Chief Television Critic

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‘Legacy: The True Story of the L.A. Lakers’ Review: Antoine Fuqua’s Hulu Docuseries Suffers From Déja Vu

The 10-part show chronicles the rise of the Los Angeles Lakers under the Buss family, just like 'Winning Time' and 'They Call Me Magic' before it.

‘Children of the Underground’ Review: FX’s Faye Yager Docuseries Is Plagued by Missed Opportunities

Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite explores the life of Faye Yager, hailed by some as a hero and wanted by others as a criminal for her actions on behalf of mothers and sexually abused children in the '80s and '90s.

‘Five Days at Memorial’ Review: Apple TV+’s Hurricane Katrina Series Builds Powerfully, Bungles Landing

John Ridley and Carlton Cuse are the creative forces behind the eight-episode limited series focused on a New Orleans hospital and the tragedies of Hurricane Katrina.

‘Better Call Saul’: Vince Gilligan on Writing and Directing His Final Episode

'Breaking Bad' creator and 'Better Call Saul' co-creator Vince Gilligan discusses the joys of directing Carol Burnett, the challenges of black-and-white and Gene/Jimmy/Saul's big decision as we head toward the series finale.

Despite ‘Yellowstone’ Snub, Popularity Is a Priority at the Emmys

Over the past decade, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has struggled to inject more populism into the Oscars. Solutions, which haven’t impacted a steady audience decline, have included expanding the number of best picture nominees and floating the idea of a “popular film” category, eventually settling this year for a glorified Twitter […]

‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ Review: Mike Judge’s Teen Trolls Return for a Giggle-Worthy Paramount+ Series

The TV-loving juvenile delinquents are back on the small screen for the first time since 'Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe' in June with their new regular series.

Critic’s Notebook: Is Late Night on the Verge of a Diversity Downgrade?

With 'Desus & Mero' and Samantha Bee canceled — and James Corden’s slot up for grabs — late night is at a crucial representational crossroads, THR's chief TV critic writes.

‘Reservation Dogs’ Review: Season 2 of Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi’s FX/Hulu Comedy Is a Triumph

The Oklahoma-set Indigenous comedy returns with new episodes that are full of heart, laughter, occasional tears and distinctive coming-of-age misadventures.

How Big Casts Clog the Emmys Race

One of the most frequent jokes that isn’t really a joke is that when it comes to various Hollywood movie and TV awards, industry folks like to vote for people they’ve worked with before. Were that true, the legendarily interconnected Kevin Bacon would have all of the trophies. But among the nominations for the 74th […]

‘Paper Girls’ Review: Amazon Series Never Finds Its Sci-Fi Groove but Excels at Preteen Dynamics

Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's Image Comics series is adapted for the streamer with a blend of time travel, youthful adventure and nostalgia that's sure to spark comparisons to 'Stranger Things.'

‘Surface’ Review: Gugu Mbatha-Raw Outshines the Bland Drama in Apple TV+’s Uninvolving Thriller Series

Reese Witherspoon produced this eight-hour drama featuring Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a woman with amnesia and a growing suspicion that her past isn't what people are claiming.

‘Keep Breathing’ Review: Melissa Barrera Can’t Save Netflix’s Sketchy Survival Drama

Melissa Barrera plays a Manhattan lawyer forced to fend for herself in the Canadian wilderness in Netflix's one-woman limited series take on 'Yellowjackets.'