A TV Critic’s Life: 34 Reviews … In January Alone?

Is it just me, or did January seem like it lasted about three months?

Actually, I have the answer to that: It’s just me.

How busy was January in terms of new (or returning) TV programs? Here’s a rough guide: Between Variety and my blog, I reviewed 34 programs in the month.

Now, I’m not pointing this out for sympathy (though God knows, I’ll take it), but rather to illustrate just how daunting the volume of original programming has become — and why critics are almost inherently out of step with the rest of the world, by dint of the sheer tonnage of shows that they watch.

Oh, and in case you think I’m exaggerating, here’s the list (again, some of the reviews were relatively brief and ran on the blog):

Robert E. Lee, Live to Dance, Southland, V, The Cape, Bob’s Burgers, Shameless, Episodes, Californication, Nature: Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story, Downton Abbey, Lights Out, Off the Map, Onion SportsDome, Big Love, Piers Morgan Tonight, Skins, Being Human, Harry’s Law, American Idol, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, An Idiot Abroad, Face Off, Pioneers of Television, Beyond Scared Straight, Retired at 35, Onion News Network, Portlandia, Fairly Legal, James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons, Working Class, Goodnight for Justice, The Lost Valentine, Kennedys’ Home Movies.

And based on a simple thumbs up/down ratio, I’d say 16 of those reviews were mostly positive, which, for me (and critics in general), is a pretty high ratio.

If I missed your show, hey, sue me. I’m just grateful February has only 28 days.

 

 

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