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Big crimes, small screen; true crime television series and TV documentaries that recreate and reexamine some of the mystifying and grisliest cases in history.

  • Paul Levinson
    Published 2 days ago
    Review of 'The Undoing' Finale

    Review of 'The Undoing' Finale

    So the ending of The Undoing turned out to be one grand hiding in plain site situation: Jonathan, who had been the first suspect, and whom so much of the previous narrative suggested was too obvious to be the killer -- and with more than a few plausible other suspects around, not convincing but not implausible --turns out to be the killer, after all.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published 5 days ago
    Review of 'Tiger King'

    Review of 'Tiger King'

    “The 'content' of a medium is like the juicy piece of meat carried by the burglar to distract the watchdog of the mind,” Marshall McLuhan famously declared in Understanding Media back in 1964. The content of Tiger King, the runaway global hit documentary on Netflix, are the tigers and other animals in Joe Exotic's Oklahoma zoo, thrown pieces of meat, juicy and otherwise (some is expired meat from supermarkets). But the deeper story, underlying the meat, is Joe Exotic's unquenchable thirst for fame, relentlessly pursued through social media. And in the irony of ironies, he eventually obtained that fame, along with a prison sentence of 22 years for attempted homicide of an animal activist and mistreatment of animals.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published 9 days ago
    Review of 'The Undoing' 1.5

    Review of 'The Undoing' 1.5

    Well, the algorithm and the waiter were by no means the most important features of The Undoing 1.5, on HBO last night, but I didn't want to give away the main thing, actually two main things, in the subtitle, and the algorithm and the waiter were nice touches. Finding that Jonathan's attorney uses Amazon-level algorithms to get the crucial characteristics of the jurors, that was cool. (And Haley's one one outstanding lawyer, isn't she?) And the waiter constantly interrupting the meal that Jonathan, Grace, and Henry were trying to have in the restaurant -- that was a metaphor for this whole little series, being interrupted by all kinds of things, so that after five episodes, we still can't be sure whodunnit.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published 12 days ago
    Review of 'Big Sky' 1.1

    Review of 'Big Sky' 1.1

    My wife and I caught David Kelley's Big Sky. He has a good thing currently going on The Undoing, check out my reviews. Big Sky, based on the pilot, appears to be another good thing. [Spoilers below.]
  • Paul Levinson
    Published 15 days ago
    The Undoing 1.1-1.4

    The Undoing 1.1-1.4

    David Kelley's The Undoing mini-series debuted with a star-studded cast on HBO late last month. I mean, with Nicole Kidman as Grace Fraser a psychologist and Hugh Grant as her husband Jonathan Fraser an oncologist on the posh side of New York City, and a murder and a missing person, we can just stop there and how can you go wrong, right? You can't. The first episode was sleek and blockbuster powerful, an East Coast analog in many ways of Kelley's California Big Little Lies, which was pretty hot, suspenseful stuff, too, over two seasons.
  • Danny Fantom
    Published about a month ago
    5 Reasons Why Watcher Should Be Your New Binge Obsession

    5 Reasons Why Watcher Should Be Your New Binge Obsession

    Do you like wholesome, maybe random content? How about content that lovingly showcases local (to Californians!) gems, incredible bonds of friendship, and history taught by puppets?
  • Katelyn Doner
    Published 2 months ago
    Enter The BAU

    Enter The BAU

    The show that took you in the minds of some of the most dangerous and deviant minds. 15 seasons, over 300 episodes, and endless hours of entertainment. This is Criminal Minds. This show in my opinion reigns supreme against all other shows. I could watch this and only this for the rest of my life and be perfectly content and happy with myself. Unlike other crime/ drama/ law enforcement shows, this one not only shows you a unique niche of the FBI, but each and every episode is based on a real life case that has happened in the United States. From chasing down bombers, to serial killers, to arsonists and psychopaths this show never disappoints. With almost the same entire cast for all 15 seasons, this has become a comfort show/ staple in my life. I have grown up with show and no matter the challenges I face in my every day life, I always turn to this show for comfort and I always find a new message or meaning in the episodes to use in my life, as well as to help me grow and overcome different situations and obstacles.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published 3 months ago
    Review of 'Young Wallander'

    Review of 'Young Wallander'

    Doing a narrative of a younger version of a famed older character is a tricky business. Without going into which ones worked and which ones did not, and why, let's just say that some of them, maybe even most of them, did not.
  • Kristy Anderson
    Published 3 months ago
    The 5 Most Important Moments From Wentworth 8x06, 'Fugitive'

    The 5 Most Important Moments From Wentworth 8x06, 'Fugitive'

    With Joan Ferguson's return to prison imminent, and Ruby Mitchell failing to return from her Day release on time, tensions are running high in Wentworth when episode 8x05, 'Fugitive' begins.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published 3 months ago
    Review of 'We Hunt Together' 1.4

    Review of 'We Hunt Together' 1.4

    There was no murder in We Hunt Together 1.4. But the build-up to it made for an outstanding episode, since it unveiled and moved forward lots of crucial things.
  • Paul Levinson
    Published 3 months ago
    Review of 'We Hunt Together' 1.3

    Review of 'We Hunt Together' 1.3

    We learned a lot about our major quarter of characters in We Hunt Together 1.3 on Showtime last Sunday night. Baba doesn't like to kill. In fact, he wants to recapture some of the small boy that he was in Africa, before being a child soldier claimed his body and a lot of his soul, and turned in him into a killer. Freddie says she wants to help him in that quest, but of course she lies about just about everything.
  • Elizabeth Burch-Hudson
    Published 3 months ago
    Pegging Your Demons Away

    Pegging Your Demons Away

    The finale episode to the 12-part series of the Michaela Coel powerhouse, “I May Destroy You,” left most of us nauseous, concerned and on the verge of tears the whole thirty minutes – as per usual. A show so well-crafted and incredibly triggering needed to pack a few final punches before leaving us, its viewers, to shiver in fetal position and contemplate our sense of self until the series is *hopefully* renewed.