Crashing (HBO)

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Crashing (HBO) – Premieres 19th February – Renewed

Comedy loosely based on Pete Holmes life and career, where he is a struggling comedian who after six years of marriage finds his wife in bed with another man. This leads him head off to New York where he ends up bombing on stage after being talking into using his marriage break up as a routine.

After dying on stage he meets up with Artie Lange who takes Pete under his wing and give him a place to stay after his attempt at reconciling with his wife ends before it starts.

The show is reminiscent of the Louie style comedies knocking about, though with Pete being an over trusting christian trying to become a comedian it’s weirdly upbeat even though everything goes against him.

5.1/10

Big Little Lies (HBO)

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Big Little Lies (HBO) – Premieres 19th February – Cancelled

A murder mystery involving three housewives, Madeline the local town gossip, Jane the newly arrived single mother and Celeste who is in an abusive relationship.

It beings on the reveal that there has been a murder committed at a trivia night, before backtracking to the first day of school showing how the three women met. After spending the day together they return to the scool to pick up their children only to find that Janes son has been accused to strangling a girl in his class, while claiming his innocence.

As this is played out the cuts between locals being interviewed by the police where they cast their aspersions on the three women and how any of them could be the murderer.

The show is similar to a mix between Revenge and the flash forward police interviews of The Affair. While keeping the same soap-eque quality of Revenge.

4.9/10

The Young Pope (HBO)

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The Young Pope (HBO) – Starts 21st October – Renewed

Religious drama where the vatican have selected the first american to become Pope. His selection raises a few questions when the new pope reveals his plan to  remove himself from the spotlight, and systematically replacing advisors and long term staff with his own people.

This brings in the doubt from the old guard as to how the sales of decorative plates will be hit, and more so from his confirmation speech where the new pope announces that the people aren’t worthy of god and the by extension him, and proclaims to bring in a more conservative take on catholicism. This going against the assumptions of him made by the Vatican Secretary of State who engineered his nomination.

It’s the sort of high budget drama where everything looks good but just seems to lack in anything to make it watchable. Disappointing

5.2/10

Insecure (HBO)

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Insecure (HBO) – Starts 9th October – Renewed

Comedy about two female friends trying to to achieve their life goals before they hit 30. Issa, a youth liaison at a high school who gets openly mocked at work and has grown weary about her long term relationship, and Molly, a successful businesswoman who is convinced she’ll never find the right partner.

For what it is, it’s an easy watch.

5.0/10

Divorce (HBO)

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Divorce (HBO) – Starts 9th October – Renewed

After attending the party of a friend who hates her marriage and drunkenly pulls a gun on her husband leading him to have a heart attack, Carrie from Sex In The City decides that this is a sign to end her marriage.

After telling her husband her plans, she heads off to visit the fella she’s been cheating with only for him to get cold feet and back away from the situation. Things are then compounded with the husband finding out about the affair and promising to dish out mother of ill tempered divorces and to make her kids resent her.

For a comedy to be focused on the female characters anything vaguely funny seems to come from the male cast members, and the women in it come across as complete dicks.   

4.6/10

Westworld (HBO)

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Westworld (HBO) – Starts 2nd October – Renewed

Based on the 70’s film, Westworld in a huge interactive western theme park where the visitors interact with the parks robotic hosts to play out any of their fantasies from sleeping with ye olde hookers to hunting down mercenaries.

Things begin to go amiss when after a software update, the affected hosts begin to go off story and start malfunctioning much to the puzzlement of the programmers. As they interview the robots to find the cause, one vows revenge on its creators.

Along with the imminent of a robotic inspired slaughter of the parks visitors, one of the guests after a refreshing raping of a host, scalps another to find a map design which he believes is a secret deeper level to the park.

It’s easily one of the better S01E01s to be released this year.

7.6/10

High Maintenance (HBO)

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High Maintenance (HBO) – Starts 16th September – Renewed

Comedy linked together by a drug dealer known as The Guy, where he makes his deliveries over New York. In between the delivery adventures of The Guy, it splits off into a secondary story about of the people that know him and their life within the city.

In the first ep that story could easily have been an episode of Looking. And while it is the main portion of the episode, the best parts were that of The Guy, making it hit and miss since the two parts jarred together.

2.9/10