Darren Franich

Darren is a TV Critic. Follow him on Twitter @DarrenFranich for opinions and recommendations.

On Marvel's first Disney+ miniseries, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany look liberated in their sitcom prison.
Writer Michael Hirst talks about the closing act of his Northman saga.
Netflix's silly-smart Karate Kid reboot gets a lot better when everyone agrees to do karate again.
A great score, some bland nostalgia, and a dark prophecy.
A sampler of brilliance from the year's best cartoons.
Social events were canceled everywhere except television.
Critics Kristen Baldwin and Darren Franich pick their favorite television from their least favorite year. Plus: Bad television, and two essential Blursts.
Great art was newly essential in a socially distanced world.
Glenn Close and Amy Adams look lost in Ron Howard's all-over-the-place biopic.
The CW saga ends this week. How did it begin?
The late host made Jeopardy! a brainy-fun ritual for more than three decades, before a cancer diagnosis brought new poignance to his steady grace.
Luca Guadagnino's drama was a loving indie-pop meander about young Americans abroad.
NBC's workplace comedy looks back on a long year with humor, heart, and satiric knives out.
Anya Taylor-Joy is stunning as a self-destructive chess prodigy in Netflix's solidly entertaining miniseries.
Bravo's seaward franchise is a fiendish, funny portrait of the trashy leisure class — and the strivers who can barely stand to work for them.
The female wrestling saga was a brazenly unique blend of retro-pop ridiculata and sharp human comedy.
Adult Swim's caveman-dinosaur thriller bombs the fantasy genre back to the Stone Age.
The Jimmy Kimmel-hosted show triumphed over coronavirus precautions with witty flair, even if it couldn't always live up to its profound ambitions.
The (virtual) Emmys are almost here, and so are EW's fearless predictions about which nominees will be thanking the TV Academy from their couches.
FX's anthology returns with its own True Detective season 2.
Netflix's prequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is nice to look at until the too-ludicrous plot spoils the fun.
Hulu's surreal kid comedy gets weirder, and more emotionally resonant.
Luca Guadagnino's teen drama romanticizes teen life on a U.S. Army base in Italy.