A Brief Unauthorized History of The CW (Part 2)

[Posted by Jeremy Grayson]

Welcome back to my brief and entirely unasked-for history of The CW. Part 1 can be read here. Go read that if you haven’t already. And then come back to this page for the Roman numeral-free Part 2…

While the WB was flying high on teen-targeting hits like Buffy and Charmed, rival network UPN wasn’t faring too well. Continue reading “A Brief Unauthorized History of The CW (Part 2)”


A Brief Unauthorized History of The CW (Part I)

[Posted by Jeremy Grayson]

These days, I find myself losing track of more TV shows than ever. It’s the downside of having so much on the air – series that don’t click (or used to, but have now lost their luster) tend to pile on my DVR for a couple of months, before it finally becomes too much of a commitment to catch up. Too many other shows – both new and old – have my attention at any given moment to make room for all of them. Continue reading “A Brief Unauthorized History of The CW (Part I)”

Star Trek Reviews: The Other The Wire

[Blogged by Noah Burns]


This is the first installment in what will be a series of short, one-off reviews of some of my favorite episodes in the Star Trek universe. This series will include at minimum this review, a review of ‘The Menagerie’ from the original series, and a review of The Next Generation‘s ‘The Inner Continue reading “Star Trek Reviews: The Other The Wire”

Mary Tyler Moore: A Trailblazer Onscreen and Off

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]

[Turning the World On With Her Smile]

There are few moments in the history of television as iconic as the one which caps off the intro to The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

In this moment, we watch Mary Richards, the character played by the titular actress, as she gazes in wonder at the bustling urban sights of Minneapolis. She twirls a Continue reading “Mary Tyler Moore: A Trailblazer Onscreen and Off”

The 20 Best TV Shows of 2016

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]

[The Year in Review]

How do you define “Peak TV”?

At the forefront, the term refers to the fact that there have never been as many shows on American television as there are right now. (Close to 500 shows aired – either on television or one of the Internet’s numerous streaming sites – at some point in the past year. Continue reading “The 20 Best TV Shows of 2016”

How “Angel” Perfected the Art of the Spinoff

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]

[The Angel’s in the Details]

Television, as the current deluge of shows across broadcast, cable, and the Internet can attest, is quite the hungry beast, constantly in need of new ideas to freshen and sustain a year-round schedule. And with millions of dollars at stake each time a new series premieres, it’s understandable that Continue reading “How “Angel” Perfected the Art of the Spinoff”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Wormhole Version

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]

[To Boldly Binge…]

Life feels pretty short, doesn’t it? There’s never enough time to go all the places we see, or meet all the people we want to meet, or watch all the TV shows we want to watch. That last fact is especially heartbreaking, but it’s true: there’s just too much great television, and not enough time to c Continue reading “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Wormhole Version”

Was “Boomtown” a Great TV Drama?

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]

[A Yost Cause]

I like the fifth season of Justified.

I know plenty of people find it to be dull and disappointing. I know it’s considered by many to be the major sore spot in what is otherwise one of this decade’s most beloved dramas. But I like it.

Okay, let me clarify: When I say I like the fifth Continue reading “Was “Boomtown” a Great TV Drama?”

Heading Downstream: The Cracks in the Binging Model

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]

[To Binge or Not to Binge?]

Late last November, Netflix released the entire first season of Jessica Jones, its newest Marvel Comics-based series, for public viewing. That same day, Amazon Prime unveiled the full premiere season of The Man in the High Castle to any and all of its subscribers. Ever the diligent vi Continue reading “Heading Downstream: The Cracks in the Binging Model”

Charmless Television: Disliking Everything

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]

[A Very Special Day]

I don’t enjoy reducing my life to simple declarations. Many people I know have a motto, a line by which they live their life – but I’ve never been content with compressing the essence of my goals/views/emotions down to a single statement. (This may explain why I constantly find myself changing my Continue reading “Charmless Television: Disliking Everything”

Top 25: The Best TV Shows of 2015

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]


There are many labels which people use to describe the current era of television. The Golden Age of TV. Too Much TV. Peak TV. Jeremy, Turn Off the Stupid TV. More attention is being paid to the genre than ever before, in part because there’s simply so much to pay attention to.

There certainly are a Continue reading “Top 25: The Best TV Shows of 2015”

Bottle Month: Homicide’s “Three Men and Adena”

[Blogged by Bertrand Schmendrick]

[Critic’s Note]

Hey, guys. Jeremy here. As most of you are undoubtedly aware, I had planned to wrap up Bottle Month with an article about one of my all-time favorite episodes of television, that being Homicide: Life on the Street‘s acclaimed “Three Men and Adena”. Unfortunately, I’m rather bogged down wi Continue reading “Bottle Month: Homicide’s “Three Men and Adena””

Bottle Month: Mad Men’s “The Suitcase”

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]

[The Suitcase]

Written by Matthew Weiner; Directed by Jennifer Getzinger

Original Airdate: September 5, 2010

No one could have anticipated it, but 2010 would turn out to be something of a “Bottle Year”. Within its twelve-month span, numerous shows would offer up episodes that experimented with the b Continue reading “Bottle Month: Mad Men’s “The Suitcase””

Bottle Month: Breaking Bad’s “Fly”

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]


Written by Sam Catlin and Moira Walley-Beckett; Directed by Rian Johnson

Original Airdate: May 23, 2010

Welcome to another installment of Bottle Month, where I take a look at famous bottle episodes from some of television’s best shows. Last week, I covered Firefly’s “Objects in Spa Continue reading “Bottle Month: Breaking Bad’s “Fly””

Bottle Month: Firefly’s “Objects in Space”

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]


Well, it’s that time of year again – the time for me to do another multi-week project as a thrilling climax for all the work this site has doled out since the beginning of the year.

If you’ve been reading my West Wing episode reviews (and I’ve no doubt that you have, because not only are the Continue reading “Bottle Month: Firefly’s “Objects in Space””

The Five Biggest Letdowns of the Season

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]


I don’t watch bad television. Well, not much of it, anyway. I know people who watch bad shows as guilty pleasures, but I just don’t usually have the time for that. Once in a while, I’ll seek out a low-budget sci-fi show that’s become infamous for its poor characterizations and poorer special effect Continue reading “The Five Biggest Letdowns of the Season”

Paneled Page to Simple Screen: Comic Books on Television

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]


I can recite the Green Lantern oath by heart, and can name most of the Corps’ primary members. I periodically place three pencils between the knuckles of my fist to make myself look like Wolverine. I have a section on my bookshelf devoted to the Last Son of Krypton, and I will emphatically point ou Continue reading “Paneled Page to Simple Screen: Comic Books on Television”

Un-Charmless City: Loving The Wire

[Blogged by Bertrand Schmendrick]

[An Objectively Objective Critique]

Greetings, lower individual. My name is Bertrand, and I grant you permission to address me as such. I further grant you permission to prove me wrong (although I assure you that’s not even a remotely possible occurrence) in my saying that I am intellectually superior to you. Don’t have an argument i Continue reading “Un-Charmless City: Loving The Wire”

The Death and Life of Buffy

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]

[Slayed to Rest]

Ladies and gentlemen, you are witnessing an historical moment in Critically Touched history. For the first time since this site’s official inception, an article about Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been published… by someone other than MikeJer.

I will pause while you gasp in astonishment.

Do Continue reading “The Death and Life of Buffy”

The Best Shows of the Lustrum (Part 3)

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]

[The Mind-Vaporizingly Awesome Shows]

All right, chicks and chaps, we’ve come to the home stretch. My Top Five picks for the Best Shows of the Lustrum await you. Those of you just joining us can read the Introduction to the list, Continue reading “The Best Shows of the Lustrum (Part 3)”

The Best Shows of the Lustrum (Part 2)

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]

[The Pretty Awesome Shows]

Hello again, guys and gals. We’re back with another exciting installment of the Best Shows of the Lustrum. Once again, here’s the Introduction to the list, and here’s <a href="http://www.criti Continue reading “The Best Shows of the Lustrum (Part 2)”

The Best Shows of the Lustrum (Part 1)

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]

[The Shows That Were Somewhat Awesome]

All right, ladies and gents, let’s kick things off. For those of you who’ve missed it, here’s the Introduction to this list, explaining the parameters, as well as what a “lustrum” is. If you’v Continue reading “The Best Shows of the Lustrum (Part 1)”

The Best Shows of the Lustrum: Introduction

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]

[The Best Shows of the What?]

Come near the end of every year, the crop of Internet denizens who comprise the serious television community take to their typewriters and make their case for what they believe are the television shows that best made the last 365 Earth-cycles worth sitting through. They label these lists with title Continue reading “The Best Shows of the Lustrum: Introduction”

Get Onboard: Les Revenants

[Blogged by Jay Yencich]

[The Breakup]

America, I think we need to start seeing different zombie shows. No, it’s not you, it’s me. Too much has changed and I don’t feel connected anymore. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy our time together. I did, I swear. I do remember all that we’ve been through together, all the thrills Continue reading “Get Onboard: Les Revenants”

The Other Orphan Black Article

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]


Hello, everyone. Jeremy here. I’ve got a special surprise to share with you all this week.

As many of you may recall, Mike, our humble overlord, wrote an article a few months ago about the first season of Orphan Black, the sci-fi cult hit on BBC America. In his article, Mike praised the show Continue reading “The Other Orphan Black Article”