Let’s start with what “Shrill” isn’t: it isn’t a show about a fat woman taking pratfalls or being a cruel, easy punchline. It’s a confident, gently funny, slice-of-life show that benefits from the streaming model, where niche shows can find an audience, as it explores issues and characters y…

Lets face it, 2018 was kind of a meh year for television. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of good stuff out there, but with so much to watch, fewer shows now rise to that “Game of Thrones” level of ubiquitous must-watch TV. It also means that it’s difficult to stay current with some of …

If you’re going to make a puzzle-box mystery show in 2018, you better come correct. Landmark series like “Twin Peaks,” “The X-Files,” “Lost,” “Fringe” and “The Leftovers” have set a high bar. Each one was a sophisticated and fascinating example of how to build a gripping mystery that kept au…