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Ashley Ray-Harris Ashley Ray-Harris Jul 15, 2019 at 15:53.

She’s Gotta Have It struggles without its source material

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The first season of She’s Gotta Have It did a pretty good job of staying true to Spike Lee’s 1986 film while giving us a Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) for the modern age. In its second season, the show creates its own narrative by diving into Nola’s career and artistic authenticity, rather than focusing on her love life. It’s a gamble...

Ashley Ray-Harris Ashley Ray-Harris Jul 14, 2019 at 17:20.

Bob's Burgers delivers with an excellent Gayle-focused episode

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/bobs-burgers-delivers-with-an-excellent-gayle-focused-e-1831540340" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>Bob&#39;s Burgers</i> delivers with an excellent Gayle-focused episode</a>
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Ah, what a classic Gayle episode of Bob’s Burgers. Gayle is a wonderful, neurotic ball of energy who usually gets our central crew out of their comfort zones. Who can forget Bob bravely taking on the elements to save her cat in “Gayle Makin’ Bob Sled”? Or Gayle’s last appearance in “As I Walk Through the Alley of the Shadow of Ramps”...

Ashley Ray-Harris Ashley Ray-Harris Jul 14, 2019 at 09:18.

Insecure's penultimate episode forces Issa to unleash her crazy

<a href="https://www.avclub.com/insecures-penultimate-episode-forces-issa-to-unleash-he-1829262399" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>Insecure</i>&#39;s penultimate episode forces Issa to unleash her crazy</a>
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This was a difficult episode of Insecure to review. As a standalone episode, it had some of the show’s most hilarious moments of the season. But, when you examine “Obsessed-Like” against the show’s entire third season things start to fall apart. This is the penultimate episode and there’s no real momentum taking us into the finale. It...

Ashley Ray-Harris Ashley Ray-Harris Jul 12, 2019 at 23:01.

Insecure's girls trip gets derailed by a surprise return

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Last week’s episode, “Fresh-Like” felt like a huge step for Insecure. The episode felt like an exciting pivot for Molly and Issa that set up momentum for the rest of the season. It’s fair that “High-Like” doesn’t try to build off that momentum (obviously Issa wasn’t going to tackle her unemployment immediately), but it does feel like...

Ashley Ray-Harris Ashley Ray-Harris Jul 11, 2019 at 20:34.

Lawrence's return showcases Insecure's ensemble in a rewarding episode

<a href="https://www.avclub.com/lawrences-return-showcases-insecures-ensemble-in-a-rewa-1829101061" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Lawrence&#39;s return showcases <i>Insecure</i>&#39;s ensemble in a rewarding episode</a>
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Okay. Lawrence came back and the show didn’t implode. I know some of us were disappointed about Lawrence’s return, but I think anyone can admit that this was a great episode of Insecure. Season three has focused on some major changes paying off for Molly and Issa, but the show’s ensemble has always been strong. With Lawrence back, it...

Ashley Ray-Harris Ashley Ray-Harris Jul 11, 2019 at 20:29.

In Home Videos, Jerrod Carmichael doesn't know what to do with black women

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Home Videos should be a natural progression for Jerrod Carmichael’s work—a personal, comedic look at his own life and family isn’t too much of a departure from his work on The Carmichael Show or his production of Ramy Youssef’s family comedy, Ramy. Both Ramy and The Carmichael Show excelled at placing their protagonists’ emotional...

Ashley Ray-Harris Ashley Ray-Harris Jul 11, 2019 at 09:23.

Molly and Issa visit the ghosts of exes past in an amazing season finale

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And with that, another season of Insecure comes to an end. “Ghost-Like” is an amazing finale. Sadly, it comes at the end of an oddly paced season that leaves things feeling rushed. As the show celebrates Issa’s 30th birthday, there’s some beautiful symmetry at play. Issa has come a long way since her 29th birthday in the show’s pilot...

Ashley Ray-Harris Ashley Ray-Harris Jul 06, 2019.

The kids solve a Halloween mystery in a charming Bob's Burgers

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As far as animated Halloween episodes go, “Nightmare on Ocean Avenue Street” is a fairly unadventurous entry into the category. While other shows ramp up the antics on Halloween night, Bob’s Burgers keeps things simple this year with a Scooby-Doo-esque mystery. Luckily, Bob’s Burgers does well with simple, so there are still plenty of...

Ashley Ray-Harris Ashley Ray-Harris Jul 06, 2019.

Issa and Daniel find their rhythm in a slow-paced Insecure

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“Familiar-like” is a slower episode of Insecure. Last week’s premiere got us right back into the action and dealt with some major blow-ups. Episode two takes time to set a mood for the season. The issues at the center of this episode feel pretty familiar. There’s Daniel and Issa’s usual relationship drama. There’s Issa’s work problems....

Ashley Ray-Harris Ashley Ray-Harris Jul 05, 2019.

Molly and Issa get everything they want in a hilarious Insecure

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“Backwards-like” is a frustrating episode of Insecure because it covers a lot of ground we’ve seen before. Molly and Issa may be in new stages of their lives, but “Backwards-like” proves the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Even though Molly has the job she wanted and Issa is finally making her Daniel dreams come true,...

Ashley Ray-Harris Ashley Ray-Harris Jul 03, 2019.

Issa and Molly focus on boundaries in Insecure's strongest premiere yet

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“Better-like” is an incredible episode of Insecure. While it takes place only a few weeks after the events of season two, it sets Issa and Molly on new paths that make me excited for the show’s future. Opening with slick overhead shots of Los Angeles set to Ravyn Lenae’s “Sticky,” Insecure feels more polished than previous seasons. The...

Ashley Ray-Harris Ashley Ray-Harris Jun 30, 2019.

Insecure makes some major changes in one of its best episodes yet

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We may be four episodes into this season, but “Fresh-like” would’ve served well as the actual premiere. There are major changes with shifts we’ve been waiting for Issa to take since season one. Issa’s journey to adulthood hasn’t necessarily been frustrating or prolonged, but she’s definitely moving at her own pace. “Fresh-like” forces...

Ashley Ray-Harris Ashley Ray-Harris Apr 28, 2018. 19 comments

Scandal cements its murky legacy in a quiet series finale

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“Over A Cliff” is a fitting end to Scandal. It perfectly captures everything viewers loved about the show and the infuriating moments that left fans disappointed and unsure of what was even going on. Scandal was never entirely sure of what it wanted to be. It started as an exciting case-of-the-week soap opera. Then it was a spy mystery. Then Olivia got kidnapped and well… Scandal became...

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Ashley Ray-Harris Ashley Ray-Harris Apr 19, 2018. 6 comments

Scandal faces a reckoning as a major secret comes to light

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