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  • Riley
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    #305439

    Who is your favourite and who do you read?  Who bothers you?

    I used to follow more,
    but I now only regularly read Sepinwall and listen to his podcast with
    Dan Fienberg, which I recommend above the blog.  I like Myles McNutt, who I think used to post at The Envelope.  Greenwald is good at talking about the state of television, as opposed to Sepinwall’s episodic reviews.  The A.V. Club covers so
    many shows and has such a large following that I have been checking it
    out lately, but more for the comments than the reviews themselves, which
    never seem to be graded below “B” territory.  It is just nice to read
    intelligent conversation.

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    I read Alan Sepinwall a lot but Todd VanDerWerff is by far my favorite TV critic. He has a more positive outlook on television than most critics but he’s not a fanboy; he backs up his points and sometimes makes me appreciate shows more. Plus his TV on the Internet podcast with his wife Libby Hill is my absolute favorite to listen to.

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    eastwest
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    -_- to most of them, but I do like Todd (talson nails it w/the description) and Myles. Enjoyed Alan’s (his partner in crime is why I stop listening to their podcast) book and appreciate the institution Ken is. Can’t stand Dan Feinberg. Insufferable and smug!

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    CanadianFan
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    TVDW grades things in a weird way and overanalyzes most shows. I like Sepinwall and James Poniewozik.

    As for sites as a whole, I think hitfix and the AV Club are good. Both of them pale in comparison to thedissolve for movies, though. The GD forum is still my favorite place to discuss television… 

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    JB
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    Um, how about none of the above?

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    GoMe91
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    I think the users on this forum are the best…

    …but, yeah, Alan Sepinwall is my favorite here. Followed by Todd. Never much cared for Ken Tucker tbh. There are a couple here I’ve never heard of though.

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    GoMe91
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    I also think the AVClub comments are hilarious and, in many cases, more interesting than the actual review lol.

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    Icky
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    Sepinwall offers a good read, but he’s a lil’ bias. Todd is a bit of a sycophant, and his reviews tend to be long-winded. But they both seem to hold the most power over people who pay attention to TV reviews, so they must be doing something right. I tend to agree with Tucker a lot, but his reviews often seem long-winded as well. I haven’t read much of Greenwald, but I’ve liked I have seen. Though I haven’t been really keeping up with reviews of any series this year Poniewozik and Maureen Ryan are my current favorites. Matt Roush was the first TV reviewer I really started keeping up with. His current write-ups pale in comparison to what they once were, but he did show love to a lot of underappreciated genre/”youth” shows for years, so I’ll always give him props for that.

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    Halo_Insider
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    VanDerWerff’s TV Club classic reviews for Freaks and Geeks were a joy to behold. I agree that his grades can get a little weird (I thought that he was a little too forgiving on Mad Men Season 6), but he acknowledges that they aren’t really at the forefront of his mind when reviewing a show. Sepinwall can make for a great read, but I haven’t caught up with many of the others aside from Tucker. 

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    DamianWayne
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    Sepinwall is always a good read. He discusses a lot of thing that I usually never think of.

    Zeitz is a good read, too. Check his stuff out, especially his video essays.

    AV Club crew is okay but I love their negative reviews the most.

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    sorcery
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    Shales and Tucker are (were?) dinosaurs. Their reviews reeked of condescension and especially in more recent years just seemed out-of-touch with the online critical community and their readers’ tastes. Glad Mike Hale and Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times weren’t included as poll options–I prefer to read reviews by people who don’t have utter disdain and/or indifference towards the medium. Say what you will about most of the other critics on this list but at least they’re passionate about TV.

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    Halo_Insider
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    AV Club crew is okay but I love their negative reviews the most.

    I don’t think that there was anything I laughed harder at this year than Joshua Alston’s reviews of Dexter Season 8. Well, that and the comments section of course.  

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    Riley
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    Todd VanDerWerff is leaving The A.V. Club for Vox, which launched two months ago and you can tell by its website.

    Erik Adams is being promoted in his place and Sonia Saraiya is taking over some of his shows.

    Ken Tucker has moved to The Daily Beast since I made the poll.

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    rstang00
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    Roush, Tucker, and Bianco (USA Today). Other than those, I put much more stock into what you all say about shows here than anyone else on that list (some of which I’ve never heard of: hitfix/av club).

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    Tom O’Neil
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    Why isn’t Bianco on this list? Where is Brian Lowry of Variety? Mary McNamara of L.A. Times? Plus many, many more. This list is absurd — it’s missing some of the biggest TV critics of all. Riley, your pathetic attempt to “prove” that your hero Sepinwall is tops is painfully transparent.

    MORE Obvious omissions:
    Tim Molloy, The Wrap
    Emily Nussbaum of the New Yorker
    Verne Gay of Newsday
    David Hinckley of NY Daily News
    Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal

    Many of these writers are syndicated internationally — like Molloy’s articles on the Reuters news wire.

    Ken Tucker is no longer on staff at EW. Does he still contribute? Didn’t Shales retire from Washington Post?

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