Brian Van Nieuwenhoven (BlackBook) for “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” is the best show on television that you’re not talking about. Halfway through its landmark seventh season, the show’s dark humor is reaching surprising heights, even though we should expect exactly that from Mr. David. The storied co-creator of Seinfeld has already received praise for what many have summarized as the HBO version of “Seinfeld”—used as both praise and as a dismissive remark of both shows and their brand of comedy.
I include this entry not because “Curb” isn’t a great show (it is), but “the best show on television that you’re not talking about”? Just, no. “Curb” has been on since 2000, so clearly someone’s been talking about it (and watching and buying the DVDs and etc.). Also, this article was written during the “Seinfeld” reunion season, when the show had its highest ratings in years, making Van Nieuwenhoven’s claim as idiotic as someone now saying, “I think The Hangover Part II is going to be a sleeper hit.”
Mike Ryan (Vanity Fair) for “The Killing”
After the third episode, I had already decided that I wanted to write something to the effect of “The Killing” is the Best Show You’re Probably Not Watching. Now, after seven episodes, my stance has changed to “The Killing” is the Best Show on Television.
“And now after nine episodes, I believe the Golden Globes should be renamed the Golden Forbes, after Michelle’s daring performance this season. But after eleven episodes, it’s completely clear to me that those blank stares from Agent Holden symbolize the weariness of our nation’s police detectives in a way more subtle than that ‘Wire’ show ever accomplished. And finally, after thirteen, I have only one thing to say: GREATEST. FINALE. EVER.”
Bonus ridiculous quote:
The best part about The Killing is that we learn about each and every one of these characters through their somewhat quirky interactions with other characters, not by having each one explain to the audience who they are and what their motivations are through long monologues like some other popular shows on the air right now tend to do (cough, cough, Game of Thrones, cough).
And that’s why no show in the middle of its first season should be called “the best show on television.” Because it makes you look like an idiot.