Quarantine Critiques: TV Shows

“High Fidelity,” Assistant In-Depth Editor, Lauren Dain

Zoë Kravitz, star of High Fidelity
Zoë Kravitz, star of High Fidelity. Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons 2.0.

This Hulu Original series, which released Feb. 14, is the fourth iteration of the High Fidelity story. The book, which was released in 1995, follows the main character, Rob. He is a record store owner who has just been dumped by his long term girlfriend. Throughout the book and the 2000 movie starring John Cusack, Rob try tries to figure out how to deal with his breakup by revisiting some of his old relationships. It is a funny and sincere story with an amazing soundtrack. The television show takes the same outline, but in the show, Rob is played by Zoë Kravitz. This gender swap makes for an interesting reboot, which has already lasted longer than the Broadway version which shut down after 10 days. The show is set in Brooklyn with interesting and outgoing characters, such as record store worker Cherise. If you love music, this show is for you. The amazing soundtrack throughout and music history is often brought up by the music-loving characters. 

Rated R, 4 out of 5 stars.


“Tiger King,” Staff Writer Ingrid Halverson

The Netflix Original series Tiger King, which was released on March 20, has climbed right to Netflix’s 10 most popular list. In this wild documentary series about privately-owned wild animals comes animal abuse, murder, multiple court trials, and a plethora of twisted lies. The main focus of this story is around Joe Exotic, the eccentric former owner of GW Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, with a love for tigers and hate for Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. She claims to save tigers by bringing them to her oasis. This series is almost impossible to look away from with it’s backstabbing twists, unsolved murder case, and cheetah print outfits.

Rated TV-MA, 4 out of 5 stars.


All American,” Staff Writer Jojo Wertheimer

On March 17, the second season of The CW’s All American was released on Netflix. Only one day later, the TV series was ranked the #1 most popular title on Netflix, and currently, over a month later, it is #10 on Netflix’s ranking of TV shows. The show, which is loosely based on the true story of pro football player Spencer Paysinger, follows Spencer James, a gifted high school football player living in Crenshaw, California. He is recruited to play football at the extremely rich, privileged Beverly Hills High School, and the struggles of two exceedingly different families and communities collide.

Rated TV-14, 5 out of 5 stars


“The Circle,” Staff Writer Sydney Termolen

The Netflix series The Circle is a change in pace for reality TV. Unlike many reality shows such as the new series Too Hot To Handle, The Circle focuses minimally on romance. In fact, the players don’t see each other face to face until the last episode. Each player creates an online social media profile for the other players to see. They have online conversations and rate each other. The player who is the most popular by the end of the series wins 100,000 dollars. To win, some players “catfish”, and use someone else’s photos, and sometimes personality. At times, the lack of face-to-face interaction can be frustrating. However, the show maintains an interesting plot and makes commentary on the nature of social media in general.

Rated PG-13, 4 out of 5 stars