Apple TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ ends with a bang — and a 9.8 on IMDB

No spoilers here, except to say that the critics who panned the Golden Globe-nominated series blew it. Big time.

From the New York Times’ James Poniewozik:

After three episodes, this tech company’s first venture into TV is good only at appearing to be good. It’s like something assembled in a cleanroom out of good-show parts from incompatible suppliers. Under the gleaming surface, as sleek and anodyne as an Apple Store, it is a kludge.

From the New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum:

Sadly, by its finale, “The Morning Show” is less addictive train wreck than glum clunker, symptomatic of peak TV: it’s yet another lacquered, poorly structured ten-episode story, whose sparks are dampened as it becomes more earnest.

My take: I call BS on Nussbaum, who seems to have dismissed all ten episodes after seeing only three. Last night’s finale was gripping television. Any TV critic who can’t see that might consider a new career.

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  1. Jamie McDaniel said:
    I’m really enjoying For All Mankind, having watched 9 of the 10 episodes. I started watching The Morning Show but there were simply too many F-bombs to be my entertainment. That little Language icon apparently means 1 in an hour or 1 every minute.

    December 21, 2019
  2. Turley Muller said:
    I haven’t seen any of it the show, but seen a number of negative reviews. Last I just read was Variety’s long winded dribble criticizing the most petty details. I quickly got the sense that his closed mindedness precluded the opportunity to reserve judgement and appreciate for what it is – not what he wants or thinks it should be.
    I think that’s a common theme among the negative reviews. When I see the positive reviews it’s like they are taking about to entirely different shows.

    December 21, 2019
  3. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    Critics are right up there with analysts — quite often wrong.

    Furthermore, why is it that some of them seem to write with an attitude like someone pissed in their morning Wheaties?

    For my two cents, it’s an entertaining, well done and well worth watching show, even if only to watch Billy Cruddup’s character and performance. Bravo. He definitely deserves the awards he’s been nominated for. His stands out, but all the others are intriguing also as an ensemble.

    Despite what critics can churn from their bowels, Apple’s no lame duck with their content.

    December 21, 2019
  4. Aaron Belich said:
    For All Mankind was the slowest for me to get into, the hook finally set on episode 5.

    Everything else was must see TV by episodes 2 or 3.

    December 21, 2019
  5. Larry Fritzlan said:
    My wife and I loved it and decided to watch it all over again to keep track of all of the nuanced relationships. And very timely in pushing forward the advancement of our culture.

    December 21, 2019
  6. Greg Bates said:
    Can we get Horace D or some similar genius to plot a graph showing A) analysts and their underwater price targets and B) critics of Apple TV+ against the ratings viewers give the shows? There’s a relationship between A and B, but I don’t quite have the brains to figure it out.

    December 22, 2019
  7. Fred Stein said:
    There’s a sentiment out there, that there must be something wrong with Apple. We see this in stock analysts, critics, bloggers, political candidates, and even law enforcement’ / criminal justice (FBI / Bernadino and e-book trial).


    December 23, 2019

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