Karen Townsend

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The third season of Big Mouth was released on October 4 on Netflix. The middle school kids are approaching graduation and anything and everything goes in the pursuit of understanding their maturing bodies as they go through puberty in this twisted adult-oriented series about horny kids.



It took a really convoluted story to give an opportunity for a Muslim FBI agent to accuse another Muslim agent of radicalizing young Muslim men to become terrorists but somehow the Season Two premiere of CBS’s FBI managed to do it. In the September 24 epsidoe “Little Egypt,” what began as a bombing at a Syrian restaurant in Queens and first assumed to be a hate crime by area white supremacists was quickly discovered by the FBI to be a false flag stunt by an angry Muslim man who had been attacked by three white punks and left in a coma.



The Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy calls it the “platinum age of television.” Frank Scherma spoke about how connected television viewing makes friends and family as it is a shared experience. Mostly, though, these awards shows prove it is the platinum age of bloated egos and groupthink.



It was bound to happen in Trump’s America. A show about a global media company owned by a conservative family patriarch has to include a show host with a love for the Hitler era, right?



Who knew that a star of the show GLOW on Netflix was a constitutional scholar? She's not, and yet, actress Alison Brie declared with certainty on the stage of the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards Monday night that what America is doing to immigrants is “unconstitutional and frankly disgusting."



The third (and hopefully the last) season of Netflix’s Dear White People series began airing August 2 with ten half-hour episodes. The only remarkable aspect of this season is that it feels like it is just the same old, same old kind of stories. They pick up right where they left off in previous seasons mocking conservatives and Republicans. Frankly, it’s gotten boring.



The seventh and final season of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black began airing on July 26 with thirteen hour-long episodes. The intention is to fill in the stories of the inmates of Litchfield Maximum Prison in New York and explain what happens to them as the series ends. In an odd twist, the stories of two former prisoners are used as indictments of America’s current immigration laws.



In Trump’s America, liberal Hollywood writers will take any opportunity available to insert some of their favorite narratives into the storylines of television shows. The most popular right now is thinly veiled references to President Trump and his supporters.



A ten-episode series centering around a traditional multi-generational African-American family in Georgia sounds like an interesting idea. The series is heavy on heartwarming family stories and family history. Netflix almost gets it right, too ... until it doesn’t.



It took quite a journey to get there, but Showtime’s Our Cartoon President found a way to call a group of conservatives a "white-power rally" and President Trump the "Grand Wizard." Along the way, prominent conservatives in public life, like Ben Shapiro, were dragged into the fray.



The July 2 episode of Freeform’s Good Trouble, titled “Doble Quince,” was written around the quinceañera Jazmin Martinez (Hallie Sahar)  never had. Not to put too fine of a point on it but the reason the transgender woman didn’t have a quinceañera is because at the age of 15 years old, when the coming-of-age celebrations traditionally happen in the Latino community, “she” was a he.



What better way for a silly liberal animated cartoon show to mock President Trump’s views on global warming than for him to embrace its reality because he is profusely sweating? Trump is convinced by the Generals – Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly – to support finding solutions to global warming to save the planet, and the military, too.



A group of vigilantes, Los Vigilantes, in an eastside Los Angeles Latino neighborhood is not happy that the large outdoor mural on the side wall of Vida’s bar has been replaced with a Mexican beer ad. In the June 23 season two finale of the Starz show Vida, titled “Chapter 16,” the group targets two Latina sisters over the issue of gentrification.



It’s 2019 and the elites in Hollywood are still unable to cope with the fact that Donald Trump is president and he has the ability to put conservative justices on the Supreme Court. So, a lame animated cartoon on Showtime is used to trash President Trump and anyone around him, including Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.



There is no doubt that Freeform’s The Fosters spin-off Good Trouble is woke. From gay relationships and pay inequity to the death of a young black man at the hands of a white policeman, Tuesday night's premiere checked all the boxes and announced Season Two is chock-full of wokeness.



It’s been thirty years since the Central Park Five were arrested for the brutal attack and rape of a 28-year-old investment banker as she was out for a jog one night. The Netflix limited miniseries When They See Us attempts a dramatic retelling of the story of the Five, whose convictions were vacated almost 15 years later, with a special cameo by President Donald Trump.



Season Two of Vida on the Starz network began airing May 26, picking up where the first season ended. The opening scene of “Episode 7” is jarring, to say the least. A full two-minute orgy scene begins the show. This includes wall to wall naked bodies of both heterosexual and homosexual couplings. The scene is completely random and without merit to the rest of the episode. If the intention is simply to shock the viewer, well, mission accomplished.



Looking for leverage to get the Democrats to fund a flame-shooting border wall, President Trump promises to refuse to resupply the International Space Station until Democrats agree to the funding in the May 19 episode of Showtime’s Our Cartoon President. Pitting suffering astronauts against the president, media reports cause Trump to begin to lose support. He even loses support from loyal Trump supporters like Sean Hannity, along with Ann Coulter who appears on Hannity’s show.



The final episode of season three of CBS All Access’s streaming show The Good Fight aired May 16. It’s a given that the show is anti-Trump. The writers portray President Trump and his administration in the worst possible ways on a regular basis. But this episode, titled “The One About the End of the World,” includes an odd scene, even for this show.



The series of Veep arrived on Sunday. In the episode titled “Veep”, presidential candidate Selina Meyer finds herself at a brokered convention in Charlotte, North Carolina with no clear candidate choice in sight. Along the way, she unintentionally finds an issue with which to pander for delegate votes.