Day: September 29, 2019

This one can be dramatic and funny and more

“Almost Family” is an almost-terrific show that reminds us of what’s possible
:A show can still try to do it all. It can have heavy-duty, life-and-death crises one moment … light human drama the next … and some outright comedy scattered in between.
Lots of shows did that in the past, from “Lou Grant” to “L.A. Law”; fewer have tried lately. Read more…

Best-bets for Oct. 1: Sweet family, angry bikers

1) “This Is Us,” 9 p.m., NBC. Last week’s season-opener repeated a clever trick from the pilot film: Introduce some apparent strangers, without telling us a time-leap is involved. Only in the final minutes did we see that the blind singer (shown here) is a future view of Kate’s baby. In the present, the teen father befriended Deja, Randall’s adopted daughter; the alcoholic veteran (Jennifer Morrison) met Nicky, Jack’s long-lost brother. Now Randall’s family adjusts to life in the city, where he’s a new councilman. Read more…