Daniel Johnson is a graduate of the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication. He's had a passion for all things film and television since early childhood, but these days is drawn most to TV comedies, comedian-hosted podcasts, sketch shows and stand-up comedy. He even listens to DVD commentaries of his favorite comedy films. Okay, he'll admit he's a comedy nerd and that writing about himself in third-person is a bit weird...
Articles by Daniel Johnson
Falling Water presents an intriguing concept and interesting ideas in its series premiere, but struggles to do much with those ideas.
The Designated Survivor series premiere manages to ground its premise with a relatable, strong, and complex lead character.
The Silicon Valley season 3 finale twists its way to a surpising ending that promises to bring major change to the series.
Lacking big laughs and staying a too close to the original film, ABC’s Uncle Buck reboot makes for an odd TV adaptation.
The pilot for TNT’s Animal Kingdom works to establish itself by immersing the audience in a dark world of crime.
The season 2 finale of The Last Man on Earth says goodbye to one character, and introduces a bunch of trouble for the rest of the gang.
In the New Girl season 5 finale, the show’s characters take a big step forward in their lives away from the loft — except for Jess.
Veep returns with season 5, and in the midst of a contentious election year, its sharp, objective political satire is welcome now more than ever.
In the season 3 premiere of Silicon Valley, both the series and its characters confront difficult decisions, and show growth by making wise moves.
The season 11 finale of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia successfully mixes a conceptual premise with the show’s signature character-driven humor.
In its season 4 premiere, Bates Motel ratchets up the tension — with Norman more unhinged than ever — while cleanly introducing new story arcs.
While not the funniest Netflix comedy, Love paints a refreshingly realistic portrait of a modern relationship in its rookie season.
Love, from producer Judd Apatow puts the focus on character in its premiere, setting the stage for a thoughtful look at relationships.
Leaning heavily on an uninspired premise, HBO’s new animated comedy Animals offers only light amusement, but may appeal to late-night TV viewers.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia returned with a hilarious season 11 premiere, but it made little effort to draw new viewers into the series.
New Girl embarks on a year of change but manages to retain its signature sense of humor and identity in its season 5 premiere, Big Mama P.
While not the laugh riot some might expect, Netflix’s new animated series F Is for Family presents a nice balance of dark comedy and real heart.
While South Park successfully reinvented itself with a thematic and continuity-driven season 19, serialization may not be what it needs long term.
In the series finale of The League, Kevin, Jenny, Ruxin, Pete, and Andre prove that nothing in their lives measures up to the power of The Shiva.