Not too long ago, sitcoms would have used a transgender character as a punchline, and the comfort of family life as its reassuring return to normalcy. The refreshing, universally acclaimed Transparent does the reverse, with Maura Pfefferman's newfound acceptance of herself the one fixed point of reference amid a family of semi-neurotics. It mines deep feeling (and laughs) from its thesis: "Life is complicated." What, are you going to skip a chance to watch Jeffrey Tambor do comedy?
Middle-aged men go down South to party. What sounds like every knockoff of a Judd Apatow comedy in the last decade quickly turns dark instead. After creating The Shield, Shawn Ryan should be allowed to do anything he wants forever. Unfortunately, that's not the case, as Mad Dogs, like its similarly named sibling Terriers, concluded at season one, full stop. Maybe, if we all deluge its traffic counter with views, we can revive it?
Detective shows aren't short of hard-bitten cops on the edge, but dang, man, Bosch stands out as a particularly durable hard case. The guy is on fire, and not in a good way... drawn into particularly dark cases, but keeping his back turned on an even darker past.