Valerie Ettenhofer

Valerie Ettenhofer is a California-based freelance writer, Scooby-Doo fan, and nap enthusiast. As a Senior Contributor at Film School Rejects, she covers television through regular reviews and her recurring column, Episodes. She is also a voting member of the Critics Choice Association's television and documentary branches. @aandeandval (She/her)
Liseys Story

Stephen King Adaptation ‘Lisey’s Story’ Should Have Stayed on the Shelf

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The star-studded Apple TV+ adaptation of one of King’s own favorite works is overwrought, muddled, and silly.

In Treatment Hbo Aduba

‘In Treatment’ is Back and in Top Form with Uzo Aduba

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

HBO’s therapy session drama returns after a decade off the air with a new cast and whip-smart and timely fourth season.

Special Season 2 Netflix Ryan

The Subversive Netflix Comedy Series ‘Special’ Ends in its Prime

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The second season of Ryan O’Connell’s semi-autobiographical show goes out on a high note, tackling disability and love with humor and nuance.


‘Girls5eva’ is a Comedic Showstopper from the Producers of ‘30 Rock’

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The latest Peacock series is laugh-out-loud funny and full of catchy original music.

The Girlfriend Experience Season

‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Has Become Disconnected from Desire

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The third season of the Steven Soderbergh-produced escort drama dives deep into tech and science — and loses some of its spark along the way.

The Mosquito Coast Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux Can’t Outrun Capitalism in Moralizing Adventure Series ‘The Mosquito Coast’

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The bold new Apple TV+ adaptation of Paul Theroux’s book is heavy on action and family drama.

Shadow And Bone Netflix

‘Shadow and Bone’ Should Be the Next Big Netflix Hit

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s much-loved Grishaverse franchise has all the makings of a great fantasy epic.

Game Of Thrones Pilot

Revisiting the ‘Game Of Thrones’ Pilot 10 Years Later

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

Before it was a worldwide phenomenon, it was just a new HBO show with a hell of a good hook.

The Nevers Ann Skelly And Laura Donnelly

‘The Nevers’ is the Worst of Joss Whedon

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

This overcrowded, faux-empowering HBO sci-fi series is a wholly original disappointment.