Valerie Ettenhofer

Valerie Ettenhofer is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer, TV-lover, and mac and cheese 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. Twitter: @aandeandval (She/her)
Best Tv Scenes

The 15 Best TV Scenes of 2021

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

If you’re still trying to process the fact that 2021 is coming to a close, you’re not alone. Watch some great TV while you think about it, with our list of the year’s best scenes.

Station Eleven

‘Station Eleven’ is an Expansive, Exceptional Adaptation

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The National Book Award finalist about a devastating flu outbreak has gotten the HBO limited series treatment, and the end result is better than we could’ve imagined.

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‘PEN15’ Forces Us to Grow Up with an Emotional Ending

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The final episodes of Hulu’s remarkable coming-of-age story ring painfully true for anyone who’s ever been a teenager.

Flight Of The Conchords Mugged

Remember When the Flight of the Conchords Got “Mugged”?

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

HBO’s short-lived musical series was at its best when the protagonists wandered naively into strange situations, like in this Season 1 episode.

The Great Season 2

‘The Great’ is a Violent Delight

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

FSR chief television critic Valerie Ettenhofer reviews Season 2 of Hulu’s quasi-historical series, calling the return ruthless, funny, and relentlessly entertaining.

The Wheel Of Time

After Years of Anticipation, ‘The Wheel of Time’ Falls Flat

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

FSR chief television critic Valerie Ettenhofer says it’s hard to engage with Amazon’s new high fantasy series thanks to its middling CGI and overstuffed mythology.

Dexter New Blood

‘Dexter: New Blood’ Delivers The Same Old Thrills

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The sequel season of the popular serial killer thriller isn’t saying anything new, but it is entertaining.

True Detective Who Goes There

Re-entering the Void with the Best Episode of ‘True Detective’

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The surreal HBO series’ first-season midpoint — “Who Goes There?” — careens into epically cinematic chaos.

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Apple TV+ Sci-fi Epic ‘Invasion’ is Stylish and Stagnant

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The series looks and sounds great, but its thin characters can’t sustain the story at hand.