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)
Tuca And Bertie Season

‘Tuca & Bertie’ is Back and Still a Vibrant Delight

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The comedy series about two close friends who happen to be birds effortlessly makes the leap from Netflix to Adult Swim with its second season.

Chernobyl Episode 1

On the Particular Devastation of the ‘Chernobyl’ Premiere

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

For our Episodes column, we re-examine “1:23:45”, the bleak, fantastic first installment of HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ miniseries.

Betty Hbo Season 2

Get On Board With HBO’s Excellent Skater Girl Series ‘Betty’

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

If you haven’t heard of HBO’s great underdog series Betty, now’s your chance to change that.

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.