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)
Björnstad / Beartown

HBO’s Swedish Import ‘Beartown’ Skates on Thin Ice

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

Fredrik Backman’s best-selling novel gets the small-screen treatment with this grim, underwritten adaptation.

Its A Sin Ritchie

‘It’s a Sin’ is the Best New Show of 2021 So Far

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

Russell T. Davies’ fantastic, wide-ranging AIDS drama leaves room for every emotion.

The Great North

‘The Great North’ is Like the Zany Cousin of ‘Bob’s Burgers’

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

Trust us, that’s a good thing.


‘Clarice’ Needs to Go Dark or Go Home

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

A new series aims to retell ‘The Silence of The Lambs,’ but it’s missing some key elements.

Youre The Worst Lcd Soundsystem

When ‘You’re the Worst’ Took a Hard Look at Marriage

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

One of the series’ most unnerving and enlightening episodes, “LCD Soundsystem” sees Gretchen stalk a seemingly picture-perfect married couple.

Jules Euphoria

‘Euphoria’ Delivers Another Must-Watch Deep Dive

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The second special episode of ‘Euphoria’ is a welcome character study of soft-spoken, adventurous trans teen Jules, played by Hunter Schafer.

Servant Season 2

The Second Season of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Servant’ Loses Its Dark Center

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

When the disturbing first season made us feel bad, it was the sign of a job well done. The second season of the M. Night Shyamalan-produced series, unfortunately, just feels bad because it is bad.

Dickinson Season

‘Dickinson’ is Still as Inspired as Its Subject

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

The show’s sophomore season, which follows the famed poet into a new period of her life, is audacious and clever.

Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Ending

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Goes Out with a Bang

By Valerie Ettenhofer 

This ‘Riverdale’ sister series never quite reached the wacky creative heights of its counterpart, but it comes close with an ambitious final season.