Poker Face: Natasha Lyonne makes murder dramedy tough to deny

I’m not one of those big shot TV critics. I don’t get the screeners that a lot of other publications do. This means that I have to deal with an incredible amount of superficial hype before I get to watch a show for the first time. Such as I did this week with “Poker face” the new action, murder, comedy, from Peacock.

But the hype on this one is true. Natasha Lyonne really does make this show hum nicely.

The reason is that there is a good chance that you know someone like her Charlie Cale. She could be a neighbor. A co worker. A regular at your local bar. She doesn’t take things too seriously. She lives in a trailer drinks Coors Lights (and an occasional Heineken) and just kind of takes it one day at a time.

But in Charlie’s case, when her cocktail waitressing job gets her involved in a casino conspiracy, she has to use her locked away talent of being able to tell when people lie, for the sake of her own survival. And that premise leads to some pretty fun TV. Rian Johnson (Knives Out, Glass Onion) created this one, and his fingerprints are all over it with a supporting cast that carries along Charlie’s story nicely, and a world that looks really cool. Almost like Fallout at some points.

Its not a perfect show. Charlie does occasionally sound like a Columbo/My Name is Earl multiverse variant but the important part here is that we’re having a good time.

I’m going to stick with Poker Face and hope they can build on it, giving us another modern television character we can all root for.

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