Akash Singh

Featured Critic
Akash J. Saran (He/They) is a featured critic at That Shelf. Akash is several things in training: an attorney, novelist, and an experienced sodomite. They enjoy period pieces starring Dev Patel, films about writers making it in New York City, and the Paddington Cinematic Universe.


Articles by Akash Singh:


  • The Gilded Age Season 1 finale
    March 22, 2022

    The Gilded Age: Season 1 Finale Review

    Carrie Coon is terrific throughout, elevating each stroke of Fellowes’ script with the most minute of facial expressions and body language.

  • March 14, 2022

    The Gilded Age Episode 1.08 Review

    Episode 8 of The Gilded Age sees Bertha in the series’ most consistent and most absurd storyline, while Oscar and John make it gay.

  • March 9, 2022

    The Gilded Age Episode 1.07 Review

    Why is The Gilded Age’s chief scribe reluctant to lampoon his characters who actively uphold and benefit from a privileged society?

  • March 4, 2022

    On Isolation, Suicide, and “Spencer”

    “If I have a breakdown, will there be someone to hold my hand?” Akash Singh offers a deeply personal take on Spencer and its portrayal of mental health.

  • Gilded Age Episode 6
    March 2, 2022

    The Gilded Age Review: Episode 1.06

    The Gilded Age Episode 6 opens upon the wreckage of a train derailment. Akash Singh leads us through where things go from there.

  • Gilded Age
    February 22, 2022

    The Gilded Age Review: Episode 1.05

    The Gilded Age is, at its core, a story of hypocrisy, but can audiences count on Julian Fellowes to deliver the full critique?

  • The Gilded Age Episode 3
    February 9, 2022

    The Gilded Age: Episode 1.03 Review

    In The Gilded Age’s Episode 3, Bertha and George celebrate their new lease on life while the Russells weather a big storm.

  • The Gilded Age
    January 25, 2022

    The Gilded Age Premiere Review

    Carrie Coon’s promise that Julian Fellowes’ The Gilded Age was edgier than Downton Abbey proves true, at least in the premiere!