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Wednesday, September 25 2013

The Office’s Final Season Is an Amalgam of Highs and Lows

The series' ninth season lacks the consistent laughs found in earlier episodes but ends on a memorable note.


‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ Is Ridiculous, Ludicrous, Utterly Unbelievable, and a Hell of a Good Time

Da Vinci's Demons scores major points for its gleeful, headlong rush of I-don't-give-a-shit-ness. Call it the joy of ridiculousness. Call it the audacity of awesomeness.


Tuesday, September 24 2013

‘CSI’ Is Corny and Clichéd but You Can’t Help but Love It

There are fumbles, foolish plot devices, annoying clichés and daft jokes by the dozens, but CSI is nearly impossible to stop watching.


Monday, September 23 2013

The Origin of the Species (and the Characters) of ‘Into Darkness’

The episodes in Star Trek: The Original Series - Origins can be found elsewhere, but this collection gets to the roots of Into Darkness.


Thursday, September 19 2013

By Season Five, It’s Clear That ‘Castle’ Deserves a Wider Audience

One man's mission to make Castle relevant in a culture ready to move past episodic television. Mission impossible?


Tuesday, September 17 2013

What Happens When Bad Ideas Come to Life? Things Like ‘Bates Motel’

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates is the best thing in this show. She perfectly portrays an attractive, normal seeming woman who’s actually a demented moonbat.


Monday, September 16 2013

Watching ‘Scandal’ Is Like Riding a Runaway Train—Hang on Tight!

In its ridiculously entertaining second season, Scandal comes into its own as one of television’s great thrill rides, a runaway train of twisty, soapy plotting that never stops.


‘Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka’ Tells of an Alien Invasion with Lots of Running and Screaming

Don’t let the animated nature of this story fool you. This is as scary, violent and edgy as Doctor Who has ever been.


Friday, September 13 2013

Helen Mirren Invents the Modern TV Detective in ‘Prime Suspect’

Mostly set in London, Prime Suspect tackles the inequality experienced by female inspectors in a predominantly male world, and also deals with social issues ranging from racism to child abuse.


Wednesday, September 11 2013

Love and War, Stoppard Style: HBO’s ‘Parade’s End’

With the Emmy awards only a few days away, Parade’s End, with five nominations, arrives on DVD in the US.


‘Doctor Who: The Green Death’ Is a Solid ‘70s ‘Who’ Outing

Some 40 years since The Green Death first appeared, there's still nothing quite like the sight of seeing the Doctor in drag.


Tuesday, September 10 2013

Looking for Subtlety? You Won’t Find It in ‘Spartacus: War of the Damned’

Spartacus masterfully succeeded in what it set out to do, which was to create a hallucinatory otherworld of violence, despair and defiance.


Friday, September 6 2013

Twists and Turns in Season Four of ‘Inspector George Gently’

The Inspector deals with troublesome youth, although it turns out that the older generation can be even more corrupt than those half their age.


Thursday, September 5 2013

The Sleuths in ‘Tommy & Tuppence: Partners in Crime’ are Intimately Acquainted

For those who idealise the nostalgic storytelling of crime writer Agatha Christie, the release of 1983's TV series Tommy & Tuppence, will be the perfect box set to add to your collection.


Friday, August 30 2013

‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ Was Never Fully Assimilated

Enterprise's writers and producers had the unenviable task of creating first contact with the Borg substantially earlier than Captain Picard's crew.


Thursday, August 29 2013

‘Sapphire and Steel’ May Be Old, but It Still Has Shine

This is intelligent, atmospheric, and sometimes puzzling science fiction that grows increasingly darker throughout the series.


Wednesday, August 28 2013

Madness, Obsession and ‘Midsomer Murders’

Character development and intelligent storytelling are the two ingredients that make Midsomer Murders such a great detective show.


‘The Walking Dead’ Limps Along in Its Third Season

There's something foul about this third installment of The Walking Dead and it's not the stench of the stumbling zombies or the body odor of the stressed out survivors.


‘Broadchurch’ Is Self-Aware Enough to Make Its Clichés Work for It

Unlike Wallander , The Killing and The Bridge, Broadchurch has a smaller scope; it has no time for exploring wider societal ills


Tuesday, August 27 2013

‘Boardwalk Empire’ Continues to Amaze

With top notch writing and stellar performances, Boardwalk Empire is hard to top. The third season shows why.


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