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The Evolution of Racism: Coded Bigotry and Aggression in ‘Show Me a Hero’

With overt acts of racial violence are now less socially acceptable, writers David Simon and William F. Zorzi expose the coded racist rhetoric in the middle third of Show Me a Hero.

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Orson Welles Is Like the Eccentric Uncle in ‘Around the World With Orson Welles’

A combination of sublime and ridiculous makes for a surprisingly enjoyable show.

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‘Person of Interest - Season 4’ Continues to Offer Smart, Binge-worthy TV

This show's war of heroes, villains, and recurring characters of unknown loyalty interact and battle against each other in a way that demands the viewer's complete attention.

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Corrupted Ideals, Seedy Underbellies: There’s No Place for Heroes in ‘Show Me a Hero’

Writer David Simon and director Paul Haggis explore the seedy innerworkings of institutional politics in a powerful new miniseries.

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The ‘Frozen’ Characters’ Mix in ‘Once Upon a Time - Season 4’ Creates Quite the Slush

In what appears to be more of a publicity stunt to capitalize on the immense popularity of Frozen, Storybrooke is looking more like Disneyworld than a classic fairytale world.

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13 Aug 2015 // 8:30 AM

‘Orphan Black’ Is Truly a Family Affair

By widening its focus, season three explores the intertwined joy and heartbreak of family.

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‘2 Broke Girls’ Is on the Way to Comedy Bankruptcy

While it has moments that make you think about laughing, this sitcom relies heavily on poorly delivered re-hashings of the same tired jokes.

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It’s the Special Features That Shine in ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXIII’

The featurettes here are extremely respectful and well-made, detailing the oft-forgotten studio systems in place that made cheap B-movies thrive in the '50s and '60s.

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‘The Crimson Field’ Addresses War and the Changing Roles of Women

The Crimson Field may not completely enthrall but it is consistently interesting. For a show without grand ambition, you can say much worse.

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An Excellent Ensemble Shines In ‘The Casual Vacancy’

The series does an admirable job of adapting J.K. Rowling’s dense book into a miniseries, even with the sacrifice of several storylines.

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‘Metal Hurlant Chronicles’: The Soul, if Not the Imagery, of Heavy Metal

While the series is often hit and miss, the Blu Ray musters up some interesting extras like motion comics (for fun comparisons), featurettes, convention appearances and more.

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A Sherlock Holmes Fit for a King

In an excellent series of TV adaptations, the noble and striking Douglas Wilmer offers a portrayal of Holmes that is perhaps closest to the great writer's original character.

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‘Frontline: Escaping ISIS’ Explores the Terrorist Group’s Genocidal Aims

As Frontline: Escaping ISIS reveals in images that are at once effectively impressionistic and grim, ISIS is embarked on a genocidal, "forced conversion" crusade against the Yazidi.

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‘The Strain: Season 2’ Has More Monsters, More Metaphors

The Strain connects its vampiric mayhem to political and melodramatic themes, all nestled in with the gory action for which the series is best known.

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12 Jul 2015 // 10:00 AM

‘Naked and Afraid XL’ Doesn’t Scare Us

Naked and Afraid XL doesn't provide enough time with any of the contestants to make us worry about them as individuals.

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‘House of Cards: Season 3’: Sic Semper Tyrannis

Although the political stakes have never been higher with Francis Underwood as (shudder) President, this series’ personal drama keeps narrowing, to its detriment.

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‘Broadchurch’ Retains Its Suspense and Offers Another Excellent Season

Broadchurch not only continues to draw in and engage viewers, it also finds a way to add even more interest in its second season, making for a wholly satisfying series.

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The Women of ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Are Complex, but the Cases Are Simple

If just some of the subtlety found in Rizzoli and Isles themselves could enter the crime-fighting in the show, TNT might find on its hands not only an audience favorite, but also a critical ground-breaker.

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‘Murder in the First’ Is Only a Mild Intellectual Puzzle

In Murder in the First we see TNT's obvious investment in production, some promising direction, and a professional cast doing its best with a dodgy script.

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‘Call the Midwife’ Continues to Charm in Its Fourth Season

An excellent cast, coupled with the show’s strong sense of time and place, makes Call the Midwife consistently engaging and satisfying.

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