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Ambitious and Ludicrous Satire: ‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series’

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman looks more like an Andy Warhol production on cable access than a nationally syndicated Norman Lear sitcom.

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‘About a Boy’ Gives Us Man-Children by the Episode

Will and Marcus “grow up” together in bite-sized portions, learning to put away their respective childish things in the course of each episode. Then they regress.

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The Sitcom As Ideological Torture

Family Matters is a sterling (and torturous) example of the allegedly “post-racial” America inaugurated by the bourgeois and only mildly Afrocentric triumphs of The Cosby Show.

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‘Spies of Mississippi’: When the US Government Was Committed to an Apartheid System

Congressman Bennie Thompson's recollections are chilling, and not only because the government of Mississippi once posed a real threat to some of its citizens.

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Jiggle TV? ‘Charlie’s Angels’

It's worth noting that, the problematic politics of the series aside, this is not great TV.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Sets the Gold Standard for TV Dramas

It’s no wonder that Game of Thrones is one of HBO’s biggest successes and a worldwide phenomenon. Plus, you know, it's got dragons.

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The Darcys Have Reputation Anxiety in ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’

The spectre of murder threatens to divide Elizabeth and Darcy in this adaptation of P.D. James' Austen homage, but the poor grasp of character might be the more devastating crime, here.

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Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in a Well-Made BBC Biopic

Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West capture the emotional truth of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's relationship in the BBC biopic, Burton and Taylor.

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‘Good Times’: Ain’t We Lucky We Got ‘Em?

The truth is that Good Times is an excellent and remarkably funny show. The irony of the show and its title continues to resonate.

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‘Sherlock’ and the Case of the Changing, Challenging Identities

The third season of Sherlock becomes much more meta and challenges the very concept of who Sherlock Holmes is, and suggests change is indeed in the (east) wind.

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‘The White Queen’ Is the War of the Roses, from the Women’s Point of View

Battles and beheadings, letters sent and lost, dungeons and plenty of who-can-you-trust moments. The White Queen is a whopping good time.

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Yield to Dilbert’s Technical Superiority

The 2014 re-release of the complete Dilbert series looks and sounds good and is bargain priced, but has none of the extras of the 2004 release.

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What Happens to the Excommunicated Amish?

The Amish: Shunned reveals the complexity of these lives and choices, hopes and losses.

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Darkness Comes to ‘Downton’

Season 4 of Downton Abbey is suddenly like the British aristocracy’s version of Breaking Bad.

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The ‘Mad Dogs’ Are Fast on a Road to Nowhere

The desperate foursome are running from themselves and don't notice the Afrikaans sign, ‘Oppad na nerens'. ‘On the road to nowhere’.

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31 Jan 2014 // 8:05 AM

Ain’t Life Just Like That?

Sure, Treme is about the sacred, but you can’t have the sacred without the engine of the profane motoring things along, and there’s nothing more profane than money.

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‘The State of Arizona’ Declares, Show Your Papers or Else

The State of Arizona presents the "immigration" question from a number of perspectives as well as contexts.

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Three Doctors, One Special, and a Big (Blue) Box of Surprises!

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor leans towards the lighter side of the Whoniverse.

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Selflessness and Courage, Self-Awareness and Naiveté Combine in ‘Blood Brother’

Like so many white male heroic types before him, Rocky seeks experience in an exotic place where people are plagued by poverty and disease.

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What Happened to Tonya Harding? ‘30 for 30: The Price of Gold’

Shrewdly and consistently, The Price of Gold underscores the trouble posed by a culture still invested in impossible "feminine" ideals.

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