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4 Feb 2015 // 11:00 AM

‘Nashville’ Is No Conventional Melodrama

Forget the chit-chat about Nashville being a "sudsy" soap; as season three continues to show, this is a complex, feminist show that forges a new sort of sincerity.

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‘Kroll Show: Seasons One and Two’ Feels Like a Collection of Inside Jokes

Nick Kroll and his gaggle of comedian friends clearly think themselves hilarious; from a viewer's perspective, however, that judgment is usually questionable in Kroll Show.

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‘American Experience: Edison’ Captures the Inventor’s Practical and Imaginative Spirit

Just as Thomas Edison represented the America of his time, so too does he represents the America of our time in his try-and-succeed, try-and-fail methodology.

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‘Secret Agent: The Complete Series’ Out-Bonds James Bond

Patrick McGoohan's John Drake, superhero for the Cold War era, just might be the coolest hero of all time -- yes, even more than James Bond.

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The Final Season of ‘Better Off Ted’ Reminds Us That We Were Better Off With It

Better Off Ted was cancelled too early, and this truncated final season doesn't give any real closure. What it does give us, however, is more hi-jinks and zany creativity.

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With ‘Drunk History’, the More Shots You Have, the More You Learn

This isn't so much a comedy classic as it is passively amusing, but Drunk History's formula works damn well... especially after you've had a few of your own.

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Season Three of ‘Girls’ Might Be Its Strongest Yet

Much like its closest television contemporary, Mad Men, Girls comes alive through character detail rather than plot.

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Hayley Atwell Gives the Male-Centric 1940s a Kick in Its Pants in ‘Agent Carter’

As the titular Marvel heroine, the smart and one-liner ready Hayley Atwell towers over Iron Man and his ilk in this contemporary take on post-WWII politics.

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‘The Facts of Life’ Is the Ultimate ‘80s Comfort Food Sitcom

Almost 30 years after its conclusion, putting The Facts of Life on the TV feels like hanging out with an old friend.

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‘Broad City’ Skillfully Juggles the Heartfelt and the Absurd

Broad City is funny, but it's also heartfelt in unexpected and strange ways.

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‘Mr. Sloane’ Displays An Allenesque Dark Charm

Robert B. Weide's British period comedy Mr. Sloane was cancelled after just one season, depriving viewers of an engaging, wise and beautifully-made character study.

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The Bright Knight Rises: ‘Batman: The Complete Television Series’

The 1966 live-action series still mesmerizes today as a deft Pop Art confectionary satire on '50s squares that wanted its viewers to have their cake and eat it too.

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With Season Two, ‘The Paradise’ Had to Duck Out Too Early

The Paradise lights a slow fuse that burns brighter than its ITV rivals. Too bad low viewership has brought the series to an end.

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‘Accused Series 1 and 2’ Is a Good Procedural, Episodically

Fans of quality British television could do much worse than Accused, but only certain episodes, such as the one featuring Sean Bean's stunning role as a transvestite, stand out.

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‘The Librarians’ Is Packed With Allusions and Wily Behavior

The Librarians combines Willy Wonka with Indiana Jones to create the next Scooby Gang in search of magic, artifacts, and its own places in the universe.

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1 Dec 2014 // 12:45 PM

Bill Nighy Returns to Television in ‘Worricker’

When Worricker is on screen, paying attention is consistently rewarding.

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26 Nov 2014 // 11:00 AM

The Demonic Force in ‘The Whale: Revenge From the Deep’

As in its previous literary and screen incarnations, the whale here is a demonic force, producing fear in the whalers (and the audience) even when it is not visible.

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: Turkey Day Collection (XXXI)’ Is Comedy Worth Being Thankful For

Featuring episodes from both Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel, this Turkey Day Collection is a feast for comedy fans.

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‘Major Crimes’: Watching People Watching People

The sheer frustration of watching the nearly immobile Major Crimes is compounded by the glimmers it offers of alternative roles for women in primetime television.

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‘The Flash’: The CW’s New Superhero Show is Complex, So Far

Just under the surface, the earnest Barry Allen suppresses his darkness in the hope of freeing his wrongly convicted father.

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