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‘Brazil With Monty Python’s Michael Palin’ Isn’t the Brazil You’re Thinking of

This BBC series is a nice way to learn some things about the world's fifth largest country, which is hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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David Tennant Is a Brilliant Barrister in ‘The Escape Artist’

Will (David Tennant) may be his chambers' most promising barrister, but he's flamboyant and ruthless only in the courtroom.

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Man-Sized Hamsters Haunt London’s Tube in ‘Doctor Who: The Web of Fear’

“The Web of Fear” illustrates why mostly unseen monsters work much better than their fully-formed cousins.

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‘Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr.’: The Actor on His Father

A contemplation of how art might be valued, how eras might be defined, and how artists survive adversity.

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It’s Out with the Old, in with the Older in ‘Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor’

With the Doctor's many regenerations, we see our Time Lord reincarnated with different mannerisms and taste in just about everything but the almost universally garish clothing.

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Celebrating a Remarkable 50-Year ‘Adventure in Space and Time’

Long-time fan and Doctor Who scriptwriter Mark Gatiss guides us through the first episode of what would become television’s longest running sci-fi show.

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PC-Cloning Has Gone Mad in ‘Halt and Catch Fire’

Halt and Catch Fire isn't about the Steve Jobs or the Bill Gateses. It's about the other guys who rushed in and tried to make a fortune in their wake.

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‘Call the Midwife: Season Three’ Shifts from Learning Curves to Relationships

These stories are always engaging, not only because midwifery in the '50s is so interesting, but also because the midwives themselves are fully realized characters.

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Quirks, Neurosis, Irrational Behavior and ‘The Bob Newhart Show’

It shouldn’t work, turning psychiatric patients into cartoons; it should be more more offensive than it is. Somehow, though, it all just ends up being good for a laugh.

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‘Doctor Who’ Minus the What, When, Why and Where

Patrick Troughton is amazing in his dual roles in Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World, but this long-lost serial is short on the thrills.

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The Playbook of Marketing Was Turned on Its Ear by Social Media

Douglas Rushkoff’s Frontline: Generation Like discovers that teens, it seems, are happy to work for free, essentially doing the work of the advertisers.

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‘Frontline: United States of Secrets, Part 1’: History of the NSA’s Surveillance Program

Edward Snowden's reveal has had cascading effects. While more are now aware of what the NSA has done, efforts to limit the damage and perpetuate the Program persist.

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Exploring the Depths of the ‘Hill Street Blues’

Hill Street Blues is a near perfect beast that never replicates, but builds upon its predecessors in its own quirky, occasionally surreal way.

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‘Orange is the New Black’ Eases Us All Into Prison Life

These are women who are rarely given a voice in television, so when a series like Orange is the New Black comes along, it’s striking in its depiction.

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‘I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season One’ Is Really Smokin’

I Love Lucy has been treasured for years, but this is the first time that it has been presented in a manner so thoroughly studied and examined within its historical context.

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‘30 for 30 Soccer Stories: Barbosa’ and ‘Mysteries of the Rimet Trophy’

On Moacir Barbosa and Brazils self-image of ongoing suffering and its perpetually elusive redemption.

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‘Generation War’ Isn’t Afraid to Present Ambivalence and Ambiguity

This might make some viewers uncomfortable. It might offend. It might challenge preconceptions. That’s fine. Much of the time, that’s what good art does.

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‘24: Live Another Day’ Has Chloe’s Back

It may be that in 24's universe, there's no option for being cast out, for remaining out, that choices can't be made, but are only made for Chloe and Jack Bauer and you, too.

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‘Lizzie Borden Took an Axe’ and That’s About It

Too shallow to be informative and too dry to be campy, Lizzie Borden Took an Axe is unsatisfying on every level.

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Kenneth More’s ‘Father Brown’ Gives a Us Reassuring Voice of Reason and Moderation

Father Brown, in his 1974 television series incarnation, assures viewers that wisdom lies in moderation, not revolution.

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"Heroes: Reborn looks like what the original Heroes could have been in an alternate, better universe.

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