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Friday, December 19 2014

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.


Thursday, December 11 2014

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.


Wednesday, December 10 2014

‘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.


Sunday, December 7 2014

‘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.


Monday, December 1 2014

Bill Nighy Returns to Television in ‘Worricker’

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


Wednesday, November 26 2014

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.


‘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.


Monday, November 24 2014

‘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.


Monday, November 10 2014

‘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.


Monday, November 3 2014

‘A Poet in New York’: The Last Days of Dylan Thomas

As A Poet in New York observes the poet's decline, it also examines the cult of celebrity and its ramifications.


Thursday, October 30 2014

‘The Honourable Woman’ Is a Thriller With Emotional Resonance

The Honourable Woman is smart, taut, and consistently suspenseful, without ever sacrificing character for plot, which is no easy feat.


Tuesday, October 28 2014

‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ Is Jane Austen, Continued

Affairs, unwed pregnancies, and murder all abound, but at the heart of Death Comes to Pemberley is the story of a marriage.


Friday, October 24 2014

‘30 for 30: When the Garden Was Eden’ Challenges the Narrative of the Melting Pot

30 for 30 shows how black men are expected to respond to limits and hopes, to contain, channel or otherwise cope with their frustrations.


Thursday, October 23 2014

‘South Park: The Complete 17th Season’ Finds Parker and Stone on an Upswing

From the gross-out to the epic, South Park returns to form with a ten-part season with no bad episodes.


Thursday, October 16 2014

‘Revenge: The Complete Third Season’ Is Too Convoluted for Its Own Good

In its third season, Revenge jumps the shark and drowns slowly afterwards.


Monday, October 13 2014

Does ‘Marry Me’ Mark the Year of the Rom-Sitcom?

Why shouldn’t a maligned genre -- and romantic comedies are nothing if not maligned -- follow in drama's footsteps?


Sunday, October 12 2014

‘Comic Book Men’ Is ‘Pawn Stars’ for Nerds

Kevin Smith and his comic book-loving posse spend each episode swapping tales about daily trades, sales, and purchases in Smith’s comic book store, Secrete Stash.


Sunday, October 5 2014

‘Mulaney’ Is Like Seinfeld, But Without Elaine

Mulaney and Motif’s third roommate, Jane is underdeveloped, and thrown into subplots that focus on typical -- if not offensive -- female storylines and stereotypes.


Thursday, October 2 2014

‘Gracepoint’, a Remake of ‘Broadchurch’, Is Both the Same and Different

A precarious balance between precision and messiness structures Gracepoint in its storytelling and in its position as a US network series.


Wednesday, October 1 2014

‘The Mysteries of Laura’ Is Too Many Shows in One

Trapped in the hour-long drama structure, the half-hour sitcom that The Mysteries of Laura might long to be never finds its footing.


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