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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.


Tuesday, September 30 2014

‘Selfie’ Is Like ‘Pygmalion’ with Cell Phones

One of Selfie’s biggest sins is how tone-deaf it is about social media and those who use it successfully.


‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Is a Small Part of a Growing Live-Action Comic Book

Marvel is making their own live-action comic series, and while you don’t necessarily need to collect all the pieces to enjoy the story, there’s a much bigger payoff if you do.


Monday, September 29 2014

‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Serves as a Metaphor for Our Time

Like Star Trek, this looks back as it looks forward, situating our present in an alternative world that reflects our story today.


Thursday, September 25 2014

Shonda Rhimes Takes Over Thursday Nights in ‘How to Get Away With Murder’

How to Get Away with Murder is aimed to capture the essence of both of the Shonda Rhimes shows that precede it, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.


Wednesday, September 24 2014

Berlin Is Still at It in ‘The Blacklist’

Unlike weekly procedurals that wrap up everything with a bow, the knots tied in The Blacklist are entwined on frayed ribbon that runs the risk of falling apart.


Tuesday, September 23 2014

‘Forever’: Ioan Gruffudd Born Again and Again

In this show the doctor, Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), is immortal. However, t's not what you think: he doesn’t sleep in a coffin, drink blood, or have sparkly skin.


Monday, September 22 2014

‘Sleepy Hollow’: Skeptics Beware

Characters collect, interpret, and decrypt, all while the countdown to Armageddon bellows like a tuba just offscreen.


‘Scorpion’: Planes, Cars, and Nerds

It's no coincidence that Scorpion closely follows The Big Bang Theory on Mondays, a show that loves it nerds.


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