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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.


‘Gotham’ Is No Place for Nice Guys

Gotham is off to a good start, so good that it's possible to watch the entire premiere without missing Batman one bit.


‘Madam Secretary’: Téa Leoni Goes Global

Madam Secretary has more on its mind than entertainment, taking on intercultural conflicts and ethical dilemmas without obvious solutions.


Friday, September 19 2014

Can You Survive if You’re Not a Monster in ‘Hannibal: The Complete Second Season’?

The landmark horror series steps away from crime procedurals and deeper into its inimitable sense of style in a triumphant sophomore year.


‘Sarah and Duck: Doubles (Vol. 2)’ Is a Whimsical Throwback to the ‘70s

Sarah and Duck finds the fantastic in the mundane in this fine reminder of the joys of the British kids' TV of yesteryear.


Wednesday, September 17 2014

‘Red Band Society’: Life is Full of Black Holes, Honey

It's hard to overstate the overstatement in Red Band Society.


Stylish and Dramatic, ‘Breathless’ Delivers

Breathless is an entertaining glimpse into a time period both dominated by men and also on the cusp of great change.


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