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'Game of Thrones': The Wannabe Kings

With their lush set pieces and rocky coastlines, passionate betrayals and calculating re-alliances, the new episodes present an almost a too intricate meditation on power. Game of Thrones demands that you pay attention or be left behind.

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'Grimm': A Different Sort of Detective Superpowers

How the Grimms' special gift can help Nick in his police work is obvious, but also silly. It doesn't take inherited superpowers to deduce the common thread among cases involving missing girls last seen in red sweatshirts.

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Who Would Ever Want 'Community' to Be Less Weird?

Evolution, biology, power and prison and monkey gas: this is typical of the kind of amusing thematic density that Community manages week to week.

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'The X Factor' Is Really Good TV

When I attended a taping of The X Factor in Seattle, I found myself cheering and clapping during several strong performances. But I was far more emotionally invested in watching those same performances on the small screen than I was able to muster in person.

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'Hobo With a Shotgun' Ain't No 'Death Wish'

For a precious few moments, Hobo With a Shotgun exposes common fears of the homeless, not least being a sudden, violent uprising.

Daynah Burnett
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'Mad Men' Fourth Season Finale

In a season that contemplated some particularly dark ideas, Don's deluded, love-drunk smile, which he offered repeatedly in the Season Four finale, "Tomorrowland," was the darkest of all.

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'Dexter' Season Five Premiere

Dexter ponders his lack of humanity and Rita's enormous capacity to love. All true, but nothing new.

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'Community' Second Season Premiere

When this much-anticipated premiere briefly imploded into a big emotional mess and we could love it all the same, that just might be meta storytelling at its most sophisticated.

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'S#*! My Dad Says': Twitter TV

With very little character development beyond “irascibly grumpy,” his masculinity seems Ed’s sole identifying quality.

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'The Event': It’s All Happening

In order for The Event to work as a series, a metaphor or sociopolitical commentary, it’s going to have to commit to a clear direction.

Daynah Burnett
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'Louie' Series Premiere

As in Louis C.K.'s own stand-up, the comedy here often turns blue, but in place of his signature rage-filled rants, the fictional Louie performs a resigned sweetness.

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'Hung' Season Two Premiere

Each of Ray's clients seems to believe that his self-assured “specialty service” is some kind of panacea for her particular female angst.

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'The Neistat Brothers': A Cool Thing

It helps the Neistats' cause (and their series) that their interest in film and photography extends beyond blatant ego massage or voyeurism.

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The 'Lost' Finale Makes the Obvious Choice

With all this talk about "letting go" and "moving on," Lost awkwardly, and perhaps inadvertently, seemed to be grieving over itself. More profoundly, it seemed unable to forgive itself its own flaws, much like its hero.

Daynah Burnett
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Parenthood: Series Premiere

The adult siblings in Parenthood engage in plenty of passive aggression and clever banter (see, just like at your house!).

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Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin's frequently standard plotting can't repress Claire Danes' fearless, captivating, and intimate performance.

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La La Land: Series Premiere

La La Land is not nearly as smart or edgy as Da Ali G Show, as it offers none of the social commentary, cultural criticism or broad pathos that Borat or Bruno mustered, even in their lowest low-brow moments.

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Dexter: Season Four Premiere

While Dexter’s criminal “hobby” is a potent metaphor for those aspects of manhood suppressed by domestication, he is rarely emasculated or empowered. He’s simply absent.

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Bored to Death: Series Premiere

Bored to Death indulges a decidedly male fantasy for New York creative intellectualism in the same way Entourage does for Hollywood’s struggling actors-turned-stars.

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Community: Series Premiere

Before you can say "The Breakfast Club," Community begins challenging stereotypes while also arguing that community college is one of the great equalizers.

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Weeds: Season Five Premiere

I want to laugh at Weeds, but its constant oscillation between vilification and victimization of its female characters leaves me frustrated.

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