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'Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories' Offers Filling Comfort Food for the Viewer

Ten different Japanese dishes tell the story of ten different Japanese individuals finding love, battling personal demons, and searching for meaning between midnight and 7AM.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 10 - "The Load Out"

In the season finale, we bid good-bye to larger-than-life uber-roadie Phil Valentine and wrap up the other, somewhat lacking, plot lines.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 9 - "The Corporate Gig"

In the episode before the finale, several non-sexual climaxes are reach vis-a-vis relationships, love, the state of the tour, and the fate of The Staton-House Band itself.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 9 - "The All Night Bus Ride"

Diving into Phil's past leads to an episode that's nearly perfect, until we're brought back to the present and the actual setting of the show.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 7 - "Carpet Season"

The episode starts with a literal car crash that tries to convey all order will dissolve into chaos; despite a lot of complementary illustrations, the show continues to waffle about its true point.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 6 - "Longest Days"

Main girl Kelly Ann tries to win us over by despising a common statement; instead, she just repeats herself ad nauseam in the mid-season slump.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 5 - "Friends and Family"

In an up-close and personal episode, the gang’s in Denver for a hometown double bill, and everyone's got an itch that needs scratching when it comes to family.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 4 - "The City Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken"

They would drive 100 miles, and they would drive 100 more, just to break the curse that could bring down the tour in a fun episode that combines sex, former drugs, and superstition.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 3 - "The Bryce Newman Letter"

It's all fun and games, until a wild critic is sent into the midst of the Fellini meets The Monkees tour of the Staton-House Band.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 2 - "What Would Phil Do?"

Roadies shifts from the magic-surrealism of music love to the down-to-Earth mishaps of a road comedy in a big, entertaining step up from the pilot.

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Roadies: Season 1 Episode 1 - "Life is a Carnival"

Rock 'n' roll is still the untellable enigma that us plebes will never understand in the pilot for Cameron Crowe's show about the backstage lives of our idols.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 10 - "Alibi"

Richie gets sold out by his best friend, while the Nasty Bits sell out a show in a neatly tied up season finale.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 9 - "Rock and Roll Queen"

While the boring murder and crime storyline gets some airtime, we really delve deep into Vinyl's Madonna/whore problem in this episode.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 8 - "E. A. B."

Lester Grimes gives a valuable lesson on how to write a pop hit, while Devon Finestra proves that celebrities are just like us in this episode.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 7 - "The King and I"

Wise men may say only fools rush in, but when Richie and Zak get the opportunity of a lifetime, it's a rush to Viva Las Vegas.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 5 - "He in Racist Fire"

Kip struggles to find the balance between image and music, while Richie whores out his wife to sign an act in an episode that highlights the age-old battle between genitals and brains.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 4 - "The Racket"

This episode's story isn't that interesting, but at least there's a fabulous funk man in sequins and velvet.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 3 - "Whispered Secrets"

Alice Cooper, his boa, and his guillotine show up as this week's musical cameo; really, that's about it for the third episode.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 2 - "Yesterday Once More"

We continue following Richie Finestra in his Cameron Crowe-like journey of musical re-discovery, while also getting a valuable lesson in how not to talk to your boss.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 1 - "Pilot"

In the pilot episode of the series, we meet Richie Finestra during the dying, final days of his record label, when his personal demons take on that devil's music in a fight for Finestra's soul.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 12 - "Be Our Guest"

In the season finale, the series-long question of, "Is love worse than loneliness?" finally gets a definitive answer, along with several fitting ends for our leads.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 11 - "Battle Royale"

The dirty, stinky, gross side of rock 'n' roll throws up Sally's back-story, and all the characters are united in their aim to off the Countess once and for all in this episode.

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