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'Yeezus' Displeases: The First Week of Reactions to Kanye West's New Album

After a week of listening to, reading about, and thinking about Kanye West's Yeezus, we take stock of where we are.

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Me and JT: Narcissism and 'The 20/20 Experience'

It was with great anticipation that all of us got our first listen to Justin Timberlake's new album at some point in the past few weeks. Here are four takeaways I have picked up from three weeks of listening to The 20/20 Experience.

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'Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 5': Let's Break Into a List to, You Know, Lighten the Mood

Serious business occurs in this week’s episode, and it doesn’t involve marginal progress in one of the lame stories, or a footman spilling something at dinner. No, this is about as good as the show gets, and it really is predicated on shocking you.

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Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 4

An episode that churns along well enough for the most part, and really marks a pivot-point in terms of the primary plot for the season.

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The 10 Best TV Episodes of 2012

First, I chose episodes that were representative of what their series did especially well this year. Second, I chose episodes from what I deem the most successful shows of 2012.

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Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 3

As the overarching narrative of the season, the question of "How will we keep Downton Abbey?" is working far better than the WWI did last season, probably because it allows Fellowes to focus on the minor characters in a way that the galvanizing narrative pull of the war did not.

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Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episodes 1 and 2

While many critics argue that Americans are fascinated by Downton Abbey because of its fundamental Britishness, in other words because of how fundamentally different its sensibilities are from our own, I feel quite the opposite.

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Indie Love for Taylor Swift’s Hipster-Baiting 'Red'

The indie community has long embraced the poppiest of popstars. So it’s hard to figure out why it took until 2012 for it to embrace Taylor Swift.

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Talking 'Homeland': Backlash to the Backlash...

The backlash-to-the-backlash articles have followed suit, reminding readers that this is indeed a television show, one that has always been more interested in maintaining suspense and surprising viewers than in subtlety or in portraying the business of fighting terrorism with any degree of realism.

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Tis the Season: Ranking 'Dexter'’s Seasons 1-6

As the seventh season of Dexter unfolds on Showtime, with an eighth and final season scheduled for late 2013, it seems like as good a time as any to look back at each season of the series.

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'Fringe': It's a No Brainer

At first I thought there were just too many episodes of Fringe that began with someone turning into a pile of slime.

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Is 'The Walking Dead' Actually Any Good?

So far, the incredible ratings for the current season of The Walking Dead has been the talk of TV sites and blogs. Here we look at Season 3 coolly, with the use of a report card.

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Ten Sure Bets for Mad Men, Season Five

With the premiere date for the fifth season of Mad Men rapidly approaching (25 March), it's fun to ponder what will happen...

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Five Is Enough: The Inevitable Decline of 'Mad Men'

I am as excited as a person could possibly be for the beginning of the fifth season of Mad Men, but I worry that the season won’t be as good as we want it to be.

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Speculating on What We Can Expect in 'Mad Men: Season Five'

Yesterday I took a look back at Season Four of Mad Men, and today I want to consider the data we currently have for what to expect in Season Five.

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Remembering 'Mad Men' Past in Prep for 'Mad Men: Season 5'

For fans of Mad Men, the wait is nearly over. Season Five of the series premieres with a two-hour episode on Sunday, March 25. Yay! Let's take a look at where we left off:

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Lost: The Final Countdown: Blog 1

The first of many blogs about Lost. In this one I consider its place among the all-time great series.

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