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Sons of Hollywood

Trying too hard to be stylish and too little to conjure a plot, Sons of Hollywood can't quite decide what it has to say.

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How I Met Your Mother: Season One

This is no static workplace comedy or rinse-repeat tale of funny family life. As the narration from the future reminds us, life as the characters know it is destined to end.

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Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

Ever watching, waiting, and wisecracking, Watts is the irresistible underdog, cursed with loving a boy too "stupid" to see the truth.

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Gilmore Girls

Communication is always the problem on Gilmore Girls: though mom and daughter are famous for their witty banter, they're terrible at mustering the courage to say what they want.

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Runaway

Runaway splits the difference between basic family drama and the serial thriller.

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Men in Trees

Imagine Sex and the City set up on a blind date with Northern Exposure, and you have a pretty good take on Men in Trees.

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The Bedford Diaries

As if it weren't bad enough that Owen finds Natalie's one-time death wish intriguing, she herself paints her swan-dive as liberating.

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Prix de beauté (1930)

Louise Brooks plays Lucienne as alternately stifled and aglow, a young girl only truly engaged when gazing at her own reflection, whether on the screen or in another's eyes.

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The Paramount Comedy Shorts 1928-1942: Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin (1928)

As Robert Benchley was nothing if not influential, you might see a little of Frasier Crane and paleontologist Ross Gellar in him, too.

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Conviction

If you wonder whether the rookie lawyer will stick with his grim new gig, you must not know much about TV pilots.

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Emily's Reasons Why Not

The problem with the latest pretender to the Sex and the City throne is that it doesn't take the mimicry far enough.

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The Bachelor: Paris

For dark comedy, the show relies on its 25 wannabe Mrs. Bachelors, who must preen, banter, and scheme to keep their dream alive past opening night.

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The Book of Daniel

Despite the recent fire and brimstone headlines, Daniel is a very familiar book.

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ER / The West Wing

The West Wing's chief relationships have been tested and compromised, turning Sorkin's noble, fast-walking liberals into more than the sum of their quips and ideals.

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All Dressed Up... And Catering to the Wrong Audience

The Apprentice isn't built for her, and Martha is too authentic, too distinctive, to be squeezed into someone else's role. In so many ways, she's the anti-Trump, matching his pomposity and garish taste with cool conviction and soothing color palettes.

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Grey's Anatomy

Confession and communication aren't the norm at Seattle Grace. Instead, the hospital crew all harbor secrets.

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Once and Again: The Complete Second Season

Some of us want to see messy, contradictory lives on screen. We find escape enough in knowing that, as much as the problems feel familiar, they are not precisely our own.

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Related

Given its pedigree, Related makes its performance anxiety annoyingly audible.

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Commander in Chief

Having gone to the trouble of putting a woman in the White House, Commander in Chief plans to focus on her efforts to keep house. See how far we've come?

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Kitchen Confidential

Presentation, on the plate or on television, goes a long way, and Confidential has the look of a winner.

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Head Cases

There's lots of 'adult' humor and madcap legal maneuvering. The Practice should have been this much fun.

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Just Legal

Sure, this has all been done before, but familiarity doesn't make Just Legal any less fun.

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Gilmore Girls

Lorelai and Paris, Rory and her grandparents... Gilmore Girls' most long-standing relationships seem set for realignment in Season Six.

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Prison Break

The good and bad guys in Prison Break might cry, fight, screw, and bleed, but they still look like cardboard to me.

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