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Mad Men tries to pick up the pieces

Morning after
"Is it my imagination, or is the lobby full of Negroes?"
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 21, 2012

Portlandia TV

May you and Portlandia be very happy together!

O! Lucky you!
Thanks to Portlandia I now know way too much about you guys and your grody inner lives. It's not the show itself — it doesn't have that power. It's your horrifying enthusiasm for the show that has granted me this mirror.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  February 15, 2012

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Review: Luck

HBO goes to the races
You get the feeling that Milch and Mann just want to show off what they know about horse racing. When one of Marcus's crew keeps screaming out during the big Pick Six race, "What's going on!?," he speaking for the audience.
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 24, 2012

MW3 - Paradise Lost

Closing the book on the West Memphis Three

Between heaven and hell
The Paradise Lost story began in 1993 with the discovery of the bodies of three West Memphis, Arkansas, children in a watery ditch, hogtied and mutilated. A confession led police to the arrest of three teenagers: Damon Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 05, 2012

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Review: House of Lies

House of Lies and Shameless's heroes could be less anti-
In a television landscape dominated by protagonists who are murderers, drug kingpins, serial philanderers, and other assorted life-ruiners, Showtime may have finally gone too far.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  January 05, 2012


Breaking Bad keeps topping itself

This meth we're in
In this age of Hollywood business dealings breathlessly tweeted within minutes of their consummation, passersby cell phone set photos that reveal major plot points, leaked scripts and leaked episodes, Vince Gilligan has accomplished something rare indeed.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  October 05, 2011


Prohibition drinking game!

Play along with the upcoming Ken Burns documentary
Leave it to Ken Burns and PBS to crash our romantic Boardwalk Empire fantasies with a scholarly five-and-a-half-hour, sepia-tinted tome about the rip-roaring Twenties.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 28, 2011

Boardwalk Empire TV

Is Boardwalk Empire about to enter its golden age?

Easy livin'
Dispel any remaining doubts. The new season (which begins this Sunday at 9 pm on HBO) unfolds with a new leisurely, cinematic grandeur.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 21, 2011


The 10 TV premieres that’ll have you glued to the tube this fall

From “American Horror Story” to “X-Factor,” a TV tip sheet
Here are the highlights of this year's autumn TV contenders.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  September 14, 2011


Review: Ringer

Sarah Michelle Gellar is her own vehicle
Sixty seconds into the CW's new psychological thriller Ringer, star Sarah Michelle Gellar is seen running from a masked attacker in the darkness.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  September 08, 2011


Down the Tubes

Because you can only spend so much time reading Dan Brown novels on the beach
Midsummer television has a terrific offering of new and returning shows about aliens, firefighters, crystal meth, and more to turn that beautiful brain of yours to Play-Doh and keep you thoroughly entertained.
By: DAVID EISENBERG  |  July 20, 2011

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Review: Wilfred

Good dog
It's hard to say what's more surprising about Wilfred , FX's new comedy — adapted from an Australian series — about a depressed ex-lawyer (Elijah Wood) and his friend Wilfred, who he thinks is a man in a dog suit but who is, in actuality, a dog. Is it that the show exists at all, or that it's actually pretty good?
By: RYAN STEWART  |  June 28, 2011

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A cheery reboot for True Blood

Bloody good
As supernatural soap operas-cum-social allegories go, True Blood is as good as it gets.  
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 24, 2011


My Favorite Things

Gayle looked up at Oprah from the cool stone floor. This idea struck her as . . . mostly bad.
By: JOE KEOHANE  |  May 23, 2011

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Saying farewell to The Office's Michael Scott

Human resources
I've been Dunder Mifflin's in-house cameraman for about seven years, during which time I have followed Michael Scott around his office and his world and, occasionally, to the restroom.  
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 10, 2011

HBO tv show Game of  Thrones review

Review: HBO's Game of Thrones

It's a long story
In spite of the obstacles to making Martin's story succeed as a TV show, someone at HBO must be a fan, because Game of Thrones — named after the first book in his series — makes its live-action television debut this Sunday, April 17.  
By: MADDY MYERS  |  April 14, 2011


Grace Zabriskie on Big Love and marriage

Lynch's lady
Through the course of 80 films and countless television guest spots, actress Grace Zabriskie has worked with directors as varied as David Lynch, Werner Herzog, and Michael Bay.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 16, 2011

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen's 24/7 reality show

Good times, Charlie!
In about a month, Sheen has completed the Monkees' career trajectory, from twitchy industry puppet to radiant drug zealot to self-indulgent bore. Two weeks ago, after tolerating years of open rebellion, creator/producer Chuck Lorre fired Sheen from Two and a Half Men.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 09, 2011

Chicago Code tv show

The Shield's Shawn Ryan looks at more cops in The Chicago Code

Oh, the darkness!
The Shield's Shawn Ryan looks at more cops in The Chicago Code
By: RYAN STEWART  |  February 18, 2011


Review: MTV's ''Skins''

MTV attempts an American do-over
MTV has rated its new Skins TV-MA LDS - which in plain English means teenagers smoking weed, popping pills, fucking each other, and having emotional breakdowns in a scripted show that MTV would like us to think is designed to be viewed by adults.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  January 26, 2011


HBO's Big Love shows us the inequalities in every marriage, writ large

Big Patriarchy
For four seasons and five years, HBO's Big Love has dominated the edgy-soap-opera niche once inhabited by Six Feet Under .
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 12, 2011

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