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The Best TV Show of 2014 Is From 2008

If I were making a list of my favorite TV shows of 2014 right now, sitting at No. 1 would be a junky-looking, subtitled light drama from 2008 about the love lives of single Modern Orthodox Jews living in Jerusalem. It is called Srugim,...Show More Summary

The Summer of Popcorn TV

Television, like everyone else, knows it is summertime. It’s too hot for art—’tis the season for schlock. Arriving in the next week are two sci-fi-tinged series that eschew certain warm-weather aesthetics (bathing suits, sunny locales) while embracing, inadvertently or otherwise, more important ones (B-movie thrills). Show More Summary

For the Sake of Science

Masters of Sex, Showtime’s handsome, cool period drama about the pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, focuses its second season on a case study: the sexual relationship of Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). Show More Summary

The 20-Year-Old Virgins

There are two kinds of virgins: the willing and the unwilling. We are used to regarding as anomalous the willing virgin, the young adult hopped up on hormones who nonetheless mindfully, often religiously, forsakes intercourse—even though his peers, pop culture, and own libido are encouraging him to do otherwise. Show More Summary

Younger

When the critically acclaimed but little-watched Bunheads was canceled after one season, fans were devastated that Amy Sherman-Palladino’s quirky follow-up to Gilmore Girls was ending. The ensemble cast included an impressive quartet of tween ballerinas, but the real breakout star was the Broadway vet Sutton Foster. Show More Summary

“I Just Hate My Life, and My Life Is You”

FX has made comedies both great—Louie, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia—and abhorrent—Anger Management—but never romantic. That changes starting Thursday night, with the premiere of two relationship sitcoms, You’re the Worst and Married, that focus on two different beats of the standard romantic-comedy story arc. Show More Summary

Little Networks, Big Shows

If you’re a regular TV-watching citizen, the steady stream of remarkably decent dramas is nothing but a good thing. Wherever you look, perhaps on some cable channel you have never heard of, a surprisingly solid drama is airing. But speaking as a TV critic, the ongoing flood of totally decent television is punching leaks in my roof. Show More Summary

Full Bloom

This month, for the first time in 15 years, Blossom began airing on television again, nightly on the Hub network. The sitcom about funky, precocious Blossom Russo (Mayim Bialik) and her family, which ran on NBC from 1990 to 1995, was...Show More Summary

John Oliver’s #Longrants

On the second episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, which premiered at the end of April, the show’s host, John Oliver, introduced a segment about the death penalty on a slightly apologetic note. “I know what you’re thinking,??? he said in advance of the 12-minute piece. Show More Summary

The Honorable Woman

Depending on whether you like your fictional television programs to resonate with real-world events or provide escape from them, The Honorable Woman either has very good or very bad timing. The extremely somber eight-episode miniseries...Show More Summary

The Knick

Steven Soderbergh’s new TV series, the medical period drama The Knick, seems like it should be proof of détente in the bogus yet heated conflict between television and movies. Soderbergh, a film director who in recent years has had...Show More Summary

Outlander

When Game of Thrones first premiered, the New York Times’ Ginia Bellafante dismissed the show as “boy-fiction,” an intended insult to the series that was widely interpreted as a knock on women, many of whom were already fans of George R.R. Show More Summary

One Tough Female Detective and Hardly Any Guns

Crime shows, by and large, can be split into two categories: the whodunits and the look-at-this-horrible-tragic-messes. In the first category, which contains everything from Law & Order and CSI to Twin Peaks and True Detective, the propulsive...Show More Summary

The Longest Face

BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett), the star of Netflix’s new animated series, BoJack Horseman, available Friday, is a horse—and a drunk and a cynic and a former sitcom star. Nearly two decades ago, in the ’90s, BoJack starred in a Charles in Charge-ish type show called Horsin’ Around, playing the father figure to three human children. Show More Summary

Whit Stillman’s New TV Show Is Almost As Good As His Old Movies

For the third time now, Amazon is unleashing a new batch of pilots on the public. What started as a kind of cutesy gambit—watch all the shows and vote on which you like best! Pilot season in the hands of the people!—with a bunchShow More Summary

A Tween Is Born

For adults of a certain age, Saved By the Bell, NBC’s endlessly syndicated sitcom about the high jinks of six high school students, is a nostalgia object par excellence, exerting a special, long-lasting grip on the heartstrings ofShow More Summary

These People Will Not Create a Perfect Society

Whatever utopia is, we can all agree it is not a reality TV show. But this has not stopped Fox from launching Utopia, an ambitious reality series similar in its fundamentals to Big Brother, but framed nonetheless as a grand, well-meaning social experiment. Show More Summary

Slim Pickings at the Network TV Bazaar

This week marks the beginning of that annual expense of resources that is the networks’ fall premiere season. For the rest of September and early October, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and perpetual hanger-on the CW will unveil dozens of new...Show More Summary

The Other Huxtable Effect

In the days and weeks following the 2008 election of Barack Obama, there was much discussion of what writer Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez dubbed “The Huxtable Effect.” The theory, in a nutshell, held that the tremendous popularity of The...Show More Summary

Television for Adults

CBS’s The Good Wife begins its sixth season on Sunday night in almost unheard of shape for a drama heading into the latter stages of middle age. By Seasons 7 or 8, most series are thinking about retirement, or ought to be. Typically they’ve been flagging for years, the vim and vigor of their youth long since mellowed. Show More Summary

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