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The Mad Men Scorecard

Mad Men has returned, and so have the continuous drinking, wacky hairstyles, and illicit sex. The final scene of Sunday’s season premiere confirmed, after last season’s last-minute tease, that it’ll take more than a hot, talented, screwed-up celebrity wife to keep Don Draper faithful. Show More Summary

Don Ho

Note: There are some minor spoilers for the season premiere in this review.

Phil Spector

The article that you are reading is not so much a pan of the HBO original Phil Spector (HBO, Sunday at 9 p.m. ET) as the rough draft of a formal complaint against it. Al Pacino gets top billing as Spector, the record producer who in the ’60s built the Wall of Sound and in 2003 shot and killed a casual date in a mansion on a California hill.

House of Cards

Who was it that said, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog”? Many attribute the quip to Harry Truman; others contend it was Olivia Pope. The maxim came to mind while watching the addictive Netflix original series House of Cards, 13 episodes of which will be available for bingeing on Friday. Show More Summary

Chicken-Fried Steak for the Soul

Have you seen the new ABC show about an aging country singer with a sneaky husband? No, not Nashville, with fading superstar Rayna Jaymes and her duplicitous politician husband. I’m talking about Malibu Country (ABC, Fridays at 8:30Show More Summary

On the Internet, Assume Everybody’s a Dog

A document of cruel self-delusions, an index of unusual realities, virtually a postscript to the body of Western literature about romantic love, and an extraordinarily fine opportunity to exult in the suffering of your fellow human beings, Catfish is a TV show. That is why MTV is calling it Catfish: The TV Show (MTV, Mondays at 11 p.m. ET).

Another Day at the LOLffice

If while blindly channel-surfing you happen across LOLwork (Bravo, Wednesdays at 11 p.m. ET), you may get the impression that this half-hour series is a sitcom—a mockumentary about a make-believe workplace. Smooth young men with “fancy hair” wriggle wry eyebrows, and their female colleagues hyperventilate like Aaron Sorkin dames and pout morbidly like Aubrey Plaza.

Don’t Miss the B____ in Apartment 23

Nothing on TV epitomized the social disruptions of the 1970s like The Odd Couple: Two divorced guys move in together (breakdown of the family), date lots of airline stewardesses (the sexual revolution), and fret about their mopey teenage kids (the generation gap). Show More Summary

Breadstick in a Bow Tie

Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sundays at 10 p.m. ET) may be the least thrilling good show on television. Even as its Prohibition-era malefactors flash cold razors and wet grins in its persistent gray-green gloom, an emotional stillness reigns—and it’s especially airless when we leave New Jersey to attend to Al Capone’s Chicago. Show More Summary

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized

Cable-news coverage of the Republican National Convention has been … well, can we just leave it at that? It has been. It has existed and will continue to, with networks playing to old strengths, tripping over new weaknesses, and indulging signature quirks, all while faithfully recording the silly hats worn in the audience.

Time Machine Chefs

Given the low expectations engendered by its high-concept title, Time Machine Chefs (ABC, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET) is among the more thoughtful food shows wafting into your living room. It’s a cooking competition on the historical-re-enactment tip. Show More Summary

That’s Not Funny

Read Slate’s “TV Club” on the new season of Louie.

Sitcoms of a Certain Age

The classic 20 th -century sitcom lives on in contented retirement, way up the dial on TV Land. The masses are watching CBS's sitcoms and NBC's Whitney update the traditional three-camera comedy—with the couch in the middle and the studio audience in front—for contemporary tastes. Show More Summary

Watching the Hucksters Huck

The pitch for The Pitch (AMC, Mondays at 9 p.m.) is that it's a fast-paced ad-dude reality show from the network that hooked you on Mad Men and the creator of Undercover Boss. Its existence serves as evidence that the marketing of marketing has reached a pinnacle, a pointing tip. Show More Summary

Ultra-Soft Porn

You may have heard some buzz about a forthcoming TV show that explores 21st century women—their carnal wants, their emotional needs—with uncommon frankness and rare subtlety. It advances the artistic vision of a feature-length film that...Show More Summary

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