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Minnesotan Horror Story

Fargo, the TV series, premiering Tuesday night on FX, begins exactly like Fargo, the 1996 Coen brothers film upon which it is based: with a series of title cards that lie to us. “This is a true story,” they read. “At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Show More Summary

Nine Lives, at Least

Recently I read about a panel on Orphan Black, BBC America’s fun, cheeky, haphazardly plotted series about a group of women who discover that they are clones. As one does while reading, I hazily visualized the scene: an audience in folding chairs looking up at a stage packed with performers and the show’s creators. Show More Summary

Last Week Tonight

“Welcome to whatever this is.” That’s how John Oliver kicked off the premiere of his new HBO series Last Week Tonight, which aired Sunday at 11 p.m. (and is now available in full on YouTube). It’s a line worth keeping in mind. Show More Summary

The Sad Case of The Slap

In the final courtroom scene of NBC’s The Slap, as judgment was being passed down in the case of Unsupportable Hippie Stereotype vs. Glowering Brute, the judge took the time to admonish the entire gathered cast of characters for essentially...Show More Summary

No Joke

Early in the new season of Louie, which returns on Monday night, Louie (Louis C.K.) is stopped by a neighbor who wants to regale him with a joke about Pinocchio going down on a woman. Louie doesn’t want to hear it; he’s heard it before, and it wasn’t funny the first time. Show More Summary

Another 24 Hours

When 24 ended in 2010, it already felt like a relic of another time. The action series premiered in 2001, two months after 9/11. By the end of the second season, the show and its hero, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), had become not just practitioners but propagandists for the efficacy of torture. Show More Summary

She’s Got a Little Bit of the Devil in Her

Do expectations work for or against a remake of Rosemary’s Baby? When I first heard that NBC was adapting Roman Polanski’s great, unnerving film (itself an adaptation of an Ira Levin novel), I made the traditional noise that greets news of all unnecessary remakes: “Whhhuuugghhh,” why meets ugh. Show More Summary

Not Dreadful Enough

How much more is there to say about vampires? This question hangs over Showtime’s new Gothic horror series Penny Dreadful, which begins on Sunday night. A kind of high-minded, Grand Guignol monster mashup, screenwriter John Logan???s series features not just vampires, but serial killers, seers, and immortal beings, all running around 1890s London. Show More Summary

The Most Morally Bankrupt Reality Show Since the Lawless Years of the Early Aughts

I Wanna Marry “Harry,” which starts tonight on Fox, is the most brazenly morally bankrupt reality show to air on network television since the lawless years of the early aughts. Back when the wildly successful first seasons of Survivor...Show More Summary

“By 1984 You Could Be Dead”

The Normal Heart, premiering on HBO this Sunday, is a blunt, effective instrument, a handsome, walloping cudgel that begins in gay paradise on the eve of the apocalypse: Fire Island, 1982. In the film, directed by Ryan Murphy and adapted...Show More Summary

Wolf Hall

“As some men have an eye for horseflesh or cattle to be fattened,” Hilary Mantel writes in Wolf Hall about Thomas Cromwell, “he has an eye for risk.” The ambitious six-part Masterpiece production of Wolf Hall—adapted by Peter Straughan...Show More Summary

Avast Wasteland

Presumably, John Malkovich could headline a series on HBO. So when you see him in NBC’s Crossbones, which premieres Friday night, strutting around wearing tropical-weight drop-crotch pantaloons in an allegedly 19 th -century cabana...Show More Summary

Back in Orange

Orange Is the New Black, Netflix’s most watched original series, is set inside a low-security women’s prison, among trapped, powerless, depressed female inmates who have little to no control over their lives, whether in the clink or out. Show More Summary

The Game of Thrones Graveyard

If you watch Game of Thrones, chances are you’ve watched the show kill off a character who mattered to you: a lord, a sellsword, a queen, a knight; someone you loved, or someone you loved to hate. It’s so hard to say goodbye, even when the deceased are fictional. Show More Summary

Get Over It, Man!

Rectify, which begins its second season Thursday night on the Sundance Channel, is a TV show in a fugue state. At the beginning of its first season, 38-year-old Daniel Holden (Aden Young) was released from death row, his conviction for a rape and murder he did not commit (but did confess to at 18) overturned by DNA evidence. Show More Summary

Back to Qurac

FX’s Tyrant, premiering Tuesday night, arrives with its grand narrative arc in place: Bassam “Barry” al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner), the second son of a Middle Eastern dictator, hesitantly returns home after 20 years in America and will, over the course of the series, become the tyrant of the show’s title. Show More Summary

Another Metaphysical Conundrum

It’s been a long day. You’re overwhelmed, you’re stressed, you’re sad. Something’s not quite right in your personal life, something went wrong at work, something awful is in the news. You’re holding it together though—and then you stub your toe. Show More Summary

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

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