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The Veronica Mars Movie Is Just More of the Same

I cannot speak to the experience of watching the new Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie without ever having seen Veronica Mars, the teen-detective TV series that ran for three seasons on UPN and then the CW from 2004 to 2007. But...Show More Summary

Camp Crisis

Sometimes the only way to save a stupid TV show is to make it more stupid. This, anyway, is my note to the creators of Crisis, NBC’s new “a busload of important high school students get taken hostage” drama that begins Sunday night. Show More Summary

Strong Female Characters

Doll & Em, a six-episode series premiering on HBO Wednesday night, stars Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, real-life best friends, as dysfunctional versions of themselves. The to-the-point opening credits set the scene: Doll, a waitress...Show More Summary

Hannah Horvath Rescues Herself

It is a truism that TV shows, and particularly sitcoms, take time to find their voice. Girls, despite bursting forth from Lena Dunham’s head drenched in all of its “voice of my generation”-ness, is no exception. Like the twentysomething...Show More Summary

2 Toke Girls

Broad City, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s series on Comedy Central, finishes its triumphant, hilarious, silly, bizarre, stoned-out-of-its-mind first season tonight. If you’ve been watching, you know how great this season has been. Show More Summary

The F Word

Inside Amy Schumer begins its second season on Comedy Central Tuesday night, with a sketch in which a focus group of men are asked what they think about the comedian Amy Schumer and her TV show, Inside Amy Schumer. The moderator asks boilerplate focus-group questions that the men unfailingly sexualize. Show More Summary

After the Red Wedding

If society crumbled around you, authority vanished, your neighbors became enemies, your friends mercenary, kindness a weakness, brutality a necessity, what would happen to you? Would you adapt and become a killer or would you be killed?...Show More Summary

Inside the Incubator

Mike Judge’s sharp, very funny new HBO comedy Silicon Valley, about the absurdities of startup culture, feels like a satire. But as Judge, the man who made Beavis and Butt-head and Office Space, put it in a recent interview, “You...Show More Summary

Turn Away

AMC’s Turn, a period drama about spies spying during the Revolutionary War, is simultaneously bloody and toothless. Early in the pilot, which airs Sunday night, a soldier cleans up after a massacre, noisily bayoneting Revolutionary corpses to make sure they are really dead. Show More Summary

“Somewhere Between a Nervous Breakdown and the St. Crispin’s Day Speech”

Armando Iannucci’s Veep, which returns for its third season Sunday night on HBO, has always been a tough watch for political reporters, or TV critics, or anyone who strings words together for a living. It’s a smartly written comedy...Show More Summary

How Does the Game of Thrones Series Line Up With the Books?

Click the image above for the full chart. Game of Thrones is back, and gone are the simple days of “one season, one book.” The showrunners have split the third book into two seasons, and, what’s more, the show’s episodes areShow More Summary

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

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