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In keeping with the longstanding tradition of characters reading a book or watching a movie that not-so-subtly foreshado...
08/24/2015
'Fear The Walking Dead' Postmortem, Week One: To Build a Fire

In keeping with the longstanding tradition of characters reading a book or watching a movie that not-so-subtly foreshadows upcoming events, high school English teacher Travis Manawa is teaching his students To Build a Fire by Jack London on the eve of a zombie apocalypse.

Fear the Walking Dead

Fear the Walking Dead on a pilot alone doesn't quite make a strong enough argument for itself.

"It was like the intro to the most boring porn I’ve ever seen. Actually, wait, no. If I heard some of this dialogue in...
08/03/2015
'True Detective' Recap 2x7: Everything Is F*cking

"It was like the intro to the most boring porn I’ve ever seen. Actually, wait, no. If I heard some of this dialogue in porn I’d be like 'this is pretty lame, even for porn.'"

The funny thing about True Detective, besides everything, is that when it's at its worst you can still see exactly what Pizzolatto and company were going for.

Truly, the Koyaanisqatsi for our generation. Like, get stoned and look at the pretty, pretty pictures. Then go talk to y...
06/22/2015
'True Detective' Season 2 Premiere: Highways are Flat Circles, Too

Truly, the Koyaanisqatsi for our generation. Like, get stoned and look at the pretty, pretty pictures. Then go talk to your friends about it way harder than you actually care.

It's like Nic Pizzolatto knows his faux-deepness can’t even compete with this show’s masterful direction and cinematography,

Finally—finally—things are all going right for our favorite clones. Once all the pieces were on the board in this we...
06/21/2015
‘Orphan Black’ 3x10 Finale: An End to All My Wanderings

Finally—finally—things are all going right for our favorite clones. Once all the pieces were on the board in this weekend’s season finale, the sisters’ strategy went off almost without a hitch.

Finally—finally—things are all going right for our favorite clones. Once all the pieces were on the board in this weekend’s season finale, the sisters’ strategy went off almost without a hitch. ...

"In fact, it may have been Mikkelsen’s heavy Austrian-Danish accent that obscured some of Hannibal's weaker points as ...
06/18/2015
UnPOPular Opinions: 'Hannibal' In Danger of Jumping the 'True Detective' Stag?

"In fact, it may have been Mikkelsen’s heavy Austrian-Danish accent that obscured some of Hannibal's weaker points as a series. Namely: the barrage of baroque, erudite dialogue that sounds like it was written by a very stoned second year at St. John’s."

'Hannibal' might be the most beautifully stunning show on television, but does the rest of the show hold itself up to the same standards?

A sci-fi horror series about a futuristic British government coverup, 'Eyes Wide Shut' sex parties and smoke monsters. S...
06/15/2015
'Residue': Netflix's New Dystopian Show is 'Black Mirror' With 'Game of Thrones' Cast

A sci-fi horror series about a futuristic British government coverup, 'Eyes Wide Shut' sex parties and smoke monsters. Starring Ramsay Bolton and Asha from Game of Thrones.

Still stuck moping in a Game of Thrones finale hangover? Do you already pine for the supernatural overcast of dread involving the violent deaths of small children, the violent deaths of regular-a...

Welp.
06/15/2015
'Game of Thrones' Season Finale: For the Watch

Welp.

So! This was a fun one! Everyone who deserved to gets to lead a long and happy life, and the wicked are punished thoroughly and has to do endure either a walk of shame and/or the most murder-y frat...

Time for some home-cooking on the season premiere of Hannibal!
06/05/2015
'Hannibal' Recap 3x1: Bonsoir!

Time for some home-cooking on the season premiere of Hannibal!

It’s season three of Hannibal and you know what that means! More gorgeous cooking scenes!

How far can a Sharknado travel, assuming it primarily takes I-95? and other questions raised by Sharknado 3's trailer.
06/04/2015
Some Questions Raised by the 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!' Teaser Trailer

How far can a Sharknado travel, assuming it primarily takes I-95? and other questions raised by Sharknado 3's trailer.

The first teaser trailer for Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! is only 20 seconds long. Twenty seconds. One-third of a minute. But it just raises...so many questions.

Hannibal EP Bryan Fuller: "We have this kaleidoscopic lesbian love scene that is beautiful and I actually got a note tha...
06/04/2015
'Hannibal' EP Bryan Fuller Talks Creating a Complicated Cannibal Love Story

Hannibal EP Bryan Fuller: "We have this kaleidoscopic lesbian love scene that is beautiful and I actually got a note that said the Standards and Practices Team all applauded this sex scene."

NBC’s Hannibal returns Thursday and showrunner Bryan Fuller was all too happy to talk about what’s coming up in season three of the drama.

The North Remembers, and The North has sh*tty contingency plans.
05/18/2015
'Game of Thrones' 5x6 Recap: 'Reduce, Reuse, Rebroken'

The North Remembers, and The North has sh*tty contingency plans.

Drew: Soooo...how about that Ramsay, huh? I would say that the consummation of marriage with Sansa was the worst example of sexual assault we've seen on the show, but I'm afraid I'll get slapped ...

"He’s like a younger Louis CK. Bravo, Frasier, Bravo."
05/12/2015
AMAZING NEW TV SHOW: A Millennial Reviews 'Frasier'

"He’s like a younger Louis CK. Bravo, Frasier, Bravo."

Last week I wrote an epic takedown of Netflix’s new series M*A*S*H and of course, online haters everywhere reacted by threatening my life and calling me a liar (this is NOT satire). Well if you c...

Hope this counts for our mother's days gifts this year!
05/08/2015
My Mom Reviews TV Shows She's Seen At Least Once Before

Hope this counts for our mother's days gifts this year!

You have to understand one thing: my mom has a very hard time not talking while the TV is on. This irritated me to no end as a teen (and adult). I'd have friends over to watch Werewolf in London an...

M*A*S*H 1×1 Recap: White Male Privilege Masquerades as “Comedy”
04/30/2015
OFFENSIVE NEW TV SHOW: A Millenial Reviews 'M*A*S*H'

M*A*S*H 1×1 Recap: White Male Privilege Masquerades as “Comedy”

Like any good millennial, I spend most of my nights curled up in bed with my Macbook, relaxing with a bottle of wine and watching my favorite shows on Netflix. Netflix is great. It’s given us hilar...

We gave Vinnie a list of "TV shows" and told him to figure out which were real!
04/22/2015
Spring & Summer Programming Quiz: Real TV or Something I Made Up?

We gave Vinnie a list of "TV shows" and told him to figure out which were real!

Email to Vinnie: It's becoming impossible to keep up with the plethora of original content these days. But some of the new shows (according to MetaCritic.com, the PREMIERE SOURCE of TELEVISION NEW...

"It figures, that all it took to make Barbara interesting was dangle the possibility that she’d be murdered horribly i...
04/21/2015
'Gotham' Reference Guide 1x20: Charity Case

"It figures, that all it took to make Barbara interesting was dangle the possibility that she’d be murdered horribly in front of my face."

Damn Peter Petrelli. That face is like, Heroes Season Four messed up

The Purists, the Partisans, the Activists and the Theorists: the worst types of TV critics.
04/16/2015
The Four Worst Types of TV Critics

The Purists, the Partisans, the Activists and the Theorists: the worst types of TV critics.

“People love hearing how right they are.”—Agent Stan Beeman, The Americans Last year on Game of Thrones, Jaime Lannister raped his sister Cersei. At least that’s what he did in the scene I sa...

The first thing Selina says to Bruce is that she could have hit him in the head with a brick, if she wanted to. Bruce re...
04/14/2015
'Gotham' Reference Guide 1x19: Unconditional Love

The first thing Selina says to Bruce is that she could have hit him in the head with a brick, if she wanted to. Bruce responds: “Why would you do that? Why would you even say that?” It’s so perfect. It doesn’t even sound like acting. It sounds like a genuine reaction to the writing.

You know what the best part of every murder mystery show is? The part where they flash back during the murder investigation to show you exactly who the murderer is and how he committed the murder a...

Gotham Reference Guide ft. Tupac.
04/14/2015
'Gotham' Reference Guide 1x19: Unconditional Love

Gotham Reference Guide ft. Tupac.

You know what the best part of every murder mystery show is? The part where they flash back during the murder investigation to show you exactly who the murderer is and how he committed the murder a...

Snatch Game, Snatch Game, Snatch Game.
04/14/2015
'RuPaul's Drag Race' 7x7 Recap: Start Your Impressions

Snatch Game, Snatch Game, Snatch Game.

Snatch Game, Snatch Game, Snatch Game. We all love it, we all live for it, we all wonder who is going to play whom and who the eliminated queens would have been had they stayed. No time is wasted t...

"The rest of Don’s women comprise a series of tragic brunettes." A++++ analysis of Mad Men in general!
04/13/2015
Mad Men 7x9 Recap: Same As the Old Business

"The rest of Don’s women comprise a series of tragic brunettes." A++++ analysis of Mad Men in general!

An episode almost entirely revolving around Megan is the last thing anyone wanted to for the show’s remaining stretch and with “New Business,” it’s exactly what we got.

#MadMen fans, did you want an entire episode dedicated to Megan? No? Too bad!
04/13/2015
Mad Men 7x9 Recap: Same As the Old Business

#MadMen fans, did you want an entire episode dedicated to Megan? No? Too bad!

An episode almost entirely revolving around Megan is the last thing anyone wanted to for the show’s remaining stretch and with “New Business,” it’s exactly what we got.

In case rewatching old #GameOfThrones episodes wasn't enough bodice-ripping before tonight...
04/12/2015
‘Outlander’ 1x10 Recap: Put Up Your Dukes

In case rewatching old #GameOfThrones episodes wasn't enough bodice-ripping before tonight...

A partial inventory of things that made me say “This is exactly why the good Lord gave us pay-cable period pieces” on tonight’s episode of Outlander: Opening the episode with a full minute and ...

Marvel's Daredevil has arrived on Netflix, blinder and better than ever.
04/10/2015
'Daredevil' Premiere Recap: Into the Ring

Marvel's Daredevil has arrived on Netflix, blinder and better than ever.

I don’t know how to talk about Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. Not the plot. That I have no problem discussing and we’ll get into that shortly. But in this new world of streaming shows and Netflix o...

After all this time convincing viewers it's not a traditional comedy, Louie is beginning to joke.
04/10/2015
'Louie' Season 5 Premiere Recap: Up All Night to Get Potlucky

After all this time convincing viewers it's not a traditional comedy, Louie is beginning to joke.

I've got to admit it: I am not the world's hugest Louie fan. Oh, I like the show just fine, but I'm just going to eat a big one here and say that I don't quite understand the nature of the FX not-c...

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's take on Anti-Vaxxers hits close to home
04/09/2015
'Law & Order: SVU' Recap 16x9: Anti-Vaxxer Queen Bee

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's take on Anti-Vaxxers hits close to home

In this installment of the series, SVU tackled a topic that might have seemed a little out of their wheelhouse as they took on a group of anti-vaxxers. This isn’t a term that one would think would ...

‘Anything goes,’ says Broadway superstar turned TV faux-millennial Sutton Foster.
04/08/2015
Sutton Foster on Looking 'Younger'

‘Anything goes,’ says Broadway superstar turned TV faux-millennial Sutton Foster.

Ms. Foster plays Liza Miller, the mother of a college-age daughter who lands a dream job and a hot piece of boy toy on the Faustian bargain of having to present, at the exact same age as Ms. Foster...

"By and large, each week’s loser seems pretty comfortable with the notion that they suck. They’re just angry because...
04/08/2015
'Hell's Kitchen' Recap 14x6: The Motorcycle Diarrheas

"By and large, each week’s loser seems pretty comfortable with the notion that they suck. They’re just angry because, in their mind, someone else sucks a little more. Mediocrity is the guiding philosophy of Hell’s Kitchen."

“I’m not the worst chef here.” Without fail, this is the final sentiment expressed by whoever has just gotten kicked off Hell’s Kitchen.

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