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MAR
20
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'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones': The No-Spoiler Guide to Spoilers

 'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones': The No-Spoiler Guide to Spoilers

Every year Mad Men creator Matt Weiner gets mocked by critics for his overprotective (sometimes outlandish) pleas that we omit certain details from our reviews. He considers them spoilers. Of course, everyone considers everything a spoiler these days, so it's hard to fault a showrunner known for being obsessive about everything for continuing that habit when dealing with the press. Were Mad Men lousy, we wouldn't be having this discussion. But it's still one of the best shows on television, so it matters.

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MAR
17
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'The Walking Dead' -- How Sunday's Episode Showed Its Greatness

'The Walking Dead' -- How Sunday's Episode Showed Its Greatness

[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead, "The Grove."]

Sunday night's "The Grove," penned by executive producer/writer Scott M. Gimple, is one of the best episodes The Walking Dead has ever done. And it got to the heart of why the drama works on so many levels other than just being a show about zombies -- and why it should be taken more seriously as a top-tier drama.

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MAR
16
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Crisis: TV Review

Crisis: TV Review

Nothing derails a hostage drama more quickly than not caring about the fate of the hostages, which happens rather early in NBC’s limp Crisis, airing Sunday at 10.

At least in CBS’s droning, ultimately not very thrilling Hostages, there were good actors everywhere you turned, and periodically some strong writing.

Not much of either happen in Crisis, except for the presence of Gillian Anderson, who makes you wonder aloud why she took the job (particularly after she was so great in The Fall).

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MAR
10
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'True Detective' Was Ultimately About the Journey, Not the Finale

'True Detective' Was Ultimately About the Journey, Not the Finale

This column contains spoilers to the season finale of True Detective. Watch before reading.

It's likely that wherever you fell on the spectrum about the need for, the execution of and the overall satisfaction surrounding the final mystery in HBO's terrific True Detective, depended on what show you were watching.

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MAR
10
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Silicon Valley: TV Review

Silicon Valley: TV Review

It's not exactly clear whether HBO ever intended to create a comedy brand wrapped around super creative, not very popular niche shows. It's probably more likely that it wanted two or four other shows in the vein of Sex and the City -- or even Entourage. Hell, at this point, it might even go for another Curb Your Enthusiasm (or, barring that, just a firm commitment from Larry David to make another season of Curb).

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MAR
9
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'Lindsay' Premiere Live Blog With Tim Goodman

'Lindsay' Premiere Live Blog With Tim Goodman

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MAR
7
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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: TV Review

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: TV Review

There's so much intriguing information, possibility and daring inside the modern-day version of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which updates Carl Sagan's epically important Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, that there's also a risk of overlooking the simple parts of it.

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MAR
6
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Sirens: TV Review

Sirens: TV Review

Here's the thing about memories (and a little bit about legacy): sometimes when you look back, it's a lie. OK, fine, if not a lie, then often a misrepresentation of what actually happened.

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MAR
6
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Resurrection: TV Review

Resurrection: TV Review

There are a number of things that ABC's newest drama Resurrection, has going against it. For starters, the concept -- dead people return from the dead but they aren't zombies, is on the face of it exactly like The Returned, a French series that aired to great acclaim on the Sundance Channel.

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FEB
26
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Mixology: TV Review

Mixology: TV Review

The level of tone deafness in the writing of Mixology (and, it should be noted, in the entertainment offices of ABC) is astounding. How does a network that skews female crank out a misogynistic piece of frat-boy awfulness like this? And who decided to schedule it coming out of Modern Family, the polar opposite in tone and comedic achievement?

Less than brilliant, ABC.

PHOTOS: 2014's New Broadcast and Cable TV Shows

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FEB
26
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The Americans: TV Review

The Americans: TV Review

One of television’s finest dramas, The Americans, returns tonight on FX for its second season and almost immediately answers a nagging question that haunts all ambitious, claustrophobic thrillers: Can this series get even better or will it go off the rails as the story unspools?

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FEB
25
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Mind Games: TV Review

Mind Games: TV Review

With absolutely no ill will toward series creator Kyle Killen, it's a little bit crazy to bet on his pilots taking off. He created the critically acclaimed and short-lived Lone Star for Fox, and the mostly critically acclaimed and short-lived Awake for NBC. Tonight his latest series, Mind Games, premieres on ABC at 10 p.m., up against Person of Interest on CBS and Chicago Fire on NBC.

Those are not good betting odds.

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FEB
25
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The Red Road: TV Review

The Red Road: TV Review

One of the most difficult challenges of ambitiously trying to make a drama that can play in the big leagues of established series is getting everything – absolutely everything – right. In The Red Road, the new six-part series from Sundance TV, one crucial element comes up lacking.

Television is a writer’s medium and Red Road has enough hiccups there to disrupt what is otherwise a very well-acted, well-shot and intriguing series.

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FEB
24
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Why Seth Meyers Has the Least Stressful Job in Late Night Television

Why Seth Meyers Has the Least Stressful Job in Late Night Television

When it comes to late-night debuts, it would be hard to have a less stressful launch -- in terms of expectations -- than Seth Meyers taking over NBC's Late Night program.

All of the attention is elsewhere. And all of the troubles in that slot came well before Meyers.

PHOTOS: Seth Meyers: Exclusive Portraits

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