Television

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Distinct approaches

By Megan Basham
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Television | Black-ish uses humor to explore a timely question

Justified; The Americans

By Marvin Olasky
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Television | Justified , the critically acclaimed FX series, starts its sixth season on Jan. 20. Set in rural Kentucky’s drug culture, it has depths of characterization…

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

By Megan Basham
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Television | No one could deny that there are still plenty of soapy conventions like secret love affairs, improbable crimes, and private conversations that happen to be…

Gotham

By Samuel James
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Television | Batman fans bemoaning the current gap between Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and the upcoming Ben Affleck–powered Superman v Batman film will take…

Gracepoint

Gracepoint

By Megan Basham
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Television | The primary difference between the brilliant British series Broadchurch that aired on BBC America last year and the Americanized remake Gracepoint that premiered on…

Scorpion

Scorpion

By Sophia Lee
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Television | Team up a computer prodigy, a mechanical whiz, a Sherlock Holmes–like shrink, and a human calculator with the combined IQ of nearly 700—and you get a…

Bereft and abandoned

By Megan Basham
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Television | Far from edifying, The Leftovers does offer a fundamental honesty about the human condition

The Last Ship

By Megan Basham
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Television | Not so long ago, the word blockbuster—the kind of high-explosion-ratio/low-rationality entertainment that may not be great art but offers plenty of…

About a Boy

By Emily Belz
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Television | In NBC’s About a Boy , 30-something bachelor Will (David Walton) is wealthy after composing a hit Christmas song: He impulsively buys a $500 margarita…

Signs of life

By Megan Basham
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Television | ABC at least doesn’t ignore spiritual matters in Resurrection , but it gets them wrong

House of Cards

By Sophia Lee
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Television | House of Cards premiered its first season last year in February by riding a publicity wave as Netflix’s first all-original, all-release series. With a budget…

The young and the ruthless

By Angela Lu
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Television | ABC’s Nashville devolves into a sex-drenched soap opera

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