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'Outlander' Is a Shaft of Light to 'Game of Thrones' Darkness

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 8, 2014 4:29 PM
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Yes, breasts heave and passions surge. But Starz' new series, based on Diana Gabaldon's books, is romantic in a more important way: It believes in good.

Lena Dunham, Emily Nussbaum and the Mixed Messages of 1980s TV

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 8, 2014 12:22 PM
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The star of "Girls" and the New Yorker's TV critic talk Susan Faludi's feminist classic "Backlash" and how it applies to "thirtysomething" and "The Cosby Show."

Steven Soderbergh's 'The Knick' Isn't TV's Future, But It Makes You Feel Good About Its Present

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 6, 2014 12:05 PM
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Clive Owen in Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick"
The 19th century doctors in Steven Soderbergh's Cinemax series are medical pioneers, but Soderbergh;s just looking to put his own spin on a classic TV genre.

Criticwire Survey: Directors Who Should've Done TV

  • August 4, 2014 11:01 AM
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More and more film directors are turning to television. What filmmaker, living or dead, would you like to see try her or his hand at the small screen?

Why TV Audiences Like Their Dramas Dark and Their Sitcoms Familiar

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 28, 2014 11:56 AM
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Critics love groundbreaking half-hours like "Community" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," but what audiences want most in a sitcom is something they've seen, and liked, before.

Critics Pretty Much Lose Their Minds Over 'Simpsons World'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 21, 2014 3:32 PM
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Are you excited for the portal that will allow you to watch and share clips from every "Simpsons" episode ever made? Not as excited as the critics who witnessed the announcement.

'Stalker's Kevin Williamson Fires Back at Critics in the Least Mature Way Imaginable

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 18, 2014 5:06 PM
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Kevin Williamson wants to convince critics his CBS drama about cops who investigate stalking takes its subject. This is not the way to do it.

The "Missing Pieces" of "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" Include a New Ending for the TV Show

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 18, 2014 3:57 PM
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A first look at the 90 minute of deleted scenes from David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" prequel reveal an extended ending to the show itself.

The Subversive Hotness of 'Veep's Selina Meyer

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 17, 2014 4:00 PM
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"Veep's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus is better dressed, and better-looking, than any female politician is allowed to be. That's a feature, not a bug.

FX's 'Married,' With Judy Greer and Nat Faxon, Could Find Just the Right Balance of Bitter and Sweet

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 16, 2014 4:58 PM
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Middled-aged marrieds and sexed-up twentysomethings look for love in FX's new "Married" and "You're the Worst"