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Is the Rise of Recaps Keeping TV Critics From Thinking Big?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 30, 2013 4:56 PM
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  • 3 Comments
A writer argues that episode-driven reviews limit their audiences and inhibit the discussion. Sam Adams disagrees.

'The Good Wife's "Hitting the Fan" Pays Off Long-Running Conflicts and Starts New Ones

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 27, 2013 10:04 PM
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As Julianna Margulies' lawyer starts her own firm, 'The Good Wife' shows why it's one of the best shows on TV.

'Trophy Wife': The Hit Show No One's Watching

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 23, 2013 2:18 PM
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  • 3 Comments
ABC's 'Trophy Wife' has the rave reviews to make it a hit show, but audiences aren't catching on.
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For 'The Walking Dead,' "30 Days Without an Accident," and Much Longer Without Real Change

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 13, 2013 10:06 PM
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  • 4 Comments
The show's fourth-season premiere introduces a new threat, but leaves its audience feeling far too safe.
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Is Sexism Killing 'Survivor'?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 10, 2013 12:31 PM
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  • 1 Comment
NPR's Linda Holmes argues that "Blood vs. Water" has brought out the worst in the long-running reality show.

TCM's 'Story of Film' Reaches the Golden Age of Melodrama and Some Not-On-DVD Masterpieces

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 8, 2013 7:52 PM
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In this week's installment of the 15-week series, melodrama from Hollywood, Egypt and India, and the great Luis Bunuel movie you can't get on DVD.

The A.V. Club's Todd VanDerWerff on the State of TV Criticism

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 2, 2013 12:53 PM
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A.V. Club TV Editor Todd VanDerWerff talks about why he added long-form reviews to the site's well-read recaps, and how TV criticism is changing across the board.

TCM's 'Story of Film' Reaches the Heights of 'Citizen Kane' and Draws a Few Wild Cards

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 30, 2013 5:06 PM
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In the fifth of its fifteen weeks, the Turner Classic Movies series built around Mark Cousins' fifteen-part documentary reaches undisputed classics and throws in a few wild cards.

Was 'Breaking Bad's Finale Too "Tidy"?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 30, 2013 2:53 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Reaction to 'Breaking Bad's finale episode splits between those who found it satisfying and those who found it a little too much so.

With "Felina," 'Breaking Bad' Goes Out With a Bang, or Several

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 30, 2013 12:06 PM
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  • 7 Comments
The series about a meth-dealing chemistry teacher comes to a thoroughly satisfying, if by definition anticlimactic, end.