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Entertainment Weekly's Critics Agree on '12 Years a Slave,' 'Before Midnight,' 'Fruitvale Station'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 5, 2013 10:19 AM
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  • 2 Comments
The magazine has released the top four films and TV shows from its critics in advance of this week's Best-Of issue.

Time's TV Top 10: 'Enlightened,' 'Breaking Bad,' and 'Orange Is the New Black'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 5, 2013 10:05 AM
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  • 3 Comments
James Poniewozik weighs in with his best new and returning shows, favorite episodes, and a special 'Breaking Bad' list.

Critic Tells Sarah Silverman to Watch Her Mouth; Internet Tells Him Where to Stick It.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 21, 2013 11:45 AM
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  • 16 Comments
Variety's Brian Lowry offered Sarah Silverman some friendly career advice in his review of her new HBO special.

Did Kerry Washington's 'SNL' Stint Help Solve the Show's Race Problem, or Just Expose It?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 4, 2013 3:38 PM
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  • 4 Comments
'Saturday Night Live' took the bull by the horns by opening with a sketch owning up to the show's lack of black female cast members. But does that make a difference?

'Garth Marenghi's Darkplace' Is Horror at Its Worst, Comedy at Its Best

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 31, 2013 2:31 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Enough with celebrating the best in horror. At Halloween approaches, savor the deliberate and glorious dreadfulness of this supremely well-made send-up.

The Thinking Dead: 'The Returned' Is a Zombie Show With (Delicious) Brains

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 31, 2013 12:16 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Living dead notwithstanding, Sundance Channel's eight-episode series, which begins its run tonight, is more about small-town tragedy than gory kills.

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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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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