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"They're All Murderers": The Dark Laughter of "Scandal"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 14, 2014 2:59 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Does "Scandal" let real-life politicians get away with murder?

"Deadwood" at 10: Still Ahead of Its Time

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 11, 2014 10:29 AM
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  • 3 Comments
Looking back on the profanely great series, and what its premature ending says about the state of TV today.

Yellow Ties and Hoodie Stars: "True Detective"'s Costumes Were About Character, Not Plot

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 10, 2014 5:18 PM
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  • 0 Comments
The secret of "True Detective"'s costumes is... they weren't really meant to be secrets.

"True Detective" Ends With a Bang, and a Whimper

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 10, 2014 10:02 AM
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  • 2 Comments
The series' HBO Go-crashing season finale was either the Best Thing Ever or a crushing disappointment.

Want to Make a Great TV Show? Don't Forget the Boobs.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 6, 2014 5:08 PM
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  • 3 Comments
"True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto says HBO and other premium networks have a "mandate" for female nudity.

As TV's Fortunes Rise, Diversity Plummets

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 6, 2014 10:18 AM
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  • 2 Comments
The stats on premium cable's commitment to women and people of color are even worse than you think.

Why "The Yellow King Theory" Is Great "True Detective" Criticism

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 5, 2014 4:53 PM
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  • 5 Comments
The hilarious viral video that took the Internet by storm also works as a subtle, funny critique of the way we watch TV as a whole.

At Last, Definitive Proof of the Identity of "True Detective"'s Yellow King

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 5, 2014 12:43 PM
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  • 7 Comments
Looking back, it's hard to see how we missed it.

The Bar Is Closed: Bad Reviews Like "Mixology"'s Come Along Once in a Generation

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 27, 2014 2:52 PM
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  • 14 Comments
Critics don't just hate ABC's dating comedy, which traffics in rape humor and slut-shaming. They want to wipe it off the face of the earth.

As Season 2 Starts, "The Americans"' Deception Is All in the Family

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 26, 2014 3:50 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Escalating to one of the best shows on TV, the deep-cover drama examines the cost Elizabeth and Phillip's lifelong lie takes on the ones they love.