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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.

Female Bodies and the Philbrosophy of "True Detective"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 24, 2014 11:19 AM
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  • 14 Comments
Does "True Detective" treat women badly, or is it about men who do?

The Comic Books Behind 'True Detective'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 21, 2014 4:51 PM
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  • 3 Comments
We know all about 'True Detective's reference to supernatural horror fiction. What about comics?

Why 'House of Cards' Binge-Watching Disposability is a Feature, Not a Bug

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 18, 2014 3:59 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Critics complain Netflix's all-at-once strategy doesn't leave time to discuss individual episodes. But maybe that's the point.

'True Detective's "Secret Fate": Stories May Change, But Bodies Don't Lie

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 17, 2014 11:40 AM
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  • 0 Comments
As the serial-killer investigation grows to encompass metafiction and theoretical physics, some things remain fact.

'True Detective' Is TV's Most Stylish Show. Does That Make It One of Its Best?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 11, 2014 3:31 PM
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  • 36 Comments
Critics and viewers were stunned by the elaborate tracking shot in Sunday's episode. But does that make it effective, or distracting?

With Rick Out of Comission, 'The Walking Dead' Surges Forward

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 9, 2014 10:02 PM
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  • 2 Comments
'The Walking Dead' sidelines Rick and, not coincidentally, has one of its best recent episodes.