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Why FX’s THE AMERICANS May Feature the Most Compelling Romance on TV

Though it is as flush with moral ambiguity as its predecessors, Joe Weisberg’s creation offers an altogether different breed of protagonist. What separates "The Americans" is its foregrounding of the simplest device in the history of narrative: love. In effect, The Americans is an extended remarriage plot.
  • By Jesse Damiani
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  • March 14, 2013 9:03 AM
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THE NEWSROOM RECAP 5: AMEN

It’s amazing that a man, and the show that celebrates him, can recognize any news when they spot it, given how much time Will and "The Newsroom" spend in a self-regarding set of funhouse mirrors that seem to reflect only the most flattering version of Will back to him.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • July 23, 2012 8:56 AM
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BREAKING BAD RECAP 2: MADRIGAL

The most striking aspect of tonight’s episode was our introduction to German mega-company Madrigal Elektromoteren (and, of course, the short-order introduction and elimination of suit Herr Schuler, who was clearly complicit in the late Mr. Fring’s meth empire, though we don’t quite know yet to what degree).
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr.
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  • July 22, 2012 10:55 PM
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FALLING SKIES RECAP 6: MOLON LABE

Here's where we start to hope. Here's where we begin fervently, passionately hoping that two outstanding back-to-back episodes of "Falling Skies" make a trend, possibly the shape of things to come.
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • July 22, 2012 9:55 PM
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POLITICAL ANIMALS: Purple Haze

When we first see former first lady, former presidential candidate, and soon-to-be secretary of state Elaine Barrish Hammond, played by Sigourney Weaver, in "Political Animals," she is onstage giving a concession speech, dressed in a purple disco jumpsuit. “Postpartisan purple,” observes a friend who is an expert on color.
  • By Emily Gordon
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  • July 17, 2012 11:47 AM
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TRUE BLOOD RECAP 6: HOPELESS

Tonight’s meh "True Blood" was proof double-O positive of the Law of Fives. Seriously, if physicists applied themselves, I trust they’d find the Law of Fives almost as immutable as the Law of Gravity, and not nearly as funny.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • July 16, 2012 8:29 AM
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THE NEWSROOM RECAP 4: I'LL TRY TO FIX YOU

One of the reasons I wish "The Newsroom" spent more time following its characters as they report stories is that there’s a thesis floating through the show about what happens when people apply the methods they use in journalism to their personal lives.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • July 15, 2012 10:55 PM
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BREAKING BAD RECAP 1: LIVE FREE OR DIE

In the months since the explosive Season 4 finale of "Breaking Bad," and Walt's certainly premature declaration of victory, we've had a long time to ponder what exactly he meant by saying, "I won."
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr.
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  • July 15, 2012 10:55 PM
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FALLING SKIES RECAP 5: HOMECOMING

If you're not watching this show yet, now's the time to start.
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • July 15, 2012 9:55 PM
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LONGMIRE RECAP 5: THE WORST KIND OF HUNTER

In “The Worst Kind Of Hunter,” Longmire continues muddying its moral waters by separating justice from law.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • July 9, 2012 3:50 PM
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