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VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 3

Dave Bunting Jr.’s video essay on Season 3 of "Breaking Bad" opens with time-lapse landscapes, which are de rigueur establishing shots in TV these days. Here, though, they are uniquely awe-inspiring, in part for their exotic nature, and in part for how they seem to breathe life into everything.
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr. and Gary Sullivan
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  • March 15, 2013 8:35 AM
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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 Revolution Was Televised: The Conversation

I worked with HitFix.com television critic Alan Sepinwall at the Star-Ledger of Newark for nine years, 1997-2006. We shared the TV beat together throughout that period, writing reviews and features, and collaborating on a daily column of news and notes titled "All TV."
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall
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  • November 30, 2012 8:34 AM
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Returning to St. Eligius: ST. ELSEWHERE, 30 Years Later, Part 2

Your ears didn’t deceive you. In the clip above, Dr. Wayne Fiscus (Howie Mandel) takes a verbal walk down Memory Lane as his residency at St. Eligius comes to a close in the final episode of "St. Elsewhere"’s six-year run and says it lasted “three years.”
  • By Edward Copeland
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  • November 5, 2012 8:00 AM
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Returning to St. Eligius: ST. ELSEWHERE, 30 Years Later, Part 1

In the video above, for the first time, the "St. Elsewhere" credit sequence, set to Oscar-winning composer Dave Grusin’s memorable and infectious theme, unites all 26 regular cast members who graced its opening credits for varying lengths of time, ranging from a single season to its entire six-year NBC run, which began 30 years ago tonight.
  • By Edward Copeland
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  • October 26, 2012 8:00 AM
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Five Great Moments of Dramatic Irony in MAD MEN

Before postmodernist self-reference, there was dramatic irony: a little wink from the writer that acknowledges the audience. After five seasons of solid storytelling, here are five of "Mad Men"'s greatest moments in dramatic irony.
  • By Olivia Collette
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  • June 14, 2012 8:55 AM
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GREY MATTERS: PERSON OF INTEREST: A Noir for the New Depression

Person of Interest isn’t the sole new scripted television show in the Top Five because it’s a gold standard procedural mystery. Or because it’s a terrific grown-up look at living with regret that also finds time to explore post 9-11 hot topics of class and morality in the New Depression.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • April 27, 2012 8:55 AM
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VIDEO: The Ultimate "Next on Mad Men" Preview Clip

Why should the folks at AMC have all the fun tormenting us, when we could do just as good a job?
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • April 23, 2012 1:11 PM
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VIDEO: AMC's THE WALKING DEAD re-imagined as 1970s sitcom kitsch

This supposed "alternate intro" for AMC's "The Walking Dead" is a great example of how a mash-up can become a kind of stealth criticism.
  • By Timmy Lunsford
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  • April 14, 2012 7:17 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: It's a MAD World - a MAD MEN Video Tribute

Serena Bramble weaves dozens upon dozens of clips into a jazz-like succession of motifs, mapping out the resplendent world of Mad Men.
  • By Serena Bramble and David Ehrenstein
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  • March 22, 2012 8:10 AM
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  • 11 Comments

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