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Recap; 'Game Of Thrones' Episode 7 Tries To Redeem The Lannisters, But Drops The Ball With Some Sorcery

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 14, 2012 10:05 AM
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If there's anything that unites the golden age of cable drama in the last decade or so, it's the way that their characters -- often the ones you're meant to be rooting for -- are responsible for some truly terrible, terrible things. On even the best network dramas -- "The Good Wife," to name probably the top of the tree right now -- the characters are fundamentally good people, who occasionally make mistakes. On cable, it tends to be a question of watching people we like slowly lose their souls via abominable acts, from Tony Soprano and Al Swearengen to Walter White and even Jimmy McNulty.

Review: Sexual Harassment & Heartbreak Dominate Another Uneven Episode Of 'Girls'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2012 11:00 PM
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If last week saw "Girls" slip into sitcom territory, this latest episode again sees Lena Dunham and co. delivering another somewhat uneven offering, one that again finds Hannah (Dunham) and Marnie (Allison Wlliams) as the central focus, while Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) are relegated to some flimsy, and otherwise insubstantial b-plot. Say what you will about "Sex & The City," but the writers there at least built four pretty well realized, and equally balanced lives around the quartet of women, something that "Girls" is still managing to figure out.

Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Episodes 5 & 6 See Season Two Somehow Get Bloodier & Grimmer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 8, 2012 9:58 AM
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Due to popular demand, and the increasing addiction of the entire staff to the show, we're going to be covering HBO's fantasy epic "Game Of Thrones" episode-by-episode for the rest of the season. You can find our verdict on the first four episodes here, and below is our take on episode five, "The Ghost Of Harrenhal" and episode six, "The Old Gods And The New." Look for recaps of new episodes on Monday morning from now on. Oh, and we haven't read the books, so please, no spoilers in the comments, thanks.

Review: 'Girls' Unfortunately Stumbles Into Sitcom Territory

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2012 11:00 PM
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As we mentioned in our review of the season premiere, "Girls" came out of the gate strong, exhibiting a fresh approach and confidence that many shows don't often have in their first season. Navigating the complexities of sex, relationships and friendships between women in Manhattan, Lena Dunham's effort seemed to sidestep the usual structure and expectations of the half hour format for something a bit more direct and honest. And while we figured "Girls" would stumble at some point, or perhaps deliver an episode below the standard set thus far, we didn't expect it to be so soon, or done so sloppily.

Review: A Diva, A Dog & 20 Years In D.C. On 'Veep'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2012 10:30 PM
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If over the last couple of episodes of "Veep" we've been critical of the writers overstuffing their plot, that's not an issue this time around. But unfortuantely, the titular subject of the episode (who really only comes into play in the last third), is also the least interesting.

Review: Is It Some Kind Of Solstice? 'Girls' Finds Hannah & Marnie's Sex Lives Turned Upside Down

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2012 11:00 PM
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"Try and give less of a shit," guest star Jorma Taccone says during the third episode of "Girls" and it's advice Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Marnie (Allison Williams) eventually learn to take to heart. But not without seeing some major changes that re-orient their respective sex lives.

Review: 'Veep' Goes 'Contagion' As A Virus Makes Its Way Through Washington

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2012 10:30 PM
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We addressed this in the season's first episode, but if you're looking trenchant insight into the American political system played for laughs, "Veep" won't be doing that. But as, essentially, a workplace comedy boasting a higher concept that most, the week's entry proves that within that structure, the show has promise.

Review: 'Girls' Tackles Abortion, Sex & STDs Head On With Heart & Hilarity

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2012 11:00 PM
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Having already established in the premiere episode that the sex in "Girls" that sex in the show (at least for now) will often be uncomfortable and awkward, the second show of season turns up the cringe factor. As the show opens, Hannah and Adam are in the midst of some fairly routine missionary sex, with the latter spicing things up with a melange of dirty talk that probably isn't fit to print here. Adam pulls out and ejaculates on Hannah's arm, and in the somewhat unsatisfying post-coitus pause, she says unconvincingly, "That was really good. That was so good....I almost came." To which Adam deadpans, "You want a Gatorade?" Welcome to "Girls."

Review: Armando Iannucci's 'Veep' Off To A Fast, Furious But Only Intermittently Funny Start

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2012 10:30 PM
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In the midst of an election season, where politics in the United States seems to be more partisan than it ever has been, and riding on the back of the Occupy Wall Street movement that spread across the world last year, there is probably no better time for a political comedy. And for Armando Iannucci, it's territory that he's already mined to great success. British TV viewers were first acquainted with his work with the series "The Thick Of It" (which was remade by ABC for a potential series, that never made it past pilot and was disowned by Iannucci), while audiences on both sides of the pond applauded "In The Loop." HBO is the ideal home for Iannucci to make his American debut (if only to drop f-bombs, which the script does quite often), but it's shame that this debut episode is so toothless.

Recap: Season Premiere Of 'Girls' A Confident, Funny Start For Lena Dunham's Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2012 11:02 PM
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Update: Viewers on the U.S. can now watch the pilot episode of "Girls" on YouTube without an HBO subscription. Unembeddable, but watch here.

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