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Recap: Hannah Is An 'Only Child' In 'Girls' Season 3, Episode 5

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2014 10:30 PM
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Girls
If the third season of "Girls" has thus far been dedicated to anything, it's underscoring Hannah's (Lena Dunham) selfishness. Until now, things have seemingly been on track for Hannah, with her relationship with Adam (Adam Driver) now solidified and her career as a writer starting to take shape. But her ambition has only been matched by a tunnel-vision that seems to keep the concerns of everyone else to the side. Her lack of empathy following the death of her editor David was the central focus on last week's "Dead Inside," and even her trip to pick up Jessa (Jemima Kirke) from rehab at the start of season doubled as an opportunity to hopefully get a story out of the road trip. But could Hannah's self-centeredness simply stem from the fact that she's an only child? Indeed, the title of tonight's episode puts that fact in central view.

Recap: 'Girls' Season 3, Episode 4 Feels 'Dead Inside'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2014 10:30 PM
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Girls
It's hard to figure out what will most fuel the post-"Girls" talk this week: Hannah's inability to express any kind of emotion following the surprise death of her editor David (John Cameron Mitchell)? Or the digs at Gawker and Jezebel? We'll probably have to go with the latter.

Recap: 'True Detective' Season 1, Episode 3 Goes Into 'The Locked Room'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2014 10:00 PM
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True Detective
While there is a case that needs investigating in "True Detective," the show's richest pleasures have been found in the characters. And in particular, writer Nic Pizzolatto is curious about what makes men tick—what allows them to survive unspeakable horror and what they require to keep a handle on this side of sanity, in a profession that continually brings them face to face with things that defy all logic and humanity. In this week's "The Locked Room," it's those intangible values and qualities that are explored, exposing who we become when those structures are stripped away, and how fragile they can be in the first place.

Recap: Matthew McConaughey Is 'Seeing Things' In 'True Detective' Season 1, Episode 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2014 11:08 AM
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True Detective
"You're looking for narrative, [you] interrogate witnesses, personal evidence, establish a timeline, build a story, day after day..." the weary Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) lays bare about his job. That's right, we're only in the second episode of "True Detective," and already the grind of the work comes to bear on both Hart and Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey). And for the pair, the routine of police work is the source of pain and salvation...sometimes both.

Recap: Hannah Celebrates Her Birthday In 'Girls' Season 3, Episode 3 'She Said OK'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2014 10:02 AM
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Girls
"I always have terrible birthdays, it's kind of my thing," Hannah (Lena Dunham) tells Adam (Adam Driver) in "She Said OK," the third episode of "Girls" season 3. And with her 25th birthday celebration taking center stage for the bulk of the episode's running time, there is certainly an argument to be made that things could've gone better. But as things kick off, it's not Hannah's life that is thrown into turmoil and/or unexpected change, but those of Adam, Marnie (Allison Williams) and Ray (Alex Karpovsky).

Recap: 'True Detective' Season 1, Episode 1 'The Long Bright Dark' A Potent Start To A Promising Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2014 11:08 AM
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True Detective
Movies and television see no shortage of twisted killers, finding ever more gruesome and brutal ways with which to dispatch their victims. And when the recently partnered detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) come across the body of a young woman named Dora Lange, bound and presented like an sculpture after a ritual killing, complete with antlers, you'd be forgiven if you thought you were watching a scene out of "Hannibal." And for a very brief, fleeting moment, the concern is raised that "True Detective" — as handsomely mounted and brilliantly cast as it is — will be nothing more than yet another serial killer drama where the cops track down the psycho. But writer Nic Pizzolato and director Cary Joji Fukunaga are less concerned with the case, than with the weight it bears on Rust and Martin.

Recap: Lena Dunham Returns Strong With 'Girls' Season 3, Episodes 1 & 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2014 10:00 AM
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Girls
As much as Lena Dunham pushed the enveloped narratively and sylistically throughout the second season of "Girls," for a show that celebrates the messiness and uncertainty of young adulthood, the finale wrapped things up in an all too neat bow. But for those worried that headed into season three, the edges might be smoothed down, with the stories becoming more broadly accessible, the sight of Jessa (Jemima Kirke) with the face between the legs of another woman in rehab will allay those fears. But we're getting ahead of ourselves.

Review: 'Getting On' Season 1 A Perfect Prescription Of Sweet & Sour Laughs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 10:08 AM
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Getting On
Whenever a U.K. comedy crosses the pond for an American makeover, the first concern generally tends to be about capturing the spirit and tone of the original. And while I haven't seen the British version of "Getting On," whatever happened in translation didn't seem to dilute a potent blend of sweet and sour laughs in HBO's take on the series. Retaining the tradition of truly cringeworthy moments of comedic embarrassment popularized by the efforts of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and combining it with heart and (fleeting) moments of genuine emotion, "Getting On" makes the most of its six episode first season.

The 15 Best TV Episodes Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 12, 2013 4:06 PM
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The Best Television Episodes of 2013
Without wishing to engage in the tiresome “TV shows or movies, which are better?” debate (not better, just different, plenty of toys for everyone) we have noticed a distinct uptick in our TV consumption over 2013, reflected in the increased number of shows we’ve been reviewing or recapping for your pleasure, including: “American Horror Story: Coven” “Boardwalk Empire” “Veep,” “Hello Ladies,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Newsroom,” “Family Tree,” “Girls” and “House of Cards,” along with miniseries “Top of the Lake” and “Parade’s End.”

Recap: 'American Horror Story: Coven,' Episode 8 'The Sacred Taking'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 5, 2013 11:00 AM
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Next week marks the winter finale for "American Horror Story: Coven," which means that the creative team behind the series will undoubtedly be throwing everything into an episode that will largely be defined by outrageous twists and jaw-dropping cliffhangers. (The show will resume two weeks later for the final four episodes of the season.) For that very reason alone, it was nice that this week's episode, "The Sacred Taking" (written by series co-creator Ryan Murphy and directed by MVP Alfonso Gomez-Rejon), was more of a slow burn episode, one in which we were allowed to simply luxuriate in the awesomeness of these amazing women. A week after Thanksgiving, we have to give thanks to these ladies.

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