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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.

Recap: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 4 Finale “Farewell Daddy Blues”

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 24, 2013 9:58 PM
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Boardwalk Empire, Season 4, Farewell Daddy
“After today I’m not making plans,” Atlantic City kingpin Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) says on the phone. If only he really knew how true that might be. He’s evidently retiring and telling his Florida business partner and occasional lover Sally Wheat (Patricia Arquette) that after he wraps up loose ends he’s moving down South to Cuba, taking her with him. It’s understandable—the New Jersey mobster’s become hip to the fact that something fishy is going on with his brother Eli (Shea Whigham) and that it probably involves a maybe-not-so-crooked FBI Agent Knox (Brian Geraghty), which can’t be any good.

Review: 'Doctor Who: Day Of The Doctor' Is A Fitting & Hugely Enjoyable 50th Anniversary Tribute

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 24, 2013 1:23 PM
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Writing for a pop culture institution like long-running British sci-fi series "Doctor Who," you're bound to feel a certain degree of pressure. Generations of children (of any age) have grown up on the series, it's now bigger than ever, with a growing audience in the U.S, and capable of making headlines at home and abroad. But to write a special episode to mark the 50th anniversary of the series (making it by far the longest running science fiction show in the world)—one that would be broadcast simultaneously around the globe (including special 3D screenings in movie theaters), one that would satisfy fans both new and old, casual and hardcore, and one that would justify the acres of hype that have led up to the screening last night—requires even more delicacy.

Preview: HBO's Medical Comedy 'Getting On' Delivers A Healthy Dose Of Humor & Heart

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2013 10:00 AM
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The patience, sanity, selflessness and complete lack of vanity required to be a nurse is something that can't be stressed enough. And while medical dramas have shown medical staff to be (personally and emotionally complicated) life saving heroes, the medical sitcom is surprisingly still fairly fresh creative territory (the last one of note was "Scrubs," the Zach Braff starring show that usually placed wackiness and hijinks in the foreground). Perhaps it's because getting the recipe right of blending the life and death reality of the job with comedic elements is a balance that's difficult to achieve, but congratulations to the folks behind "Getting On" because in the first half of the six-episode season sent to press, they've accomplished the feat.

Recap: Things Slow Down A Bit For 'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 7, 'The Dead'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 21, 2013 1:28 PM
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Over the past few weeks, "American Horror Story: Coven" has piled on the craziness, to the point that the show occasionally felt overwhelming, like a giant toppling tower of racist, flesh-eating zombies that are also possessed and on fire. Mercifully, this week's episode, "The Dead," written by co-creator Brad Falchuk, gave us time to pause and catch our breath a little bit before the next round of blood-drenched mayhem.

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