BackstromMaybe it’s time to retire the total-jerk-who’s-also-a-genius-cop genre.
Amazon Had a Great Week!Then they released their new pilots.
Life-SizedHBO’s Togetherness and the new normal in prestige TV.
Marvel Made a Woman-Led, Anti-Sexist Superhero ShowIt’s mostly about men.
Jean Hamm, Weird Al, and Xanax the MagicianGalavant is the oddest new TV show in ages.
Lowbrow and DelectableGirlfriends’ Guide to Divorce is the TV equivalent of a great beach read.
The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Final Thoughts on Series 8 Phil Plait and Mac Rogers on the finale and the season.
Slate Plus Sneak Peek: The Walking Dead PodcastA spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 4.
A Difficult WomanEven as an HBO miniseries, Olive Kitteridge feels like a novel—in the best way.
InmaculadaJane the Virgin is the best reason to watch the CW in years.
It’s the Freakiest ShowAmerican Horror Story continues to be like nothing else on television.
The Rise of Bummer TVGracepoint, Broadchurch, and the epidemic of sad television.
See MeTransparent is the fall’s only great new show.
Say It LoudBlack-ish is proud, politically incorrect, and the fall’s best new sitcom.
Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic ThingsDon’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
JustificationWill Raylan Givens face the consequences of his itchy trigger finger in Justified’s final season?
Beautiful MonsterThe return of stately serial-killer show The Fall.
Warm With a Chance of Abhorrent AnticsIn Season 4, Girls is better—and more provocative—than it’s been for a while.
Rap Game King LearEmpire is sloppy, politically incorrect, and very good.
The Top 10 TV Shows of 2014From stoned Brooklynites to dating Jerusalemites.
ScandalousKatherine Heigl’s new show makes interesting use of her damaged reputation.
Green, Green Grass of HomeThe small-town pleasures of Brooklyn-based Web series High Maintenance.
The ComebackNine years later, the HBO show is not so disgusted by reality TV. But it’s very queasy about fame.
Can TV Get the Rom-Com Right?Several shows are trying. A couple of them are succeeding.
Which One of These Stories Do You Believe?The Affair brings Rashomon-style storytelling to television.
Bizarro JerryMulaney is just like Seinfeld, except it’s not funny.
Homeland Is Good AgainFor now, at least.
How to Get Away With HyperdramaThe new TV genre invented by Shonda Rhimes.
Crusader, Sans CapeThe superhero trappings of Gotham are just a clever disguise.
Television for AdultsThe Good Wife is cynical, thrilling, and grown-up. It’s also TV’s best drama.