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Television
Oct. 16 2014 6:55 PMCan TV Get the Rom-Com Right?Several shows are trying. A couple of them are succeeding.
Brow Beat
Oct. 15 2014 4:32 PMKalinda Is Leaving The Good Wife. It’s About Time, Really.
Television
Oct. 9 2014 2:05 PMWhich One of These Stories Do You Believe?The Affair brings Rashomon-style storytelling to television.
Television
Oct. 8 2014 11:38 AMIt’s the Freakiest ShowAmerican Horror Story continues to be like nothing else on television.
Television
Oct. 2 2014 2:24 PMThe Rise of Bummer TVGracepoint, Broadchurch, and the epidemic of sad television.
Television
Oct. 1 2014 12:19 PMHomeland Is Good AgainFor now, at least.
Television
Sept. 25 2014 12:41 PMHow to Get Away With HyperdramaThe new TV genre invented by Shonda Rhimes.
Television
Sept. 22 2014 2:12 PMCrusader, Sans CapeThe superhero trappings of Gotham are just a clever disguise.
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 1:39 PMShonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman,” New York Times. Neither Are Her Characters.
Television
Sept. 18 2014 1:41 PMTelevision for AdultsThe Good Wife is cynical, thrilling, and grown-up. It’s also TV’s best drama.
Television
Sept. 10 2014 3:02 PMThese People Will Not Create a Perfect SocietyBut they do reflect our own.
Television
Aug. 28 2014 1:50 PMWhit Stillman’s New TV Show Is Almost As Good As His Old MoviesAnd Amazon can really do comedy. Drama, on the other hand …
Television
Aug. 22 2014 9:54 AMThe Longest FaceBoJack Horseman is a bleak, brilliant comedy about a talking horse.
Television
Aug. 20 2014 7:29 AMOne Tough Female Detective and Hardly Any GunsIf you like Prime Suspect and The Fall, watch Happy Valley.
Television
Aug. 8 2014 8:14 AMOutlanderIt’s a great feminist adventure. I wish it were a little more of a cheesy romance.
Tv Club
Oct. 16 2014 1:54 AMThe American Horror Story: Freak Show Podcast, Episode 2The “Massacres and Matinees” edition.
Television
Oct. 13 2014 2:51 PMInmaculadaJane the Virgin is the best reason to watch the CW in years.
Tv Club
Oct. 8 2014 11:55 PMThe American Horror Story: Freak Show Podcast, Episode 1The “Monsters Among Us” edition
Television
Oct. 3 2014 12:57 PMBizarro JerryMulaney is just like Seinfeld, except it’s not funny.
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 6:39 PMIs Transparent Fall’s Best New Show? Or Is Even That Praise Too Faint?
Television
Sept. 29 2014 2:57 PMSee MeTransparent is the fall’s only great new show.
Television
Sept. 24 2014 2:10 PMSay It LoudBlack-ish is proud, politically incorrect, and the fall’s best new sitcom.
Television
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PMAttractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic ThingsDon’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 3:55 PMWhy Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now
Television
Sept. 16 2014 12:05 PMSlim Pickings at the Network TV BazaarThree talented actresses in three terrible shows.
Television
Sept. 2 2014 2:34 PMA Tween Is BornThe legacy of Saved by the Bell.
Brow Beat
Aug. 26 2014 1:05 AMThere Were No Disasters at the Emmys. That’s Why They Were So Boring.
Movies
Aug. 21 2014 5:31 PMThis Never HappenedThe first film by the creator of Mad Men plummets to Earth.
Brow Beat
Aug. 11 2014 11:08 PMMork & Mindy and the Tireless Dervish That Was Robin Williams
Television
Aug. 7 2014 11:19 AMThe KnickSteven Soderbergh’s medical drama looks better than anything on TV, but otherwise resembles every medical drama on TV.

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  News & Politics
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Oct. 20 2014 7:13 PM Deadly Advice When it comes to Ebola, ignore American public opinion: It’s ignorant and misinformed about the disease.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 20 2014 7:23 PM Chipotle’s Magical Burrito Empire Keeps Growing, Might Be Slowing
  Life
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  Double X
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  Slate Plus
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  Arts
Brow Beat
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  Technology
Future Tense
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  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Oct. 20 2014 11:46 AM Is Anybody Watching My Do-Gooding? The difference between being a hero and being an altruist.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.