Backstrom, The Americans

More reviews: Black Sails, Sirens, Love Lust or Run

12 Monkeys, Justified

More reviews: Portlandia, Togetherness, The Nightly Show

Archer, Banshee, Shameless

Plus: Parks & Recreation, Its Always Sunny, Man Seeking Woman

The Best of TV 2014 Pt. 2

The rest of everything you should revisit, or discover, from last year
You're the Worst (FX) Like the equally surprising Broad City, You're the Worst shattered preconceptions of the "edgy" cable comedy with smarts, heart, bracing moments of relationship realism (and outright debauchery), ...

The Best TV of 2014 Pt. 1

(Almost) everything you should revisit, or discover, from the past year
True Detective (HBO) Creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto probably screwed himself by launching this mesmerizing crime anthology with stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson at the top of their respective games.

Anger Management

Anger Management finally reaches 100 episodes. In other news, Anger Management is still on
In March 2011, Charlie Sheen was fired from CBS' Two & a Half Men for being, well, more Charlie Sheen than he had been during production of the sitcom's previous seven seasons.

Ascension, Marco Polo

More reviews: Nick Offerman: American Ham, Best Christmas Party Ever
Syfy has made the case that it's serious about getting back into actual sci-fi this year, and the three-night event Ascension is a helluva convincing capper.

The Librarians, Peter Pan Live!

More reviews: Mike & Molly, Sons of Anarchy series finale
Series Debut: Noah Wyle's TV-movie adventure trilogy never topped the first outing, 2004's The Librarian: Quest for the Spear; follow-ups Return to King Solomon's Mines (serviceable) and Curse of the Judas Chalice (turrible) ...


Six on-demand alternatives to (TV's lack of) Thanksgiving programming
Bojack Horseman (Netflix) Lame sitcom The Millers was a complete waste of Will Arnett—thankfully, CBS has canceled it so he can concentrate on a second season of Bojack Horseman.

Xmas Onslaught

Holiday movies are already piling up from Hallmark, Lifetime and ... Ion(?)
Sigh. It's 2013 all over again when preteen Chyrstal(?) becomes trapped in the mall on Christmas Eve and forms a fast friendship with sarcastic Internet meme of yesteryear Grumpy Cat (voiced by Aubrey Plaza).

State of Affairs, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B

More reviews: Hollywood Film Awards, Country Buck$, Lucha Underground
Katherine Heigl was great in Grey's Anatomy, and then Knocked Up—let's pretend she joined the Peace Corps in 2007 and is just now returning to acting, OK?

The Newsroom, The Comeback

More reviews: Getting On, The Godfather of Pittsburgh
Season Premiere: The third and final season of Aaron Sorkin’s journalism fan-fiction drama takes place in 2013; your historical place-marker being the Boston Marathon bombing.

The McCarthys, American Horror Story: Freak Show

More reviews: Slednecks, One Starry Christmas, Marvel: 75 Years

Series Debut: A fat, loudmouthed, sports-obsessed Bah-ston family has a gay son—and, go for borderline homophobic comedy! Or borderline comedy, period.

Grimm, Constantine

More reviews: Alpha House, Good Witch's Wonder, Mike Tyson Mysteries
Season Premiere: Law & Order: Supernatural Portlandia (Grimm for short) is back! When Season 3 left off, Nick (David Giuntoli) had lost his Grimm power to see fairytale Wesen creatures both good and evil, essentially rendering him the only straight-up human in Portland.

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

More reviews: Transporter, American Dad!, True Tori, Web Therapy
Series Debut: If you're new to The Only TV Column That Matters™, you should know that I like my music played and produced by humans—loudly, with electric guitars and minimal artificial sweeteners.

The Walking Dead, The Affair

Plus: Cristela, Jane the Virgin, Marry Me
Season Premiere: Walking Dead Fanatic: "Why do we have to wait so long between seasons? Whhhyyy?!"

Bad Judge, A to Z, The Flash

More reviews: Gracepoint, Mulaney, Homeland
On second viewing, The Only TV Column That Matters™ has revised its assessment of Bad Judge: Kate Walsh is still great as a party-animal judge, but this sitcom is an underdeveloped mess, even compared to NBC's own Mysteries of Laura, the fall TV season's designated Underdeveloped Mess.

Parenthood, How to Get Away With Murder

More reviews: Family Guy, Selfie, Stalker
Season Premiere: As in, final season, Parentheads—you have 13 episodes to make peace with the impending departure of the Braverman family.


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