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What a Drag

RuPaul's Drag Race returns to make America great again; Harlots hooks historically.

Ham Fist

Marvel's Iron Fist packs little punch; Into the Badlands delivers the kung-fu action.

Couples, Retreat

Love returns for another shot at commitment; Trial & Error is only the latter.

Time Wasters

Making History re-resets America; Time After Time ticks away.
the current TV season's glut of time-travel shows finally lightens up with Making History, even though the timeline-twisting consequences are no less dire.

Bad Hombres

The Blacklist: Redemption spies hard; Taken is a piss-poor prequel.
fans are asking, "How's this spinoff going to work?" while casual viewers are curious to know, "How many encoded tattoos can she fit on her body?"

Baby, One Meh Time

Britney Ever After is cheap and unnecessary; Billions is back.
As a musical artist, Britney Spears made a decent pop icon. She barely contributed to the writing of any her own music, and her singing is at maybe a semi-pro karaoke level. Her perpetual "comebacks" and attempts at being "edgy" are as laughable as they are tiresome.

Goodbye, Girls

Lena Dunham's Girls begins the end; the robots return in Humans.
Season Premiere: Yes, Girls creator/star Lena Dunham has made some astoundingly stupid statements on social media—isn't that what it's for?—but she's also cranked out a half-dozen solid seasons of an HBO series, so she's far more than just a "privileged snowflake."

Comics Relief

Powerless lives on the DC Comics fringe; Santa Clarita Diet is delicious.

Series Debut: Rebooted before it even premiered: Powerless, which exists somewhere within the DC Comics universe, was originally a deadpan workplace comedy à la The Office, about an insurance firm that handled cases of civilians affected by superhero-vs.-supervillain battles—real catastrophic damage.

Archie, Darkly

Riverdale delivers twisted teen noir; iBoy installs a vigilante upgrade.
The gang's all here, including a ripped-but-sensitive Archie (K.J. Apa), a mysterious Jughead (Cole Sprouse), a jittery Betty (Lili Reinhart), a seductive Veronica (Camila Mendes) and an ambitious Pussycats-fronting Josie (Ashleigh Murray), and they all arrive as surprisingly fleshed-out characters.

Double-Down Clown

Baskets is still weird and wonderful; Beaches ... why?
Aspiring artiste Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) flunks out of a prestigious French clown academy and returns home to uncultured Bakersfield to become a crestfallen rodeo clown.

Dinner Pests

My Kitchen Rules is half-baked; Homeland and Teachers return.
This is what the "celebrity" competition show has come to: a cook-off.

Crazy Cool

Crazyhead reinvigorates the demon dramedy; Tom Hardy is Taboo.
When 20-something Bristolian Amy (Cara Theobold) discovers she's a "seer" who can recognize the demon-possessed hiding among us, she forms an at-first-unlikely alliance with fellow seer-turned-hunter Raquel (Susan Wokoma); much ass-whipping and sass-quipping ensue.

Stay Tuned

Kicking off 2017 with 17 new TV series.
(Sunday, Jan. 1, Fox) Broke lowlife Mickey (Kaitlin Olson, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) gets stuck raising the kids of her just-incarcerated rich sister.

TV Done Right

16 of the best shows of 2016.
These 16 shows are binge-worthy alternatives to holiday family time—Merry Xmas!

TV Gone Wrong

16 of the worst shows of 2016.
It's easy to forget the crap—unless you're a professional television watcher in need of holiday-month filler.

Season's Beatings

SuperMansion declares War on Christmas; Star gets behind the music.
The Robot Chicken team didn't quite nail its debut season about a senior-citizen stopmotion sub-Avengers, but War on Christmas is a step in the right direction, amping-up the crazy and the cohesiveness for a solid holiday entry.

'Toon Under

Pacific Heat isn't quite Archer; Shut Eye is another Hulu winner.
You could blame an Aussie/American disconnect, but remember Danger 5?

Girls' Town

Gilmore Girls returns, imperfectly perfect; Incorporated is a slick dystopia.
But it still hits all the feel buttons with a sentimentally deadly accuracy that lesser revivals like Netflix's Fuller House crapfest can't touch.



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