Dinner Pests

My Kitchen Rules is half-baked; Homeland and Teachers return.

Crazy Cool

Crazyhead reinvigorates the demon dramedy; Tom Hardy is Taboo.

Stay Tuned

Kicking off 2017 with 17 new TV series.

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.

Got STDs?

Lovesick is no longer Scrotal Recall; someone should be watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
It's all charming enough fluff worth bingeing over the holidays after you've torn through Gilmore Girls, and you won't have to explain the (new) title to the parental units.

Mama Drama

Better Things wraps a perfect first season; Good Behavior is your new obsession.
Better Things swings from sweet to sad to snarky with an assured precision that her creative partner, Louis C.K.'s Louie, never quite nailed, and Adlon subverts the first impressions of her co-stars beautifully (OK, her daughters aren't that bad).

Votepocalypse Now

Where (and where not) to get your Election Night TV fix.
Except for that dreamy Shepard Smith, anchor of Fox's recycled broadcast from Fox News ...

Net Worthless

The Great Indoors wastes Joel McHale; Stan Against Evil shakes up Halloween.
Stan Against Evil is a different middle-aged-dude-battling-hell animal.

Tech Your Head

Black Mirror returns to troll your fears; Dirk Gently is sheer madness.
a swath of stories that subtly filter film genres through a Social-Media-Can-and-Will-Kill-You narrative.

Dream On

Falling Water is pretty, and pretty confusing; Goliath lays down the law.
In the time of Too Many Shows, it's almost suicidal to launch a new series that won't get to the damned point by the middle of the first episode

Love, Contractually

SJP goes dark in Divorce; Supergirl is back (on a budget).
Hopeless romantic Carrie Bradshaw is dead; meet Frances

Power, Man

Marvel's Luke Cage is another winner; Westworld transcends its cheese origins.
Luke Cage was Marvel's first-ever black headliner in the '70s; appropriately, this series is the most '70s, the most New York, and the most straight-up black entry into the modern Marvel Cinematic Universe yet.

Blah & Order

Notorious is criminally dumb; Van Helsing puts a femme spin on the vampocalypse.
delve into "the unique, sexy and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media" in a beyond-stoopid mashup

4:20 Sharp

High Maintenance is more than a stoner comedy; fall TV gets underway.
Unapologetically bipolar comedies (or, half-hours that lean a bit too heavy to be "dramedies") are apparently the thing this season and, along with Donald Glover's Atlanta, High Maintenance essentially defines it.

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