'Toon Under

Pacific Heat isn't quite Archer; Shut Eye is another Hulu winner.

Girls' Town

Gilmore Girls returns, imperfectly perfect; Incorporated is a slick dystopia.

Got STDs?

Lovesick is no longer Scrotal Recall; someone should be watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

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.

Killing Time

Quarry nails '70s crime-noir; Masters of Sex gets nailed in the '70s.
The 1972-set crime-noir series is based on the novels of Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition) and directed by Greg Yaitanes

Coke and Dagger

Narcos continues the hunt for Escobar; Donald Glover's Atlanta just happens.
It's also a bit more personal, with Moura revealing the man behind the monster on occasion


The Strain continues the vampire invasion; You're the Worst remains the best.
New Yorkers are on their own to fight The Strain, but what's a little vampire takeover after beating back a Sharknado?

OK Computer

Halt and Catch Fire reboots for Season 3; The View turns 20 ... somehow.

Hip-Hop Hooray

The Get Down dramatizes the rise of rap; Elvis Lives! digs up The King.
The Get Down Friday, Aug. 12 (Netflix) Series Debut: It's the last Prestige TV Debut of the summer, and viewers and critics alike are probably going to go easier on Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down than they did on that other high-profile '70s NYC musical history tour, HBO's Vinyl. It's nearly as messy as that Martin Scorsese/Mick Jagger rock 'n' roll blowout, but The Get Down, which chronicles the origins of hip-hop in the Bronx, uses that chaos to better effect—it just takes a few episodes to, well, get down to it.

Stream Dream

Twenty gone-but-great (some good-ish) TV series to stream right now.
Don't Trust the B in Apt.


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