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Happy! brings the weirdness to Syfy; Fuller House further erodes 'Merica.
The Only TV Column That Matters™ only needed to hear "from the creators of Crank" to be all-in for Happy! (series debut Wednesday, Dec. 6, Syfy).

Rated Xmas

Screw Thanksgiving—bring on the Christmas TV!
Wasn't Turkey Day grand?

Skull Candy

The Punisher brings the brutality; Marvel's Runaways delivers the teen angst.
After cutting down on episodic bloat with the eight-installment Defenders, Netflix is back in the overload business with The Punisher (series debut Friday, Nov. 17, Netflix), the latest 13-episode Marvel delivery from Hell's Kitchen.

Dyn-o-Mite!

Maria Bamford drops more 'Lady Dynamite' and 'Ill Behaviour' puts the can-do in cancer.
Still sounds good, still feels right.

Rebootie Call

S.W.A.T. is more of the same ol' CBS; Shameless and SMILF spice Sundays.
Need more proof that broadcast television is out of ideas?

Downside Up

Stranger Things and Blindspot return; try Black Sabbath and RiffTrax for Halloween.
Look, I liked the first go-round of Stranger Things just fine, like Panda Express takeout: filling, not quite dog food, coulda been worse.

Spread the News

Great News improves; Superstition debuts; At Home with Amy Sedaris skews.
Way back in April, I dismissed the debut of(Thursdays, NBC) as an inferior Tina Fey production that lacked the snap of 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and saw no point in the casting of Nicole Richie.

Love, American Style

Sarah Silverman's I Love You, America unites; Loudermilk, not so much.
Comedian Sarah Silverman is "looking to connect with people who may not agree with her personal opinions through honesty, humor, genuine interest in others, and not taking herself too seriously."

Vamped Up

Van Helsing returns to the vampire fray; Mr. Robot delves (further) into darkness.
Now that The Strain is over, TV only has one vampire apocalypse show.

X-Meh

Marvel's Inhumans fails where The Gifted shines; Curb Your Enthusiasm returns!
Not much was expected of Marvel's Inhumans (series debut, Friday, Sept. 29, ABC), and the two-hour pilot doesn't ... not? ... deliver on that lowered bar.

Trek Your Head

Star Trek: Discovery, Young Sheldon, The Good Doctor and more fall debuts.
It's finally here—and CBS won't let TV critics see it in advance.

Snark at the Moon

Better Things and Vice Principals return; Salvation finally ends.
"Is it a comedy, or is it a drama?"

Horsin' Around

BoJack Horseman and Outlander return; The Orville and The Deuce debut.
No animated series, not even the vaunted Rick & Morty, makes you feel the feels like BoJack Horseman.

Breaking Blah

Ozark underwhelms; American Horror Story and You're the Worst return.
Too many people told me that I "just have to" watch Ozark (streaming, Netflix), another summer series that got by me because there are Too Many Shows.

Reach the Beach

Party Boat streams in your face; The Tick returns to spoon!
There might be a future version of this column that will cover streaming content, and only streaming content, because that's where we're headed.

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