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Rated Xmas

Screw Thanksgiving—bring on the Christmas TV!

Skull Candy

The Punisher brings the brutality; Marvel's Runaways delivers the teen angst.


Maria Bamford drops more 'Lady Dynamite' and 'Ill Behaviour' puts the can-do in cancer.

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.


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.

Offenders Assemble!

Marvel's Defenders delivers the goods; Halt and Catch Fire powers down.
Be careful what you whine for.

Warm Buzz

10 shows you slept on this summer.
Summer 2017, like summers of Peak TV before it, has been overloaded with buzzy hot-weather series like GLOW, Preacher, Twin Peaks, Rick and Morty, Orphan Black and, of course, Game of Thrones, to name just a few.

Chompocalypse Now!

Before Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, a brief history of Sharknado.
No franchise defines our times like Syfy's Sharknado series: It's brazen, it's ridiculous, it defies science, it celebrates D-list celebrities and it distracts us from reality (it might also be a product of Russian collusion; investigation pending).

Motel Hell

The Duplass Brothers check into Room 104; Sinner shows Jessica Biel's dark side.
The Duplass Brothers have created some intriguing;if not always watchable;shows for HBO.



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