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“Game of Thrones” is Superior to A Song of Ice and Fire

"GoT" is superior to A Song of Ice and Fire. This is not unusual. "Dexter" was better than the Dexter…

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“Penny Dreadful” is Now Less Boring

It's not exactly weird that "Penny Dreadful" is into season three. Eva Green. Josh Hartnett. Billie Piper. Their star power…

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HBO Reminds Viewers It’s Worth $15/Mo. with Game of Thrones, Veep, and Silicon Valley Premieres

As I wrote last week, HBO has a drama problem. True Detective Season 2 was a dud, and while Vinyl…

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“The Venture Bros.” is Most Excellent

"Jumping the shark" happens. Six seasons in, though, and "The Venture Bros." is still fresh. There are plenty of reasons…

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“The Knick” is Still TV’s Best Series

"The Knick" is beautiful. It is ugly. It is a profound bit of work. People who ignore it have weak…

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Motivation and Actualization Drive Showtime’s “Billions”

On the surface, "Billions" is about elite finance and its policing. The newest Showtime drama is hardly the first to…

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What Goes Around, Comes Around: The 10 Most Satisfying TV Deaths

On any TV show, there’s always a main character the audience is meant to root for. That protagonist might not…

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“The Magicians” is True to Form

"The Magicians" is offbeat in a lazy sort of way. Syfy's latest show looks at magicians' struggles in our own…

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A Dynasty Dethroned: FX Takes HBO’s Place as the King of TV Drama

In the first decade of the 2000s, HBO was undoubtedly the king of TV drama. No other channel came close…

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Life’s a Circus in HBO’s “Vinyl”

“Vinyl” isn’t boring. It is also far from provocative. The HBO drama aims to highlight the revelry, drug abuse, and…