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The 24 best TV shows of 2018 so far

The medium has had better years — but there are still lots of shows worth watching.<p>It has not been a great year for television so far.<p>There have been plenty of treats, to be sure, and even some real treasures. But compared to the way 2017 seemed to haul out new classics with astonishing regularity …

Alan Sepinwall's Picks for Best TV of 2018 So Far

1<p>‘The Americans’<p><b>FX</b><br>One of the great TV dramas of this era offered one of the great finales: a stunningly non-explosive conclusion to its spy family …

Yellowstone is soapy trash that badly wants to be taken seriously: EW review

I am watching the second episode of <i>Yellowstone</i>, and unless I have missed something, a main character has inadvertently discovered dinosaur bones.<p>When …

‘Love Is…’ Review: OWN’s New Romantic Comedy – Variety

Romantic comedies are surprisingly rare on television. Recently, if a show could at all be described as romantic and/or a comedy, there’s usually …

GLOW Review: Pulling No Punches, Season 2 Packs an Emotional Wallop

Sitting down to review Season 2 of Netflix’s <i>GLOW</i>, I tried to settle on the word that best described it, and “hard” was the one I kept coming back to …

How Netflix Is Trying to Make Sure Its Shows Don’t Get Lost

<i>All this week, we’re publishing a series of pieces to accompany our</i> New York <i>cover story going behind the scenes of Netflix</i><i>.</i><p>One of the most frequent …

Inside Netflix’s TV-Swallowing, Market-Dominating Binge Factory

Above, Ryan Murphy, Spike Lee, Laverne Cox, Alison Brie, Jane Fonda, Robin Wright, and Jason Bateman.<p>“What do you think about gas in the tank for the …

TV Review: ‘Sharp Objects’ Starring Amy Adams – Variety

In the wake of HBO’s critical and popular success with “Big Little Lies,” the comparisons to the new limited series “Sharp Objects” — premiering June …

Best TV Shows of First Half of 2018 – Variety

The year so far has been crammed with so much great television that even with many standbys absent from the scene — fan favorites including “Better …

Strange Angel Review: Jack Parsons Gets TV Treatment on CBS All Access – Variety

The story of Jack Parsons — the very real rocket scientist upon which “Strange Angel” is based — is a bizarre combination of ego and ambition that …

‘American Woman’ Review: Kyle Richards’ Paramount Network Series – Variety

Though the rewards are great when it’s done well, period TV is difficult to pull off. For every “The Crown” or “The Americans,” shows that milk …

'Pose': Ryan Murphy's Drag Ball Drama Is Stylish, Surprisingly Sincere

<i>Pose</i> is the ninth TV series Ryan Murphy has either created or co-created (not counting <i>American Crime Story</i>, where he's an influential executive …

'Succession': TV Review

It may test the patience of those sick of TV's sagas of the rich and famous, but creator Jesse Armstrong and a cast led by Brian Cox and Kieran …

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'Dietland': TV Review

Marti Noxon's latest drama (adapted from Sarai Walker's best-selling novel) comes to AMC, tackling fat acceptance and feminist vengeance.<p>AMC's …

TV Review: ‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 on Netflix

There’s something perfect about the fact that season 5 of “Arrested Development” picks up almost immediately where season 4 left off as if no time …

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'Cloak & Dagger': TV Review

Marvel TV's new Freeform drama is in no hurry to get to its eponymous superheroes, but stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph are solid, and creator Joe …

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'Pose': TV Review

On the surface a flamboyant and progressive depiction of New York's underground '80s ball scene, Ryan Murphy's new FX series plays more as a …

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'13 Reasons Why' Season 2: TV Review

The second season of Netflix's teen suicide drama is a frustratingly unnecessary mess of bad courtroom antics, stale mysteries and clumsy efforts to …

Farewell To ‘New Girl,’ A Show With Many Identities, All Of Them Fun

“I just want to have a weird, wonderful life together,” Nick Miller tells Jess Day in the first of tonight’s farewell episodes of <i>New Girl</i>.<p>This is a lovely and fitting sentiment on the day that Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) finally get married, after years of flirtation, false …

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AMC's 'Dietland' has a bit too much on its plate: EW review

We gave it a <b>B-</b><p><i>Dietland</i> is about an overweight writer struggling to find self-acceptance and purpose while surrounded by conventionally beautiful …

Black Friday Cancellation Purge Sees Biz Reality Shiv ‘Lucifer,’ ‘Quantico’ & More

There is blood flowing in the streets of Hollywood tonight, as the television networks’ annual Black Friday purge has cancelled a deluge of series, …

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Benedict Cumberbatch is a mess in Patrick Melrose: EW review

We gave it a <b>C+</b><p>Literary adaptations can be a sticky wicket, especially when the books in question are about terribly unlikable people and the little …

'Dear White People' Season 2: TV Review

In its second season, Netflix's college comedy remains a blueprint for how to bring a movie to the small screen.<p>The TV graveyard of the past decade …

Less Can Be More: In Defense Of The Half-Hour TV Drama

Starz’s new drama <i>Vida</i> isn’t perfect, but it has several things working in its favor. The story of two Mexican-American sisters (Mishel Prada as sophisticated professional Emma, Melissa Barrera as younger free spirit Lyn) returning to their East LA childhood neighborhood in the wake of their …

'The Rain': TV Review

Netflix's Danish post-apocalyptic YA drama may have subtitles, but it's a lot like a post-apocalyptic YA drama you'd find on The CW or Freeform.<p>Don't …

A Crane Kick Of Nostalgia Right To The Throat: 'Cobra Kai'

Lo these many years, by which I mean since 1984, many have wondered about the answer to a simple question of history. It has echoed off the walls of canyons, burbled in the bubbles of mountain streams, and been shouted into the bottoms of volcanoes, only to be absorbed by hot lava and spit back out …

'Patrick Melrose': TV Review

Incredible performances, particularly from Benedict Cumberbatch, fuel Showtime's dark comic miniseries adaptation of the British novels.<p>There are a …

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TV Review: ‘Vida’ on Starz

The rare drama series to focus on Latino characters — who are female and/or queer, no less — “Vida” only somewhat lives up to the color, richness and …

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Gets Even Darker — And Better — In Season Two

There’s no show in TV history I’ve admired more, while looking forward to watching less, than <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i>. It is a beautifully shot, stunningly acted, thoughtfully written depiction of a world I dread visiting, and each time a new episode becomes available — particularly as screeners began …