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She’s Gotta Have It is Spike Lee’s best work in decades

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Netflix Heads West To A Town Without Men In ‘Godless’

The rise of scripted dramas on cable and streaming coincided with the gradual extinction of a certain kind of movie that used to be a box office staple: the mid-budget film for and about grown-ups, unconnected to superheroes or other franchises, not designed to be sequelized, nor even necessarily …

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The 2nd season of Search Party starts digging a grave, but finds TV treasure instead

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Winter TV Preview 2018: The Crown, The Chi, and More Shows to Watch

While the idea of “winter television” might’ve elicited a few eye rolls back in the day — especially compared to the more popular fall and spring …

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Merritt Wever rides tall in Netflix's 'Godless': EW review

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'She's Gotta Have It': TV Review

Spike Lee brings his indie film classic to Netflix and, thanks to leading lady DeWanda Wise, it mostly works.<p>When it premiered at the Cannes Film …

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Amazon's fall 2017 pilots: EW review

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Netflix’s ‘The Punisher’ Is The Wrong Show At The Wrong Time

Netflix never officially delayed the premiere date for <i>The Punisher</i>, but that was only because the date hadn’t been publicly announced before the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas. As <i>Punisher</i> star Jon Bernthal has admitted, “We put the premiere of this show off because of the tragedy that …

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'Future Man': TV Review

Executive produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, this pastiche of 'The Last Starfighter' and 'Back to the Future' is childish, derivative and …

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'The Long Road Home': TV Review

NatGeo's Iraq War miniseries starring Michael Kelly, Jason Ritter and Kate Bosworth revisits "Bloody Sunday" through the eyes of various …

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Fall TV Report Card: How's the New Class Doing?

We're more than a month into the new broadcast TV season and we've already got two big hits, one successful comeback and one early Season 2 renewal. …

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Why Are So Many People Watching ‘The Good Doctor’?

It’s the highest-rated drama to hit network TV since ‘This Is Us,’ with an astounding 17.8 million viewers per episode. Who is watching, and …

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'Damnation': TV Review

The familiar antihero standoff at the center of USA's Depression-era drama sometimes makes it hard to concentrate on the more interesting female …

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Fifty years of The Walking Dead? Welcome to 'Franchise TV'

AMC’s boss has revealed The Walking Dead could be at the start of a decades-long run. With similar plans for Game of Thrones will viewers simply burn out?<p>In terms of TV, 2017 has been the year of the spin-off, sequel, reboot and remake. Will and Grace came back. Curb Your Enthusiasm came back. Twin …

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TV Review: ‘Damnation’ on USA

Cast:Logan Marshall-Green, Killian Scott, Chasten Harmon, Sarah Jones, Melinda Page Hamilton, Joe Adler<p>The second episode of “Damnation” pivots on a …

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S.W.A.T. is a procedural straining for relevance: EW review

We gave it a <b>C+</b><p>CBS’ new drama <i>S.W.A.T.</i>, starring Shemar Moore as a SWAT lieutenant abruptly tasked to run a specialized LAPD unit, has plenty of …

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Marvel's Runaways is The O.C. with superpowers: EW review

We gave it a <b>B+</b><p>At a big house in beautiful Brentwood, the most prominent parents assemble. There’s a CEO, an entrepreneur, a lawyer, someone in real …

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Alias Grace is scarier than The Handmaid’s Tale, because it actually happened

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Marvel's Runaways Review: Powered by Friendship, Teens Battle Empowered Parents in Super Hulu Series

<i>The Breakfast Club</i> meets <i>X-Men</i> with a splash of <i>Stranger Things</i> thrown in, <i>Marvel’s Runaways</i> is the richest, best-realized Marvel drama of the new TV …

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'Lady Dynamite' Season 2: TV Review

Maria Bamford's silly-solemn sitcom returns to Netflix with its satirical wit and a lighter mood.<p>Alt-comedian Maria Bamford offered a singular vision …

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A ‘SMILF’ Struggles To Find Her Way In A New Showtime Comedy

There’s a potentially great show lurking not far beneath the surface of <i>SMILF</i>, bubbling up just often enough that you can envision the series — created by and starring Frankie Shaw as a Boston single mom wrestling with a variety of personal demons — becoming another intimate and memorable modern …

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Why AMC Shouldn’t Panic About The Walking Dead Ratings

AMC’s zombies might not be quite as perky as they used to be, but ratings for Sunday’s return of <i>The Walking Dead</i>underscore it’s still easily cable’s …

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Review: On YouTube, ‘Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television’

There’s a mascot quality to the actor Ryan Hansen — an air of the earnest overachiever — that’s clung to him for a decade now, since his defining role as Dick Casablancas in “Veronica Mars.” In his new project, an online comedy called “Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television,” he serves as mascot …

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‘Stranger Things 2’ Is A Sequel That Mostly Lives Up To The Original

The first season of <i>Stranger Things</i> seemingly materialized from nowhere: an unhyped show from a pair of obscure creators who nonetheless had the pretensions to bill themselves as “The Duffer Brothers,” starring a cast of unknown kids (plus Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine in supporting roles), paying …

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‘Red Oaks’ Review: Season 3 Goes Out on Its Own Terms, Ending a Lovely Series with a Dose of Inspiration

It may feel like the cult favorite comedy is determined to ride into the sunset unnoticed, but “Red Oaks” ends exactly as it should.<p>For a show …

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'S.W.A.T.': TV Review

If you want predictable, mindless action, try CBS' new regurgitated action procedural offering.<p>If it's platitudes and predictability you crave, …

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'Hit the Road': TV Review

Jason Alexander's proudly immature 'Partridge Family'-esque musical comedy is not a reason to figure out if you have Audience Network.<p>Like many …

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How Failure Made ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Great

I watched and loved “Halt and Catch Fire” for four seasons. But not until I watched Saturday’s series finale did I figure out what the show was about.<p>In its first season, the AMC drama was about the personal-computer revolution of the early 1980s. Then it was about gaming and how the P.C. went from …

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‘Loudermilk’ Review: Peter Farrelly Comedy About Recovering Alcoholic Gets by with a Lot of Help From His Friends

Ron Livingston makes for a solid comedic lead, but the show gets better the more it focuses on everyone else.<p>Credit “Loudermilk,” the recent Audience …

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