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VEEP Review: “Groundbreaking”

Veep ExcerptSeason 6, Episode 10 – Veep’s season six finale is a hilarious flashback-fueled journey through Selina’s political past. She’s consistently chosen politics over family/relationships and with an upcoming presidential run (yes, again), it looks like that won’t be changing for a while.

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VEEP Review: “A Woman First”

Veep ExcerptSeason 6, Episode 9 – The penultimate episode of Veep wraps up some of the supporting cast’s storylines and finds Selina going from her lowest to highest point post-presidency.

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VEEP Review: “Judge”

Veep ExcerptSeason 6, Episode 8 – Selina and her entourage travel to White City, Alabama to attend Gary’s 40th birthday and meet his parents in a darkly hilarious, yet overstuffed episode.

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VEEP Review: “Blurb”

Veep ExcerptSeason 6, Episode 7 – Veep brings back Tom James for a hilarious episode that sees Selina open up and Jonah ascend to new political heights, fueled by spite.

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GREAT NEWS Review: “Carol Has a Bully” / “Carol’s Eleven”

great news excerptSeason 1, Episode 9-10 – It’s time to say goodbye to Great News, but not forever—the show will be returning in the fall. These last two episodes prove that NBC was absolutely right to renew it, as they prove that it can sustain a story throughout several episodes.

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BULL Review: “Benevolent Deception”

Bull ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 23 – Bull ends its first season with an uneven finale that hits essentially the same story beats as last week. Bull works with JP, has ethical objections to her client choice, but helps, eventually winning—Bull has gone the whole season without losing a case.

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VEEP Review: “Qatar”

Veep ExcerptSeason 6, Episode 6 – Veep delivers a predictable episode hampered by an overly familiar storyline. Once again, Selina bungles a big opportunity, ending up in a worse position than when she started scheming.

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BULL Review: “Dirty Little Secrets”

Bull ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 22 – Bull works on the first of three cases with JP, defending a cyber security firm against the FBI, who wants to see their servers in connection to a terrorist attack.

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GREAT NEWS Review: “The Red Door” / “Celebrity Hacking Scandal”

great news excerptSeason 1, Episode 7-8 – Great News delivers its funniest two episodes of the season, with “The Red Door” being a near perfect half hour of comedy ending with some of the show’s biggest laughs yet. This promising show seems to have finally hit its stride.

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VEEP Review: “Chicklet”

Veep ExcerptSeason 6, Episode 5 – In another hilarious episode of Veep, Selina learns some harsh truths about her late father while working on her memoir with Mike. Meanwhile, Richard agrees to be a sperm donor while Jonah sleeps with Sherman Tanz’s daughter.

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BLACK-ISH Review: “Sprinkles”

Black-ish ExcerptSeason 3, Episode 24 – Black-ish ends its third season with a dramatic tearjerker of an episode. The Johnson family gathers at the hospital as complications force Bow to give birth two months prematurely.

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BULL Review: “How to Dodge a Bullet”

Bull ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 21 – Bull introduces a new character, high-powered lawyer JP Nunnerly (Eliza Dushku), as the team works to clear Benny of the charges filed against him by the District Attorney’s Office. It’s an episode filled with ridiculous dialogue and over-the-top acting.

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GREAT NEWS Review: “Snowmageddon of the Century” / “Serial Arsonist”

great news excerptSeason 1, Episode 5-6 – Great News continues to be enjoyable, especially for a network comedy, but it’s over halfway through the season and it hasn’t completely found its footing yet. The ensemble gets a chance to shine this week, but Katie remains the weakest link.

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SUPERIOR DONUTS Review: “Secrets and Spies”

superior donuts excerptSeason 1, Episode 13 – In its first season, Superior Donuts has revealed itself to be a lazy show relying on cheap sentimentality, with an unwillingness to actually engage with any of the issues it brings up. Why should the finale be any different?

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VEEP Review: “Justice”

Veep ExcerptSeason 6, Episode 4 – In another very funny episode, Team Meyer, now including Amy, deals with rumors that Selina might be nominated for the Supreme Court and a health scare, while Jonah once again manages to fail upwards.

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SUPERSTORE Review: “Tornado”

superstore (1)Season 2, Episode 22 – Superstore ends its great second season with an impressive episode. Relationships are pushed forward when a freak tornado threatens the store, all while the employees are still processing the corporate mandated layoffs.

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BLACK-ISH Review: “Liberal Arts”

Black-ish ExcerptSeason 3, Episode 23 – Black-ish aired the backdoor pilot for a proposed spinoff centering on Zoey at college, which unfortunately felt like a watered-down, inferior version of the excellent Netflix series Dear White People.

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GREAT NEWS Review: “Chuck Pierce is Blind” / “War is Hell”

great news excerptSeason 1, Episode 3-4 – Chuck continues to be the MVP of Great News, as the show delivers two amusing, but uneven episodes. Katie’s character needs some improvement, but the show’s capable of absurdly hilarious moments.

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BULL Review: “Make Me”

Bull ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 20 – Bull is more ridiculous than usual this week, but that’s not a bad thing. The show is at its most fun when it embraces its ridiculousness and this week’s case gives it plenty of opportunities to do so.

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SUPERIOR DONUTS Review: “Art for Art’s Sake”

superior donuts excerptSeason 1, Episode 12 – Superior Donuts delivers a dull episode heavy on cheap sentimentality and light on jokes that completely wastes the comedic talents of guest star Cedric the Entertainer.

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VEEP Review: “Georgia”

Veep ExcerptSeason 6, Episode 3 – Veep delivers its best episode of the season so far, as the majority of the cast is reunited when Selina goes to Georgia (the country, not the state) to supervise an election. Also featured this episode: the return of her Finnish nemesis Minna.

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SUPERSTORE Review: “Cheyenne’s Wedding”

superstore (1)Season 2, Episode 21 – Superstore stumbles with an uncomfortable episode featuring every character acting like the worst possible version of themselves. Cheyenne gets married and conflicts come to the surface at her wedding.

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BLACK-ISH Review: “Sister, Sister” / “All Groan Up”

Black-ish ExcerptSeason 3, Episode 21-22 – Black-ish aired two episodes this week, both centering on family. Bow’s sister Santa Monica (Rashida Jones) visits in the first, and Black-ish sends Zoey off to college with a clip show in the second.

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GREAT NEWS Review: “Pilot” / “Bear Attack”

great news excerptSeason 1, Episode 1-2 – Great News premiered this week with a promising two episodes. While the 30 Rock comparisons are inevitable, as the shows share an executive producer (Tina Fey), writer (creator Tracey Wigfield), and a similar setting, Great News is strong enough to stand on its own.

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VEEP Review: “Library”

Veep ExcerptSeason 6, Episode 2 – The sixth season of Veep is off to rocky start, as this episode felt as uneven as the premiere. Splitting up the characters makes sense logically, but the cast’s chemistry was part of what made the show so great.

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BULL Review: “Bring It On”

Bull ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 19 – Bull once again relies on a ridiculous last minute twist with minimal explanation to solve a case, but to the show’s credit, it’s one of its most ridiculous twists yet. Bull helps an infamous criminal defense attorney after he’s accused of killing his fiancé.

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SUPERIOR DONUTS Review: “Wage Against the Machine”

superior donuts excerptSeason 1, Episode 11 – This week was one of the better episodes of Superior Donuts. It wasn’t ambitious or hilarious, but it was entertaining. Franco takes a job as Fawz’s assistant in order to make some extra cash.

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VEEP Review: “Omaha”

Veep ExcerptSeason 6, Episode 1 – Veep returns for its sixth season with a place-setting episode focused on catching up with the characters and establishing the new status quo. It’s not the funniest episode the show’s done, but it sets up what will be an interesting season.

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THE PATH Review: “Mercy”

the-path-trailer-headerSeason 2, Episode 13 – The Path’s season finale disappoints, as the main characters are back in essentially the same places they were at the beginning of the season. Although the show was renewed today, there doesn’t seem to be enough story left for another season.

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SUPERIOR DONUTS Review: “Painted Love”

superior donuts excerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – It’s another muddled, misguided attempt to address gentrification on Superior Donuts, resulting in an episode with many issues the show’s writers seem ill-equipped to handle.

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