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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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SUPERSTORE Review: “Glenn’s Kids”

superstore (1)Season 2, Episode 19 – In another great episode, Glenn brings his foster children to the store, but grows worried when his oldest (guest star Brenda Song) begins flirting with Jonah. Superstore is one of the most consistently funny shows on air right now.

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BLACK-ISH Review: “What Lies Beneath”

Black-ish ExcerptSeason 3, Episode 20 – Dre shows signs of maturity on an otherwise forgettable episode of Black-ish. It’s not the return to form fans might have hoped for after last week’s disaster, but it’s solid.

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THE PATH Review: “Spiritus Mundi”

the-path-trailer-headerSeason 2, Episode 12 – The penultimate episode of The Path has some shocking twists, setting up an explosive (literally) finale. However, despite the drama, Sarah and Hawk’s characterization continues to frustrate.

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BULL Review: “Dressed to Kill”

Bull ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 18 – A fun episode of Bull finds the show leaving behind the dramatics of last week to focus on a murder at Fashion Week. Chunk’s former mentor, a prominent fashion designer, is killed by a poisoned dress during her own show.

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BLACK-ISH Review: “Richard Youngsta”

Black-ish ExcerptSeason 3, Episode 19 –Black-ish tarnishes its reputation and brand by casting Chris Brown this week. This problematic decision is made all the more hypocritical by the fact that this episode is about representation in media.

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THE PATH Review: “Defiance”

the-path-trailer-headerSeason 2, Episode 11 – This week’s episode is rather slow, but it ends with a dramatic reveal. Although this episode wasn’t the most eventful, it does a solid job of moving the various storylines forward, setting the stage for a dramatic final two episodes.

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BULL Review: “Name Game”

Bull ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 17 – Bull’s team takes on their biggest case yet—a class action lawsuit against a bank that defrauded its investors. It should be an exciting episode, but it’s dragged down by Benny, who mopes around and messes things up.

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THE MINDY PROJECT Review: “A Decent Proposal”

Mindy Project ExcerptSeason 5, Episode 14 – The Mindy Project ends its fifth season with an episode that pushes the characters in new directions. Mindy makes a big decision in her relationship with Ben, while Jeremy and Anna take a step forward and Collette and Karen take a step back.

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SUPERIOR DONUTS Review: “Get It, Arthur”

superior donuts excerptSeason 1, Episode 9 – Superior Donuts hits a low point, with a boring episode plagued by lazy writing, barely discernible attempts at jokes, and an ill-advised attempt to add depth to a character mainly used for easy comedic relief.

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GRACE AND FRANKIE Review: Season Three

grace and frankie excerptSeason 3, Episode 1-13 – Grace and Frankie returns for a very funny, although somewhat uneven, third season. As always, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda’s effortless chemistry is delightful to watch and this season, they fight back against the notion that aging women are obsolete.

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SUPERSTORE Review: “Mateo’s Last Day”

superstore (1)Season 2, Episode 18 – It’s Mateo’s last day before his store transfer, but his undocumented status could hold up the move. Meanwhile, Glenn and Amy confront an online troll leaving the store nasty Yelp reviews.

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THE PATH Review: “Restitution”

the-path-trailer-headerSeason 2, Episode 10 – Eddie and Sarah try to reverse past sins this episode, as Sarah harbors guilt over the poisoned water situation and Eddie’s plan to abolish the denier policy goes awry. Meanwhile, Hawk and Ashley, the best couple this show has, reunite.

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THE MINDY PROJECT Review: “Mindy’s Best Friend”

Mindy Project ExcerptSeason 5, Episode 13 – In the show’s penultimate episode of the season, we get a revelation that may end Ben and Mindy’s relationship. Also, Mindy’s best friend from grade school Elena (guest star Casey Wilson) visits, prompting her to reassess her relationship with Morgan.

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SUPERIOR DONUTS Review: “Man Without a Health Plan”

superior donuts excerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – Franco gets injured on the job, but can’t afford to see a doctor. There’s some funny moments, but the show’s reliance on low-brow humor and insistence on going for the most obvious joke possible makes it a very disposable half-hour.

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SUPERSTORE Review: “Integrity Award”

superstore (1)Season 2, Episode 17 – Amy and Jonah bond this week, making their will-they-or-won’t-they relationship seem more and more like a “they will”. Amy and Jonah help her parents move, while Garrett and Glenn compete for Cloud Nine’s Integrity Award.

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BLACK-ISH Review: “Manternity”

Black-ish ExcerptSeason 3, Episode 18 – This week’s episode of Black-ish felt like filler, as it focused too much on Vivian, the “Black Nanny” who’s been missing in action for months. Bow tries to hide her pregnancy in hopes of getting a promotion, while Dre considers paternity leave.

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THE PATH Review: “Oz”

the-path-trailer-headerSeason 2, Episode 9 – This week’s episode sets up the endgame of the season, as Eddie formally begins his journey towards taking over the movement while Abe uncovers the fact that Sarah blackmailed members into donating.

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THE MINDY PROJECT Review: “Mindy Lahiri is a White Man”

Mindy Project ExcerptSeason 5, Episode 12 – This is an instant classic of an episode and one of the best the show’s ever done. The show hilariously and pointedly dissects white male privilege, as Mindy wakes up a white man played by the delightful Ryan Hansen.

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SUPERIOR DONUTS Review: “The Amazing Racists”

superior donuts excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – Superior Donuts tries to teach a lesson on unconscious racial bias. It’s hard to fault a show with such good intentions, but in its attempt to be inoffensive, it created a muddled, boring mess.

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BLACK-ISH Review: “ToysRn’tUs”

Black-ish ExcerptSeason 3, Episode 17 – Black-ish takes on the issues of representation and colorism in an inspiring, funny episode. Bow decides to protest the fact that a store doesn’t carry a wide array of black dolls, while Dre faces his own biases while working on an ad campaign.

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THE PATH Review: “Return”

the-path-trailer-headerSeason 2, Episode 8 – Sarah’s character takes a dark turn as she’s forced to compromise her morals to get money for the movement, while Cal questions his faith and Eddie reassesses his on an intense episode of The Path.

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