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BETTER THINGS Review: “Sick”

Season 2, Episode 4 – Sam is lovesick in Better Things as we see the unshakeable gets shook.

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GREAT NEWS Review: “Squad Feud”

Season 2, Episode 2 – The show embraces parody in a really strong second episode, but Diana and Portia still outshine the rest of the cast.

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YOU’RE THE WORST Review: “There’s Always A Back Door”

YOU'RE THE WORST --  KEY ARTSeason 4, Episode 6 – It looks like the war between Gretchen and Jimmy is over — and Jimmy really isn’t happy about it.

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DESIGNATED SURVIVOR Review: “Sting of the Tail”

Designated Survivor ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 2 – A villain who was hardly developed is wrapped up a little too easily, and a White House Correspondents Dinner side plot falls flat.

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STAR Review: “Insecure”

star excerptSeason 2, Episode 2 – It’s important to point out that this show is finally delivering on what it promised: a show about a girl group. It’s not about murder, or assault, or sex slaves or any of that – it’s a show about a girl group.

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EMPIRE Review: “Full Circle”

Empire-ExcerptSeason 4, Episode 2 – Empire is committed to this “Lucious-amnesia” plotline and at times it comes off as frustrating.

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QUEEN SUGAR Review: “Dreams at Dusk”

Season 2, Episode 10 – Queen Sugar is awesome. I previously described it as boring and cliché. Yes, that episode was, but this one, and I assume those going forward, will not be.

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THE GOLDBERGS Review: “Hogan Is My Grandfather”

the goldbergs excerpt codeSeason 5, Episode 2 – In a strong second episode for the season, things are changing as the Goldberg clan grows up and life has to adjust with them.

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SEAL TEAM Review: “Other Lives”

Season 1, Episode 2 – SEAL Team continues to be passable, with a little more nuance to this episode’s mission and a little more time to show that these guys are seriously good at their jobs.

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SPEECHLESS Review: “F-I– First S-E– Second F– First Day!”

Speechless ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 2 – The second episode of the second season highlights the series’ ability to combine humor and compassion, while addressing the needs of a forever marginalized population.

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT Review: “B as in Best Friends”

fresh off the boat excerptSeason 4, Episode 1 – Fresh Off the Boat returns with its fourth season premiere. With the Huangs still homeless, the family moves in with Honey.

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BLACK-ISH Review: “Juneteenth”

Black-ish ExcerptThis week the cast goes the full “Hamilton” as they illustrate the history behind Juneteenth, America’s forgotten holiday.

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THIS IS US Review: “A Manny-Splendored Thing”

This is Us ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 2 – While the Pearsons visit LA to watch Kevin’s return to “The Manny”, tension escalates between Kate and Rebecca.

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY Review: “Holes”

We stay in the past to see the inner workings of Kai’s cronies and learn of a few surprising members and their connections. We also find out Ally is a little less clueless than we’d assumed.

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QUEEN SUGAR Review: “Yet I Do Marvel”

Season 2, Episode 9 – Queen Sugar returns, and in its mid-season premiere, it feels both dated and cliché.

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STARTUP Review: Episodes 5-6

The Chandler family begins to exert their influence over our core trio, as Araknet faces some growing pains.

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THE MAYOR Review: “Pilot”

Rapper Courtney Rose runs for Mayor to promote his music, but after charming the town during a debate, ends up getting more than he bargained for.

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TIN STAR Review: “Episodes 5-7”

Jim hits the bottle hard on “Tin Star” as he hunts down the assassins who killed his son.

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THE MICK Review: “The Friend”

the mick excerptSeason 2, Episode 2 – As the Pemberton’s try to acclimate to life in their semi-burned down mansion, Micky makes a new friend while Alba fights for her attention.

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BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Review: “The Big House Pt. 2”

Brooklyn Nine Nine ExcerptSeason 5, Episode 2 – In a strong follow-up episode, Jake & Holt are stuck with tough decisions to make, but when both try to use their detective skills to fix their problems, things don’t go quite as planned.

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LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME Review: “Episode 2”

Season 1, Episode 2 – The episode delves further into the minds and lives of the brothers Lyle and Erik (and their psychiatrist)–but the show needs Edie Falco’s Abramson to take the lead already.

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LETHAL WEAPON Review: “Dancing in September”

Lethal Weapon ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 2 – Murtaugh struggles with his new partner’s energy and his former partner’s “finger linger” when she assesses the “Lethal Weapon” team.

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KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD Review: “Pilot”

Season 1, Episode 1 – Kevin Finn, recovering from a suicide attempt, is flummoxed to find he has been chosen by God to be one of thirty-six righteous messengers to save the world.

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THE MINDY PROJECT Review: “Leo’s Girlfriend”

Mindy Project ExcerptSeason 6, Episode 4 – In this week’s episode, Mindy finally participates in one of Leo’s school activities, Jeremy bakes for mini Gwenyth Paltrows, and Danny reminds us what a modern family looks like.

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9JKL Review: “Pilot”

Season 1, Episode 1 – The new CBS show about a man living in an apartment sandwiched between his parents and brother is really terrible.

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THE GIFTED Review: “eXposed”

Season 1, Episode 1 – The first offering of The Gifted is chock-full of action and a bit light on character but provides a solid foundation for the rest of the series.

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LUCIFER Review: “They’re Back, Aren’t They?”

Lucifer ExcerptSeason 3, Episode 1 – Lucifer returns with wings but loses his game face when it counts, while Ella helps Amenadiel get his faith back.

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THE BRAVE Review: “Moscow Rules”

Season 1, Episode 2 – The latest episode reveals a major flaw in the way this story is told: half of it feels inherently stagnant and superfluous.

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ME, MYSELF & I Review: “The First Step”

Season 1, Episode 2 – The second episode cements the series as clever, charming, and at times laugh out loud funny.

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THE GOOD DOCTOR Review: “Mount Rushmore”

Season 1, Episode 2 – Patients’ lives are put at risk when Dr. Melendez ignores Shaun’s diagnoses. Meanwhile, Claire learns a hard lesson about honesty with patients.

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