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MACGYVER Review: “Cigar Cutter”

MacGyver ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 21 – MacGyver rounds out its season finale in a more than satisfactory way with “Cigar Cutter.” With a lot of questions still unanswered, the show leaves a lot of room for speculation and hope that season two will bring only bigger and better things.

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TRIAL & ERROR Reviews: “Unusual Suspect”

trial and error excerptSeason 1, Episode 11 – The latest episode of Trial & Error perfectly sets up the final two episodes of the season plot-wise, but is a little lighter on laughs this week.

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SUN RECORDS Review: “Finishing School”

sun records excerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – Carl Perkins makes his debut at Sun Records and Jerry Lee gets married again. Johnny Cash forms his band and Col. Parker schemes to poach Elvis from Sam. Marion struggles with her feelings about her men and fights to keep Elvis at the studio she helped build in the season finale.

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POWERLESS Review: “Green Furious”

powerless excerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – Powerless is once again carried by Alan Tudyk’s Van Wayne in an otherwise forgettable episode.

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RIVERDALE Review: “Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend”

riverdale excerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – Riverdale puts the fun back in the unexpected rager high school party in “The Lost Weekend.” With a slightly different approach stylistically to the show’s usual storytelling, the episode brings a lot of fun and freshness to what’s always been an intriguing teen drama.

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DESIGNATED SURVIVOR Review: “Party Lines”

Designated Survivor ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 16 – It’s down to the wire as President Kirkman and his administration work hard to get the majority of votes to pass an important gun control bill through Congress. Meanwhile, Agent Wells takes her alarming new discovery to get to the bottom of possible future attacks.

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UNDERGROUND Review: “Minty”

underground excerptSeason 2, Episode 6 – On this week’s Underground, Harriet Tubman gives a talk in Philadelphia, recounting her life story up until this point, and revealing where she thinks the movement needs to go next. Elizabeth is in the audience.

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IMAGINARY MARY REVIEW: “The Parent-y Trap”

imaginary mary excerptSeason 1, Episode 3 – In this week’s episode Alice gets “Parent-y” and helps Andy with his Grease audition. Meanwhile Dora is protesting the play due to its anti-feminist message and stages her own play.

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SHOTS FIRED Review: “Hour 4: Truth”

shots fired excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – In the fourth installment of Shots Fired, we pick up with Ashe discovering Cory hiding out in his dad’s apartment. She calls Preston and he quickly comes over so he can hear Cory’s story of Joey’s death.

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THE EXPANSE Review: “The Monster and the Rocket”

the expanseexcerpt Season 2, Episode 12 – The Expanse provides monsters, moral quandaries, and political intrigue in spades with “The Monster and the Rocket,” turning the tables on established power structures and examining the dilemmas of life in space. The episode takes three storylines that are connected but aiming to achieve separate goals and intertwines them seamlessly.

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THE MAGICIANS Review: “Ramifications”

the magicians excerptSeason 2, Episode 12 – Quentin attempts the impossible on The Magicians when he tries to reunite Niffin Alice and her shade to make her human again. After Penny retrieves the book from the Poison Room, Julia and Kady have the ability to kill Raynard, but things don’t go as planned. Eliot and Quentin track down the original gateway to Fillory but find something unexpected.

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EMPIRE Review: “My Naked Villainy”

Empire-ExcerptSeason 3, Episode 13 – Empire delivers one of the best scenes I can remember in TV. And although we need to have Lucious become a bedridden insane person in order to get there, I think it’s worth it. After a couple of duds, this episode shows that the wheels really seem to be turning at Empire as plots are being pushed forward and decisions are beginning to be made.

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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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PRISON BREAK Review: “Kaniel Outis”

prison break excerptSeason 5, Episode 2 – The episode is appropriately titled “Kaniel Outis” because Kaniel Outis is the name Michael’s been using to conduct business as a terrorist. Which really has me wondering what could be going on with him?

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IMPOSTERS Review: “Always Forward, Never Back”

imposters excerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – Despite the triumph of our trio of exes, and the reveal that they are the titular “imposters,” the season finale of Imposters ultimately felt incomplete, as the show obviously looks forward to a second season, without any guarantee of one.

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iZOMBIE Review: “Zombie Knows Best”

izombie excerpt Season 3, Episode 2 – iZombie delivers its funniest and most dramatic episode as Clive pursues Wally’s killer and gets help from Liv and Major all hopped up on father-daughter brains. Major discovers a lead for Natalie and learns about new brain-goo at mercenary practice. Vivian’s D-day clock moves up a year when an investigation uncovers a zombie-hate movement.

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THE AMERICANS Reviews: “Crossbreed”

the americans excerptSeason 5, Episode 6 – The Americans change the goal of their grain mission and Elizabeth gets an easy new target. Philip asks Gabriel for details about his parents and the Jennings’ take Paige to meet Gabriel in person. Mischa returns to his old life in Russia while Oleg makes an arrest in his corruption case and burns his CIA contact.

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AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE Review: “The Polo Match”

american housewive excerptSeason 1, Episode 19 – American Housewife continues to teach us how to navigate adulthood. This week, the lesson is – Leave past friends in the past (or they will mess up your steez).

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT Review: “Driving Miss Jenny”

fresh off the boat excerpt Season 3, Episode 19 – Grandma Jenny’s newfound freedom is threatened this week on Fresh Off the Boat. With Louis getting in the way of Jenny’s happiness it’s a role reversal for the ages as Louis becomes an overbearing son. Plus, the Huangs find themselves making very different uses of their spring break vacation.

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THE MICK Review: “The Sleepover”

the mick excerpt Season 1, Episode 15 – The Mick goes one step further on the gross-out humor but the mix-ups and zaniness make for a funny 30 minutes.

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AGENTS OF SHIELD Review: “Identity and Change”

Agents of SHIELD Excerpt Season 4, Episode 17 – Agents of SHIELD continues to rewrite itself in “Identity and Change” by taking the best ideas from the whole series, reworking them, and forcing the characters to confront their demons. The episode knows exactly which spots to poke and which wounds to rip open for maximum effect, both painful and delightful.

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OUTSIDERS Review: “The Run”

outsiders excerptSeason 2, Episode 11 – An episode for the ladies. Haylie confronts coal company manager Matt about the poisoning of the Farrells’ fields. Sally-Ann takes over management of prize fighting Hasil. G’winn leads her people down the mountain to plead their case to the people of Blackburn.

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TRIAL & ERROR Review: “Opening Statements” / “A Hostile Jury”

trial and error excerptSeason 1, Episodes 9-10 – Both episodes bring the laughs once again, when Josh and the team first must deal with a surprise witness, then a hostile jury.

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BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Review: “The Audit”

Brooklyn Nine Nine ExcerptSeason 4, Episode 13 – Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back in full force in “The Audit.” With a great premise that lets every character shine their chaotically comedic best, the episode promises a funny finish to the show’s fourth 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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24: LEGACY Review: “10:00 PM – 11:00 PM”

24 legacy excerpt Season 1, Episode 11 – Eric, John and CTU come together to save Rebecca this week on 24: Legacy. However, the way to do that is by uncovering just exactly how Donald Simms is involved with Naseri and the answers prove to challenging than anyone imagined. And how is Rebecca involved in this as well?

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APB Review: “Strange Bedfellows”

apb excerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – APB wisely puts some sideline players in the spotlight (one being Ernie Hudson’s Captain Conrad) and the episode benefits from it.

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TAKEN Review: “Solo”

taken excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – It’s hard to care about any of the stakes when you couldn’t possibly care less about the characters. Another lackluster episode of NBC’s Taken.

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BATES MOTEL Review: “The Body”

bates motel excerptSeason 5, Episode 8 – So, Chicky is dead, killed by ex-Sheriff Alex Romero in Monday night’s episode of Bates Motel. But for what? He got on his nerves. With Norman in jail, it seems the town of White Pine Bay is in a tizzy. Why haven’t people suspected him before?

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QUANTICO Review: “Odyoke”

quantico excerptSeason 2, Episode 17 – Quantico gets political, with the team tasked with striking down an impending Muslim Registry vote in congress. A different take for this show, but it works!

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