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STARTUP Review: Episodes 1-4

The second season of upstart streaming service Crackle’s rollicking tech/crime thriller series “StartUp” kicks off with some grade-A new support.

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EPISODES Review: “Episode Six”

episodes excerptSeason 5, Episode 6 – In its second to last episode, the show doesn’t feel like it’s focusing on what it should be: Sean and Beverly.

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THE DEUCE Review: “I See Money”

the deuce excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – The Deuce tracks so many characters’ stories at once that barely any plot advances, though Maggie Gyllenhaal shines.

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TIN STAR Review: “Episodes 1-4”

Season 1, Episodes 1-4 – A London policeman working in the Canadian wilderness finds himself in trouble on “Tin Star”.

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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Review: “This Land Is Your Land”

Fear TWD ExcerptSeason 3, Episode 13 – In an intense, claustrophobic episode, Alicia Debnam-Carey, a character too often sidelined, takes center stage. And kills it.

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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY: “Context is for Kings”

Season 1, Episode 3 – The third episode of Star Trek: Discovery introduces new characters and sets up the main mystery while indulging in scientific speculation and exploring Starfleet ethics.

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VICE PRINCIPALS Review: “The Kings”

vice principals excerptSeason 2, Episode 3 – Allow me to introduce the kings of the dumbest kingdom.

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WISDOM OF THE CROWD Review: “Pilot”

Season 1, Episode 1 – Is crowd-sourcing the future of crime solving? One Silicon Valley billionaire certainly thinks so.

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OUTLANDER Review: “Of Lost Things”

outlander excerptSeason 3, Episode 4 – Claire searches for Jamie on “Outlander” but fears she’s just chasing after a ghost.

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GET SHORTY Review: “Turnaround”

get shorty excerptSeason 1, Episode 9 – In the last episode before the season finale, Miles’ world he’s built is finally crumbling to disastrous and entertaining results.

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CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Review: “Foisted!”

Season 9, Episode 1 – After six years, Curb Your Enthusiasm returns and doesn’t miss a step. The season nine premiere finds Larry trying to get rid of an inept assistant, all while getting into hot water with Jeff’s barber. With the show hitting the ground running as soon as it starts, Curb is back and better than ever.

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THE LAST MAN ON EARTH Review: “M.U.B.A.R.”

Last Man on Earth ExcerptSeason 4, Episode 1 – Moderately funny bits and strong performances from the cast keep this episode afloat, but season 4 premiere of Last Man on Earth feels more like a boat adrift in the open sea.

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HALT AND CATCH FIRE Review: “Who Needs A Guy”

Halt and Catch Fire ExcerptSeason 4, Episode 7 – Halt and Catch Fire comes out with a gut punch of an episode you won’t soon forget.

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MACGYVER Review: “DIY or DIE”

Season 2, Episode 1 – Mac starts another season out stronger than before, but there’s still a lot of room to improve.

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ROOM 104 Review: “Red Tent”

room 104 excerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – Two young political dissenters plotting to disrupt a convention struggle with their own anxieties — and the sensible perspective of a kindly AC repairman.

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WILL & GRACE Review: “11 Years Later”

Season 9, Episode 1 – Will and Grace take on the White House in the premiere episode of sitcom revival.

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GREAT NEWS Review: “Boardroom Bitch”

great news excerptSeason 2, Episode 1 – While the show still defines its voice, the episode promises a funny second season is in store.

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BETTER THINGS Review: “Robin”

Better Things ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 3 – Ooo, Sam might be in like with someone in “Better Things” when she has a rendezvous without their kids in wine country, and it’s surprisingly pleasant.

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GOTHAM Review: “The Fear Reaper”

Gotham ExcerptSeason 4, Episode 2 – Gordon faces Scarecrow and an army of lunatics when Bullock and the rest of GCPD refuse to provide back up.

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THE ORVILLE Review: “If the Stars Should Appear”

the orville excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – The Orville delivers its best episode, with its best villain, and its best depiction of Liam Neeson as a god.

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SUPERSTORE Review: “Grand Re-Opening”

superstore (1)Season 3, Episode 1 – In the hilarious season premiere, Cloud Nine is reopened for business – we hope.

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THE GOOD PLACE Reviews: “Dance Dance Resolution”

The Good Place ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 3 – The second episode of The Good Place sacrifices nothing and delivers everything we need to again open the story to delicious possibilities.

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THE HALCYON Review: Season 1

Halcyon ExcerptSeason 1, Episodes 1-2 – If you’re still missing Downton Abbey, Ovation Network’s The Halcyon may be your new favorite show.

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YOU’RE THE WORST Review: “Fog Of War, Bro”

YOU'RE THE WORST --  KEY ARTSeason 4, Episode 5 – You think you know horror, but you haven’t met Gretchen when she’s declared war.

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STAR Review: “The Winner Takes It All”

star excerptSeason 2, Episode 1 – Star is back and full of drama, cross-promotion, and more drama.

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EMPIRE Review: “Noble Memory”

Empire-ExcerptSeason 4, Episode 1 – Lucious’s mind may be gone, but you can bet he won’t forget Cookie.

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DESIGNATED SURVIVOR Review: “One Year In”

Designated Survivor ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 1 – It’s a fast-paced, entertaining hour, but the episode feels like it could have been on any number of other White House-set TV shows.

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THE GOLDBERGS Review: “Weird Science”

the goldbergs excerpt codeSeason 5, Episode 1 – In a funny and sweet season 5 premiere, the family copes with Lainey and Erica’s absences the only way the Goldbergs can.

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SEAL TEAM Review: “Tip of the Spear”

Season 1, Episode 1 – In the premiere episode, we meet the SEAL Team and their support staff, and get introduced to their personal and professional lives.

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THE EXORCIST Review: “Janus”

Exorcist ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 1 – The season premiere of The Exorcist acts as a bridge between seasons, setting up the spiritual battle to come.

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