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SPEECHLESS Review: “C-a-Camp”
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Speechless ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 23 – J.J. heads to summer camp in the season finale of Speechless, but not before acting out against the family in an effort to hide his nervousness. His relationship issues with Maya comes to another head, showing the strength of writing and acting in a series worthy of high praise.

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SPEECHLESS Review: “M-a-May-Jay”
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Speechless ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 22 – With one episode to go before its first season ends, Speechless hits all the right notes and finds its characters comfortable in a dynamic episode. J.J. puts himself at risk while Ray and Dylan compete for running glory.

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SPEECHLESS Review: “P-r-Prom”
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Speechless ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 21 – In arguably a necessary episode, Speechless confronts a loaded word, putting Ray in a tough spot as he and J.J. celebrate prom night. All this while we finally get some closure on Kenneth’s status in the family dynamic.

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SPEECHLESS Review: “R-u-n-Runaway”
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Speechless ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 20 – When Maya finds out J.J. ran away from home, she puts the running away in her own hands, justifying J.J.’s anger in an impressive episode of Speechless. With a few episodes before the first season ends, it’s obvious this is a series wanting to say serious things about independence and respect.

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SPEECHLESS Review: “C-h-Cheater!”
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Speechless ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 19 – It started like yet another bad episode of Speechless – obvious setups, poorly drawn characters, and of all things, Ray involved in a pyramid scheme – but a change in tone regarding J.J.’s future brings a needed dose of reality to the series.

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BASKETS Review: “Circus”
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baskets excerptSeason 2, Episode 10 – Baskets closes its outstanding second season with an episode that felt a little more like a short film than the typical half-hour. And a lot happens as the family determines its future.

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BASKETS Review: “Yard Sale”
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baskets excerptSeason 2, Episode 9 – A lot of plot development is covered this week on Baskets, as Chip helps an old friend, Dale’s life is turned upside down, and Christine finds herself empowered. Another exceptional episode as we near the end of season two.

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SPEECHLESS Review: “D-i-Ding”
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Speechless ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 18 – Yikes. Speechless goes to the grocery store, and the result is the worst episode of the season. Ray and Maya dispute about a car dent, Dylan and Jimmy steal soda, and J.J. is a human roadblock for a bad guy. Oh, and you won’t believe how Kenneth is shoehorned into this.

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BASKETS Review: “Funeral”
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baskets excerptSeason 2, Episode 8 – Everybody comes back for Mee-maw’s funeral, and the power of sibling relationships takes center stage. Chip and Dale deal with Cody and Logan’s strife in an unnecessary detour, while Christine struggles to see eye-to-eye with her brother Jim in a more poignant plot. And then there’s whiskey salad. Mmmm.

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SPEECHLESS Review: “S-U-R-SURPRISE”
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Speechless ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 17 – It’s Dylan’s birthday, which means Maya is ready to surprise her with a huge party. Meanwhile Ray loses J.J. out in public, and Jimmy and Kenneth fight about barbecue. Like other weak Speechless episodes, this one jumps through a few too many hoops.

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THE LAST MAN ON EARTH Review: “Got Milk?”
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Last Man on Earth ExcerptSeason 3, Episode 10 – The Last Man on Earth returns for the spring and gives us a standalone half-hour of Kristen Wiig descending into madness. Veering from the main cast, the show tells the story of the beginning of the virus that wiped out humanity, focusing on Wiig’s socialite and her little dog.

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BASKETS Review: “Denver”
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baskets excerptSeason 2, Episode 7 – Christine puts her love in her own hands by taking a trip to Denver in this episode of Baskets, and Louie Anderson likely cements another Emmy nomination with his performance. Meanwhile Chip has to take his grandmother to the doctor.

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BASKETS Review: “Marthager”
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baskets excerptSeason 2, Episode 6 – In a necessary episode that sets us up for the remainder of season two, Baskets quietly deals with Chip and Martha’s friendship and Christine’s ability to put herself first. Maybe we need a little more, but it’s nevertheless a pleasant episode.

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BASKETS Review: “Fight”
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baskets excerptSeason 2, Episode 5 – After the four-episode arc that started season two of Baskets, things are slowed down even more with a low-stakes series of events that further highlights the family dysfunction. Chip and Dale get angry at each other and wreck the house, while Christine heads to Costco.

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BASKETS Review: “Ronald Reagan Library”
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baskets excerptSeason 2, Episode 4 – The slow pace of Season 2 of Baskets continues, as we find Christine and Chip waiting out the latter’s sentencing by visiting the museum honoring our 40th president. Christine finds friendship while Chip seeks closure in this sweet, poignant episode.

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BASKETS Review: “Bail”
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baskets excerptSeason 2, Episode 3 – Focus returns to ancillary characters this week on Baskets, as Christine posts bail for Chip, while Dale attempts to take his relationship with Martha to the next level. And everyone is trying to wrestle away control of their own lives.

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BASKETS Review: “Reverie”
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baskets excerptSeason 2, Episode 2 – In a beautiful and powerful episode of Baskets, Chip, still on the run with a band of homeless drifters, starts feeling pain and anxiety while remembering the happiness he left behind. A shocking twist forces Chip to come full circle in realizing the errors of his ways.

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BASKETS Review: “Freaks”
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baskets excerptSeason 2, Episode 1 – Welcome to the second season of FX’s Baskets, the dark comedy about a clown, in more ways than one. And said clown Chip is on the run, meeting up with some interesting folks, while Christine begins worrying about her son’s whereabouts.

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SPEECHLESS Review: “S-i-Sick D-a-Day”
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Speechless ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 13 – Nearly everyone comes down with a bad cold in Speechless, which slows everything down for the DiMeo family. But everyone tries to do their part, from Jimmy taking over Maya’s mom duties, to Dylan reading J.J.’s board for an ailing Kenneth. Some of it works, some of it doesn’t, but the result is a terrific episode.

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SPEECHLESS Review: “H-e-r-Hero”
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Speechless ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 12 – J.J. is back in the spotlight this week on Speechless, becoming a hero to some high school kid, but Ray has trouble accepting that his own brother could be an inspiration. Maya and Jimmy have trouble securing a good wheelchair for their son, so they take it to the track – in more ways than one.

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