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Maureen Ryan
Before joining The Huffington Post as TV critic, Mo Ryan was the television critic for the Chicago Tribune. She serves on the board of the Peabody Awards and has served on the AFI Top 10 TV Shows of the Year committee many times. Favorite shows ever: It's tie among Battlestar Galactica and Deadwood and Friday Night Lights and Mad Men and Lost and 28 other shows she's going to remember in a minute. She is probably watching NewsRadio right now. Or maybe Farscape.
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Netflix, Binging And Quality Control In The Age Of Peak TV

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 2:33 PM

Matt Singer posed a timely question today: Why is it that the original programs made by Netflix -- the place that perfected binge-viewing -- aren’t necessarily all that binge-able? 

By downplaying the importance of individual episodes in favor of longform...

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The Most Dangerous Antihero On TV Is ... The Star Of Comedy Central's 'Review'?

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 4:33 PM

Occasionally Forrest MacNeil, the protagonist of “Review,” realizes just how badly his life is going. At the end of the most recent installment of the Comedy Central show, which depicted extensive plastic surgery as well as a cult indoctrination gone very, very wrong, he...

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'Rectify' Creator Says Award-Winning Drama May End Soon

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 11:22 AM

Rectify” ends its finely wrought third season Thursday, and it’s probably not wise for fans to expect another three seasons of the Sundance TV drama.

“I think we’re getting near the end” of the story of former death row prisoner Daniel...

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Stephen Colbert 'Prays' Trump Stays In Presidential Race

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 8:57 PM

Stephen Colbert on Monday joked that he “prays” Donald Trump stays in the presidential race so Colbert can make jokes about him when “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” debuts on CBS Sept. 8.

“I just want to say that every little boy...

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'Fargo' Season 2: Murder, Reagan And An All-Star Cast

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 8:53 PM

 The first season of “Fargo” was widely acclaimed and award-winning, but at a press event for Season 2, some cast members had an admission to make (which is only appropriate for a show about crime).

Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson and...

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'Empire' Will Make You Scream In Season 2

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 2:47 AM

The plans for the second season of “Empire” sound as though they came straight from Cookie Lyon herself: “We’re here to f**k this s**t up." 

Taraji P. Henson laughed at a a press panel for the show on Thursday as she...

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'True Detective' Drinking Games That Could Kill You

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Because I don’t want you to die, I want to warn you away from the “True Detective” drinking games that the kids have been going wild for lately.

Here's how to avoid said drinking games, unless you have a death wish:


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Miss Piggy Says Her Breakup With Kermit Will Be 'Great For Moi's Stardom'

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 2:39 PM

Kermit and Miss Piggy have definitely broken up, and the porcine star is 100...

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'Strike Back,' Nostalgia And Knowing When To Say Goodbye

(4) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 8:34 AM

There was a minor hue and cry the other day when it emerged that the fourth season of “Banshee” would be the show’s last. It was a pretty tiny ripple in the space-time continuum, given that “Banshee” is a cult action show on Cinemax. But the fact that...

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Trevor Noah, Twitter And The Uses Of Social-Media Outrage

(12) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 1:05 PM

As the heir apparent at “The Daily Show,” every day must be a whirlwind for Trevor Noah. Having to deal with the media at the Television Critics Association press tour, where he took the stage at a press conference Wednesday, is just one more chore to check off the list,...

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Trevor Noah Takes On Racism And Police Brutality Before Taking Over 'The Daily Show'

(107) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 8:24 AM

“Charming American racism,” Ebola panic and what it’s like to be a black man who fears the police: These topics were on the agenda when Trevor Noah, the new host of “The Daily Show,” offered the world a glimpse of what he’ll do when he takes...

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Why Not Spend Summer In HBO's 'Hell'?

(6) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 1:31 AM

It would be tempting to call HBO “7 Days in Hell” the perfect bonbon for summer: This parody of sports documentaries is short, ephemeral and features ridiculous men running around in shorts. 

But “7 Days” is so good it could legitimately be enjoyed in the depths of winter or even...

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Please Stand By, I Will Return After A Short Break

(12) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 3:23 PM

I can almost pinpoint the moment I decided to take a leave of absence from my job. The date isn’t stuck in my mind, but the feeling I had in that moment is.

The leave is temporary. There will be a new Talking TV podcast on “

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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' And 'Other Space' Take Off As Comedy's Center Of Gravity Shifts

(3) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 5:08 PM

It’s hard not to feel both concerned and excited about the state of comedy on TV right now.

Comedy Central alone boasts a murderer’s row of sterling comedies with a wide range of viewpoints and attitudes. You’d be hard-pressed not to find something to like or love in every episode...

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The 'Mad Men' Finale, Coke And Don's Quest For Enlightenment

(22) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 5:17 PM

Two days after the “Mad Men” finale aired, what more is there to say? So many critics have weighed in with thoughtful and insightful essays; even when I don’t particularly agree with another writer’s opinion, I’ve been floored by how eloquent and intelligent the post-finale commentary...

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'Mad Men' Finale: What Was Awesome, What Was Frustrating And Why It's Hard To Let Go

(354) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 4:49 AM

Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Person to Person,” the series finale of “Mad Men.”

“People just come and go and no one says goodbye.” - Don Draper/Dick Whitman

Well. It’s hard to write about series finales, because whatever I say here might be taken as the...

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'Wayward Pines,' David Duchovny's 'Aquarius' And New Dramas To Watch (And Avoid)

(12) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 2:57 PM

There are a bunch of mystery-laden dramas premiering in the next few weeks, and rather than burden you with individual reviews of each one, I thought I’d rate them roundup-style. It’s warm out, you don’t have time for too much TV blathering, so here are brief thoughts on each drama,...

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That 'Jane The Virgin' Finale: Eight Ways It Was Awesome

(4) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 11:42 PM

Where to begin with the “Jane the Virgin” Season 1 finale? How about with a phrase frequently uttered by its narrator: “Let’s do this!”

Just over a year ago, members of the media began getting copies of the pilot for “Jane the Virgin.” By August, there was hardly...

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'Mad Men' Shocker: Nobody Saw This Coming

(141) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 3:55 AM

Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Milk and Honey Route,” the 13th episode of the final season of "Mad Men."

“I’m not so dumb anymore.” — Pete Campbell

How many of you could write this review for me? A number of folks on Twitter predicted...

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10 Shows That Changed The Way We Look At TV

(9) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 9:15 AM

In 2005, "The Shield," "Deadwood," "Battlestar Galactica," "Rome" and the first incarnation of "Arrested Development" were all on the air. "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost," "Veronica Mars" and "House" were early in their runs. Many of us probably thought the TV scene couldn't get any better. We were wrong.

The top...

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