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Before joining AOL/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 three 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 Doctor Who right now.
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'Orphan Black' Review: Clones Return With Lots Of Energy, New Friends And New Enemies

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 2:44 PM

A year later, I can still pinpoint a slew of my favorite moments from the first season of "Orphan Black."

Those moments include, but are not limited to, Helena dancing at Club Neolution; that guy's tail getting chopped off; Felix saying or doing anything (but...

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'Scandal's' Jeff Perry Talks Finale, Cyrus, James And More

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Cyrus Beene of "Scandal" may be going through the worst period in his life, but Jeff Perry, the actor who plays him wants you to know one thing: Perry's not going to have a heart attack. Really.

In a recent interview, Perry said that people come up...

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'Fargo' Review: A Frosty Treat From The Frozen North

(22) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 3:40 PM

Well, heck! Darned if "Fargo" didn't sneak up on me and make me like it. Ya sure, I almost didn't see that coming.

I wasn't quite sure about "Fargo" at first, despite its first-rate cast; perhaps appropriately, I warmed to its charms over time -- or perhaps the show...

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'Mad Men' Season 7 Premiere Review: Flying Solo

(72) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 10:59 PM

Do NOT read on unless you've seen "Time Zones," the Season 7 premiere of "Mad Men."

"This is a hierarchy." - Ken Cosgrove

Cast your mind back, "Mad Men" fans, to July of 2007. We were so much younger then. So innocent! Those were different times. Sigh.

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'The Bletchley Circle' Review: Travel Back In Time With A Bunch of Smart London Ladies

(5) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Sunday evening will see the return of a well-made period drama that features resourceful women in search of personal and professional satisfaction, a palpable sense of time and place, and to-die-for retro coats and handbags.

Surprise, it's not "Mad Men"!

Of course, "Mad Men," which also returns...

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From 'HIMYM' To 'Angel' to 'Six Feet Under': Why Some Finales Soar And Many Fail

(144) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 1:52 PM

It's hard to get a TV show on the air, but it's even harder to end one.

The fuss over the "How I Met Your Mother" finale is just the latest in a series of uproars over closing episodes. Even "True Detective" couldn't...

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'Suits' Finale Exclusive: Where's Harvey?

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 2:11 PM

Things are tense as "Suits" heads into its season finale, as you can see in this exclusive clip from Thursday's episode of the USA Network show.

In the clip, Jessica tries to calm down a worried Louis, but it's clear she's a bit rattled herself (despite her...

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'Turn' Review: AMC's Revolutionary War Drama Fails To Ignite

(9) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:20 PM

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the plague of one-word titled shows that have infested the broadcast networks. The hallmarks of shows like "Crisis," "Believe" and "Hostages" have been mechanical plots, bland monikers and a few actors in each cast who deserve material with more...

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'Game of Thrones' Season 4: Finding Rays Of Hope In Dark Places

(22) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:00 PM

"Game of Thrones" returns Sunday, and without spoiling anything (which I don't plan to do in this piece), I can report that it's as "Game of Thrones"-y as ever.

There are still dragons. Stannis is still brooding. Cersei is never without her wine glass. In settings both...

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'Silicon Valley' on HBO: Tech Culture Gets The Comedy It Deserves

(4) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Viewed as a body of work, HBO's half-hour shows have felt kind of meandering and unfocused in the last few years. Some gems have emerged from the churn ("Looking," "Girls" and "Enlightened," for example), but the network has aired a lot of...

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Peabody Award Winners Include 'Scandal,' 'Orange Is The New Black,' 'Key & Peele' And More

(8) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 8:39 AM

The winners of the Peabody Awards were announced on Wednesday, and "Key & Peele," "Orange Is the New Black," "Scandal," "The Returned" and documentaries from HBO, PBS, ESPN and Frontline were among the 46 winners.

It's rare for a...

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'Defiance' Season 2 Premiere Date And Exclusive Video

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 10:20 AM

If you've been missing "Defiance," we've got news for you.

HuffPost TV can exclusively reveal that the second season of "Defiance" arrives 8 p.m. ET June 19 on Syfy, along with the premiere of another much-anticipated drama, "Dominion," which arrives at 9 p.m. ET June...

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'Call The Midwife' Is The Delightful UK Cult Hit You Need To See

(57) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 10:00 AM

If there's one truth we can all agree on, it's that there are too many TV shows featuring do-gooder nuns, earnest midwives and adorable babies.

I'm kidding, of course. One of several notable things about the charming British series "Call the Midwife," which returns Sunday on PBS, is its...

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'The Good Wife' Shocker: 10 Thoughts On Why It May Be A Good Thing (Maybe?)

(24) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:54 PM

Now that a day or two has passed, I have a few thoughts about Sunday's episode of "The Good Wife." These musings are not definitive; they're a bit tentative and fluid. What follows is a partial list of reactions, proposals and ideas to Sunday's shocking development....

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Misha Collins Of 'Supernatural' On Directing, Angels, The Spinoff And Castiel's Future

(9) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:55 PM

One of the best developments in recent history on "Supernatural" was the introduction of the Men of Letters.

In the past couple of seasons, brothers Sam and Dean Winchester have had a snazzy new bunker to use when they're not hunting down all manner of evil-minded entities...

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Six Reasons You Need To Watch 'Enlisted'

(4) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 1:39 PM

Please watch "Enlisted." It's the best comedy on TV right now.

You might ask why I'm saying this on a Tuesday, when "Enlisted" airs on Fridays on Fox (and this week's episode is a repeat -- of one of the show's finest episodes, as it happens).

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'Crisis' Review: Can Gillian Anderson Save The Latest One-Word-Title Show?

(13) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 11:41 AM

I am a sucker for a juicy plot twist. "Crisis" (10 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC) has a few good ones, and the show's crisply executed reversals, not to mention its barreling pace, sustained me through the first two episode that the network sent for review.

That said, what's to...

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'Mad Men' Season 7 Secrets: Creator Matt Weiner On The Drama's Farewell Season

(14) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 6:06 PM

For Don Draper, it's the beginning of the end.

In a month, the seventh and final season of "Mad Men" will begin on AMC. Though it'll be a long goodbye -- Season 7 will be split into two seven-episode sections airing this year and next -- it's...

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'True Detective' Finale Highs And Lows

(119) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 8:14 AM

Do not read on unless you've seen "Form and Void," the "True Detective" Season 1 finale.

"I just follow what the big man says. It's how this all works. … It's chain of command, right?" -- Sheriff Geraci

"What's scented meat?" -- Marty Hart

In its first...

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'Cosmos' On Fox: The Universe Is Awesome And Science Is Too

(114) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Just set up the season pass already, and prepare to be wowed by "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (9 p.m. ET Sunday, Fox/National Geographic Channel).

There are a lot of shows on TV that are fun, many that are educational and a number that are beautiful to look...

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