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

(0) 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

(140) 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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17 Things 'Mad Men' Should And Shouldn't Do Before It Ends

(33) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 3:20 PM

Mad Men” ends forever May 17, and there are some things it’d be lovely to get from it before it goes.

Now, let’s just acknowledge at the outset that we all know it’s never a good idea to put any demands on Don Draper. Tell that man...

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'Mad Men' Activates Rage, Nostalgia And A Classic Draper Move

(40) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 3:56 AM

Don’t read on unless you’ve seen “Lost Horizon,” the twelfth episode of the final season of “Mad Men.”

Well, that was entirely too much fun. I don’t want to give all my money to lawyers in order to find out for sure, but tonight’s “Mad Men” episode...

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Why Erlich On 'Silicon Valley' Is The Best And The Worst (But Mostly The Best)

(10) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 10:35 AM

Television will soon lose one of its most consistently hilarious characters, a mustachioed businessman with an inflated sense of self-importance and impeccable comic timing. I will miss the silver fox Roger Sterling, who has been such a great character on “Mad Men,” which ends in a couple of...

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'Penny Dreadful' Is Back And Still Highly Addictive

(6) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 3:41 PM

Before I get to the reasons you should watch the second season of Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," a recommendation: Watch the show's bracing first season.

It's not a binge that requires an excessive amount of time. Season 1, which ended up on

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'Outlander' Did Something Radical Again

(113) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 5:49 PM

This post discusses the events of “Lallybroch,” the April 25 episode of the Starz drama “Outlander.”

So “Outlander” just did something revolutionary. Again.

In Saturday’s episode, a man’s genitalia was seen on screen in a sexual situation. I’ve been a TV critic for a long time,...

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'Mad Men' Turns Up The Heat As The End Nears

(38) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 9:24 AM

Don’t read on unless you’ve seen “Time & Life,” the eleventh episode of the final season of “Mad Men.”

“This is the beginning of something, not the end.”

What a classic Don Draper line. Too bad nobody heard it.

As the news about the takeover...

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7 Reasons 'The Americans' Was So Addictive This Year

(27) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 4:02 PM

Do not read on unless you’ve seen “March 8, 1983,” the Season 3 finale of “The Americans.”

It’s too bad about that mysterious and fatal car accident Pastor Tim is going to have in Season 4, isn’t it?

Okay, maybe I’m jumping ahead...

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Was That The Weirdest 'Mad Men' Scene Yet?

(94) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 1:58 AM

Do not read on unless you've seen "The Forecast," the tenth episode of "Mad Men's" final season.

You come to me for analysis of “Mad Men” that is, ideally, cogent, entertaining and thoughtful, so I feel the need to inform you that the show may...

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'Orphan Black' Returns With Boy Clones And More Mysteries

(9) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 2:04 PM

Orphan Black” hasn’t been around long, but there are a few certainties we can count on when it comes to the clone-intensive show starring Tatiana Maslany.

We know Maslany will inhabit each clone identity so thoroughly that we’ll forget one woman is playing half the cast....

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Peabody Awards Go To 'Last Week Tonight,' 'Jane the Virgin,' 'The Americans' And Other Shows

(15) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 4:59 PM

Jane the Virgin,” “The Americans,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” were among the entertainment programs that won Peabody Awards this year. The honorees were set to be announced Thursday morning on "Good Morning...

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Six Reasons We'll Miss 'Justified'

(68) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 11:04 AM

Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Promise,” the series finale of “Justified.”

Justified” was always about transcending something, which makes it appropriate that the show's ending transcended my expectations. It zigged when I sort of expected it to zag, and yet the whole thing was...

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