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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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'Selfie,' 'Manhattan Love Story' And The New Fall Comedies To Embrace And Avoid

(16) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 3:33 PM

Recently, I posted a roundup of reviews of the new dramas on the broadcast networks, and that list of capsule reviews was preceded by some thoughts on the State of the Network Drama.

This roundup doesn't require much of an introduction, because all you really...

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'Outlander,' The Wedding Episode And TV's Sexual Revolution

(246) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 1:01 PM

It would pain me greatly if critics and viewers dismissed "Outlander" for irrelevant, trivial or condescending reasons.

Don't mistake my purpose: I'm not here to tell you "Outlander" is a perfect show. I like it, I loved a couple of episodes, but I outlined some of my...

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'Transparent' On Amazon Is Terrific And Belongs In TV's Top Tier

(7) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 3:38 PM

"Transparent," which arrives Friday on Amazon Prime, is not just the best new show of the fall, it's one of the best new shows of the year.

Within the first few episodes, "Transparent" gracefully launches itself into television's top tier, and though Amazon has been dabbling in...

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Shonda Rhimes, The New York Times And Why We Really Need 'Black-ish'

(35) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 3:35 PM

It was pretty clever of ABC to get the New York Times to do stealth marketing for the network's promising new comedy, "Black-ish," which premieres Wednesday.

Nothing proves the need for a show like "Black-ish" like the recent controversy over Times critic Alessandra Stanley's essay about

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'Sleepy Hollow' Season 2 Scoop: Head Honcho On What's Next For Ichabod And Abbie

(6) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 3:48 PM

You can exhale, "Sleepy Hollow" fans.

If you're anything like me, since the Fox show concluded its first season back in January, you've been haunted by moments of terrifying doubt: "What if the powers that be take what I loved about the show and screw it up...

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'You're The Worst' Finale Scoop And Much More From Creator Stephen Falk

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 11:58 AM

When I told Stephen Falk, the creator of "You're the Worst," that I had been hesitant to give his show a try, he laughed.

"I'm very familiar with your reaction," he said. Whether it was the show's name, its marketing campaign or some other factor that prompted...

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Fall TV Guide: New Dramas To Follow And Shows To Skip

(31) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 2:46 PM

The vast majority of new dramas on the broadcast networks this fall aren't flat-out terrible. Most of them display a certain competence when it comes to laying out their premises, which is something, I guess.

The problem is, this devotion to patiently explained premises just reinforces the idea that...

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'Happy Valley' On Netflix Supplies Suspense, Intelligence And A Fascinating Female Cop

(65) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 5:11 PM

The first excellent thing about "Happy Valley" is how efficient it is.

Within a few minutes of meeting police officer Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), we get the basic outlines of her life. In the course of talking down a jittery drunk who's turned suicidal at a local...

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'You're The Worst' Review: A Sarcastic, Secretly Romantic Comedy That Is Just The Best

(16) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 3:40 PM

Looking for a comedy that's actually funny? Want one with precisely calibrated yet organically complex characters? Want to watch a well-constructed story full of wit that is equal parts scathing, smart and silly?

I wish I could tell you the new fall season is packed with new half-hour offerings...

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Masters Of Sex' Creator On How The Show Got Its Name And Who's Coming Back For Season 2

(6) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 2:56 PM

In its second season, Showtime's "Masters of Sex" solidified its place as one of television's most worthy dramas.

I should have more specific things to say about it once the second season has ended (the Season 2 finale airs Sept. 28), but first, I wanted to share an...

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'Defiance' Star Jaime Murray On TV's Most Twisted Marriage

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 2:03 PM

The second season of "Defiance" ended as it began: entertaining, energetic and admirably focused. Here's a show that is bursting with memorable characters and committed to its mission of displaying the complicated costs and benefits of connection and community. I honestly can't wait to...

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'Rectify' Out-Subtles 'The Leftovers' For Summer's Best Slow Burn

(14) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 5:02 PM

The summer brought us two mildly post-apocalyptic dramas that weren't particularly interested in addressing the core questions baked into their premises.

"The Leftovers," which debuted in June on HBO, has chronicled a small slice of a world still reeling from the Sudden Departure of 2...

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'Defiance' Season Finale Sneak Peek: What In The World Is Irisa Up To? (VIDEO)

(6) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:29 AM

The second season of "Defiance" comes to a close on Thursday, and if you think Irisa will be at the center of what goes down, you're right.

As the season heads into the home stretch, Irisa, the daughter of Lawkeeper Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler), is enemy number...

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'Doctor Who' Season Premiere Review: The TARDIS Returns With A Pleasing Adventure

(24) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 4:26 PM

With the launch of a season of "Doctor Who"-- complete with a new Doctor -- and the debut of the spooky drama "Intruders," things are busy over at BBC America this weekend.

First, the good news: Saturday's season premiere of "Doctor Who" is largely wonderful. (Below, I...

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Jon Hamm And Daniel Radcliffe Return In A Delightfully Weird 'Young Doctor' Comedy

(5) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 5:07 PM

We live in an era of artisanal TV: The ongoing explosion of platforms, networks and outlets means we are blessed to have an enormous array of small-batch perfectionists creating something for almost every taste and inclination.

In the half-hour arena, viewers are especially spoiled for choice. Given that shorter...

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'Outlander' Review: A Gorgeous If Rocky Trip To Scotland

(31) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 5:03 PM

As is the case with "Game of Thrones," you don't have to be a fan of the best-selling "Outlander" books to find things to enjoy in the TV version of the tale.

"Game of Thrones" -- which, like "Outlander," is partly a tale of warring...

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'The Knick' Review: Clive Owen And Steven Soderbergh's Bloody Medical Marvel

(3) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Like a shot of adrenaline to the heart, "The Knick" arrives just in time to save us from the summer doldrums, and as a side bonus, it further enhances Cinemax's status as one of television's most consistently entertaining networks.

Let Cinemax's more ponderous corporate sibling, HBO, make...

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'Sleepy Hollow' Season 2 Secrets Revealed: Who's Coming Back And Who Will Shake Things Up

(16) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 4:17 PM

All right, Sleepyheads, we still have quite a wait before "Sleepy Hollow" returns Sept. 22, but there is a lot of information out there about things that are going to happen when Ichabod Crane, Abbie Mills and the rest of the crew return.

The show's cast and...

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'Defiance' Season 2 Trailer Is Full Of Shocking Twists And Turns

(5) Comments | Posted July 26, 2014 | 4:40 PM

When it comes to the second season of Syfy's "Defiance," you ain't seen nothing yet.

At a "Defiance" panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, Syfy unleashed a lengthy trailer with lots of clues about where the second season of the drama is headed; HuffPost TV can...

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Pedro Pascal Really Wishes He Were Still On 'Game Of Thrones,' Even In Small Part

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 3:52 AM

Pedro Pascal isn't that different from most "Game of Thrones" viewers -- he wishes his character, the charismatic Oberyn Martell, was still on the HBO show.

Pascal was at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 24, to launch a new "Game of Thrones" beer from Brewery Ommegang. After a...

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