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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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7 Reasons 'The Americans' Was So Addictive This Year

(24) 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'

(66) 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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'Mad Men' And The Sad Brunettes

(35) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 4:01 PM

Do not read on unless you have seen "New Business," the ninth episode of "Mad Men's" final season.

Oh, “Mad Men.” Don’t ever change.

Wait, scratch that. Do change. We’re close to the finish line, but “Mad Men” is absolutely allowed to change if it means...

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'Mad Men' Returns With Familiar Faces And New Dilemmas

(46) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 11:00 PM

Warning: Contains spoilers for “Severance,” the eighth episode of the final season of “Mad Men.”

“She lived the life she wanted to live. She had everything.”

Welcome to the first of my weekly “Mad Men” reviews -- this week kicks off the real beginning of the...

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'Jane The Virgin' Helped Change TV, But The Struggle Is Far From Over

(8) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 2:08 PM

Ivonne Coll moved to the U.S. mainland four decades ago and has played Americans, French and Italian women and a host of Hispanic roles, though she’s rarely gotten to play “a Puerto Rican, which is what I am.”

One thing she’s never done during her Hollywood career: play a maid....

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'Wolf Hall' Is A Masterful Study Of Power And Politics

(7) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 1:16 PM

Early on in “Wolf Hall,” Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) confronts someone who deeply wronged him in the past.

“Confront” may not be the right word. Few words are exchanged between two reticent men. At one point, Cromwell picks up a hammer and holds it casually, or maybe...

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Jaime Camil From 'Jane The Virgin' Talks Rogelio, Outer Space, Mothers And Romance

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 3:25 PM

We still have a week to wait until “Jane the Virgin” returns on April 6, so how about filling up a bit of that time with an interview with Jaime Camil, who plays Rogelio de la Vega on the delightful CW program?

Rogelio, a telenovela...

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10 Thoughts About 'The Jinx' And Why It's Flawed But Fascinating

(25) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 5:36 PM

The Jinx,” the HBO true-crime series that ended March 15, engendered a wave of intense attention and discussion as it rolled through its six-episode season. The finale was almost upstaged by the arrest of the documentary series' subject, real estate heir Robert Durst, and...

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'iZombie' Brings Brains, Fun And A Great Cast To The CW

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 3:04 PM

If nothing else, "iZombie" gives a critic the chance to use the word "effervescent" in relation to a program about zombies. That is a welcome incongruity, given that TV can be a little too self-consciously grim for its own good these days.

"iZombie's" leading creative force is...

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How Gina Rodriguez Is Surviving Her First Wild Year As 'Jane The Virgin'

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 2:45 PM

Gina Rodriguez carries a heavy burden.

I'm not referring to her schedule, which has her working long days at an unassuming film and TV studio on the outskirts of Los Angeles. And I'm not referring to the many, many things she does when she's not playing the pregnant Miami...

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What Happened On The Season Finale Of 'The 100'?

(14) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 4:39 PM

Those who have never seen "The 100" can safely read this until the spoiler warning below; the first half of this review does not reveal specific plot points about the show. Don't read beyond the spoiler warning unless you've seen the Season 2 finale of "The 100," "Blood...

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When Remakes Attack: TV Adapts 'Powers' And 'The Returned'

(10) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 3:01 PM

One of the great things about television is its adaptability, or, perhaps more accurately, its ability to adapt anything to suit its purposes.

This week sees the debut of two shows, "The Returned" and "Powers," that embody two of the biggest trends in the industry: Superhero-related adaptations and remakes...

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'Jane The Virgin' Returns With Romance, Big Twists And Big Hair

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 9:20 AM

It has been weeks since we've had a fresh episode of "Jane the Virgin," which aired its last installment in mid-February, but the wait is over: "Jane the Virgin" is back on Monday night.

At times, the gloriously versatile show -- which stars Gina Rodriguez as the accidentally...

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How Could This Great Crime Drama Go So Wrong?

(38) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 3:02 PM

It's one of the oldest television genres in existence, but crime dramas have shown themselves to be exceptionally resilient even as the medium expands its reach and experiments with all kinds of forms, moods and stories.

This is a good thing: A finely crafted crime procedural (i.e. something better...

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The Problem With 'Last Man On Earth' No One Is Talking About

(274) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 5:09 PM

This piece contains spoilers about "The Last Man on Earth."

The only critic on Earth who doesn't like Fox's "Last Man on Earth"? You're reading her right now.

It's not strange for there to be an outlier on a show that has otherwise enjoyed a positive...

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What 'Parks And Recreation' Taught My Son About Feminism (And So Much Else)

(36) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 1:39 PM

As the final season of "Parks and Recreation" played out, my gratitude for it has only grown. Not just because the comedy, which airs its series finale on Tuesday, has brought me a great deal of pleasure over the course of its seven seasons. Not just because the...

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'Peaky Blinders' Should Be Your Next Netflix Binge

(15) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 3:42 PM

"Peaky Blinders" is yet another show about a morally compromised, heterosexual white man who grapples with the results of his bold and even violent behavior as he struggles to realize his ambitions.

That's not just a brief description of the U.K. series, which arrived on Netflix in...

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