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Two Great New Shows You Should Watch: 'The Affair' And 'Jane The Virgin'

Two Great New Shows You Should Watch: 'The Affair' And 'Jane The Virgin'

Maureen Ryan  10. 9.2014
"Jane the Virgin" and "The Affair" are two shows that, on the surface, don't have much in common. But that surface is deceptive. Here's...
What 'The Flash' Gets Right About Superheroes

What 'The Flash' Gets Right About Superheroes

Maureen Ryan  10. 7.2014
It would be awful if "The Flash" were a drag, right? If the CW show, which debuts 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday and is based on the famous DC Comics...
Seriously, How Fun Is 'The Good Wife'?

Seriously, How Fun Is 'The Good Wife'?

Maureen Ryan  10. 6.2014
There are few things in life more fun than "The Good Wife" when it is firing on all cylinders. Sunday's episode was most definitely a...
The Cooking Show That's Sometimes A Fine Drama

The Cooking Show That's Sometimes A Fine Drama

Maureen Ryan  10. 3.2014
Last year, I got pulled into the ongoing drama of a food show, which is not something that often happens. But "A Chef's Life" is special....
What A Brody-Free 'Homeland' Looks Like

What A Brody-Free 'Homeland' Looks Like

Maureen Ryan  10. 2.2014
Even at the height of "Homeland's" best era -- and it was a considerable height -- it was hard not to think about what would happen if...
The New Fall Comedies To Avoid And Try Out

The New Fall Comedies To Avoid And Try Out

Maureen Ryan  09.30.2014
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...
TV's Overdue Sexual Revolution And Why 'Outlander's' Radical Episode Matters

TV's Overdue Sexual Revolution And Why 'Outlander's' Radical Episode Matters

Maureen Ryan  09.29.2014
It would pain me greatly if critics and viewers dismissed "Outlander" for irrelevant, trivial or condescending reasons. Don't mistake...
Wow, 'Transparent' Is Simply A Great Show

Wow, 'Transparent' Is Simply A Great Show

Maureen Ryan  09.25.2014
"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....
Shonda Rhimes, The New York Times And Why We Need 'Black-ish'

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

Maureen Ryan  09.23.2014
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...
'Sleepy Hollow' Head Honcho On What's Next For Ichabod And Abbie

'Sleepy Hollow' Head Honcho On What's Next For Ichabod And Abbie

Maureen Ryan  09.22.2014
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...
How The 'You're The Worst' Creator Avoided Making A Bad Rom-Com

How The 'You're The Worst' Creator Avoided Making A Bad Rom-Com

Maureen Ryan  09.19.2014
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...
Your Guide To The New Fall Dramas

Your Guide To The New Fall Dramas

Maureen Ryan  09.17.2014
The vast majority of new dramas on the broadcast networks this fall aren't flat-out terrible. Most of them display a certain competence...
The New Netflix Show You Cannot Miss

The New Netflix Show You Cannot Miss

Maureen Ryan  09.11.2014
The first excellent thing about "Happy Valley" is how efficient it is. Within a few minutes of meeting police officer Catherine Cawood...
'You're The Worst' Quickly Becomes TV's Best Romantic Comedy

'You're The Worst' Quickly Becomes TV's Best Romantic Comedy

Maureen Ryan  09.10.2014
Looking for a comedy that's actually funny? Want one with precisely calibrated yet organically complex characters? Want to watch a well-constructed...