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The Best New TV Shows of 2014

The Best New TV Shows of 2014

Maureen Ryan  12. 8.2014
The other day I published my list of the Top 10 TV Shows of 2014, but it was a list that cried out for a sequel or two. There was just...
The Top 10 TV Shows Of 2014

The Top 10 TV Shows Of 2014

Maureen Ryan  12. 5.2014
The most important television development of the past decade occurred four years ago. It wasn't the arrival of the third season of "Breaking...
'Sleepy Hollow' Secrets Revealed

'Sleepy Hollow' Secrets Revealed

Maureen Ryan  12. 1.2014
Do not read on unless you've seen the "Sleepy Hollow" mid-season finale, "The Akeda." After a tumultuous ride -- among fans and critics...
The One Episode Of 'The Comeback' You Have To Watch

The One Episode Of 'The Comeback' You Have To Watch

Maureen Ryan  11.24.2014
"The Comeback" and "Outlander" have almost nothing in common as television shows. The HBO show is a half-hour comedy, the Starz show is...
5 Reasons To Binge-Watch 'The 100'

5 Reasons To Binge-Watch 'The 100'

Maureen Ryan  11.18.2014
If you're casting about for a new show to binge on, I'll once again recommend "The 100." It's on the CW, there are a lot of young actors...
What 'State Of Affairs' Has In Common With 'Gotham'

What 'State Of Affairs' Has In Common With 'Gotham'

Maureen Ryan  11.17.2014
Well, now we know what it would look like if "Homeland" Mad Libs came to life on our television screens. "State of Affairs," which wants...
When Is A Good But Challenging Drama Too Dark?

When Is A Good But Challenging Drama Too Dark?

Maureen Ryan  11.14.2014
Sam Adams wrote a smart piece recently about why he likes "Jane the Virgin," the best new broadcast network program of the fall. In particular,...
Where Did 'Sleepy Hollow' Go Wrong In Season 2?

Where Did 'Sleepy Hollow' Go Wrong In Season 2?

Maureen Ryan  11.12.2014
The thrilling end of the first season of "Sleepy Hollow" made me optimistic about Season 2. Several months after that finale aired, I spent...
10 Reasons It's Still Worth Watching 'Supernatural'

10 Reasons It's Still Worth Watching 'Supernatural'

Maureen Ryan  11.11.2014
Familiarity breeds contempt, so they say. But the truth is, sometimes familiarity breeds affection. Take "Supernatural," which recently...
The Character-Actor Bounty Has Not Stopped This Season

The Character-Actor Bounty Has Not Stopped This Season

Maureen Ryan  11. 5.2014
Thanksgiving is a couple of weeks off, but we should be grateful for the character-actor bounty that has arrived well before the holiday....
Frances McDormand Proves Once Again That She's Amazing

Frances McDormand Proves Once Again That She's Amazing

Maureen Ryan  10.30.2014
If you're looking for a likable lead character, you won't find her in "Olive Kitteridge." If you want a lovable lead character, you may...
Your Favorite Fabulous Comedy Veterans Are Back For 'Benched'

Your Favorite Fabulous Comedy Veterans Are Back For 'Benched'

Maureen Ryan  10.28.2014
It's not too much to ask that a mainstream half-hour comedy A) be funny, B) know how to use its cast well and C) have a good idea of what...
Jane Austen Lovers Unite

Jane Austen Lovers Unite

Maureen Ryan  10.24.2014
Here's a great fan-fiction scenario you can have for free: Finn Polmar from "The Good Wife," Clara Oswald from "Doctor Who" and Philip...
Everything You Need To Know About 'The 100' This Season

Everything You Need To Know About 'The 100' This Season

Maureen Ryan  10.21.2014
"I didn't see that coming." I said that to myself more than once during the first three episodes of "The 100," which returns Wednesday...