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The Problem With The Pretty Good New '12 Monkeys' Series

The Problem With The Pretty Good New '12 Monkeys' Series

Maureen Ryan  01.16.2015
"12 Monkeys" and "Helix" have a lot of things in common, aside from airing the same night on Syfy. Both feature dangerous viral outbreaks...
Catching Up With Some Of 2015's New Shows

Catching Up With Some Of 2015's New Shows

Maureen Ryan  01.14.2015
It's a busy time in television, so here are condensed reviews of three new shows: "Babylon," 10 p.m. ET, Thursday, Sundance Channel: This...
'Parks And Recreation,' 'The Wire' And The Politics Of Pawnee

'Parks And Recreation,' 'The Wire' And The Politics Of Pawnee

Maureen Ryan  01.13.2015
You might recall the 2008 presidential election as being particularly vitriolic and divisive. But what you may not know is that it's one...
'Togetherness' Is A Fine Addition To HBO's Narcissism Sundays

'Togetherness' Is A Fine Addition To HBO's Narcissism Sundays

Maureen Ryan  01. 9.2015
It's odd to think that a whole new genre of television has blossomed in the last few years -- an exciting new category that didn't exist...
Everything You Need To Know About 'Banshee' Before Its Return

Everything You Need To Know About 'Banshee' Before Its Return

Maureen Ryan  01. 8.2015
"Banshee," which returns for its third season on Cinemax Friday, is one of TV's most reliable pleasures. The drama tells the story of...
So Far, There's Only One Reason To Watch 'Empire'

So Far, There's Only One Reason To Watch 'Empire'

Maureen Ryan  01. 7.2015
"Empire" is being marketed as a bold, original show from high-profile artists, but it feels strangely tentative in its first episode. And...
The First New Show Of 2015 Is Really Good

The First New Show Of 2015 Is Really Good

Maureen Ryan  01. 6.2015
That sound you heard as 2015 arrived was a long exhale of relief. It feels good to give the one of the first new shows of the year, "Marvel's...
These Are The #BestTVLines2014

These Are The #BestTVLines2014

Maureen Ryan  12.18.2014
During the past 12 months, we were lucky enough to see a lot of amazing television, and we couldn't let the year end without engaging in...
Why That Shocker On 'The 100' Went Down That Way

Why That Shocker On 'The 100' Went Down That Way

Maureen Ryan  12.17.2014
By this point, I think my assessment of "The 100" is pretty clear. I've written a number of pieces about the show, in its first and second...
The Best Returning TV Shows of 2014

The Best Returning TV Shows of 2014

Maureen Ryan  12. 9.2014
There are more than 60 shows on the three end-of-year lists I've come up with -- Top 10 Shows, Best New Shows and Best Returning Shows....
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...