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Why Amazon's Latest Move Is Promising For People Who Like Sci-Fi

Why Amazon's Latest Move Is Promising For People Who Like Sci-Fi

Maureen Ryan  02.18.2015
Amazon Studios dropped some good news into the middle of the week: "The Man in the High Castle" and "Mad Dogs" were among the pilots that...
Prepare For 'Vikings' To Invade Your Life

Prepare For 'Vikings' To Invade Your Life

Maureen Ryan  02.17.2015
The third season of "Vikings" begins Thursday, and it's only fair to warn you about the effects the show may have on your life. I was...
Why Is Amazon Making Pretty Good Shows?

Why Is Amazon Making Pretty Good Shows?

Maureen Ryan  02.13.2015
"Bosch" is a pretty good cop show, but it's emblematic of the potential and limitations of Amazon Prime as it gears up to become an even...
The Problem With Network Television's One-Hour Dramas

The Problem With Network Television's One-Hour Dramas

Maureen Ryan  02.11.2015
When it comes to drama development in the last few years, the output of the broadcast networks could fairly be compared to a medium-sized...
'Fresh Off The Boat' Is Bold, Funny And Not Afraid To Take On Race

'Fresh Off The Boat' Is Bold, Funny And Not Afraid To Take On Race

Maureen Ryan  02. 4.2015
"Fresh Off the Boat" is good -- at times, very good. Without question, it's one of the best new shows of the broadcast network season:...
Your Guide to Binge-Watching 'Spartacus'

Your Guide to Binge-Watching 'Spartacus'

Maureen Ryan  02. 2.2015
"Spartacus" has arrived on Netflix -- hooray! I've got your guide to binging on the gladiator drama right here: Read on for a roundup...
'Fortitude' Builds A Fine Crime Story Set In The Frosty Arctic

'Fortitude' Builds A Fine Crime Story Set In The Frosty Arctic

Maureen Ryan  01.29.2015
It's easy to give you an idea of what "Fortitude" is like and whether you might like it, because it's not hard to find good shows that...
8 Reasons (Among Many) To Love 'The Americans'

8 Reasons (Among Many) To Love 'The Americans'

Maureen Ryan  01.28.2015
The second season of "The Americans" ended up on many 2014 Top 10 lists (including mine), and there's no reason to believe Season 3 won't...
'Better Call Saul' Is Not In 'Breaking Bad' Territory (But What Is)?

'Better Call Saul' Is Not In 'Breaking Bad' Territory (But What Is)?

Maureen Ryan  01.23.2015
It will come as no surprise that "Better Call Saul" is well made. The previous entry on the resumes of creators Vince Gilligan and Peter...
Two Very Different Cop Stories: 'Justified' And 'Backstrom'

Two Very Different Cop Stories: 'Justified' And 'Backstrom'

Maureen Ryan  01.20.2015
"Justified" begins its final season Tuesday and "Backstrom" is a newcomer that debuts Thursday, but outside of that big age difference,...
You've Been Warned: April TV Is Totally Bonkers

You've Been Warned: April TV Is Totally Bonkers

Maureen Ryan  01.20.2015
Fall used to be the busiest time of year for television, and it still is, and January is often very crowded with new and returning shows...
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...