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Hooray For The Return Of 'Happy Endings' (And 'Suburgatory')

Maureen Ryan | Posted 10.17.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

I somehow found a way to get through the last six months without the "Happy Endings" gang, but I won't lie to you -- it wasn't easy. If the television gods saw fit to put 20 new episodes of "Happy Endings" on my DVR every week, I would watch them all.

10 Reasons We're Excited For 'American Horror Story: Asylum'

Maggie Furlong | Posted 10.15.2012 | TV
Maggie Furlong

Whether you dug "American Horror Story" last season, hated it like we did or are just curious about the "Asylum" promos enough to give it a shot this season, here are 10 reasons why we think it'll be worth our (and your) while.

'The Walking Dead' Review: Season 3 May Be The Best Year Yet

Maureen Ryan | Posted 10.10.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

If the first two hours are any indication, Season 3 of "The Walking Dead" may be the most satisfying year yet. That's partly because the efforts to humanize and add detail to the characters happen in the margins of solidly entertaining episodes.

A Shocking Development: 'Dexter' Got Good Again

Maureen Ryan | Posted 10.04.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

After almost three seasons away from "Dexter," I'm back on board, and if you'd given up on the Showtime drama too, you might want to think about heading back to Miami.

'Louie': Too Big For TV?

Maureen Ryan | Posted 09.28.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

An uneven season, perhaps, but one that may have pointed the way forward for one of television's most interesting voices

How 'Call The Midwife' Is Like 'Downton Abbey'

Maureen Ryan | Posted 09.27.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

"Call the Midwife" does, in its own gentle way, send the message that determined people -- many of them women -- who ignore their allegedly limited opportunities can help create and sustain a caring community.

TV's Most Addictive Series Is Back: A Season 2 Review Of 'Homeland'

Maureen Ryan | Posted 09.27.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Few shows are attempting to thread quite as many needles as "Homeland," and few dramas have combined storytelling rigor and superlative acting quite this well (the show's only real competition is "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad")

The Good, Bad And Indifferent of CBS' Fall Shows

Maureen Ryan | Posted 09.25.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

With its three new dramas, "Elementary," "Vegas" and "Made in Jersey," CBS goes back to the procedural well and tweaks law-and-order formats with varying degrees of success.

Newcomer 'Ben & Kate' More Pleasing Than 'The Mindy Project'

Maureen Ryan | Posted 09.24.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Neither comedy is really there yet, but "Ben and Kate" is the more promising of the two, which is weird, given that "Mindy Project" is the first solo project of "Office" writer-actor Mindy Kaling.

'Revolution' Review: Should You Watch J.J. Abrams' Latest?

Maureen Ryan | Posted 09.13.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

I want "Revolution" to work, despite the fact that positive experiences with dramas like this are more rare than NBC's accidental encounters with healthy ratings -- they're just too inconsistent to believe in.

'American Horror Story' Creator Wants To Define 'The New Normal'

Maureen Ryan | Posted 09.10.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Unsurprisingly, a laundry list of stereotypes are deployed and "abnormals" are mocked throughout "The New Normal's" first episode; it's like a season of "Glee" in concentrated form.

Fall TV's Three Least Promising Comedies

Maureen Ryan | Posted 09.10.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

"Guys with Kids" fails to find any of the humor in parenting, and rests most of its humor on a very tired and ill-conceived hook: Men taking care of small children is hilarious because it's so unexpected!

'Hell On Wheels' Review: Does The Series Pick Things Up In Season 2?

Maureen Ryan | Posted 08.10.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

With the return of AMC's "Hell on Wheels" and the debuts of "Copper" and "The Crimson Petal and the White" -- a trio of hardscrabble dramas set in the 19th Century -- it's starting to look like Tribute to Old-Timey Prostitutes Month.

Sneak Peek Of 'Alphas' Strong Season 2

Maureen Ryan | Posted 07.19.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

The team may have its own internal squabbles, but they band together to help each other. Let's just hope the Season 2 team responsible for "Alphas" has some special abilities of its own.

'Political Animals' Review: Texts From Hillary Comes To Frisky Life

Maureen Ryan | Posted 07.12.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

You've seen Elaine Barrish Hammond of "Political Animals" before: She's basically Hillary Clinton in a nicer pantsuit. Sigourney Weaver's charisma in the role clearly dominates this well-made souffle.

Why 'Breaking Bad' Is One of TV's All-Time Great Dramas

Maureen Ryan | Posted 07.11.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

"Breaking Bad's" ability to be so tough on Walt and yet refrain from screechy editorializing or prim, predictable judgment may be its greatest accomplishment.

'Hit Or Miss' Offers A Thoughtful Depiction Of Transgender Life

Maureen Ryan | Posted 07.10.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

"Hit and Miss" does a good job of exploring Mia (Chloe Sevigny) as a person while acknowledging her trans status matter-of-factly. I found the two episodes I saw refreshingly thoughtful.

Eric McCormack Returns To TV With 'Perception'

Maureen Ryan | Posted 07.06.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Eric McCormack brings a fiesty commitment to this relatively unsurprising Super-Smart Curmudgeon role. His energy and the chugging, unflashy competence of the show make "Perception" watchable, if not a must-see detective hour.

10 Best Behind-The-Scenes Shows Ever (Does 'Episodes' Make The Cut?)

Maureen Ryan | Posted 08.29.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Season 2 of "Episodes" is better than Season 1 -- thanks in large part to Matt LeBlanc's ability to make playing "Matt LeBlanc" look so effortless -- but is this a classic insider Hollywood tale?

'Anger Management' Review: Sheen's Attempt At Spin Control

Maureen Ryan | Posted 06.27.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

"Anger Management" is lucrative spin control disguised as a lazy, unfunny comedy. Charlie Sheen is doing something for himself and his corporate partners. He's being paid to play a character who achieves some kind of personal growth.

FX's 'Louie' Is The Best Comedy On TV

Maureen Ryan | Posted 06.26.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

There can be no doubt that "Louie" is the best comedy on television. It escapes the limitations of the half-hour format: "Louie" gleefully forces the TV comedy to be more flexible.

In Defense Of HBO's 'The Newsroom'

Maggie Furlong | Posted 06.22.2012 | TV
Maggie Furlong

HBO's "The Newsroom" has all the hallmarks of an Aaron Sorkin show, but there's one significant twist that should attract Sorkin fans and the uninitiated alike: He's making viewers the smart ones.

'Inside Men' Review: A Solid Heist Drama From BBC America

Maureen Ryan | Posted 06.20.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

"Inside Men" has got a smart pace, good performances and it's a relief not to have to commit to something long-term. As summer escapes go, this energetic miniseries looks like a pretty safe bet.

Resistance Isn't Futile: 'Falling Skies' Ups Its Game This Year

Maureen Ryan | Posted 06.15.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

"Falling Skies" Season 2 is a different animal, a much leaner and meaner machine that allows sentiment to be present but unexpressed and depicts a darker world in which innocence is a luxury that no one can truly afford.

5 Reasons 'Suits' Is Summer's Smartest Returning Show

Maggie Furlong | Posted 06.14.2012 | TV
Maggie Furlong

If you've seen one legal drama, you've seen them all, right? I thought so too, but USA's "Suits" is definitely one to watch.