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Why 'Downton Abbey' & 'Spartacus' Are The Same Show

Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.20.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Downton and Spartacus may be set a couple thousand years apart, but both shows depict constant struggles for control and strenuous attempts to enforce laws and longstanding customs.

'Revenge' Recap: Did Victoria Tell The Biggest Lie Yet?

Crystal Bell | Posted 03.19.2012 | TV
Crystal Bell

Everyone has secrets, and if we learned anything from tonight's Revenge, it's that once you have a secret, you'll do anything to keep it hidden, even if it means telling a few lies here and there.

'Justified' Review: The Many Delights Of One Of TV's Finest Dramas

Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.18.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

"Justified" makes the case that even people who make bad choices are worth spending time with -- if they have a code, if they have some kind of loyalty to the place they're from, if they have decent manners, damn it.

Trash Television and the American Youth: Irresponsibility Overload

Bethany St. James | Posted 03.17.2012 | TV
Bethany St. James

For far too long, we have shirked our responsibilities as adults and allowed the television to take the reins.

'SNL' With Daniel Radcliffe: Who Scored Big in Week 12 Relevancy Poll?

Mike Ryan | Posted 05.22.2012 | TV
Mike Ryan

Wiig was everywhere this week, so, no surprises here! That's not to say that I enjoyed everything she did this week, but, yes, her presence was pretty undeniable.

'Alcatraz' Review: Prison Drama Needs To Bust Out And Break Rules

Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.17.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

'Alcatraz' feels like a show that needs to be released from a prison of its own making. We'll have to see if it somehow escapes network lockdown.

'The Good Wife' Recap: Kalinda's Eyes Steal The Show

Chris Harnick | Posted 03.17.2012 | TV
Chris Harnick

It seemed like "The Good Wife" was giving viewers an overly complicated case just because it could. Last week's very simple, straight-forward episode was an elegant work of art, especially when compared to this week's sluggish offering.

'Glee' Is Stayin' Alive With The Bee Gees

TVGuide | Posted 03.17.2012 | TV

Why am I seeing flashes of Darren Criss (Blaine) in a crisp white suit pointing up to a mirror ball? Probably because "Glee" exec producer Ryan Murphy...

Ricky Gervais Doesn't Live Up To The Hype

Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.16.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

If Ricky Gervais doesn't get invited back by the Golden Globes in 2013, it might be because he was so boring at Sunday night's ceremony.

Before They Were Golden Globes Nominees: See Early TV Appearances

Posted 03.16.2012 | TV

Before Bryan Cranston was cooking up meth as Walt White, before Zooey Deschanel played Jess, the most enthusiastic girl in horn-rimmed glasses, before...

The Good, The Bad & The Unnatural Of TV's Latest Fantasy Shows

Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.14.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

"Misfits," "The Fades," "Being Human" and "Lost Girl" allow viewers to escape into a different reality and imagine what it would be like to have special powers or a heroic destiny. I liked one of these shows a lot, and I fell a little in love with another.

LISTEN: Songs From This Week's 'Glee'

Posted 01.13.2012 | TV

"Glee" has released the tracks for the upcoming Jan. 15 episode, "Yes/No," and we have one word: Amazing! From recent hits, like "We Found Love," ...

WATCH: This Week In Unnecessary Censorship

Posted 01.13.2012 | Comedy

It's that time of the week when Jimmy Kimmel and his team decide to poke fun at the FCC and their censorship regulations by adding some superfluous bl...

Crystal Bell

New MTV Star Peter Vack Just Wants His 'Pants Back' | Crystal Bell | Posted 01.12.2012 | TV

With shows like "Portlandia" already digging into hipster culture one thrift store find at a time, another program hopes to step into the flannels-and...

Crystal Bell

'The Vampire Diaries' Star Spills Secrets | Crystal Bell | Posted 01.12.2012 | TV

After being absent from the epic midseason premiere of "The Vampire Diaries," Caroline (Candice Accola) returns for her 18th birthday party in this w...

Where's The On-Air 'Supernatural' Love?

Laura Prudom | Posted 03.13.2012 | TV
Laura Prudom

Can you imagine CBS turning down a chance to tell the world that "the people" voted "The Good Wife" their favorite network drama, had the legal show won last night instead of "Supernatural"?

'Revenge' Recap: A Secret That Will Live In 'Infamy'

Crystal Bell | Posted 03.12.2012 | TV
Crystal Bell

What Victoria Grayson wants, Victoria Grayson usually gets. So when the famous writer comes to town, she sees it as the perfect way to find out what "Amanda Clarke" is up to.

'Work It': Where You Should Be Laughing

Mike Ryan | Posted 03.12.2012 | TV
Mike Ryan

I was fascinated by just how often the laugh track is activated, which is a lot. So I tried to put myself in the head of the person who activates the "Work It" laugh track. In the first 10 minutes of the second episode, the laugh track went off 56 (!!!) times.

A Look At 'Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory'

Posted 01.12.2012 | TV

When "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills" premiered on HBO in 1996, it documented the Arkansas judicial system's corrupt handling of...

'Psych' Gets Season 7

Posted 08.07.2012 | TV

Worry not, "Psych"-O's! Gus and Shawn's bromance will continue going strong. "Psych," which is USA Network's longest-running series on air, has bee...

Rachel Tepper

'Heat Seekers' Visits Capitol Hill's DC-3 (PHOTOS) | Rachel Tepper | Posted 01.10.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- If you dropped by hot dog shop DC-3 on Capitol Hill's Barracks Row on Tuesday, you likely witnessed quite a scene. Food Network show "He...

WATCH: A History Lesson For The History Channel

Posted 01.10.2012 | Comedy

Informative viral video king C.G.P. Grey, who most recently explained why 2012 isn't the end of the world, is back with a quick little bone to pick, t...

2012 New Year's Resolutions -- the Networks

Adam Wright | Posted 03.11.2012 | TV
Adam Wright

Personally, I don't believe in New Year's resolutions. But that doesn't stop me from inflicting resolutions on other people. What if TV networks had New Year's resolutions? I suspect it would look a little like this.

'Chelsea' And 'The Firm' Share The Same Bad Ideas

Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.11.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

To an almost uncanny degree, both programs were founded on the same set of mistaken assumptions about how to translate books to TV and whether it's worth it to attach famous names to TV projects.

'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: Lucas Shows His Dark Side

Jaimie Etkin | Posted 03.10.2012 | TV
Jaimie Etkin

The second "Pretty Little Liars" episode of 2012 picked up almost exactly where the first left off, but it was infinitely better than its predecessor.