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Rectify, “Hoorah” and “Thrill Ride” Reviews

Current summer television has diverse offerings from every genre of programming, and one of the best is nestled on a small cable channel, little-seen but well-loved. “Rectify” is this show, a character study on a small town shaken by a murder and all the people affected by it.

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Jane The Virgin, The CW’s Joyful New Comedy

Jane The Virgin is a show that occupies a unique space on network television: it’s a story about a young Latina woman and three generations of her family, it’s a soap opera-comedy-drama hybrid adapted from a 2002 Venezuelan telenovela and it’s a critical darling that won The CW their first-ever mainstream award.

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The Good Wife, “Hail Mary” and “The Debate” Reviews

It’s hard for me to separate “Hail Mary” from “The Debate” at this point. The former had moments of charm, of course: it’s hard not to love The Wire alum Domenick Lombardozzi as a brash prison consultant telling Cary how to defend himself when he’s locked up.

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USA Network’s New Comedy, Benched

Full confession: I had been meaning to get around to Benched, USA Network’s third foray into comedy programming after Playing House and Sirens, a long time ago. Eliza Coupe was a standout on Happy Endings, one of my favorite ensemble comedies of all time that was cancelled entirely too soon, and so I had been waiting […]

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The Good Wife, “The Trial” Review

That’s where The Good Wife leaves us until January 2015: “Yes, your honor, I would like to plead guilty.” “The Trial” had side stories (more on those below), but its interest was squarely focused on Cary’s trial, all the players and complications involved in bringing his case to court. Geneva Pine’s soapy love life, Judge […]

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The Good Wife, “Sticky Content” Review

  A bunch of things happened in “Sticky Content,” the ninth episode of The Good Wife this season. Diane wore a fantastic gold statement necklace. Cary was confronted with a wiretap that had Lemond Bishop declaring a hit on him, and saw his death everywhere: in the dark corridors of his apartment, in a Chicago […]

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The Good Wife, “Red Zone” Review

Image is a tricky thing. Does it exist in a vacuum, whatever we think we are fueling what our image is? Or is it created by those around us, by friends and family and maybe the press, who turn us into something we might not be? The Good Wife tackled image this week through all […]

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The Good Wife, “Old Spice” Review

So I would spend this whole review discussing that “Call Me Maybe” scene, but more generally, “Old Spice” was The Good Wife’s pitch to have an Elsbeth spin-off. It was the Elsbeth Tascioni Power Hour this week.

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The Good Wife, “Shiny Objects” Review

I want to begin where “Shiny Objects” ended: on that new, iconic shot of Alicia, confident in red, standing in front of a podium and announcing her campaign to run as State’s Attorney, Peter behind her on stage. It was contrasted from the image from the Pilot, with Alicia (and her horrid bangs) timidly standing behind […]

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The Good Wife, “Dear God” Review

The Good Wife loves its unreliable narrators. Last season’s memorable “The Decision Tree” and many other episodes played with memory: the way it distorts in our minds after we’ve lived with it for a while, the way it is colored and shaped by who we’ve become after that memory. Unreliable narrators, it could be said, […]