<p>Joel McHale as Jeff Winger on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale as Jeff Winger on "Community."

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HitFix First Look: A 'Community' family reunion

Jeff Winger and his dad get together, with a little help from Britta

Dan Harmon didn't leave an awful lot of dangling threads for his "Community" successors to tie up, but one big one is Jeff Winger's search for closure with the father who abandoned him and his mother when Jeff was young. This Thursday's episode, "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations," finally brings Jeff face-to-face with the man he's resented for so long — in the form of an actor who's starting to specialize in playing estranged TV dads.

In this clip — exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours — Jeff and his father attempt to lay out the ground rules for how this reunion will work, with help from Britta, who's overjoyed by the opportunities this presents to test out her new knowledge (or lack thereof) of psychology. 

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<p>Laura Dern as Amy Jellicoe in the &quot;Enlightened&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Laura Dern as Amy Jellicoe in the "Enlightened" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Enlightened' - 'Agent of Change'

Amy goes public, but will this be the end of her story?

"Enlightened" has wrapped up its second season, and I have some thoughts on the finale, and this great season as a whole, coming up just as soon as I finish my young-adult novel...

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<p>Tonight's &quot;Switched at Birth&quot;&nbsp;is presented almost entirely in American Sign Language.</p>

Tonight's "Switched at Birth" is presented almost entirely in American Sign Language.

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'Switched at Birth' creator Lizzy Weiss on tonight's all-ASL episode

ABC Family's look at deaf culture moves to the forefront
The title of ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” would suggest some kind of loud, cheesey exploitation drama. And the show certainly doesn't run away from the more melodramatic aspects of how teens Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc) accidentally were raised by each other’s biological parents. But "Switched at Birth" offers subtler, deeper pleasures as well — not least of which is the way it explores deaf culture through the story of Daphne, who lost most of her hearing at a young age, her friend Emmett (Sean Berdy), and the school for the deaf both attend.
 
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<p>Katheryn Winnick and Travis Fimmel in &quot;Vikings.&quot;</p>

Katheryn Winnick and Travis Fimmel in "Vikings."

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Series premiere: 'Vikings' - 'Rites of Passage'

What did everybody think of History's first scripted series?

I posted my review of History's "Vikingson Friday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think of History's first scripted drama series? Did you feel transported back in time, or did the recreation of the era seem cheesey? Did you like Travis Fimmel, and/or did you just wonder how Charlie Hunnam had time to do two series at once? How did you feel about Gabriel Byrne as the earl? Are you intrigued by Ragnar's quest to discover and pillage the lands to the west? Do you look forward to the opportunity to hear the name "Floki" said repeatedly for weeks on end? Could you make sense of when subtitles were and weren't used? And will you watch again? 

Have at it. I enjoyed the show, but it's not deep enough to really withstand weekly discussion, especially given the never-ending Sunday drama glut. So barring an unusual episode at mid-season, I likely won't revisit until this first season's done.

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<p>On &quot;Girls,&quot;&nbsp;Hannah (Lena Dunham)&nbsp;goes out with her parents (Becky Ann Baker, Peter Scolari).</p>

On "Girls," Hannah (Lena Dunham) goes out with her parents (Becky Ann Baker, Peter Scolari).

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Review: 'Girls' - 'It's Back'

Carol Kane, Bob Balaban, Judy Collins, Shiry Appleby and Hannah's parents stop by for a busy episode

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I dress like a magician's assistant...

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<p>Andrew Lincoln as Rick in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Andrew Lincoln as Rick in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Clear'

Rick meets an old friend while looking for guns and ammo

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon I go back for the cat sculpture...

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<p>Lip (Jeremy Allen White)&nbsp;and Ian (Cameron Monaghan)&nbsp;on &quot;Shameless.&quot;</p>

Lip (Jeremy Allen White) and Ian (Cameron Monaghan) on "Shameless."

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Review: 'Shameless' - 'A Long Way From Home'

Fiona takes Frank to court in a series highlight

A quick review of tonight's "Shameless" coming up just as soon as I cut off a corpse's toe...

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<p>Travis Fimmel is the leader of the &quot;Vikings.&quot;</p>

Travis Fimmel is the leader of the "Vikings."

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Review: History's 'Vikings' a bloody good time

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Travis Fimmel and Gabriel Byrne come from the land of the ice and snow
There are more ambitious dramas on television right now, but few that deliver as consistently on what is promised than “Vikings” (Sunday at 10 p.m.), History’s first scripted drama series. The show is exactly what you might expect from the title — unless, that is, you’re from Minnesota and expecting a fictionalized account of the career of the Purple People Eaters, or perhaps a dramatization of the sex boat scandal — presented with plenty of style.
 
So there are many tall men with axes and shields and interesting beards. There are longboats and debates over whether any lands exist to the west of Scandinavia — making our westward-looking hero, Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), a bold thinker for his era — and battles on green hills and sandy beaches. There’s abundant pillaging, talk of Valhalla and how to get there.
 
It’s called “Vikings.” It’s about Vikings. And it’s quite good in the early going.
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<p>Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie in &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie in "Community."

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Review: 'Community' - 'An Alternative History of the German Invasion'

The study group battles the German exchange students for study room supremacy

A quick review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I take a provisional Lactaid...

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<p>On Sunday's &quot;Shameless,&quot;&nbsp;Fiona (Emmy Rossum)&nbsp;and the kids go to court.</p>

On Sunday's "Shameless," Fiona (Emmy Rossum) and the kids go to court.

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HitFix First Look: 'Shameless' star Emmy Rossum on Fiona's day in court

An exclusive video and a chat with the Showtime drama's leading lady
Emmy Rossum is giving one of the best performances in all of television as fierce, wounded Fiona Gallagher on Showtime’s “Shameless.” She’s working for a network that has had a lot of success at promoting its actors for awards the last few years. Oh, and she has the word “Emmy” right there in her name. Yet despite this, Rossum and “Shameless” haven’t so much as sniffed any Emmy love as yet. Not even her two-time Emmy-winning co-star William H. Macy got a nomination for either of the series’ first two seasons.
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