<p>Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in &quot;House of Cards.&quot;</p>

Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in "House of Cards."

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Review: In the end, Netflix's 'House of Cards' good but not great

HitFix
B+
Readers
B
Distribution model is revolutionary, but show would be mid-tier drama for HBO or Showtime

I finally finished Netflix's "House of Cards" late last week. As promised, I have a review of the entire first season — so don't read if you haven't finished yet and don't want to be spoiled — coming up just as soon as I put a spider outside my super's apartment...

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<p>Hopefully, my family's time off will turn out better than the Simpsons' trip to Itchy &amp;&nbsp;Scratchy Land.</p>

Hopefully, my family's time off will turn out better than the Simpsons' trip to Itchy & Scratchy Land.

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Alan Sepinwall's week off

Time for your local TV critic to take the week off, with a few pre-written exceptions

Hey all, it is vacation time, and I'm going to do my best to completely unplug from now until Sunday night, when I'll be back to watch and write about the Oscar telecast.

The blog won't go completely dark while I'm gone, though. I've seen a handful of my regular shows ("Parks and Recreation" and "Community," to name two) in advance already and will be publishing short posts on them to give people a forum to talk about them in my absence. And I'll have one or two longer posts that I wrote last week that will be going up at certain points during the week.

If there's no post on something, it's because I didn't see it in advance, and/or I ran out of time trying to prep things for this vacation. I will not be revisiting anything I missed, as there will be a too many fresh things to write about. So if "Zero Hour" episode 2 turns out to be the show that changed television forever, and I wasn't here to remark upon that, I'm sorry.

Play nice, stay safe, and I'll see you sometime on Sunday night.

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<p>Danai Gurira as Michonne in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Danai Gurira as Michonne in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Home'

While Rick and the Governor go wandering, Glen and Andrea try to keep things together

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as you give me a specific answer to a specific question...

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<p>On &quot;Girls,&quot;&nbsp;Ray (Alex Karpovsky) and Adam (Adam Driver)&nbsp;hang out.</p>

On "Girls," Ray (Alex Karpovsky) and Adam (Adam Driver) hang out.

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Boys'

Adam and Ray team up, Hannah gets an offer and Marnie realizes where she stands with Booth

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as my boyfriend is doing lights for Carly Rae Jepsen...

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<p>John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer in &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer in "The Office."

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Review: 'The Office' - 'Moving On'

Andy's reign of terror continues, while Pam meets a potential new boss who reminds her of the old one

A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as I hose you down...

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<p>Anthony Edwards, Addison Timlin and Scott Michael Foster in &quot;Zero Hour.&quot;</p>

Anthony Edwards, Addison Timlin and Scott Michael Foster in "Zero Hour."

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Series premiere: 'Zero Hour' - Strike'

What did everybody think of ABC's new evil Nazi clock drama?

I posted my review of ABC's "Zero Hour" yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody else think of the evil Nazi clock drama? Was it too crazy for you? Not crazy enough? Did you think Anthony Edwards was well-cast, or would you have preferred someone less straight-laced? Would you, like me, be happy to have the entire series narrated by the German clockmaker? Are you eager to learn more about these Rosicrucians and the baby with the eyes? Did the final revelation at pilot's end scare you or make you laugh? And will you watch again?

Have at it. Also... CLOCKS!

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<p>Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Emergency Response'

Leslie has one last hurdle to clear to turn Lot 48 into a park and beat Jamm

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I help a child perform a tracheotomy on his elderly uncle...

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<p>Joel McHale and Chevy Chase in tonight's &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale and Chevy Chase in tonight's "Community."

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Thursday's ghostly 'Community' guest speaks

Who was haunting Pierce's mansion? And how did this actor wind up on tonight's episode?

Tonight's "Community" haunted house episode (I reviewed it here) concluded with the surprise appearance of a very special guest, whom I was able to interview earlier today about their cameo, and another project they're currently involved in. That guest star's identity, and our conversation, coming up just as soon as I set my shrink ray to Daddy Issues...

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<p>The &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;gang got dressed up for Halloween, but the episode aired on Valentine's Day.</p>

The "Community" gang got dressed up for Halloween, but the episode aired on Valentine's Day.

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Review: 'Community' - 'Paranormal Parentage'

The study group investigates a haunting at Pierce's house on 'Valloween'

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I've been offended by this coat rack before...

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<p>Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in &quot;Scandal.&quot;</p>

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in "Scandal."

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'Scandal' creator Shonda Rhimes on Olivia, Fitz and the craziness of season 2

'Grey's Anatomy' creator doesn't feel much changed between seasons of her new series

Last week, in praising this season of "Scandal," I complimented the show's creator Shonda Rhimes for pivoting directly into the craziness of the show in its second season.

But when I spoke to Rhimes earlier this week, she disagreed with the idea that there had been any significant change at all — that the only difference between seasons has been the length of them, and that seven episodes last spring wasn't enough to do things right.

Last week, the show concluded its first major arc of season 2, in which our every more morally ambiguous heroine Olivia Pope found out who had attempted to murder President Fitzgerald Grant, while Fitz in turn found out that Olivia and several other allies had conspired to rig the election in his favor — and, as a result, spurned Olivia to go back to his crazy wife Mellie.

The series kicks off the second big movement of the season tonight at 10, and I spoke with Rhimes about the changes (or lack thereof) in the new season, where the story will go from here (in the vaguest possible terms), why Olivia and Fitz should not be compared to any of the couples from Rhimes' "Grey's Anatomy," and more.

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