<p>The Sopranos</p>

The Sopranos

Credit: HBO

'The Sopranos' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 5: 'College'

In one of TV's greatest episodes ever, Tony gets a chance for revenge, while Carmela spends a night with Father Phil

Welcome to the fifth installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine.

Thoughts on the fifth episode, "College," coming up just as soon as I find $50,000 in krugerrands and a .45 automatic while hunting for Easter eggs...

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<p>BoJack Horseman</p>

BoJack Horseman

Credit: Netflix

'BoJack Horseman' season 2 trailer achieves new excellence in blurbing

Netflix's "BoJack Horseman" was a show that snuck up on me last summer, eventually winding up as one of my favorite new shows of 2014. I'm excited to see if season 2 (which debuts July 17) can maintain the same surprising blend of absurdist comedy and genuine pathos that you get when your main character is a clinically depressed human/horse hybrid. The season 2 trailer is mainly a collection of gags, but its critical blurbs — particularly the one from The New York Times — do capture the specialness of the show in a very candid way.

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<p>Donald Trump</p>

Donald Trump

Credit: AP

NBC cans Donald Trump for his lack of 'respect and dignity for all people'

NBC to Donald Trump: "You're fired."

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<p>Transparent, Justified and The Leftovers</p>

Transparent, Justified and The Leftovers

Credit: HBO/FX/Amazon

If I had an Emmy ballot 2015: Who should be nominated?

Making tough decisions in TV's era of plenty

Voting closed for Emmy nominations on Friday. Ordinarily, I would have already completed my usual If I Had An Emmy Ballot exercise by now, but various other projects got in the way, which means what I'm about to post is even more hypothetical than usual, since it's after the voting deadline.

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<p>True Detective</p>

True Detective

Credit: HBO

Review: 'True Detective' - 'Night Finds You': The lone gunman?

Ray's ex-wife makes an ultimatum, Frank has money problems, and Ani meets Caspere's doctor

A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I support feminism by having body image issues...

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<p>Nurse Jackie</p>

Nurse Jackie

Credit: Showtime

Did 'Nurse Jackie' end at the right time, and in the right way?

An ambiguous conclusion to the story of a morally ambiguous woman

"Nurse Jackie" has concluded its seven-season run on Showtime. I have a few thoughts on the finale, followed by a long conversation with showrunner Clyde Phillips, coming up just as soon as this door gets locked for the first time in centuries...

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<p>Will &amp; Grace</p>

Will & Grace

Credit: NBC

How Pedro, 'Ellen,' 'Will & Grace' and other gay TV icons helped pave the way for gay marriage

The prominence of gay people on TV, real and fictional, helped normalize gay culture and relationships

Whether or not you agree with today's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage(*), there can be no argument that this was a historic day in America.

(*) And as a reminder, this blog is not the place to debate the merits of that ruling.

In watching the news coverage of the decision, reading the official Court opinion and the four dissenting ones, it was hard not to think of the not insignificant role TV played in paving the way for this decision.

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<p>Rectify</p>

Rectify

Credit: Sundance

Exclusive: In 'Rectify' season 3 trailer, the law has more in mind for Daniel

A more plot-heavy preview than the great Sundance drama tends to be

"Rectify" is one of TV's best shows, but it's also one of the hardest to describe to those who haven't seen it. What it's about plot-wise isn't at all what it's about thematically, or as an experience.

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<p>Orange Is the New Black</p>

Orange Is the New Black

Credit: Netflix

Review: 'Orange Is the New Black' - 'Fake It Till You Fake It Some More/Ching Chong Chang'

Flaca and Chang take the spotlights, as we explore how hard it is to be noticed at Litchfield

Continuing our weekly look at "Orange Is the New Black" season 3, two episodes at a time, I have a review of episodes 5 & 6 coming up just as soon as I tell you how I really feel about red velvet...

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<p>Hannibal</p>

Hannibal

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Aperitive': Cripples, bastards and broken things

Jack and Dr. Lecter's other surviving victims return to bare their scars

Hey, there was a new "Hannibal" on tonight! Last night, I spoke with Bryan Fuller about the show's potential future, or lack thereof, somewhere other than NBC, and now I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I politely refuse your offer of chocolate...

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