<p>Briga Heelan and Skylar Astin in &quot;Ground Floor.&quot;</p>

Briga Heelan and Skylar Astin in "Ground Floor."

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Review: TBS' 'Ground Floor' a retro comedy treat

Opposites attract comedy from Lawrence & Malins a reminder that multi-cam can be fun

Sometimes, when I suggest a show is aspiring to be "the best new sitcom of 1979," it's meant to suggest that the newcomer leans too much on old storytelling ideas that have outlived their usefulness. Some old ideas, though, get left behind through no fault of their own, and can be awfully valuable to the person who remembers to pick them up. When "NCIS" debuted, for instance, it felt like the best new drama of 1983, but for all the right reasons.

The sitcom "Ground Floor," which debuts with back-to-back episodes Thursday night at 10 on TBS, is the latter kind of retro. It's a traditional multi-camera sitcom, shot on a stage in front of an audience, featuring lots of punchlines and big physical comedy. Aside from a few uses of profanity — because it's a cable show that airs after 10 o'clock in the year 2013 — you could send these episodes back in time to NBC in the mid-late '90s and it would instantly be one of the better comedies outside that top tier of "Seinfeld," "Frasier" and "Friends."

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<p>Andy Samberg and Stacy Keach in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Stacy Keach in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Old School'

Jake tries too hard to impress a hard-boiled reporter from the '70s

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I choke a hippie to death with his own ponytail...

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<p>A&nbsp;&quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;flashback recalls happier times for Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;and Ted (Josh Radnor).</p>

A "How I Met Your Mother" flashback recalls happier times for Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Ted (Josh Radnor).

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Platonish'

An extended flashback mercifully takes us away from the Farhampton Inn for an episode

You may recall that last week I said that I was stepping back from regular "How I Met Your Mother" reviews, but that I would likely post talkbacks here each week, and that I would weigh in at some length if the episode warranted it. Well, even though I know "Platonish" was written and produced some time in the past, it does feel a bit like it was specifically designed to shake me from my resolve. For spoiler's sake, a few brief thoughts on why coming up just as soon as I am not allowd to writ th lttr E...

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<p>Josh Charles as Will in &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Josh Charles as Will in "The Good Wife."

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Review: 'The Good Wife' - 'The Week After'

Will gets some advice from Alicia's brother, while Zach and Grace have webcam trouble

A quick review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I stop selling those gnomes on the Internet...

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<p>Matthew Baynton and James Corden in &quot;The Wrong Mans.&quot;</p>

Matthew Baynton and James Corden in "The Wrong Mans."

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Review: Hulu's 'The Wrong Mans' a comic thriller with laughs and suspense

James Corden and Matthew Baynton make a parody that also functions as the genuine article

My favorite kind of parody is the sort that simultaneously functions as both a comedy and a good example of the thing it's parodying. It's a much harder thing to pull off than a straight-up spoof, but it's more satisfying in the moment, and long-term. It's been a while since I got a belly laugh from "Galaxy Quest" (a "Star Trek" lampoon that was also the best "Star Trek" movie since "Wrath of Khan") for instance, but I still get chills at the moment where Alan Rickman has to say his character's stupid catchphrase and mean it. More than 25 years after I first saw "The Princess Bride," Vizzini's monologue about a land war in Asia still makes me chuckle, but the greatest pleasure comes from hearing Mandy Patinkin say with the deepest sincerity, "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

I'm not going to put "The Wrong Mans," a British comic thriller that Hulu is premiering today (two episodes are up now, the other four will debut over the next four Mondays, and Hulu Plus subscribers can watch them all now), on the level of those films. But the thriller part of it as just as much fun as the comic part.

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<p>Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in "Masters of Sex."

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'All Together Now'

Bill and Virginia struggle to create barriers between the study and their personal lives

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I find you a secretary who knows the difference between "I" and "me"...

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<p>Scott Wilson as Hershel in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Scott Wilson as Hershel in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Internment'

Hershel struggles to keep his patients alive, while Rick and Carl tend to the fence

A quick review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I declare we have Spaghetti Tuesdays every Wednesday...

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<p>On &quot;Boardwalk Empire,&quot;&nbsp;Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) shakes hands with Richard (Jack Huston).</p>

On "Boardwalk Empire," Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) shakes hands with Richard (Jack Huston).

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'White Horse Pike'

Narcisse, Chalky and Capone all come under attack as the season's threads start tying together

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I take the new Duesenberg for a test drive...

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<p>On &quot;Homeland,&quot;&nbsp;Saul (Mandy Patinkin)&nbsp;and Dar (F. Murray Abraham)&nbsp;enjoy a drink together.</p>

On "Homeland," Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and Dar (F. Murray Abraham) enjoy a drink together.

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'Gerontion'

Saul explains his plans for Javadi, while Carrie gets new intel about Brody

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I answer a question with a big gaping nothing...

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<p>The 11 Doctors so far of &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

The 11 Doctors so far of "Doctor Who."

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BBC America to simulcast 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary special

The Matt Smith/David Tennant team-up will be part of a week-long anniversary celebration

BBC America will not be accused of under-celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who" later this month, as the channel just announced an elaborate weeklong schedule of "Who"-related events, culminating in a global simulcast of the show's anniversary special on Saturday, November 23 at 2:50 p.m. Eastern.

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