<p>Manhattan Love Story and A to Z</p>

Manhattan Love Story and A to Z

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Fall TV reviews: 'Manhattan Love Story' & 'A to Z'

Cliches, gender stereotypes, and some likeable actors who need better material

The hot trend in TV dramas this fall is comic book adaptations, as every broadcast network but CBS will have at least one show based on a Marvel or DC title (with CBS likely following next year with its "Supergirl" pilot). If there's a hot trend in the new sitcoms (of which there aren't a ton), it's with a genre that's often been used to counterprogram comic book movies: the romantic comedy.

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<p>Jada Pinkett Smith in Gotham</p>

Jada Pinkett Smith in Gotham

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Review: 'Gotham' - 'Selina Kyle'

Gordon and Bullock hunt kidnappers who are targeting homeless kids — like the young Catwoman

A review of tonight's "Gotham" coming up just as soon as I'm a monkey riding a racehorse...

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<p>Selfie &amp; Bad Judge</p>

Selfie & Bad Judge

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When your heroines are too bad or not bad enough: ABC's 'Selfie' & NBC's 'Bad Judge'

One show is too obsessed with social media, while the other show isn't about anything at all

Even in the era of Walter White, Don Draper and the gang from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," broadcast network executives are still obsessed with the idea of likable and admirable heroes, especially when it comes to comedy. You'll occasionally find your questionable morality in network dramas like "Scandal" and "The Good Wife," but sitcom protagonists tend to have their rough edges sanded off as quickly and artlessly as possible.

One new network comedy debuting this week illustrates why the suits tend to freak out about likability, while another demonstrates the pitfalls of trying to tone down bad behavior. ABC's "Selfie" (Tuesday at 8 p.m.) features a heroine so obnoxious that one wishes the network had stepped in to soften her up, while NBC's "Bad Judge" (Thursday at 9 p.m.) stripped away many of its heroine's most questionable traits from the original pilot and didn't bother replacing them with anything worth watching for.

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<p>Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex</p>

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex

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Season finale review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised'

Familiar faces return and truths come to light in the second season finale

"Masters of Sex" has wrapped up another season. I spoke with showrunner Michelle Ashford about various decisions that went into this year's stories, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I have all the gravitas of a toothpaste commercial...

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<p>Caitlin FitzGerald and Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex</p>

Caitlin FitzGerald and Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex

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'Masters of Sex' creator Michelle Ashford talks season 2

When is it okay to rewrite history? And why so much Cal-o-Metric?

“Masters of Sex” wrapped up an alternately excellent and frustrating second season tonight. I reviewed the finale here , and I had a long talk with “Masters” creator Michelle Ashford about the various big decisions of season 2, including the time jump, fictionalizing more aspects of the Masters and Johnson story and… Cal-o-Metric? All that coming up just as soon as I’m a doctor who also went to medical school…

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<p>Peter Griffin meets Homer Simpson</p>

Peter Griffin meets Homer Simpson

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Season premiere talkback: 'The Simpsons' & 'Family Guy'

What did everybody think of Homer and Peter finally meeting in the crossover?

On Friday, I wrote about the season premiere of "The Simpsons," and the "Family Guy" premiere in which Peter and his family wind up in Springfield hanging out with Homer and company. For those who tuned in to either or both tonight, what did you think? Did the love-fest of FXX's Every "Simpsons" Ever marathon inspire any long-absent "Simpsons" fans to check out "Clown in the Dumps"? Did either storyline in that episode — the death in the A-story, or Lisa's fear for Homer's mortality in the B-story — amuse and/or touch you? Will you miss the deceased character, or are they too minor to mourn? And how did you feel the couch gag — directed by Don Hertzfeldt, whose "Rejected" short is on YouTube — worked as a commentary on the notion that the series is just going to keep running forever, to diminishing returns?

And I'm curious how both "Simpsons" and "Family Guy" fans felt about "The Simpsons Guy." A good meeting of two different sensibilities, or like trying to mix comedic oil and water? Better or worse than that time Jay Sherman came to Springfield? Did the chicken fight go on for too long, or does an hour-long crossover with "The Simpsons" all but demand an epic battle like that? And if you had to choose between "Simpsons" James Woods and "Family Guy" James Woods, who would win?

Have at it.

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<p>Kelly Macdonald in Boardwalk Empire</p>

Kelly Macdonald in Boardwalk Empire

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Cuanto'

Nucky and Margaret reunite, while Luciano visits Capone

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as my wheat farm goes belly up...

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<p>Joe Lo Truglio and Andy Samberg in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Joe Lo Truglio and Andy Samberg in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Season premiere review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Undercover'

Jake wraps up its undercover assignment, and Holt tests the squad

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is back with a new season, and on a new night. I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as I arrest a perp named Joe Uterus...

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<p>The Knick</p>

The Knick

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Review: 'The Knick' - 'Get the Rope'

A racially-motivated riot threatens to destroy the hospital

We're heading into the home stretch for "The Knick" season 1, and tonight's episode was both the last one I saw before I wrote my initial review, and the most satisfying of those. Some thoughts on both "Get the Rope" and season 1 to date coming up just as soon as I write a love poem to the suction machine...

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<p>Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin.</p>

Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin.

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At long last, 'The Simpsons' & 'Family Guy' meet: Woo-hoo?

'The Simpsons' premiere is good; the crossover episode is strange

Among the many gratifying aspects of FXX's recent Every "Simpsons" Ever marathon was the way that it helped shift the overall critical narrative about the series ever-so-slightly away from the conventional wisdom that the series is a shell of its former self — that "The Simpsons" should have gone away after season 9, and that its legacy is forever tarnished because it kept on going and going and going. I've written before of my strong disagreement with that idea — that if the show isn't as consistently great as it was in, say, seasons 4 or 5, that it's still capable of greatness a few times a season, and still one of the more satisfying comedies on television even outside its best recent outings — and was pleased to see so many critics and fans continue watching the marathon in its later days and admitting that, hey, "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" or "500 Keys" or "Holidays of Future Passed" are very much worthy of the legacy established in the show's first decade. (Dan, I and some other members of Team HitFix picked some of our favorite latter-day episodes as part of our Every "Simpsons" Ever marathon highlights.)

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