<p>Abby Elliott and Josh Radnor in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Abby Elliott and Josh Radnor in "How I Met Your Mother."

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Bad Crazy'

Ted struggles to get rid of Jeanette, while Robin keeps a secret from Lily for a very long time

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I talk to the ghost of Marilyn Monroe's cat...

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<p>Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker in "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

Mid-season premiere review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'The Suicide King'

The action slows down as the zombie drama returns from hiatus

"The Walking Dead" is back from its mid-season hiatus, and I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I'm the first brother in history that breaks into prison...

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<p>Timm Sharp and Mike White in &quot;Enlightened.&quot;</p>

Timm Sharp and Mike White in "Enlightened."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Enlightened' - 'The Ghost Is Seen'

Mike White and Molly Shannon shine in a Tyler-centric episode

A quick review of tonight's "Enlightened" coming up just as soon as we go back to my place in Yucaipa...

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<p>Lena Dunham as Hannah in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham as Hannah in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'One Man's Trash'

Hannah and Patrick Wilson get to know each other in an unusual episode

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I play the body drums...

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<p>Christina Applegate on &quot;Up All Night.&quot;</p>

Christina Applegate on "Up All Night."

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Christina Applegate quits 'Up All Night'

How many revamps can one sitcom endure?

Christina Applegate has quit "Up All Night," which means it's time once again to keep track of all the many, many, many changes that have been made since NBC debuted the sitcom a season and a half ago:

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<p>Ed Helms and Ellie Kemper in &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Ed Helms and Ellie Kemper in "The Office."

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Review: 'The Office' - 'Couples Discount'

Ed Helms returns, but do even 'The Office' writers know what a terrible character Andy's become?

A quick review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as we go outside to play catch...

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<p>Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn in &quot;Scandal.&quot;</p>

Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn in "Scandal."

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Review: 'Scandal' - 'Nobody Likes Babies'

The reinvented Shonda Rhimes drama wraps up its first major arc in fine fashion

When "Scandal" debuted last spring, I wasn't sure what to make of it, beyond recognizing that Kerry Washington had the goods to carry a series and Shonda Rhimes had fashioned an excellent role for her.

This season, though, Rhimes has kicked the show up to another level by ditching the Crisis of the Week procedural format in favor of reinventing "Scandal" as a gonzo hybrid of conspiracy thriller and high-stakes soap opera, involving election rigging, a presidential assassination attempt, a failed internal White House coup, and all sorts of other crazy shenanigans. It's ludicrous on virtually every level; it's also an enormous amount of fun, thanks to the writing and the performances.(*)

(*) The series has also benefited from ditching the charming but redundant Henry Ian Cusick and beefing up Josh Malina's role as a good guy who's righteously focused on bringing down Olivia.

Rhimes treated the season's first 13 episodes as one big arc, which culminated tonight with a whole bunch of revelations, shifted allegiances, and dastardly conduct. "Nobody Likes Babies" was a particularly strong showcase for Jeff Perry and Bellamy Young, and it resolved almost everything from this arc while setting up some interesting new conflicts for whatever comes next.

I'm talking to Rhimes sometime next week about how she reinvented the show for the better, but I wanted to mark the end of this first arc, and see what those of you who've been watching all along felt about how things wrapped up. We'll see if Rhimes can find a way to top this, but for now, bravo.

What did everybody else think?

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<p>Rashida Jones and Amy Poehler in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Rashida Jones and Amy Poehler in "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Ann's Decision'

Ann wants a baby, April wants to be more like Leslie, and the guys get food poisoning

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I stand trial for counterfeiting Euros...

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<p>Jim Rash and Joel McHale in &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Jim Rash and Joel McHale in "Community."

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Season premiere review: 'Community' - 'History 101'

Dean Pelton hosts his own 'Hunger Games' as the study group returns for senior year

"Community" is back for a new season. I published my review of the start of the post-Dan Harmon era this morning, and I have specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as you waive the tomfoolery prerequisite...

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<p>Joel McHale and Jim Rash in a scene from the &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Joel McHale and Jim Rash in a scene from the "Community" season premiere.

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Review: NBC's 'Community' not the same without Dan Harmon in season 4

Same actors, same characters, many returning crewmembers, but something's clearly missing
The average TV viewer pays vastly less attention to what’s going on behind the scenes at their favorite shows than the average TV critic or reporter does. When there’s a major change in production, we write about it endlessly, but most of the audience neither knows nor cares.
There are special cases, though, and NBC’s “Community” — which belatedly returns for its fourth season tonight at 8 — is one of those. Not only is it one of the most self-referential shows in TV history — one of its main characters, Danny Pudi’s Abed, is essentially aware that he’s on a TV show, and comments on all the familiar tropes and archetypes the series plays with — but its creator Dan Harmon created an ongoing online dialogue with the comedy’s small but passionate collection of fans.
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