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<p>Michaela Watkins in &quot;Casual.&quot;</p>

Michaela Watkins in "Casual."

Credit: Hulu

Review: Michaela Watkins shines in Hulu's 'Casual'

An intimate dramedy about a very dysfunctional family

"It's hard for me to describe," a therapy patient tells Val of his latest problem. "It's something kind of f--ked up."

"Good," she replies. "That's my specialty."

Val, played wonderfully by Michaela Watkins, is the heroine of "Casual," a smart and often moving new dramedy debuting tomorrow on Hulu. She's 39, recently separated from her cheating husband, and she and teenage daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr) are living with her brother Alex (Tommy Dewey), cynical co-founder of an online dating service that's starting to blow up.

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<p>Fear the Walking Dead</p>

Fear the Walking Dead

Credit: AMC

'Fear the Walking Dead' season finale review: Who here is worth saving?

Lots of zombies at the end, but how many compelling humans?

A few thoughts on the end of "Fear the Walking Dead" season 1 coming up just as soon as I let you keep the watch...

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<p>Perfect Strangers</p>

Perfect Strangers

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'The Leftovers' co-creator explains crazy season 2 opening & 'Perfect Strangers' gag

Why the TGIF show of all shows? And where did the idea come from for that prologue?

As I said when I published that "Leftovers" deep dive conversation with Damon Lindelof last week, I saved a few passages from it to run after specific episodes aired. Today, we get the first of those bonuses, as we discuss (spoilers ho)...

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<p>The Affair</p>

The Affair

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Let's talk about 'The Affair' premiere

What did people think of getting Helen's perspective at the start of season 2?

"The Affair" had lost its luster for me by the end of the first season, because as much as I admired the performances and many of the ancillary details (particularly the portrayals of the two leads' extended families), I just never felt particularly interested in the eponymous relationship between Noah and Alison.

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Season premiere review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Axis Mundi': We are spared

Welcome to Jarden, Texas, the miracle town where nobody Departed

"The Leftovers" is back. I already published a very long (and even more thoughtful) interview with Damon Lindelof, and wrote a review of the first few episodes. Now I have thoughts on the season premiere itself, coming up just as soon as I ask for my bacon on a separate plate...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Funeral': Bro down

The Vulture takes command, Holt and Terry get drunk, and Boyle gets lucky

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as my childhood home has been replaced by a denim pants store...

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

Credit: HBO

New 'Leftovers' title sequence playfully lets the mystery be

At the end of my review of "The Leftovers" season 2, I noted that the show had gotten rid of its overwrought main title sequence in favor of a new one that did away with the religious imagery in favor of a more mundane yet eerie way of explaining the experience of a world where two percent of the population just vanished one day. Here it is, set to Iris DeMent's "Let the Mystery Be":

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Credit: Showtime

Is 'Homeland' better off when Carrie is stable or unstable?

The Showtime thriller reboots again as season 5 begins

It's no secret that TV critics talk among themselves about screeners they've watched. We love discussing television — it's the reason we got into this job in the first place — and before a show has actually premiered, the only people we can discuss it with is each other. So we email, or DM, or GChat, or actually have an audible conversation with one another, and sometimes discover that there's a consensus about a show being good or bad, sometimes learn that we're a lone voice in the wilderness, and sometimes learn that there's a very sharp split in the community.

The new season of "Homeland" (it returns Sunday at 9 on Showtime) seems to be one of the latter. You won't find many reviewers suggesting the show is stronger than ever — like virtually every Showtime drama, this is one that would have been better off ending after a season or two — but based on the three episodes sent to critics, there's a clear divide over what kind of show we'd like "Homeland" to be as it rumbles through middle age.

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How Comedy Central's 'Review' became the most wonderfully dark show on TV

Andy Daly breaks down Forrest MacNeil's epic season 2 trail of self-destruction

Somehow, in a TV landscape where every cable channel, streaming service, gaming platform, and smart watch has to develop at least one grim and gritty drama series, the darkest show on television isn't "The Leftovers" or even "The Walking Dead," but a silly, if stunningly committed, Comedy Central half-hour called "Review."

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Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 302: 'Leftovers,' 'Homeland' & the podcast finale

Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 302: 'Leftovers,' 'Homeland' & the podcast finale

Dan and Alan review some upcoming shows, then say goodbye

Well, folks, this is it: the series finale of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. Dan and I spent 90 minutes reviewing shows both good and bad, and answering lots of your questions about the 300-plus episodes of our fine endeavor together. 

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