<p>Riley Keough in The Girlfriend Experience</p>

Riley Keough in The Girlfriend Experience

Credit: Starz

Starz's 'The Girlfriend Experience' represents the downside of binge TV

Riley Keough gives an intriguing performance in a show that's much too long

The binge forgives a lot. But it doesn't forgive everything.

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<p>Carrie Underwood</p>

Carrie Underwood

Credit: FOX

Before 'American Idol' ends, here are 10 performances I loved

From obvious favorites like Kelly and Fantasia to obscurities like Chikezie

American Idol season 1 debuted about a week after The Wire season 1 did. Though my TV tastes over the years trended much more towards complicated scripted dramas like the latter, I spent a long time watching the former, and enjoying it in the moments when the series wasn't busy padding its run time with inanities (like the entire judging career of Randy Jackson) and simply let the contestants sing. Often, those performances were just overpraised photocopies of the original moments, but when an Idol singer put their own stamp on a familiar tune, or dug up an obscurity and made it sound like a hit, I couldn't begrudge the series its enormous popularity.

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Credit: Amazon

Review: 'Catastrophe' doubles down on the filthy and the sweet in season 2

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan's great romantic comedy returns to Amazon

In a second season episode of Catastrophe, the show's main characters get into yet another loud and graphic argument about sex — in this case, about whether anyone still does the 69 position with their partner anymore, and whether there's any value to it.

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<p>The Americans</p>

The Americans

Credit: FX

Review: Why 'The Americans' had no choice about tonight's very dark turn

An instant classic finds Philip and Elizabeth fearing death from the Glanders virus

A review of tonight's The Americans coming up just as soon as I vandalize a payphone for the greater good...

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<p>The Americans</p>

The Americans

Credit: FX

'The Americans' producers explain why they did THAT in tonight's episode

Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg break down a momentous episode

Tonight's The Americans was a particularly momentous installment of the series (here's my review), and one that prompted me to get on the phone with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields to talk about what happened, and why, and also where their heads are at as the series gets ever closer to its conclusion(*).

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Credit: CW

'iZombie' doesn't always make sense. Here's why that really doesn't matter.

Catching up with the fun CW drama before next week's finale

I haven't checked in on iZombie in a while, so let's talk about last night's episode — and season 2 as a whole as we wait for next week's finale — coming up just as soon as I clear cases like Frank Drebin but get treated like Nordberg...

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<p>The People V. O.J. Simpson</p>

The People V. O.J. Simpson

Credit: FX

Review: 'The People V. O.J. Simpson' ends greatly with 'The Verdict'

You know what happened, but that doesn't make the show any less powerful

A review of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story finale coming up just as soon as I've discussed this case less than everybody in America...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' gets serious & serialized with 'Maximum Security'

Santiago goes to prison, and the show finally tackles Melissa Fumero's pregnancy head-on

A review of tonight's Brooklyn Nine-Nine coming up just as soon as I wear short pants and drink from a jug that says "XXX"...

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<p>Michael McKean in Better Call Saul</p>

Michael McKean in Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Better Call Saul' episode opens with a shot to impress even 'Breaking Bad' fans

The McGill brothers go to war in 'Fifi'

A review of tonight's Better Call Saul coming up just as soon as you point me to your best copier...

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<p>Amy Sedaris in Horace and Pete</p>

Amy Sedaris in Horace and Pete

Credit: Louis C.K.

How Amy Sedaris made the 'Horace and Pete' finale even better

Louis C.K. explains the last-minute guest star's genius

I just wrote a long review of the finale of Louis C.K.'s amazing Horace and Pete, which included a few emailed thoughts from C.K. on the series. One aspect of what he wrote was so detailed and lovely that I didn't want to edit it down for the sake of squeezing it into the review, so that's coming up just as soon as I have popsicles in the car...

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