<p>Aubrey Plaza and Amy Poehler on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Aubrey Plaza and Amy Poehler on "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

'Parks and Recreation' - 'Andy and April's Fancy Party': Impulse power

Our wacky young lovebirds are at the center of a sweet, funny season highlight

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I change my Britta filter...

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<p>Mark Burnett and Paul Reiser in &quot;The Paul Reiser Show.&quot;</p>

Mark Burnett and Paul Reiser in "The Paul Reiser Show."

Credit: NBC

'The Paul Reiser Show' - 'Father's Occupation': Curb your laughter?

What did everybody think of the new NBC sitcom?

I offered my review of "The Paul Reiser Show" yesterday morning. Now it's your turn. What'd you think of the "Mad About You" guy's attempt to do his own version of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" for NBC?

<p>Michael B. Jordan and Matt Lauria in &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Michael B. Jordan and Matt Lauria in "Friday Night Lights."

Credit: NBC/DirecTV

Review: 'Friday Night Lights' season 5 debuts on NBC

Better late than never for those who haven't seen the football drama's great final season

The roll-out schedule for the fifth and final season of "Friday Night Lights" has been strange even by the standards of the show's later years. The 13-episode season, like usual, originally aired in the fall and early winter on DirecTV, which kept the high school football drama alive after two low-rated seasons on NBC. And, as usual, those episodes will now begin airing on NBC, starting Friday at 8 p.m. In between, though, the entire fifth season was released on DVD last Tuesday, meaning that every single episode will now have been made available by two different means before a single minute airs on the show's broadcast home.

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<p>Timothy Olyphant in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>
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Timothy Olyphant in "Justified."

Credit: FX

'Justified' - 'Debts and Accounts': Corporate restructuring

Alliances are forged as the season barrels into the home stretch

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I call you from the landline in my office...

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<p>Elisha Cuthbert in &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Elisha Cuthbert in "Happy Endings."

Credit: ABC

'Happy Endings' - 'Pilot/Quicksand Girlfriend': Runaway bride

What did everybody think of the new ABC sitcom?

I reviewed ABC's "Happy Endings" yesterday. Now it's your turn. Did anybody tune in for either of the first two episodes? If so, are you sticking around? Or would you rather send Elisha Cuthbert back to hang out with Kevin Dillon and the cougar?

<p>Sean Bean in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Sean Bean in "Game of Thrones."

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Review: HBO's 'Game of Thrones' an epic, mature, well-crafted fantasy series

George R.R. Martin's series dense but not impenetrable to newcomers

HBO put the "It's not TV. It's HBO." slogan into semi-retirement a couple of years ago. It had been around for nearly 13 years, and it was taken out of circulation (or occasionally shortened to just "It's HBO.") during a fallow creative period for the pay cable giant, when it was very hard to argue that the post-"Sopranos" version of HBO was really any different from any other channel.

But at HBO's early '00s creative peak, the slogan wasn't pretentious, but uncannily accurate. Shows like "The Sopranos," "The Wire" and "Deadwood" took stories and worlds that audiences knew to death and made them into something more - something grander in ambition, something richer in execution, something guaranteed to stick with you far longer than previous TV versions of that story had. "The Wire" was a cop show, and "Deadwood" a Western, but both were so much more.

The slogan's gone, but HBO has been mounting a comeback over the last year thanks to new blood like "Treme" and "Boardwalk Empire." Now comes "Game of Thrones" (it debuts Sunday night at 9), the expensive adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy novel series "A Song of Ice and Fire," which is trying to do for the fantasy genre what the classic HBO dramas did for cops, cowboys and wiseguys.

And for the most part, it works - stunningly well.

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<p>Alicia (Julianna Margulies)&nbsp;gets a last-minute briefing from Eli (Alan Cumming)&nbsp;on &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Alicia (Julianna Margulies) gets a last-minute briefing from Eli (Alan Cumming) on "The Good Wife."

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'The Good Wife' - 'Foreign Affairs': A win-lose situation

Fred Dalton Thompson clashes with the firm, and the election results are in

A quick review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I watch this scene from "The Hunt for Red October" again...

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<p>Amber (Mae Whitman)&nbsp;goes for a drive on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Amber (Mae Whitman) goes for a drive on "Parenthood."

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'Parenthood' - 'Slipping Away': The Talk, too

Sarah and Adam struggle with their daughters growing up, but in very different ways

A review of last night's "Parenthood" (the next-to-last episode of season 2) coming up just as soon as I accidentally go to a quinceanera...

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<p>Norm Macdonald in his new &quot;Sports Show.&quot;</p>

Norm Macdonald in his new "Sports Show."

Credit: Comedy Central

Review: 'Sports Show with Norm Macdonald' gets off to an uneven start

'SNL' alum amused himself the whole time, this critic a bit less than that

I wasn't able to review Comedy Central's new "Sports Show with Norm Macdonald" in advance because the show is produced so close to airing in the interest of being timely (well, mostly timely, but we'll get to that). So I DVR'ed it last night, watched it this morning, and have a few thoughts on the debut coming up just as soon as I say "Charl Schwartzel" 17 times in a row...

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<p>Paul Reiser and Larry David in a scene from &quot;The Paul Reiser Show.&quot;</p>

Paul Reiser and Larry David in a scene from "The Paul Reiser Show."

Credit: NBC

Review: NBC's 'The Paul Reiser Show' a weak 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' clone

'Mad About You' star has disappointing comeback in semi-improvised comedy

On his new NBC sitcom "The Paul Reiser Show," which debuts Thursday night at 8:30, Reiser plays a character with whom he has much in common. Both men are named Paul Reiser. Both are rich and famous from starring in "Mad About You." Both are now past 50, with a wife, two kids and no need to ever work again - and are nevertheless eager to find something to pass the time.

In the case of Paul Reiser, the character, he mostly focuses on being a husband and a dad and hanging out with the fathers of his sons' classmates. In the case of Paul Reiser, the real person, he's decided to do his own version of "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

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