<p>New Girl</p>

New Girl

Credit: FOX

Review: 'New Girl' does just fine without Zooey Deschanel in 'No Girl'

The start of a Jess-less run of episodes was nonsensical but hilarious

A few thoughts on last night's Zooey Deschanel-less "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I'm sorry that the pretzel fell out...

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<p>Netflix</p>

Netflix

Credit: Netflix

Why Matt Weiner 'would lose' if he wanted to make a weekly Netflix show

If Matt Weiner told Netflix he wanted to do a weekly show, 'He would lose'

Over the last few years, Netflix has arguably done more to change the way we watch, talk, and think about television than anyone since HBO in the turn of the century days of "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," and "Six Feet Under." Between their library of titles licensed from more traditional TV operations and their ever-growing stable of original series, Netflix has conditioned viewers to binge-watch shows, has encouraged its creators to design shows made explicitly for that model, and has pushed television in general into a more serialized direction, since the most lucrative afterlife for many shows lies in being sold to a streaming service rather than into traditional rerun syndication. During an appearance at the TCA press tour earlier this month, Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that the service would be offering over 600 hours of original content this year, and spending over $6 billion to produce those shows and develop more. You can debate which streaming operation has the best catalog of pre-existing shows (Hulu, perhaps?), or which has the best original shows (Amazon's "Transparent" is my favorite of any streaming series, but Netflix's roster is much deeper), but Netflix is the 800-lb gorilla in this arena at the moment.

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<p>The X-Files</p>

The X-Files

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The second 'X-Files' episode was an improvement on the first, but...

'Founder's Mutation' was a step up from the premiere, but still not great

A few thoughts on tonight's "The X-Files" coming up just as soon as I blame last night's episode on Obamacare...

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<p>Mad Dogs</p>

Mad Dogs

Credit: Amazon

Cat masks, sinkholes, and a nightmare in Belize: 'Mad Dogs' season 1 in review

Let's talk about all 10 episodes of the new Amazon drama

On Friday, I posted my review of Amazon's "Mad Dogs," avoiding the spoilers even as I discussed my feelings based on the whole season. As promised — which may be especially handy for anyone who watched the whole season during the weekend blizzard — I have a few more specific, and spoiler-filled, thoughts on the first season, coming up just as soon as the ice cream's made from rosehip...

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<p>The Magicians &amp; Lucifer</p>

The Magicians & Lucifer

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'Lucifer' & 'The Magicians' make big changes from the books, but only one wisely

A straightforward adaptation isn't automatically a good one, but 'Lucifer' has no reason to exist

Let's talk some more about adaptations.

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<p>The X-Files</p>

The X-Files

Credit: FOX

Let's talk about that not-so-great 'X-Files' premiere

What did everybody think of the first new episode in 14 years?

"The X-Files" is back with a six-episode miniseries. I posted a review of the first three episodes last week, and I have a few specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I have to, in the year 2016, use a search engine to get to a website I've previously visited on this computer...

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<p>Mad Dogs</p>

Mad Dogs

Credit: Amazon
B+

Review: How long can the nightmarish vacation of Amazon's 'Mad Dogs' last?

Steve Zahn, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli, and Ben Chaplin just want to get out of Belize alive

(This post has no significant spoilers for "Mad Dogs," even though it's informed by a viewing of the entire first season. The comments section is a place where it's okay to discuss the full plot if you've finished it, but I'll be doing a separate post on Monday touching on a few developments from later in the season.)

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<p>Friends</p>

Friends

Credit: Warner Bros.

Ask Alan: Which TV characters changed the most from their introduction?

What does it mean when an actor is a producer on their show? And how has the job of a TV critic changed?

As promised, we're back in my Jersey office, and back on a Friday schedule for this week's Ask Alan. In today's show, I talk about characters, like Ross from "Friends," who changed a lot from their initial characterization; about what it means when you see the star of your favorite show listed among its executive producers; and about the ways in which my job as a TV critic has become more like it was when I started doing this 20 years ago.

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<p>The X-Files</p>

The X-Files

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The truth is right here: 'The X-Files' revival has a lot of problems (Review)

The Darin Morgan-scripted third episode is great, but the premiere is a disaster

"Do you miss it at all? The X-Files?"

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: Jake and Holt get the mumps on a hilariously stupid 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

'Nine Days' is far from the show's most highbrow installment, but that's okay sometimes

A review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I eat potato chips on my hunger strike...

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