<p>The &quot;Top Chef&quot;&nbsp;final 5. </p>

The "Top Chef" final 5.

Credit: Bravo

'Top Chef' - 'Give Me Your Huddled Masses': A family affair

The chefs get in touch with their roots in an Ellis Island challenge

A review of last night's "Top Chef" coming up just as soon as I find out that we're cousins...

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<p>Ty Burrell on &quot;Modern Family.&quot;</p>

Ty Burrell on "Modern Family."

Credit: ABC

'Modern Family' - 'Two Monkeys and a Panda': Drawer war

A sharp, sweet episode written by a 'Seinfeld' alum

I'm out of the week-to-week "Modern Family" review game, but I said I'd drop in on episodes in which I had something specific to say. So a review of last night's episode coming up just as soon as I undress a mannequin while a creepy guy films it...

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<p>Margo Martindale and Tim Olyphant on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Margo Martindale and Tim Olyphant on "Justified."

Credit: Prashant Gupta / FX

'Justified' - 'For Blood or Money': Happy birthday

Rachel takes the spotlight in a busy, fun episode

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I maintain my creases...

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<p>Adam (Peter Krause)&nbsp;tries to comfort Max (Max Burkholder)&nbsp;on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Adam (Peter Krause) tries to comfort Max (Max Burkholder) on "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

'Parenthood' - 'Qualities and Difficulties': The play's the thing

Jason Ritter returns for a very strong episode

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as we play hide and seek Israeli army style...

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<p>Eamonn Walker on &quot;Lights Out.&quot;</p>

Eamonn Walker on "Lights Out."

Credit: FX

'Lights Out' - 'Head Games': Wherefore art thou, Romeo?

Eamonn Walker shows up to train Lights

A review of tonight's "Lights Out" coming up just as soon as I'm in a dark room for a week...

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<p>&quot;The&nbsp;Good Wife&quot;&nbsp;partners head out of the office to plot</p>

"The Good Wife" partners head out of the office to plot

Credit: CBS

'The Good Wife' - 'Great Firewall': Rock the vote

What did everybody think of the pivotal episode?

This morning, I posted a review of tonight's pivotal "The Good Wifeand how it exemplifies many of the show's strongest qualities (and was an episode that largely left some of my less favorite stories, like Alicia/Will, on the sideline). Now it's your turn; what did everybody else think of an episode with so many big developments at the firm and on the campaign trail? 

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<p>Barney (Neil Patrick Harris)&nbsp;gets his heart monitored on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) gets his heart monitored on "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Change of Heart': The Scooby gang

Barney tries to change - but is it for the right woman?

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I punch you into cardiac arrest...

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<p>Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo)&nbsp;gets a haircut on &quot;The Chicago Code.&quot;</p>

Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo) gets a haircut on "The Chicago Code."

Credit: FOX

'The Chicago Code' - 'Cabrini-Green': Bombs away

An uneven episode is saved by a spotlight on Alderman Gibbons

A review of last night's "The Chicago Code" coming up just as soon as I butcher your favorite Neil Sedaka song...

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<p>Does longshot &quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;have a chance to make a run in Hulu's Best in Show?</p>

Does longshot "Louie" have a chance to make a run in Hulu's Best in Show?

Credit: FX

Hulu's Best in Show returns - with a bit of What's Alan Watching? flavor

Your humble critic plays guest judge for the TV version of March Madness

March is a month for contests, it seems. College basketball is a short time away from the start of March Madness with the men's basketball tournament, HitFix is running an "American Idol" fantasy league, and for the second year in a row, Hulu is running its own form of March Madness with its Best in Show contest, in which fans get to vote on 32 shows in the same bracket style as the NCAA tournament. 32 shows; 1 winner.

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<p>Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski and Josh Charles in a scene from tomorrow's &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski and Josh Charles in a scene from tomorrow's "The Good Wife."

Credit: CBS

Review: CBS' 'The Good Wife' remains a network stand-out

Drama continues to deftly balance complexity with simplicity

There’s a growing schism in the TV business between the kinds of dramas you find on cable and those that the broadcast networks air. For the most part, cable is where you go for complicated ongoing narratives, flawed characters and major creative ambition, while you primarily look to the networks for admirable heroes in morally black-and-white stories that wrap up neatly by the end of the hour.

But for more than a season and a half now, CBS’ “The Good Wife” has admirably found a way to bridge those two worlds: to present elaborate story arcs and moral ambiguity by the barrelful at the same time it offers at least one standalone plot per week for the folks who want to turn on the TV at 10 o’clock and turn it off at 11 feeling like they were just told a complete story.

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