<p>Serial host/producer Sarah Koenig</p>

Serial host/producer Sarah Koenig

The 'Serial' season finale: Whodunnit? And does the end matter?

Podcast's conclusion bumps up against the limitations of non-fiction

Many thoughts on the season 1 finale of "Serial" coming up just as soon as I use Mail Kimp...

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Top TV for 2014: 10 more great new series
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Top TV for 2014: 10 more great new series

Celebrating 'Enlisted,' 'Broad City' and more fabulous first-year shows

You don't see it very often these days, but once upon a time, some TV critics insisted on only including new series in their top 10 lists. This was, of course, the glory days of print journalism, when space was a precious resource and no one had room for the zillions and zillions of bonus lists (like this one) we have online, and those critics preferred to use their limited column inches to spread the gospel for new material that hadn't been lauded for years on end. I could always respect that argument, even as I would decide there was no way I could have a best of the year list that didn't include, say, "The Simpsons" on it. 

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The year in comic book TV: Go small or go home?
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The year in comic book TV: Go small or go home?

'Gotham,' 'Agents of SHIELD' and the rest won't be as popular as 'The Avengers,' and shouldn't try
This is, to put it plainly, one hell of a time to be a comic book nerd.
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<p>Ruth Wilson in The Affair</p>

Ruth Wilson in The Affair

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Review: 'The Affair' - 'Episode 9'

Alison revisits her son's death, while Noah and Helen learn their daughter's secret

A review of tonight's "The Affair" coming up just as soon as I'm Facebook friends with my daughter...

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'Krieg Nicht Lieb'

Quinn goes rogue, and Carrie gets bad news from home
A quick review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as we initiate the failure protocol...
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<p>The Newsroom</p>

The Newsroom

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Series finale review: 'The Newsroom' - 'What Kind of Day Has It Been'

Aaron Sorkin's latest ends with a funeral, some work and... blues guitar?

A few thoughts on "The Newsroom" series finale coming up just as soon as I'm a newsman on the side...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Stakeout'

Jake and Charles drive each other crazy, Rosa likes Holt's nephew, and Terry draws a children's book

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I do my kegels secretly...

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<p>The Night Shift</p>

The Night Shift

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'The Night Shift,' 'The Blacklist' & 'Undateable' lead NBC mid-season schedule

No more Thursday comedies, 'State of Affairs' done

NBC's semi-successful summer lineup has now become a core part of its winter/spring schedule, with "The Night Shift" and "Undateable" joining a crowded mid-season roster that will include "Allegiance," "The Slap," "A.D.," the return of "The Blacklist," and more.

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'I am God,' Dan's apology, and other reasons we put up with Aaron Sorkin
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'I am God,' Dan's apology, and other reasons we put up with Aaron Sorkin

With 'The Newsroom' about to end, let's revisit Sorkin's better moments

On Sunday night, "The Newsroom" comes to an end — and with it, apparently, Aaron Sorkin's time in television.

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<p>Key &amp; Peele</p>

Key & Peele

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Review: How 'Key & Peele' went amazingly, wonderfully grim in season 4

Comedy Central sketch series took on a more morbid but rewarding tone

"Key & Peele" tweaked its format for its fourth season, whose finale aired last night(*). The main title sequence was replaced by one that spoofed the "True Detective" opening credits, and the live audience stand-up segments were replaced by Key and Peele bantering on an endless road trip through the desert. The driving scenes serve the same function as the ones with the audience — setting up the themes of sketches, and giving viewers a sense of the chameleon-like stars' real personalities — and are likely cheaper and easier to produce. But the two changes felt more than merely cosmetic/logistical. Instead, they seemed like the perfect aesthetic shift to reflect the much heavier comic tone of this season.

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