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The Wheel of Time Review: Prime Video's High Fantasy Adaptation Is Worthy of Such a Grand Adventure

The Wheel of Time Review: Prime Video’s High Fantasy Adaptation Is Worthy of Such a Grand Adventure

Rosamund Pike leads the charge in The Wheel of Time, Prime Video’s action-fantasy epic based on the long-running book series by Robert Jordan. With so much story to adapt in so little time, how does the potential Game of Thrones heir stack up? The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories …

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Y: The Last Man Review: A Good Man Is Hard to Find in FX on Hulu's Timely, Thought-Provoking Virus Thriller

Y: The Last Man Review: A Good Man Is Hard to Find in FX on Hulu’s Timely, Thought-Provoking Virus Thriller

Do we really want to watch a thriller about a devastating virus that kills off half the planet and condemns the survivors to life in a chaotic hellscape? Surprisingly, after watching the first four episodes of FX on Hulu’s Y: The Last Man, my answer is: Yes, actually, we do. Y: The Last Man — …

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Impeachment: American Crime Story Review: Oof, FX Turns the Lewinsky Scandal Into Trashy Tabloid TV

Impeachment: American Crime Story Review: Oof, FX Turns the Lewinsky Scandal Into Trashy Tabloid TV

TV docudramas always walk a fine line between illumination and exploitation. But American Crime Story‘s first installment, The People v. O.J. Simpson, broke the mold by doing the impossible: It gave us a fresh perspective on a story we thought we already knew so well. It had depth, it had nuance, it made us rethink …

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Only Murders in the Building Review: Old-School Comedy Meets a Middling Mystery in Hulu's True-Crime Satire

Only Murders in the Building Review: Old-School Comedy Meets a Middling Mystery in Hulu’s True-Crime Satire

“Sometimes it’s easier to figure out someone else’s secret than it is to deal with your own.” That observation by Steve Martin’s character in Hulu’s new comedy Only Murders in the Building is a nice little summary of the show… and of the current true-crime craze, too. Only Murders — premiering Tuesday, Aug. 31 on …

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Heels Review: Stephen Amell's Starz Drama Is Friday Night Lights With Wrestling — and So, So Good

Heels Review: Stephen Amell’s Starz Drama Is Friday Night Lights With Wrestling — and So, So Good

At the height of my wrestling and boy band obsession, I wrote a crossover fan fic in which *NSYNC’s Justin Timberlake dated a WWE wrestler who was best friends with the Hardy Boyz and Lita. It was not good. On the other hand, Starz’s upcoming drama Heels (premiering Sunday, Aug. 15 at 9/8c; I’ve seen …

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The Chair Review: Netflix's Comedy Finds the Funny in Campus Conflict

The Chair Review: Netflix’s Comedy Finds the Funny in Campus Conflict

Who says college campuses and comedy don’t mix these days? Netflix’s new series The Chair — debuting Friday, Aug. 20; I’ve seen all six episodes — proves they still can, mining plenty of sly laughs from a supposedly humorless setting. (It’s rarely laugh-out-loud hilarious, mind you, but more mildly “oh, that is funny” amusing.) Rich …

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Ted Lasso Season 2 Review: Apple's Feel-Good Hit Is Just as Lovely as You Remember, But More Complicated, Too

Ted Lasso Season 2 Review: Apple’s Feel-Good Hit Is Just as Lovely as You Remember, But More Complicated, Too

Like the scrappy soccer team it follows, Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso is a bit of an underdog. After all, it was based on a series of NBC Sports commercials, which isn’t the most promising start, and it debuted to little fanfare last summer on a new streaming service that hadn’t found its breakout hit yet. …

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Schmigadoon! Review: Apple's Satire Is a Sweet, Tart Treat for Musical Junkies

Schmigadoon! Review: Apple’s Satire Is a Sweet, Tart Treat for Musical Junkies

How would you like to find yourself living inside a classic movie musical? Your answer to that may very well determine how much you’ll enjoy Apple TV+’s new comedy Schmigadoon! (premiering Friday, July 16). It’s a very affectionate, very specific parody of Golden Age musicals, and theater nerds will undoubtedly adore it… but others might …

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Loki Review: After a Talky-Talky Start, Disney+'s Third Marvel Series Is a Super Fun 'Time Detectives' Two-Hander

Loki Review: After a Talky-Talky Start, Disney+’s Third Marvel Series Is a Super Fun ‘Time Detectives’ Two-Hander

Loki is ready for his close-up, as the star of Disney+’s third live-action Marvel series (premiering this Wednesday — yes, Wednesday — June 9). Is the trickster still a treat when given much more to do than steal the occasional MCU scene? Replaying and then picking up immediately after Loki’s appearance in Avengers: Endgame — …

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Kevin Can F**k Himself Review: AMC's Suffocating Satire Isn't Joking Around

Kevin Can F**k Himself Review: AMC’s Suffocating Satire Isn’t Joking Around

We all know the stereotype of the long-suffering sitcom wife, right? She’s way too hot for her proudly immature husband, and she quietly stays in the background while he hogs the spotlight? Well, AMC’s new dramedy Kevin Can F**k Himself — premiering Sunday, June 20 at 9/8c — aims to blow up that stereotype, promising …

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Girls5eva Review: Peacock's Delightful Girl Group Comedy Is 2 Good 2 Miss

Girls5eva Review: Peacock’s Delightful Girl Group Comedy Is 2 Good 2 Miss

Tina Fey comedies are almost a distinct genre at this point. The formula, established by 30 Rock and followed closely by Kimmy Schmidt and Great News, seems to be confidently quirky characters delivering rapid-fire punchlines laced with ultra-current pop culture references, with quick cutaways and peppy music bopping along in the background. It doesn’t always …

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Oscars 2021 Review: Hollywood's Biggest Night Forgets How to Entertain With a Sluggish, Humorless Ceremony

Oscars 2021 Review: Hollywood’s Biggest Night Forgets How to Entertain With a Sluggish, Humorless Ceremony

When Regina King confidently strutted her way through Union Station at the top of this year’s Oscars broadcast with candy-colored movie-style credits popping up behind her, I got excited that this year’s show might actually be different. And indeed, it was… but that’s not necessarily a compliment. Yes, Sunday’s Oscar broadcast on ABC comes with …

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The Nevers Review: Sparkling Leading Ladies Aside, Joss Whedon's HBO Drama Is Just Reheated Buffy Season 7

The Nevers Review: Sparkling Leading Ladies Aside, Joss Whedon’s HBO Drama Is Just Reheated Buffy Season 7

RELATED STORIES When The Nevers‘ first footage dropped earlier this year, I distinctly remember thinking, “Ooh, it’s steampunk Buffy with corsets!” Now that the drama, created by Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Joss Whedon, has released its first four episodes to the press, I can confirm: It is, indeed, steampunk Buffy with corsets — and for …

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Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Review: Disney+ Series Delivers a Feel-Good Story That's Worth Giving a Shot

Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Review: Disney+ Series Delivers a Feel-Good Story That’s Worth Giving a Shot

RELATED STORIES Whether lacing up against the peewee league’s elite Hawks, Team Iceland at the Junior Goodwill Games or Eden Hall’s dominant varsity team, The Mighty Ducks built a lasting legacy as the scrappy underdogs who play the game fairly and still end up on top. The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (premiering Friday, March 26) …

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Falcon and the Winter Soldier Review: Disney+'s Next Marvel Series Opens With a Bang — and Overdue Insight

Falcon and the Winter Soldier Review: Disney+’s Next Marvel Series Opens With a Bang — and Overdue Insight

Like WandaVision before it, Disney+’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier serves up Marvel-ous set pieces while also being afforded the time to delve deep into the characters’ mindsets. Only the first episode, premiering Friday, March 19, was screened for critics, but its 47-minute running time nonetheless promises feature film-caliber action sequences, as well as …

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Debris Review: NBC's Fast-Paced Alien Drama Spins a Tantalizing Mystery

Debris Review: NBC’s Fast-Paced Alien Drama Spins a Tantalizing Mystery

NBC’s new sci-fi drama Debris opens with a fairly standard action scene, with federal agents chasing black-market crooks through a luxury hotel. But the crooks aren’t selling guns or diamonds; they’re selling fragments of a destroyed alien spaceship that are scattered across the globe. And when a hotel maid innocently touches one of those fragments, …

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Ginny & Georgia Review: Netflix's Mother-Daughter Dramedy Is a Hollow Pastiche of Pop-Culture Homages

Ginny & Georgia Review: Netflix’s Mother-Daughter Dramedy Is a Hollow Pastiche of Pop-Culture Homages

It’s not a great sign when watching a new show just makes you think about other, better shows. That’s the case with Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia — premiering Wednesday, Feb. 24 on the streamer; I’ve seen five of the ten episodes — a mildly cute, kind of boring new dramedy that wears its pop-culture inspirations proudly …

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Superman & Lois Review: A Smallville Return and a Provocative Adversary Do This Arrowverse Hero Good

Superman & Lois Review: A Smallville Return and a Provocative Adversary Do This Arrowverse Hero Good

True story: Despite being a Smallville superfan, I have had zero interest in Superman & Lois since the day it was announced. For one, it overlaps with Supergirl’s own run on The CW (which we now know to be ending), and TV’s Girl of Steel has already and liberally borrowed from her cousin’s comic book …

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The Equalizer Review: Queen Latifah Rules in CBS' High-Octane Reboot

The Equalizer Review: Queen Latifah Rules in CBS’ High-Octane Reboot

Even given TV’s current obsession with rebooting and reviving anything and everything, The Equalizer is an curious choice. The original 1985-89 CBS series, starring Edward Woodward as a spy-turned-private eye who cleaned up a crime-ridden New York City, is only a hazy memory to most viewers and plays like a dusty relic these days. (He …

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Firefly Lane Review: Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke's Netflix Soap Opera Is the Most Trivial of Pursuits

Firefly Lane Review: Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke’s Netflix Soap Opera Is the Most Trivial of Pursuits

I’d love to say that I was wowed by Netflix’s series adaption of Kristin Hannah’s novel, Firefly Lane (dropping Wednesday, Feb. 3). Truth be told, I dive into every show that I’m tasked with reviewing hoping the same thing — to be dazzled, stunned, impressed. I was none of those things. There was nothing there that …

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