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Why I'm (Almost) Glad 'Crossfire' Is Coming Back

The original CNN show was better than the cable slugfests it inspired. The revived version might not be.

The original CNN show was better than the cable slugfests it inspired. The revived version might not be.

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Conan O'Brien’s WHCD Jokes Were A Missed Opportunity

The comedian couldn't help making himself, not the media, the butt of his jokes

The comedian couldn't help making himself, not the media, the butt of his jokes.

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Dear TV: 'Mad Men' Season Six: Episode 5

History hits home

So many phone calls, so little communication. 

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The Sneaky Feminism of 'Veep'

Selina Meyer and the problem with female characters in political comedies

Selina Meyer and the problem with female characters in political comedies.

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A striking alternative to the frenetic violence on other networks.

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Dear TV: 'Mad Men' Season Six: Episode 4, Post 2

Daytime Drama, or To Discipline and To Punish

The increasingly murky moral universe of "Mad Men."

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Dear TV: 'Mad Men' Season Six: Episode 4, Post 1

Just A Couple of Young Secretaries

Dear Television is Jane Hu, Evan Kindley, Lili Loofbourow, and Phillip Maciak. This season, they'll be posting weekly letters about AMC's "Mad Men." While this is not a full recap, there are still plenty of spoilers. Read the last installment here.

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Boston Under Siege, My Kids in the Driveway

Why I avoided the media last week

America feels increasingly like a nation united by spectacles of atrocity.

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The Media Myth of the Dyad

Partners in crime are rarely what they seem on TV

Partners in crime are rarely what they seem on TV.

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Paradise Lost

'Top of the Lake' ends as a beautiful mess

After its two-part conclusion on Monday night, Top of the Lake seems imperfect, but so is life and so are the mountains in the show—they are wild, insisting on shapes of their own. The show was ragged, too, and the channel showing it was tattered yet strident. You could despair of those things, or begin to see them as part of the message. I don’t know whether Jane Campion selected this narrative autism in advance, or to what extent it was happenstance or mistake.

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