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Downton Abbey's Cheap Embrace of Rape as a Plot Device

Depictions of violence against women are all over highbrow TV. This was the worst example yet.

 After three years of forgotten plot twists and casually discarded characters, “Downton Abbey” has lost my trust in its ability to treat a storyline like this with anything approaching nuance. 

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'Girls' Has Grown Up—And Isn't As Funny

How Lena Dunham's show went from a coming-of-age story to a comedy of manners

This season of "Girls" can feel less Lena Dunham than Larry David.

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The new season needs a better villain.

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Welcome to Dan Harmon's return

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Doesn't Sarah Palin have better things to do? Actually, don't answer that.

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Highlights from an eventful year in television.

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Netflix's War on Mass Culture

Binge-viewing was just the beginning. Netflix has a plan to rewire our entire culture

Binge viewing was just the beginning. What you need to know to understand life after the end of mass culture.

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This piece originally appeared on newstatesman.com. Under conditions of war, a British prime minister learns that a heavily armed warship belonging to the hostile power has been detected.

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America's least-favorite city is television's favorite backdrop.

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Homeland's plot may have jumped the shark this season. But its portrayal of Washington jumped the shark a long time ago.

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