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'Shameless' Review: The Best And Worst Of 'The Two Lisas'

January 26th, 2015 8:38am EST
'Shameless' Review: The Best And Worst Of 'The Two Lisas'
Shameless is always filled with incredible moments. It can take something wacky and turn it into a beautiful moment that defines characters and relationships in an honest way. But sometimes it can go so over the top that it hurts the characters irrevocably. The scene where Lip is finally kind to Mandy is sweet until you remember that she literally tried to murder Karen and destroyed her life forever. Any honest moment with Frank is destroyed by his various inhuman acts, including keeping a woman from a heart transplant. So many characters have had moments they can’t come back from and “The ...
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'Shameless' Recap: 5 Best Moments From 'I'm The Liver'

January 19th, 2015 9:09am EST
'Shameless' Review: 5 Best Moments From 'I'm The Liver'
Happy Father’s Day, Shameless universe! “I'm The Liver” jam packs dozens of plots, big and small, into a single episode, including Ian’s continued descent, Lip’s new job, Veronica’s post-partum depression, Sammi’s desperation to get Frank to notice her, Frank’s brewery, and the budding gentrification of the South Side, among many others. Yet, it still manages to feel cohesive. Even with the many subplots, it never feels like the characters exist in a bubble. They cross paths, interact, and acknowledge each other’s storylines. It’s actually quite an impressive achievement to feature so much ...
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'Episodes' Season 4 Preview: More Hollywood Mayhem

January 11th, 2015 12:09pm EST
'Episodes' Season 4 Preview: More Hollywood Mayhem
Four seasons on, Showtime's Episodes reads like an affectionate breakup letter to Hollywood. It's the "I love you, but..." Its primary source of humor is and always has been the pain that's caused by the very industry the series is a part of, and there's nothing more painful - and therefore more entertaining - than what happens in season four, which premieres tonight.

The core of Episodes is that self-awareness: a TV show about how difficult and painful it can be to make a TV show, co-created by people who worked on two of the biggest comedies in modern TV history (David Crane and Jeffrey ...
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'Shameless' Recap: 5 Best Moments From The Season Premiere 'Nectar Of The Gods'

January 9th, 2015 9:30am EST
'Shameless' Review: 5 Best Moments From The Season Premiere 'Nec
Shameless remains one of the few Showtime series that manages to get better every year, instead of the usual steady decline in quality. Although last season was the most depressing to date, it proved that even when the characters spiraled out of control and destroyed everything around them, they were still worth watching. The show’s writers have promised that this season, set in the fun summer months, will be a step away from the bleakness that nearly demolished the Gallagher family last season.

The 5th season premiere “Nectar of the Gods” is back to the classic Shameless mix of unabashed ...
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'The Affair' Season Finale Review: 'It Wasn't Real'

December 23rd, 2014 9:11am EST
'The Affair' Season 1 Finale Review: 'It Wasn't Real'
The first season finale of The Affair takes an ambiguous approach with its conclusion and leaves some of the mystery still alive for the season to come. Though it is not explicitly communicated, the series hints at definitive answers regarding Scotty’s death. For instance, Noah’s paranoia about his car certainly tells us that Scotty was run over by that particular vehicle and that he might actually be guilty, despite the fact that the show never confirms who was driving the car that fateful night (leaving that specific detail up for debate). Other mysteries that have run throughout the seas...
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'Homeland' Season Finale: Is That All There Is?

December 22nd, 2014 8:22am EST
'Homeland' Season Finale Recap: Is That All There Is?
Before I begin with my last recap for Homeland season 4 (*sob*), I’d like to give some shout-outs. Firstly, thanks to Starpulse for letting me write these inane recaps. Thanks to the three of you who read these recaps (especially my girls Erin and Suzie) and the ones who Tweet with me every Sunday night. Big thanks to Homeland actor Maury Sterling (Max rules!) who has Tweeted with me and the other fans all season long during every episode. It was a Hollywood-adjacent type thrill for me when he would like or re-tweet. His wife is real nice, too. Ok, on to the end.

Previously - POTUS called ...
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'The Affair' Review: 'I Don't Want This Life'

December 16th, 2014 2:32pm EST
The Affari: Ruth Wilson and Dominic West
Episode 9 takes The Affair into full-blown, soap opera, melodrama territory and I don’t completely hate it. It has definitely taken a significant turn with the mounting drama surrounding these characters especially in these last few episodes. What began as a contemplative examination of human behavior has evolved into an intensely distraught and messy narrative with various threads and characters intertwining. While it may seem like a drastic shift, it doesn’t all feel out of the realm of possibilities. Let’s not forget that the series opened with an unknown crime story, a kid faking a suic...
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'Homeland' Recap: Vengeance Is Mine, Sayeth Quinn

December 15th, 2014 9:04am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 11: Vengeance Is Mine, Sayeth
Previously - What? I don’t know. I’m wrapped in a blanket and trying to talk myself down. I think Fara’s dead.

It’s pretty much an impossibility to sustain tension across multiple weeks of episodic television. When you overinflate the balloon, it’s got to pop cuz’ physics or something. If they had opened this ep. with Carrie trying to defuse a bomb (that’s foreshadowing), it might have devolved into later seasons of 24 i.e. totally ridiculous. Hence, it was nice that we were given a sort-of breather this week. We needed it. Otherwise, my cheap-ass IKEA couch was going to finally bust from ...
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'The Affair' Recap & Review: 'Safe'

December 10th, 2014 10:24am EST
The Affair
Remember when I thought Noah was the most reliable narrator on the show? Midway through the season, I began to deeply question Alison’s recounting of her experiences that summer. Week after week her story was a depressing tale of a meek, generally innocent and troubled woman, who just got swept up by a suave and attractive but married man. Noah was her only source of contentment, the only means of escape from her tragic existence. She was a martyr, supporting herself and her husband after the death of her son, liked and nurtured by everyone around her. It was a little much, and it turned me...
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'Homeland' Recap: You Need A Muscle Relaxant To Watch This Show

December 8th, 2014 8:21am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 10: You Need A Muscle Relaxant
Previously - AAAIIEEEEHHHHHH!!!!!

This isn’t even hyperbole - Homeland is melting my face off. My face is currently oozing on the floor in front of my couch. That’s some pleasant imagery, eh? The show is that good this season. It’s a little less talky, and a little more feminist 24 but that isn’t a bad thing.

When we last left Carrie, Saul, Redmond and the US Marine equivalent of a Star Trek redshirt, their convoy had gotten all blowed up. Carrie is bloodied but alive. There was some talk that they might actually kill her or Saul off this episode and break the Internet in half. They ain’t...
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