''In the grisly pilot episode, squirrelly insurance agent Lester (Martin Freeman) jokingly enlists smooth and grim hitman Lorne (Billy Bob Thornton) to kill his former high school bully. Lester's vague act of complicity in a bad man's death kicks off more murders and the almost comedic unraveling of his own life.''
''The heart of the show is watching Richard and his friends struggle to make sense of themselves and their purpose. They're good, weird guys you want to hang out with.''
''There are many pleasures, some admittedly base, to be taken from Vikings. The blood-and-spear fest, which stars former Calvin Klein beefcake Travis Fimmel as Ragnar, a charismatic warrior who through canny leadership of his clan of Norse fighters has risen to earl, is a visual feast of sweaty men with the physiques of CrossFit coaches.''
Too often, whenever a female character needs a juicy arc or humanizing touch, writers fall back on the easy, awful crime of rape; Karen Valby says it's way past time for TV to find a new plot device
''The tagline for the new bar comedy Mixology is ''10 strangers, one night, and all the ridiculous things we do to find love.'' Let's hear from some of those folks about their varying brands of ridiculousness.''
A look back at Irene Sharaff, who used her artist's eye to design costumes on Broadway and in Hollywood; she won five Oscars, including one for her work on 1963's ''Cleopatra''