''Grim heroes and deranged monsters. Black magic and bloody horror. Such is the sensationalistic stuff of contemporary pop culture and Victorian England's penny dreadfuls, lurid adventure serials published on cheap paper.''
''24: Live Another Day a reanimation of Kiefer Sutherland's thriller, which clocked out four years ago shambles back sadder than most. Despite the high-grade action, the premiere is more a showcase for everything that was bad about 24 than a reminder of everything that was good.''
''For the women of Orphan Black, the world is an open prison, and self-determination is a tenuous contract with the Powers That Be, who view them only as property. Some take this raw deal to survive.''
''Can Don Draper change himself for the better? What does fulfillment look like for the flawed strivers of Mad Men? Do they even believe in progress for themselves? Do you? The premiere episode of the drama's two-part final season asks these questions in various ways, accenting them with thematically rich references and motifs.''
''Change has come to Veep, HBO's political satire and TV's current gold standard for salty comedy. But should you believe in it? Season 3 finds calamity-prone VP Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) prepping a campaign to replace the scandal-smeared, never-seen POTUS.''
''Like ABC's The Goldbergs, Fox's Surviving Jack is one of those Wonder Years-style comic-of-age nostalgia-coms about a romantic boy hero (Connor Buckley) with a colorful combative family, full of period pop flourish and overexplainy, emotion-coaching narration.''
''In Growing Up Fisher also based on a true story, also with look-back narration J.K. Simmons plays Mel Fisher, an accomplished attorney who must become an even more accomplished father after his wife, Joyce (Jenna Elfman), divorces him so she can find an identity outside of motherhood and marriage.''
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''Need A Tonight Show host who will tuck you in at night? Well, then, Jimmy Fallon is the wrong man for the job. The late-night live wire is not Ambien he's Pop Rocks.''
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''The saga of husband-and-wife ''travel agents'' trying to juggle career, family, and their patriotic duty of destroying the United States in 1982, The Americans is television's most morally complex drama.''
''American Horror Story: Coven presented itself as Harry Potter on acid if Harry was a Henrietta who could kill boys with her vagina, and the acid was actually cocaine.''
''[Black Sails] is a fantasy, but its historical/literary roots lend it a real-world resonance that some other, grander, more purely fantastical genre series lack.''