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    How 'Girls' Became the Most Frustrating Show on Television

    Four seasons in, despite periodic flashes of brilliance, HBO's flagship comedy remains locked into familiar patterns. So why can't I quit 'Girls'? (Spoilers ahead if you're not caught up.)

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    'We Lost a Great One Today': Comedians Mourn the Loss of Harris Wittels on Twitter

    In the wake of comedy writer Harris Wittels' passing, many comedians have taken to Twitter to share how profoundly Wittels has affected their lives and comedy as a whole.

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    Who Coined the Phrase "Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard"?

    We've heard the line many times. But where does it really come from and who said it?

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    Sundance Reviews: Robert Redford Vehicle 'A Walk in the Woods' Is a Slog

    The first reviews are in, and "A Walk in the Woods" is a "subpar" cross between "Wild" and "Grumpy Old Men."

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    Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires 'Grandma,' Starring the 'Irreplaceable' Lily Tomlin

    Forty years after "Nashville," the legendary comedienne's resurgence continues with Paul Weitz's well-received dramedy, which premieres at Sundance Friday.

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    Review: The Weird, Wonderful 'Togetherness,' HBO's Newest Modern Family

    Jay and Mark Duplass' latest develops a warm, sincere weirdness to complement both "Girls" and "Looking": "Togetherness" is a comedy for adults.

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    'Please Like Me,' the Best TV Comedy You're (Probably) Not Watching

    The delightful Australian comedy is a bull in the sitcom china shop, reveling in the mayhem of adulthood as an adolescent might an ingenious prank.

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    'New Girl' vs. 'The Mindy Project'

    Of "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project," it's clear that only one takes full advantage of its star's distinctive persona -- and it's not the one you might expect.

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    TV Watch: House Style in the Golden Age of Comedy Central

    With its constellation of boss bitches and irascible absurdists, Comedy Central's original programming is increasingly by, for, and about its young, diverse, progressive, irreverent, web-savvy target demo. It's viral television.

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