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    'Top of the Lake' Finale Recap: State of Emergency

    Certain episodes of television stand out not only within the course of a series, but within the course of a year. In 2012, it was the eleventh episode of “Mad Men,” titled “The Other Women” (incidentally also featuring a stunning performance from Elisabeth Moss). This year, the finale of “Top of the...

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    A 'Mad Men' in Which Every Relationship is Just a Business Arrangement at Heart

    A recap and review of "Collaborators," the April 14th, 2013 episode of "Mad Men," directed by Jon Hamm.

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    Recap: 'Veep' Returns With Lots Of Jokes, Little Characterization

    At this point you're either watching "Veep" to keep up with the endless one liners, in order to cherish the handful that make it through and result in a good belly laugh...or you're not. One complaint that we had following season one was that Armando Iannucci often put the gags in front of any kind ...

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    'Game of Thrones' 3.3: 'Walk of Punishment,' Recap and Review

    Spoilers rule as "Game of Thrones" series co-creator David Benioff directs, picking up the pace in short, tight scenes that bounce us around all over Westeros. He clearly relishes delivering personally the first of the third season's classic Holy Shit moments.

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    How 'Archer' Has Managed to Grow Without Needing to Grow Up

    "Archer" finishes up its fourth season tonight with the second half of a two-part adventure/disaster at sea that includes an homage to "The Abyss," an off-the-cuff mention of former Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz and a moment that represents the closest the show gets to sincere emotion.

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    'Top of the Lake' Episode 5 Recap: The Body Knows What To Do

    This week’s episode of “Top of the Lake” finds its characters combating feelings of helplessness -- from the past, from a seemingly impenetrable mystery, and from death.

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    Five Striking Similarities Between Elisabeth Moss' Roles on 'Mad Men' and 'Top of the Lake'

    A joy of the current TV season is that one of the medium’s finest actresses, Elisabeth Moss, has key roles in two of the finest series in recent memory -- “Mad Men,” now in its sixth season, and Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake.” While the athletic, hardened Kiwi detective Robin Griffin and sharp-as...

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    'Game of Thrones' 3.2 Review and Recap: 'Dark Wings, Dark Words'

    If the opening episode of Season Three of Game of Thrones was mostly talking, Episode Two is mostly walking, though it sets a brisk pace and there's a lot to see along the way.

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    Is the 'Mad Men' Premiere's Obsession With Mortality a Sign Another Character Death is Coming?

    Don Draper (Jon Hamm) hasn't really changed. He's gotten older, wiser in some ways and not in others, more introspective. He managed to do what many people have idly fantasized about at some point in their lives -- to shed an old identity and start fresh, to build himself a new, successful life from...

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    Review: 'Mad Men' Returns With A Confident 2-Hour Premiere That Proves It's Still The Best Show On TV

    At this point, few would argue that "Mad Men" doesn't deserve to be listed as one of the greatest television shows of the modern age, but what not many have considered until now (perhaps for fear of jinxing it) is that if it continues to be as strong as it has been, it may just top them all. Now ent...

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