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    Now and Then: The Soul of Netflix's New Series? The BBC's 'House of Cards'

    "Lilyhammer," Netflix's first foray into original programming, failed to generate sustained attention when it premiered last year. One suspects this won't be true of its star-studded second attempt, "House of Cards," debuting Friday. Except Netflix's latest isn't so novel after all: its animating fo...

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    'Downton Abbey': When Bad Things Happen to Nice Characters Who Reject Their Upbringing

    The article below contains spoilers for episode five of the third season of "Downton Abbey."

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    'Prófugos,' 'No' Director Pablo Larrain's HBO Series About Would-Be Drug Smugglers on the Run

    That Pablo Larraín's upcoming feature film "No" is about advertising should not mislead you into thinking that the Chilean director is game for easy entertainment. His 2011 project, drug trafficking drama "Prófugos" (Spanish for “fugitives”), nonethe...

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    Hannah Gets Her First Big Gig on 'Girls': Do a Lot of Coke and Then Write About It

    Jazzhate, the Vice/Thought Catalog-style website Hannah (Lena Dunham) gets an actual paid writing gig from in last night's episode of "Girls," "Bad Friend," offers our protagonist the chance to do cocaine for the first time like it's a homework assignment.

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    Recap: 'Girls' Tries Cocaine & Discovers A Bad Friend

    The first season of "Girls" was both entertaining and refreshing simply by the virtue of Lena Dunham's voice, which found a milieu of New York City life for young women that was perhaps more real and honest than anything we've seen on television in quite some time. Spanning flawed to fabulous, somet...

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    'Girls' Recap 3: 'Bad Friend,' or the One Where Hannah Does Lots of Coke

    Aspiring writers are often encouraged to write about their own experiences, a tactic that “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham uses frequently. But sometimes, when a young writer doesn’t feel she or he has “lived” enough, an experience is contrived with the sole intention of then writing about it. E...

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    'American Horror Story: Asylum' Closes Its Doors on a Wild But Surprisingly Poignant Season

    The article below contains spoilers for the second season of "American Horror Story."

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    'Girls' Addresses Race and What It Means to Be Conservative

    The article below contains spoilers for "I Get Ideas," the January 20th, 2013 episode of "Girls."

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    Recap: Minor Key 'Girls' Finds Hannah & Marnie Getting Some New Ideas

    If the season premiere was a bit of shakeup to reorient the gang in "Girls" for wherever the new season will take them, the second episode almost seems like an addendum. It's as if Lena Dunham and company decided they needed to make yet another shift to get the show in the direction they needed, and...

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    'Girls' Recap 2: The Girls 'Get Ideas,' But What Do They Want?

    In the epic Hannah vs. Marnie blowout last season, Marnie snaps at Hannah, “I like to be around people who know what they want!” This line is particularly relevant in Sunday night’s all-new episode, “I Get Ideas”: Do the young women of “Girls” know what they want?

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