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    MAD MEN RECAP FOUR: SIGNAL 30

    “I’m through with all that fantasy stuff.”

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    Recap: Season Premiere Of 'Girls' A Confident, Funny Start For Lena Dunham's Series

    Update: Viewers on the U.S. can now watch the pilot episode of "Girls" on YouTube without an HBO subscription. Unembeddable, but watch here.

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    GIRLS RECAP 1: PILOT: ONE FINAL PUSH

    Short verzh: yeah, it's niche and occasionally obnoxious. It's also super-watchable and good (in that "extractions portion of a facial" way at times, but still). Give it a chance. 


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    GAME OF THRONES RECAP 3: WHAT IS DEAD MAY NEVER DIE

    Back when "Game Of Thrones" debuted a year ago, one of the stranger criticisms was that it was made about men, for men.

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    'Justified,' and 'Southland' Finales: Meet Hardboiled Director Don Siegel

    Watching the final few episodes of "Justified" (which ended its season this week) as well as "Southland" and the more pretentious "The Killing," I found myself thinking about Don Siegel, the mid-century hardboiled director whose films epitomized an unpretentious, corrosive vein of American cinema.

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    Critic's Notebook: Amy Taubin on the 'Defiant Immodesty' of Lena Dunham's 'Girls'

    Modestly entertaining in its defiant immodesty, Lena Durham’s "Girls," a ten-part comedy series for HBO, nails the way that women -- make that "girls," no, make that white, upper-middle class, well-educated, and, as far as they know, heterosexual persons with vaginas -- talk about sex.

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    No, No, No: 'Nurse Jackie' Finally Heads to Rehab

    One of the most enjoyable aspects of Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" has also turned into the show's biggest burden as it's gone into multiple seasons, kicking off its fourth this past Sunday. It's that the title character (played with both verve and abrasiveness by Edie Falco), a no-nonsense nurse who's ...

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    'Mad Men' Episode 4 Review and Recap: Joan Opens Door to 'Mystery Date'--Dream or Dud?

    In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, anticipation and fear reigned. As did two of Alfred Hitchcock's favorite fixations: Murders and mothers. Spoilers ahead!

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    Ricky Gervais In Flames (Not The Kind He Promised): Golden Globes Television Review

    And just like that, the Golden Globes went back to being one more bloated, boring awards show. You could tell from the start when Ricky Gervais came out and began with a Kim Kardashian joke – really? so obvious? – and not even a funny one, counting off the ways she’s different...

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    Downton Abbey: Does Mary Get Matthew, And Will Patton Oswalt Tweet?

    It took a costume drama about nose-in-the-air aristocrats to give PBS pop-culture traction. But just before New Year’s, there was Patton Oswalt catching up with season 1 and  practically swooning as he Tweeted with arch wit but no irony, “Oh DOWNTON ABBEY, how have I only just ...

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