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'Freak Show' finale a fiasco

FX

BY MATTHEW BARNAUSKAS

There was promise in the premiere of “Freak Show:” a potentially terrifying concept, which called back to the cult classic “Freaks,” filled with opportunities for social reflection. But then the train got derailed, with never-ending unnecessary characters and subplots.

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Intelligent 'The Nightly Show' has promise to grow

Comedy Central

BY ADAM THEISEN

Jon Stewart never set out to make a point. When he took over “The Daily Show” from Craig Kilborn in 1999, he shifted the program’s focus toward more explicitly political satire, and Stewart has undoubtedly made an impact through the years on America’s current political climate.

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'The Fall' season two enthralls with slow burn suspense

Netflix

BY KIM BATCHELOR

We are quickly reminded of the eerie feeling that no one is ever safe.

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'Resident Evil (2015)' a stunning revival of an old classic

BY JACOB RICH

“Resident Evil” is a game that each generation of gamers should play. It’s still scary. It’s more beautiful than ever.

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'Parks' Season 7 premiere explores new character relationships

NBC

BY DREW MARON

“Parks and Recreation” has provided some of the funniest and most human moments of television of any genre in the last twenty years. It has made us laugh and cry — often at the same time — and it will be hard to say goodbye later this year. However, it’s also comforting to know that the beginning of the end was just as special as all that came before.

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Victoria Justice tries to break out of teen-scene with edgy but bland “Eye Candy”

MTV

BY SOPHIA KAUFMAN

Many of the plot devices are worn and transparent, and the lines feel overly illustrative, leaving viewers annoyed at having explanations and superficial backstories thrust upon them.

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2015 Golden Globes wrap-up: Just one big party

BY HAILEY MIDDLEBROOK

Like fish, entertainment stars need bait: a red carpet, a sea of photographers, and most importantly, the chance to be acknowledged by a highly prestigious board of judges.

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