Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 4:35pm
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Last spring, no one could have predicted the economic downfall we currently find our country in. Meanwhile, broadcast television networks have been developing sitcoms based on the premise that everyone has extended family just one questionable investment or medical misfortune away from being forced to consolidate under one roof. This kind of uncertain economic pre-apprehension makes comedies like NBC’s “Indebted” and CBS’s “Broke” feel eerily grounded in our reality.

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 3:58pm
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“Tales from the Loop” is no stranger to the weird. Giant bipedal robots roam the forests while ’80s cars drive past. Kids skip stones in a pond while giant, futuristic megastructures loom in the background. Based on the surrealist artwork of Simon Stålenhag, “Tales from the Loop” is an episodic series set in the rural town of Mercer, Ohio, which is also home to an underground laboratory for discovering secrets of the universe what the locals refer to as “The Loop.”  The show focuses on the many strange and fantastic mysteries that emanate from The Loop.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 5:50pm
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Probably the most easily recognizable title of the reality TV era, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” recently began its 18th consecutive season. If you are a nonregular to reality shows but are aware of its campy tropes, you might already fully know what to expect from the Kardashian family’s boring and sometimes controversial livelihoods as socialites of the celebrity world. 

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 2:40pm
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On the surface, a council of dads isn’t a bad idea. Reconciling with his terminal diagnosis, loving father Scott Perry decides to form a council to guide and support his family after he’s gone. The series premiere serves as a prologue for the rest of the show. “Council of Dads” is a familial tear-jerker in the same vein as “This is Us,” but where the latter succeeded in being a genuinely gripping emotional rollercoaster, the former can’t even get off the ground. What’s wrong with “Council of Dads” is precisely what works so well in “This is Us.” The characters.

Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 4:55pm
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This is it. A little over a year since Netflix pulled the plug on the critically-acclaimed Latinx-centered family sitcom, “One Day at a Time,” and after numerous fan campaigns and a last minute save by POP TV, the show has finally returned to our screens. Regardless of whether you’ve watched the series from the beginning — either the 1975 original created by Norman Lear or the reboot in 2017 — or are only discovering it for the first time, the premiere is very aware of its need to appeal to both audiences.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 8:16pm
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Well, it’s here folks: The robots are out of the park. Season three of “Westworld” brings the promise of a host takeover through the ringleader of our army of artificial intelligence, Delores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood, “True Blood”). She claims she wants to rule the human world, which, for all its futuristic luxury, still has lots of problems.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 4:13pm
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“Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” is a historical retelling of the life of Sarah Walker, (Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”) a washerwoman who became the first female self-made millionaire during the Gilded Age.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 3:41pm
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As fantasy and sci-fi have become two of the most popular television genres, we’ve now reached the point where subgenres have emerged, most notably alternate history. Based on the late Philip Roth’s 2004 novel of the same name, HBO’s alternate history miniseries “The Plot Against America” imagines what life would be like in a world where Hitler and the Nazis prevailed and what it would be like for a Jewish family to live through a presidency that empowers those who openly discriminate against them.

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 11:41pm
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Let’s paint a picture. It’s Saturday night at Skeeps. Your $12 Moscow Mule pitcher is running dry. “Down” by Jay Sean is blasting on the speakers. Everyone’s losing it. Luckily, you lock eyes with that special someone from across the muddied dance floor. You find your way through the crowd and begin to hit the basics: Name, major, hometown, your least favorite President of the University whose last name starts with an “S.” Next thing you know, you’re in a Lyft back to their place.

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 9:40pm
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You know those television shows that begin by stating they were filmed in front of a live studio audience? Until recently, I never understood the significance of it — not just what it meant for that particular show, but also for television as a whole.