Monday, September 7, 2020 - 2:02pm
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The first season of “The Boys” deserves to be recognized as one of the defining satires of the post-9/11 era. Like Alan Moore’s “Watchmen,” the show imagined what America would look like if the beloved superheroes of “The Avengers” or “Justice League” were real. But instead of a bleak, 1970s America, “The Boys” focused on three main intersections of American culture during the War on Terror: militarism, religion and entertainment. “The Boys” also stood out for its over-the-top gore and hilarious irreverence.

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 1:56pm
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One ubiquitous sci-fi trope is introducing a story with a few establishing shots of a far-off, mysterious desert planet. In the “Raised by Wolves” universe, this planet is Kepler-22b. A dramatic orchestra accompanies a spaceship which crashlands into the sand, revealing two androids — Father (Abubakar Salim, “Informer”) and Mother (Amanda Collin, “Horrible Woman”). They have fled the destruction of Earth by consequence of a great war.

Sunday, September 6, 2020 - 8:00pm
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When most people think of a true-crime docuseries, they assume the worst. Serial killers, human rights abuses, conspiracy theories, high-stakes heists. A fake dating profile is more likely to be the subject of “Catfish” than “Blackfish.” “Love Fraud” offers a clever rebuttal to this common documentary genre.

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 5:01pm
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“Beauty and the Baker” is an American TV show about the love story between a rugged Cuban-American baker and a headstrong supermodel. The show’s two main characters, the baker Daniel Garcia, (Victor Rasuk, “The Mule”) and the beauty Noa Hamilton (Nathalie Kelley, “Vampire Diaries”) occupy completely different worlds in Miami when the show begins. Daniel is an everyday man who works at his loving family’s bakery. Noa is a supermodel who drifts between lovers in an extravagant but alienating world of fame and fortune.

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 5:44pm
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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, “Grey’s Anatomy” halted production on their season, before eventually cutting it short by four episodes. While it wasn’t the ending that was planned, the Season 16 finale of “Grey’s” was a satisfying one. Time and time again, the longest running medical drama in the history of television has proved its ability to pivot when something unexpected happens. After all, the production shutdown wasn’t the first hurdle “Grey’s” had to overcome this season; earlier, adjustments had to be made after Justin Chambers’ abrupt exit.

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 5:12pm
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Throughout my self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve had a limitless amount of time to read books, do schoolwork and finish household chores. However, instead of doing literally any of those activities, I’ve mainly just lounged around and taken this newfound time to myself to sample different kinds of local, domestic and international beers. Luckily my adventures in brew tasting have run in tandem with the series premiere of “Brews Brothers” on Netflix.

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.