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What TV Shows to Watch and Which Ones to Delete From Your DVR

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by Ryan McGee March 23, 2015 @ 8:30 AM
Yahoo!
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: shows that are in danger of falling into my DVR abyss.

‘The Flash’ Review: ‘Out of Time’

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by Ryan McGee March 18, 2015 @ 7:02 AM
The CW
Through the first fifty minutes of tonight’s installment of The Flash, I was thinking it was a middling-to-OK episode of television. Way too much love quadrangle baloney, way too much Joe trying to go alone even though he should know better, way too much of the show starting the slow burn of Cisco figuring out Wells’ true end game. And then the last ten minutes happened and everything changed.

Monday Morning Critic: Is ‘iZombie’ Worth Watching?

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by Ryan McGee March 16, 2015 @ 2:34 PM
The CW
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: reviews of iZombie and Undateable.

Monday Morning Critic: Is ‘Powers’ Worth a Playstation Plus Account?

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by Ryan McGee March 9, 2015 @ 11:00 AM
Playstation
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: what makes The 100 a continual stand-out this year, and a review of Powers.

Monday Morning Critic: The Best Show You’re Probably Not Watching

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by Ryan McGee March 2, 2015 @ 10:10 AM
ABC
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: a look at the upcoming American Crime and praise for The Goldbergs.

Monday Morning Critic: What Is a Comedy, What Is a Drama and What Does It Matter?

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by Ryan McGee February 23, 2015 @ 10:53 AM
Netflix
In terms of its approach to the comedy/drama cut-off point, The Emmys have gone the way of pizza delivery: Television is apparently now thirty minutes or less, or it’s not funny. That’s the takeaway from its announcement last week of certain changes to its awards structure in future years. Comedy series are now defined as being a half hour or less, while drama series are anything over that thirty-minute demarcation.

‘The Flash’ Review: “Fallout”

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by Ryan McGee February 17, 2015 @ 8:54 PM
The CW
That shouldn’t be a revolutionary thing to say, and most of this stems from the type of TV logic that makes you look at blue sky and think, “Hmmm, but maybe it’s really orange?” Answers are rarely what they seem since shows often have something else up their sleeve to completely contradict the norm later on. Another reason why an unassailable fact stinks? Having answers is boring because then there’s no way for the audience to “participate,” as it were, in a piece of fiction. Yes, that participation is always an illusion, but simply mulling over possibilities (without the need to actually “solve” them) is one of the chief pleasures of serialized narration.

Monday Morning Critic: The Best SNL Cast Ever

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by Ryan McGee February 16, 2015 @ 8:25 AM
NBC
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: my all-time cast of SNL.

‘The Flash’ Review: “The Nuclear Man”

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by Ryan McGee February 10, 2015 @ 9:03 PM
The CW
It’s somewhat ironic that an episode featuring this much Firestorm would leave me a little cold. But that’s where I am tonight with ‘The Flash,’ which did enough to keep things moving along even if its actual content was all over the map both narratively and tonally. There were about three or four solid episodes in “The Nuclear Man,” all fighting for the same space. But whereas the battleground over Ronnie Raymond’s body yielded a literal explosion, this episode yielded few fireworks.