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‘The Flash’ Review: “The Sound and the Fury”

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by Ryan McGee 3 days ago
The CW
Look, when you produce 22 episodes a year, there are going to be some terrible episodes. Heck, it happens on 10- and 13-episode seasons as well. It happens all the time, even on the best of shows. Even ‘Lost’ produced “Stranger In A Strange Land,” an episode devoted to Jack Shephard’s tattoos, kites, and Bai Ling. ‘Lost’ is one of my favorite shows of all time, and that’s one of the worst episodes of television that I intentionally watched. So saying “The Sound And The Fury” was awful doesn’t mean ‘The Flash’ is suddenly awful. It just means the show had a bad week, the equivalent of Barry Allen tripping over something at supersonic speed and then tumbling into a brick wall. Everything’s fine, except for this episode.

Monday Morning Critic: The Return of ‘The Americans’

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by Ryan McGee 5 days ago
FX
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 review of the third season of ‘The Americans’ and a look at a recent example the true power of long-form narrative on TV.

‘The Flash’ Review: “Revenge of the Rogues”

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by Ryan McGee January 20, 2015 @ 7:55 PM
The CW
It feels like forever since ‘The Flash’ last aired an original episode, so it’s great to finally have this entertaining show back on the air. It’s also a month later in the fictional world of the show when things start back up tonight in “Revenge of the Rogues,” and it seems as if Barry Allen and company are still nursing their wounds from the events in “The Man In The Yellow Suit.” But while plenty of people are hurting in Central City, ‘The Flash’ shows no signs of losing its light touch in the all-too-often dark world of Hollywood comic book adaptations.

Monday Morning Critic: The Return of 'Justified' and the Premiere of 'Backstrom'

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by Ryan McGee January 20, 2015 @ 8:59 AM
FOX
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: two reviews and a hail of TV-related thoughts in bulleted form.

Monday Morning Critic: The Five Best Episodes of 'Parks and Rec' Ever

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by Ryan McGee January 12, 2015 @ 9:14 AM
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 review of a new FXX show and five episodes of ‘Parks And Recreation’ you should watch before its final season premiere.

Monday Morning Critic: Is Marvel's 'Agent Carter' Any Good?

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by Ryan McGee January 5, 2015 @ 8:56 AM
Marvel / ABC
In the past, I’ve taken an approach towards pilots that I will occasionally deploy here in the ‘MMC’: The 5 Questions And 500 Words approach. The title pretty much serves as a descriptor: Instead of overloading both you the reader and I the critic with an avalanche of words about all major pilots about to premiere, I’ll cut to the chase as quickly as possible in order to save you time and me some sanity. It’s hopefully a win-win situation. With that in mind, here are three such reviews about showing premiering over the next seven days.

Monday Morning Critic: Five Suggestions to Help You Enjoy More TV in 2015

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by Ryan McGee December 22, 2014 @ 9:13 AM
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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 holiday poem, a preview of ‘Justified,’ and five suggestions to help you enjoy TV more in 2015.

Monday Morning Critic: 10 Great Shows to Binge Watch Over the Holidays

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by Ryan McGee December 15, 2014 @ 9:46 AM
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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: two classic comedies wrap production, a TV-centric documentary provides a must-watch experience for fans of the medium, and I make some holiday bingewatching suggestions.

Monday Morning Critic: The Top 10 TV Shows of 2014

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by Ryan McGee December 8, 2014 @ 9:43 AM
Showtime/Comedy Central/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: The top ten shows of 2014.