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

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by Ryan McGee 5 days ago
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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.

‘The Flash’ Review: “Flash vs. Arrow”

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by Ryan McGee December 2, 2014 @ 7:55 PM
The CW
Well that was a LOT of fun. There are times to get super serious in the world of episodic reviews, and there are times to pass around a few beverages and raise a glass. I don’t know if this was the “best” episode of ‘The Flash,’ whatever that word really means, but it was almost certainly the most entertaining. As light on its feet as The Flash (and ‘The Flash’) has ever been, ‘Flash Versus Arrow’ delivered on the promise of its title and provided some pulpy thrills while also providing conflict for future installments.

Monday Morning Critic: The Best of 2014, Honorable Mentions

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by Ryan McGee December 1, 2014 @ 10:05 AM
FX/BBC/Comedy Central
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: Not every show can make my year-end best of list, but certain actors, episodes, and other achievements still need to be recognized.

‘The Flash’ Review: “Power Outage”

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by Ryan McGee November 25, 2014 @ 9:07 PM
The CW
All shows need to figure out ways to stretch a season-long production budget, especially those with moderate to heavy special effects. So it’s not a huge surprise to get an episode of ‘The Flash’ like “Power Outage,” which functioned as something akin to a double bottle episode. Crafting a sequence like last week’s SUPERSONIC PUNCH costs a pretty penny, and sometimes that means cutting corners in other episodes. So this week’s episode turned off the superpowers for the most part, turned the lights down low, and also turned off most of my interest in the process.

Monday Morning Critic: What 'Mockingjay' Has To Do With the Future of Television

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by Ryan McGee November 24, 2014 @ 12:20 PM
Lionsgate/TheCW
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 the cinematic version of ‘The Hunger Games’ has to do with the future of television.

‘Flash’ Review: “The Flash is Born”

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by Ryan McGee November 19, 2014 @ 7:44 AM
TheCW
It’s never good to try to predict things when it comes to serialized television shows. And it’s an especially bad idea when those predictions involve something as slippery as time travel. But that’s where we are a scant six episodes into ‘The Flash,’ as tonight’s epilogue all but confirms what most of us have been thinking all along. This show is many things, but “subtle” isn’t exactly one of those.

Monday Morning Critic: Unsung Heroes of the Fall 2014 TV Season

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by Ryan McGee November 17, 2014 @ 8:37 AM
NBC/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: looking ahead to year-end lists, and some unsung heroes of the Fall 2014 TV season.

'The Flash' Review: "Plastique"

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by Ryan McGee November 11, 2014 @ 9:04 PM
The CW
We’re in that phase of ‘The Flash’ in which what’s new has worn off and the season’s true narrative hasn’t yet arrived. As such, we’re in a holding pattern, in which the same basic moves are repeated until the audience learns what’s what in the world of Central City. As mentioned in the last recap, this is all perfectly fine, and even though "Plastique" was a step down from "Going Rogue," it still has some core things that suggest long-term health for the show.