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‘Agent Carter’ Review: “The Blitzkrieg Button”

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by Britt Hayes January 27, 2015 @ 10:05 PM
ABC
Howard Stark returns on tonight’s ‘Agent Carter,’ introducing the concept of the titular “Blitzkrieg Button,” although it proves to be little more than a distraction piled on top of a distraction for Peggy, who’s already working so diligently to lead what is essentially a triple-life. While the men at the SSR talk about what it means to be an agent, which is the most important part of who they are, it’s only Peggy who truly knows both the cost and the value of dedicating your life to the job.

‘Justified’ Review: “Cash Game”

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick January 27, 2015 @ 10:05 PM
FX
‘Justified’’s 6th and final season takes aim with its second 2015 installment in “Cash Game,” as Boyd grapples with Ava and attempts to uncover the significance of his latest heist, while Raylan brushes up against the new players in town mysteriously buying up Harlan land.

‘Parks and Recreation’ Review: “Gryzzlbox; Save JJ’s”

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by Britt Hayes January 27, 2015 @ 8:26 PM
NBC
After the stressful tug of war between Leslie and Ron in the first few episodes, it’s nice to see them united against a common enemy once again in this week’s two new episodes of ‘Parks and Recreation.’ While there were plenty of heartwarming moments to last week’s episodes, they definitely felt a bit more dramatic, but “Gryzzlbox” and “Save JJ’s” are wholly hilarious and both feature some perfect comedic rhythm.

‘Girls’ Review: “Female Author”

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by Britt Hayes January 25, 2015 @ 8:30 PM
HBO
There’s something vaguely gnawing and anxiety-inducing about this week’s episode of ‘Girls,’ which splits its time between Hannah in Iowa and her friends back in New York, and finally gives us a clue about what Adam’s been up to while Hannah’s away. By now we’ve become very familiar with the willfully regressive nature of these characters, who function in juvenile, narcissistic cycles, with each revolution back around only bringing them the tiniest baby step further in their maturation. Two steps forward, one step back.

‘SNL’ Ranked: Blake Shelton Brings His Country Sensibility, But Where’s the Charm?

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by Britt Hayes January 25, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
NBC
It’s not often that a musical guest pulls double duty as a host on ‘SNL’—we’ve seen some pretty great ones over the years, whose natural charisma lends itself well to the gig, and we’ve seen some…not so great ones, where we (along with the folks at ‘SNL’) were more enamored with the concept than with the execution. This week brings country music star ‘The Voice’ host (there’s a little NBC synergy for you) Blake Shelton to the ‘SNL’ stage, but does he belong? Read on for our official ranking of this week’s ‘SNL’ sketches from best to worst.

‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Finale Review: “Curtain Call”

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by Britt Hayes January 21, 2015 @ 11:00 PM
FX
And with that, the curtain falls on another season of ‘American Horror Story,’ as ‘Freak Show’ does its best to come full circle and remember that it had established some plot threads that it should probably tie up. “Curtain Call” is filled with inevitable moments punctuated by maudlin theatrics, which should seem appropriate given the context of the fourth season—but with how much ‘Freak Show’ has meandered aimlessly from plot to plot, delivering half-baked ideas and even lesser-baked themes, very little of tonight’s season finale feels worth the journey.

‘Justified’ Final Season Premiere Review: “Fate’s Right Hand”

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick January 20, 2015 @ 10:15 PM
FX
‘Justified’’s 6th and final season takes aim with its 1st 2015 installment in “Fate’s Right Hand,” as Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) presses Ava and a freed Dewey Crowe to turn on Boyd, while the man himself plans a daring bank robbery for his new employers.

‘Parks and Recreation’ Review: “William Henry Harrison; Leslie and Ron”

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by Britt Hayes January 20, 2015 @ 9:25 PM
NBC
Although a lot has changed in the fictional TV years since we last saw the cast of ‘Parks and Recreation,’ some things never change, like Leslie’s unflappable determination, and Ron’s stubborn attitude. These two butting heads over their ideals is nothing new, but there’s something kind of unsettling about the cavalier and stoic way with which Ron approaches his business—he’s always been a libertarian with anti-government and pro-capitalist views, but who could imagine a Ron who makes deals with a business like Gryzzl?