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Alyssa is a freelance writer who has worked in almost every field of writing. But no genre is more enjoyable than snarking on the latest episode of her favorite TV shows.

Were You Disappointed With The Season Finale Of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'?

January 22nd, 2015 9:27am EST
'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Season Finale: Rundown On 'C
Finally! Ryan Murphy has freed us from the torture that was American Horror Story: Freak Show. Like most AHS finales, “Curtain Call” wrapped up dozens of storylines and even more character arcs in the most ridiculous and least sufficient way possible. You’d think by now we’d be use to the insane twists and turns that ultimately amount to nothing, but somehow this ending still managed to disappoint. It didn’t quite reach the borefest levels of the Coven finale, but the entire episode was ill paced and unsatisfying.

Finally! At last Ryan Murphy has freed us from the torture that was American...
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'Shameless' Recap: 5 Best Moments From 'I'm The Liver'

January 19th, 2015 9:09am EST
'Shameless' Review: 5 Best Moments From 'I'm The Liver'
Happy Father’s Day, Shameless universe! “I'm The Liver” jam packs dozens of plots, big and small, into a single episode, including Ian’s continued descent, Lip’s new job, Veronica’s post-partum depression, Sammi’s desperation to get Frank to notice her, Frank’s brewery, and the budding gentrification of the South Side, among many others. Yet, it still manages to feel cohesive. Even with the many subplots, it never feels like the characters exist in a bubble. They cross paths, interact, and acknowledge each other’s storylines. It’s actually quite an impressive achievement to feature so much ...
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'American Horror Story: Freak Show': The Biggest Questions From 'Show Stoppers'

January 15th, 2015 10:16am EST
'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Recap: The Biggest Questions
The mantra of the loyal American Horror Story viewer might as well be “why is this happening?” and “what the hell were the writers thinking?” Things were always overly strange for the sake of shock value on this show. After all, we did have a season that had demonic nuns, aliens, and Nazis all at once. But at least the show attempted to make sense of the universe back then. Freak show has taken things to the next level of bonkers, throwing all logic out the window and disregarding anything resembling character development.

One would think that with only 12 episodes to write a complete stor...
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'Shameless' Recap: 5 Best Moments From The Season Premiere 'Nectar Of The Gods'

January 9th, 2015 9:30am EST
'Shameless' Review: 5 Best Moments From The Season Premiere 'Nec
Shameless remains one of the few Showtime series that manages to get better every year, instead of the usual steady decline in quality. Although last season was the most depressing to date, it proved that even when the characters spiraled out of control and destroyed everything around them, they were still worth watching. The show’s writers have promised that this season, set in the fun summer months, will be a step away from the bleakness that nearly demolished the Gallagher family last season.

The 5th season premiere “Nectar of the Gods” is back to the classic Shameless mix of unabashed ...
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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' 5 Most Absurd Moments From 'Magical Thinking'

January 8th, 2015 9:56am EST
NPH is the worst
This week on American Horror Story: yet another storyline and villainous character is introduced in a desperate attempt to get one more special guest star packed into an already crowded cast. The episode also featured another death, but unfortunately not enough to dwindle down this incredibly packed cast before the season’s end. How will every storyline be wrapped up if the show keeps introducing new ones?

Oh wait. It’s American Horror Story. Don’t think so hard about it. Just enjoy the ridiculousness. Here are the 5 most absurd moments from “Magical Thinking:”

Neil Patrick Harris as Ches...
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'Sleepy Hollow' Review: 5 Questions Raised By 'Paradise Lost'

January 6th, 2015 8:54am EST
'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: 5 Questions Raised By 'Paradise Lost'
When we last left Sleepy Hollow, everything that had been built up for the last season and a half crumbled in a matter of minutes. Henry, the elderly son of Katrina and Ichabod, betrayed his demon master, Moloch, and ended the rising and impending Apocalypse. And all because Moloch didn’t love him enough. After months of building up a bloody battle that could decide the fate of the world, our heroes and their sidekicks were left tied up, helpless, and mere witnesses to the destruction of Moloch. Is it any wonder that Ichabod, Abbie, and the rest of the crew spent most of the return from hia...
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TV's 10 Best Female Characters Of 2014

December 27th, 2014 11:43am EST
Television's 10 Best Female Characters Of 2014
No more simple sidekicks. No more dopey love interests with no purpose other than mooning over the smoldering leading man. Female characters have come a long way. From the anti-hero badasses who don’t mind destroying lives if it means getting their way to intelligent, compassionate women with ambition, 2014 was home to dozens of amazing female characters. These women push boundaries, more than hold their own against their male counterparts, and entertain audiences all over.

While it was tough to narrow down the barrage of awesome women to a short list, we have the 10 best female characters...
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2014: Television's Most Shocking Moments

December 26th, 2014 4:00pm EST
Television's Most Shocking Moments Of 2014
Television creators, writers, and producers are constantly attempting to grab headlines with shocking moments that outdo their previous seasons and outshine the competition. 2014 was no different, with dozens of jaw dropping and instantly unforgettable twists and turns. Here are the top moments that made us gasp, cry, cheer, and stayed with us long after our screens went dark. Beware there are tons of spoilers to be found within.

The Good Wife’s Shocking Departure

Alicia Florrick and Will Gardner were meant to be. Typically, a television series introduces a love interest and then takes ...
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American Horror Story Freak Show: 5 Weirdest Moments From 'Orphans'

December 18th, 2014 9:50am EST
American Horror Story Freak Show Recap: 5 Weirdest Moments From
Well, that was a weird waste of an hour. No Dandy. Barely even inching forward in the plot. An episode completely devoted to a character that’s spent two seasons in the background, barely relevant. Yet, “Orphans” managed to be one of the strangest and strangely emotional episodes of this season. Here are the 5 weirdest moments from a very bizarre episode:

Elsa and Pepper’s Previously Unmentioned Relationship

In an attempt to humanize a character that calls her closest companions her “monsters,” “Orphans” creates a backstory for Pepper and Elsa that paints them as closer than ever formerly...
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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' 5 Best Moments From 'Tupperware Party Massacre'

December 11th, 2014 8:48am EST
'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Recap: 5 Best Moments From '
Here at the top 5 moments from “Tupperware Party Massacre:”

These Insane Quotes

If American Horror Story has one reoccurring strength, it’s in the pure insanity of the dialogue. Every episode is guaranteed to have a few memorable quotes that out of context are baffling, while in-context are just as crazy. Here are this week’s quoteable highlights:

Jimmy to Ima, while spoon feeding her: “If you need it long and hard, I need you soft and wide.”

Dandy was on the top of his game with his crazy ramblings. “I am your God, Jimmy. And I’ve decided you need to suffer. I’m going to destroy you ...
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