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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.

Recap: Is 'Scandal' Overdoing It With Shock Moments?

April 17th, 2015 8:42am EDT
'Scandal' Review: Memorable Moments from 'I'm Just A Bill'
It’s dangerous when a show starts to heavily rely on shocking moments rather than well-developed storylines. Scandal is far gone down the road of over relying on twists and crazy moments designed solely for Twitter trends. In earlier seasons, there were plenty of genuine shockers, from Amanda Tanner’s death to stealing an election, which elevated the show from soapy fun to must see TV. But now, Scandal has become a twist-OMG-addict, making the show more ridiculous at every turn.

Rowan’s back! Russell is like every other guy in Olivia’s life! Jake might be dead!!! Is any of this elevating t...
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'Game Of Thrones': Some Amazing & Cringe-Worthy Moments From The Premiere

April 13th, 2015 8:20am EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Season 5 Premiere Recap: Best And Worst Of 'Th
It’s back! Our favorite show featuring feuding families, bloody battles of a crown, murder, mayhem, and the occasional dragon returns to remind viewer what it feels like to fear for your favorite characters on a weekly basis again. Game of Thrones is just as big a cultural phenomenon as ever, making each episode essential viewing if you don’t want to brave the next batch of heart-wrenching spoilers.

“The Wars to Come” is an interesting, if not average, way to begin the season. The episode stands alone as a fine piece of television, but as an opening for a season, it’s a bit flat. More stor...
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What Are Your 'Game Of Thrones' Hopes And Fears?

April 10th, 2015 12:10pm EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Wish List: Hopes And Worries For Season 5
As Game of Thrones Season 5 approaches, loyal fans may be feeling the familiar combination between excitement and dread. On one hand one of the most surprising, conniving, and entertaining TV shows is coming back. But on the other hand, there’s always a high likelihood that the characters we’ve grown to love will be demeaned, tortured, and murdered in front of our very eyes, just like every other season.

However, there’s something very different about this season. The showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have been more open than ever about diverging from the source material and surpa...
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'Shameless' Finale Perfectly Highlights Where Season 5 Went Wrong

April 6th, 2015 10:14am EDT
'Shameless' Finale Review: 'Love Songs (In Key Of Gallagher)' An
“Love Songs (in the Key of Gallagher)” perfectly highlights all the ways that season 5 went wrong. Showtime is notorious for having their programs go downhill after incredible first seasons, but Shameless seemed to avoid the Showtime curse with agility. Every season was unique but managed to feel like a cohesive part of the same show about a wild, fiercely loyal family that was cursed with more than their fair share of bad luck. But season 5 has been one misstep after another.

The family spent most of the season completely apart, taking part in stories where they mostly interact with outsi...
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‘Shameless’ Struggles Between Comedy And Darkness

March 30th, 2015 10:31am EDT
'Shameless' Season 5 Episode 11 Review 'Drugs Actually'
Shameless doesn't always find the right balance between dark comedy and pure darkness. This season is a prime example of the balance being off kilter. The first three seasons always found the perfect formula for being fun and heartbreaking. For every plot about Debbie kidnapping a baby, there was Fiona fighting her parents for custody of the kids. Season 4 was far too depressing, with the lighthearted plots being overshadowed by Fiona's downfall. This season feels like the writers are trying hard to course correct by bringing the fun back to the show, but without any of the same heart as be...
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'The Walking Dead' Season 5 Finale Was Filled With Heart-Pounding Tension

March 30th, 2015 8:44am EDT
5 Badass Moments From 'The Walking Dead' Season 5 Finale
If you didn’t end up sopped in nervous sweat by the end of “Conquer,” you may not have been paying attention. Nobody does heart-pounding tension like The Walking Dead and the season 5 finale had it in spades. Half of the show’s beloved characters were in mortal danger at one point, not that that’s anything new. But in a finale it feels like anything could happen. Rick be on their doorsteps in the last few moments. And you never know what a The Walking Dead finale’s biggest shocker is going to be.

“Conquer” sets up the next season’s arc better than any other of the show’s finales ever has....
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'Shameless' Review: Top 5 Wild Moments from 'South Side Rules'

March 23rd, 2015 10:54pm EDT
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Remember when you hated Sammi because she was naively enamored with Frank and eating up screen time from other, beloved characters? Well, she finally earned all the vitriol that’s been thrown at her by characters and viewers alike. Last week the ramifications of Carl’s arrest seemed light, as if the entire family were unaffected by this inevitability. But the real consequence of Carl’s jail time is that they pissed off the wrong Gallagher. Sammi comes off as more villainous than any other character on Shameless, except for Frank, whose heinous actions are usually due to selfishness instead ...
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'Walking Dead' Recap: A Genuine Shocker

March 23rd, 2015 8:43am EDT
'The Walking Dead' Review: Five Badass Moments From 'Try'
The Walking Dead can feel predictable at times. There are inevitable moments that can make everything else feel like filler. We knew Rick and Shane would one day have an epic showdown, so everything in between was buildup. When Rick promised to kill Gareth with that axe, the audience only had to count the minutes until it actually happened exactly as expected. As soon as Pete was introduced, sitting in a shadowy silhouette on the porch, it was obvious to every regular TWD viewer that Rick would eventually kill him and everything else is just bidding time.

So, when the show manages to pull ...
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5 Memorable Moments From 'Scandal' Last Night

March 20th, 2015 9:27am EDT
'Scandal' Recap: 5 Memorable Moments From 'It's Good to Be Kink'
“It’s Good to Be Kink” is as close to return to form as Scandal can possibly get. It had everything that could make up an incredible Scandal episode: a campy guest star, a fun case of the week that had high stakes for a regular character, shocking murders, and Olivia hooking up with an extremely attractive man. Add the fact that Fitz’s presence in the episode was minimal, the episode makes us hopeful that the Scandal writers are still figuring out what works and what doesn’t.

Bringing back the B613 plot was a massive backslide for the show, which was making huge strides in getting away fro...
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5 Crazy Moments From Sunday Night's 'Shameless'

March 16th, 2015 10:37am EDT
'Shameless' Review: 5 Wild Moments From 'Carl's First Sentencing
The aftermath of Carl’s arrest couldn’t match the hectic follow up to Fiona’s arrest. She, as the show’s main character, was the focal point of everybody’s lives and her actions affected them each, one way or another. Carl’s arrest doesn’t have that same heavy weight to it. Most of the characters continue on with their lives as usual, completely unaffected by the prospect of him going to jail. The storyline is treated more like a joke, one of those wacky side plots that distract from larger stories like Ian’s bipolar disorder.

Who knows if it’s the right move for Shameless to treat Carl’s ...
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