Recaps

‘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 Good Wife' Email Hack And Post-Election Drama

March 30th, 2015 9:09am EDT
'The Good Wife' Recap And Review: 'Undisclosed Recipients' - Don
So the State's Attorney's election is over - so now what? That's the big question at the heart of this week's episode of The Good Wife, "Undisclosed Recipients," which between the post-election drama and another hacking problem, feels like it's going back to some of the same plot wells.

In what could've been a jumping-off point to start something fantastic for the remainder of the season, ultimately the biggest takeaway for the audience is to be more careful with one's emails.

Everyone at Florrick, Agos & Lockhart is celebrating Alicia's victory for two seconds before their motivations be...
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'Saturday Night Live' Season 40, Episode 16 Recap: Dwayne Johnson/George Ezra

March 29th, 2015 10:49am EDT
The Rock SnL
As he noted in his monologue, Dwayne Johnson is known for joining established film franchises and giving them a successful shot in the arm. Accordingly, his fourth “SNL” hosting stint heavily favored sketches that commented on the host’s reputation and familiar pop culture entities in general. Many of this season’s hosts, even the most capable ones, have been relegated to mostly utility roles. But Johnson was effectively given plenty of opportunities to shine, as he was allowed to play to his strengths, and the result was an episode that overall also played to its strengths.

The Rock Ob...
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'Impractical Jokers': Ice Skates & Balloons, Genitalia On Gummy Bears & More

March 27th, 2015 10:04am EDT
'Impractical Jokers' Scorecard: 'Damned If You Do' - Jokers On I
After the Impractical Jokers showed us their first-ever tour special, they were back to business as usual, pranking America and embarrassing each other. In "Damned If You Do," we learned that none of these guys are in shape and all of them are generally out of their element. This, of course, only made everything funnier.

Challenge #1: Skate Me To Balloon
The guys are playing their awesome balloon game from "Fly Me To Balloon," except now they're making it infinitely worse by doing it on ice skates. Murr takes on Sal, and the guy they go after first has no sense of humor. The second guy bla...
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'Grey's Anatomy' Recap: With Or Without You

March 27th, 2015 10:02am EDT
Five Things to Know About 'Grey’s Anatomy's' 'With or Without Yo
1. Derek kissed a girl and it wasn't Meredith, but she forgives him.

The “With or Without You” episode picks up the day after Derek returns home. He’s giving Meredith the play by play of how and why a woman picked up his phone. Said woman is Renee Collier, Derek’s research fellow.

Cue the flashbacks of the mentor and mentee—who bears a striking resemblance to Season One Meredith—bonding for 9 weeks over a research project to cure autism. When Derek-save-the-day-Shepherd has a breakthrough on Renee’s stalled project, he invites her to the lab to share the good news in person. Never mind t...
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'The American's Recap: 'Do Mail Robots Dream Of Electric Sheep?'

March 26th, 2015 1:11pm EDT
'The Americans' Recap: That Time Keri Russell Killed An Old Lady
Previously - Martha falls for "Clark's" line. The Jennings' South African colleague brutally murdered the apartheid guy with gasoline and a tire. Frat boy turned bungling political activist Todd was allowed to go free.

The Americans is the series that you assumed would never involve an Artificial Intelligence. When you assume it makes an...anyway,I give you FBI Mail Robot! I kid, I did glean a little bit more from this stark, disturbing episode. Guest star Lois Smith brought it all, and her scenes with Keri Russell were like a really intense play. They should have just handed these two Emm...
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'American Idol' Does A Time Warp, Two Go Home

March 26th, 2015 9:25am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 9 Perform 80s Songs, Two Eliminated
American Idol 2015 did a time warp. On last night's Idol, the top 9 performers sang 80s songs. Idol also got 80s icons to help with the show. Boy George mentored and Salt-N-Pepa performed. The departure of two contestants stopped the party.

Last week the American Idol judges decided to save Qaasim Middleton. This meant two would have to go home this week to compensate for the save. These weren't shocking eliminations but definitely sad ones: two contestants who were just starting to find their place left.

Top 9 Performances

Daniel Seavey

"You Make My Dreams Come True" by Hall and Oats...
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'Arrow' Recap: 'Suicidal Tendencies' Ends In A Cliffhanger

March 26th, 2015 9:22am EDT
'Arrow' Recap: 10 Wedding-Worthy Moments From 'Suicidal Tendenci
You know, for an episode about Diggle ("Suicidal Tendencies" was about Diggle, wasn't it?), there wasn't too much Diggle in last night's episode of "Arrow."

Sure, "Suicidal Tendencies" was loaded down with the coolness -- the Arrow fought the Atom, people died, and Olicity was destroyed forever... or at least for at least a few episodes, anyway.

But Diggle and Lyla's honeymoon in war-torn Kasnia was the weakest chunk of the episode by far (oooh, that senator guy was really evil. Greeat) while the sidestories got all the coolest bits.

At least the cool bits were as awesome as they were la...
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'The Middle' Recap: College Acceptance Plot Makes For A Tense Episode

March 26th, 2015 9:19am EDT
THe Middle
“Why are you embarrassed that there’s a fun side to you?”

The Hecks go through a lot of hell just about every episode, but there is usually no need to worry that things are not going to work out by the end of the half hour. This is the formula of pretty much every sitcom ever, but “The Middle” has managed to make the stakes feel higher and realer than on most other shows. There actually have been episodes in which some things did not work out, at least not in a traditional sense. Thus, the college acceptance plot of “The Waiting Game” felt tenser than it had any right to.

Sue is not th...
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'Justified' Recap: Trust

March 25th, 2015 10:37am EDT
'Justified' Recap And Review: 'Trust' - As In, You Shouldn't Tru
We're now into the final four episodes of Justified, and so naturally it's time for some bullets and betrayals. This week's installment, "Trust," is all about people who should not have trusted other people, and paying the price for that faith. You certainly didn't expect everyone to stay on the same sides forever, did you?

Katherine is ranting to Duffy about last time's explosion, although she still doesn't think that highly of him. He reminds her that they're still on the same side, except for that they're not, and tells her to find out if Markham is going to move his money out of the va...
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