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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine': Love Amongst The Terrifying Baby Dolls

December 1st, 2014 9:07am EST
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
It has risen once again. The great and terrible beast, the killer of sitcoms, destroyer of comedies.

Sexual tension.

Because last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" shoved us back into the "will they, won't they" of Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago. One wrong move, and this wacky workplace sitcom is bogged down in dreary relationship gobbledygook.

No one cares whether Twink Tucker, probably-Irish longshoreman, comes across the woman (man?) of his dreams. We want to point and laugh at the name Twink Tucker.

Luckily for everyone involved, "The Road Trip" addressed the screamingly obvious Jake/Amy ...
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'Mulaney': 'Motif & The City'

December 1st, 2014 4:55am EST
Mulaney
“Mulaney’s” seventh episode displayed some of the strategies that a first-season sitcom should be employing, though it went about them in questionable and unfocused fashion. This was the most narrative burden yet borne by Motif, who has thus far been relegated to doing weird things around the apartment whenever he has not been providing support in the main plot. Seaton Smith is the third-billed actor, so he ought to be gradually sketched out in ways that are not just reliant on the lead character. This probably should have happened a little sooner than it has, but “Mulaney” is a show wit...
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'The Mindy Project' Recap: Blind Dates, Double Dates, Online Dates

November 26th, 2014 11:02am EST
The Mindy Project
What’s most impressive about tonight’s episode is how tightly plotted it is and how uniform the themes are. Usually, there is a clearly an A plot and a B plot and maybe a few little one liners for the cast. Tonight’s plots are interweaved together, showcasing these cartoonish characters as being more of family than anything else.

Annette is overbearing, over involved and judgmental, and Mindy does a great job of putting up with her. But when she interrupts her erotica bath with Danny, it’s another final straw that makes Mindy decide to take action. That means setting Annette up with a very...
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'New Girl' Recap: Bangsgiving

November 26th, 2014 9:15am EST
New Girl
The best sitcom episode concepts are ones that result in stories that seemingly write themselves. A few weeks after “Background Check,” the triumphant high point of Season 4, “New Girl” followed its own lead by keeping the majority of Thanksgiving in the loft (or “Bangsgiving,” as Schmidt insisted). The holidays and being confined to one space are classic situations that lead to people making significant revelations. And Schmidt’s plan to have everyone bring a date for someone else to dinner was a recipe for amplifying that formula many times over.

Schmidt may have wanted the matchmaker...
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'Sleepy Hollow': 5 Ridiculous Moments From 'Magnum Opus'

November 25th, 2014 9:56am EST
'Sleepy Hollow' Review: 5 Ridiculous Moments From 'Magnum Opus'
The magic is gone. Officially. Everything good about season one has been burned away or overdone. This season began with so much potential, from the addition of Ichabod’s Moloch-aligned son to a larger role for the Headless Horseman. Yet, everything that had a strong possibility of being successful has failed.

Henry, despite having the single most complicated backgrounds of all the characters, was not much more than a mustache-twirling henchman. Katrina’s faith in her son is based on absolutely no facts or shows of humanity on his part, making her seem idiotic. The horseman turned from a g...
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'Bob's Burgers' Recap: 'Dawn Of The Peck'

November 24th, 2014 1:33pm EST
Bob's Burgers - Dawn Of The Peck
An episode like “Dawn of the Peck” makes it clear how fully formed the town of “Bob’s Burgers” is. It also serves as a reminder that this town remains unnamed. It is definitely somewhere in the Northeast, probably in the New York-New Jersey area, though even that is rarely mentioned. So considering the area of the country and the Thanksgiving timeliness, it was weird that just about everyone was wearing their typical garb of shorts and short sleeves. Though this town does have a connection to a real area, since it is a cartoon it also has a feel of existing outside of time and space.

T...
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'Mulaney' Recap: 'Patriot Acts'

November 24th, 2014 11:55am EST
Mulaney
About a month ago, “Mulaney” had its season episode order cut down from 16 to 13, and it has now switched time slots with “Bob’s Burgers,” which leaves it vulnerable to being pre-empted by football. Its ratings have been rather dire, so barring any miraculous turnaround or unusually kind treatment from Fox executives, this could very well be the one and only season of this sitcom. The show has been improving, so it remains worth watching, if only to witness an experiment of the work of several talented people not quite working out.

The show’s last half hour was the best so far, displayin...
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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine': Jake Goes Postal

November 24th, 2014 10:48am EST
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: Jake Goes Postal
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine's" been going crazy with the guest stars, hasn't it? Kyra Sedgwick. Eva Longoria. Stephen Root and Sandra Bernhard. Now, add Ed Helms to this prestigious list of semi-important "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" players.

In "USPIS," Helms is Jack Danger, a big shot federal agent who's actually the exact opposite of all the things "big shot" and "federal agent" imply.

Danger (disappointment #1- it's pronounced "Donger") is a smarmy pencil-pusher who believes, in his heart of hearts, that he's the action hero his job title implies. Also, that the United States Postal Inspection Servic...
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'The Mindy Project': Diary Of A Mad Indian Woman

November 19th, 2014 12:07pm EST
The Mindy Project
If there was an episode for Mindy Kaling to submit to the Emmys, it should be this one. Sure, there are episodes that showcase her character’s amazing chemistry and romance with Danny Castellano, or where she spars against Annette Castellano or wingman for Peter. But this episode is a welcome change to the season three Mindy formula. Mindy’s a doctor again and finally, finally, there is a crack in TV’s best relationship since Tammy and Coach Taylor.

Mindy, equipped with a brand new hair-do courtesy of a dead woman, wants Danny to spend more time at her place, which is an apartment full of...
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Laura Spencer Doubles Her Success In 'Big Bang Theory' And 'Bones'

November 19th, 2014 12:05pm EST
Laura Spencer Doubles Her Success In 'Big Bang Theory' And 'Bone
What's better than a recurring part on one hit TV show? How about recurring parts on two hit TV shows?

That's what's happened for actress Laura Spencer, who not only plays Raj's girlfriend Emily Sweeney on CBS's The Big Bang Theory, but also wears the lab coat of intern Jessica Warren on FOX's Bones. That means on any given Thursday, more than 20 million TV viewers could be seeing her.

We caught up with Laura last week to get a little dish on each series, talk about how she pulls off double duty, and ask her how she's going to program her DVR on Thursday nights.

After all, what's a girl ...
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