Recaps

'Downton Abbey' Recap: Sex And Drugs (Rock ’n Roll Hasn’t Been Invented Yet)

January 26th, 2015 10:57am EST
'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Episode 4 Recap: Sex And Drugs (Rock ’n
Tony Gillingham (Tom Cullen) doesn’t understand how a lady can sleep with a man, then not want to marry him; Thomas Barrow (Robert James-Collier) returns to Downton a heroin addict; and Robert, Earl Of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) has a freak out at dinner.

Thomas is back, and as Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) puts it, “Charming as ever, I see.” Not only is the valet still surly, he’s looking ill and constantly MIA. When Thomas steals a spoon from the kitchen, everyone suspects he’s cooking in his room (a DA no-no), but Baxter (Raquel Cassidy) oddly enough keeps coming to Thomas’s rescue with excus...
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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: Jake's Heart is Crushed, And So Is Ours

January 26th, 2015 10:36am EST
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: Jake's Heart is Crushed, And So Is O
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" might be a comedy, and we might have laughed plenty at "The Defense Rests" (if you sat there stonefaced while Holt cackled at the genius of Wuntch's name autocorrecting to "butt," you may be a robot).

But it wasn't the funniest episode of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" history. And that's intentional- "The Defense Rests" is probably the closest thing this show will get to a Serious Emotions episode.

And those Serious Emotions come from Jake and Sophia, finally doing what was foretold when Eva Longoria only signed on for three episodes- breaking up.

At first, it's not a breakup...
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'Mulaney' Recap: 'He Has An Achilles Body'

January 26th, 2015 10:31am EST
Mulaney
What type of TV universe does “Mulaney” exist in? Is it the kind in which psychopaths can thrive in their own little pocket like in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”? Is it the show business exaggeration of “30 Rock”? Is it the mostly realistic world populated by main characters who act like they are at a slight remove from everything, a la “Seinfeld”? Or is it the touchy-feel sort of so many sitcoms that try to teach real-world lessons so didactically?

Because of this state of uncertainty, it is hard to know what conclusions to make about Lou teaching John about power moves. The op...
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'Bob's Burgers' Recap: 'Late Afternoon In The Garden Of Bob And Louise'

January 26th, 2015 9:44am EST
Bob's Burgers
Bob Belcher’s passion comes out when he gets into activities that are not typically known for inspiring passion. This could be a recipe for annoying others, but for the most part, he does not indulge his interests at the expense of the people in his life who do not share them. This is partly because he has not very often had the opportunity to fully indulge his passions. Acceptance into the community garden changed all that.

Bob insisted that this opportunity was for the sake of the restaurant, and thus the family. He certainly seemed to believe this. Not that this was a particularly ...
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'Girls' Recap: Someone Finally Tells Jessa Off!

January 26th, 2015 9:09am EST
'Girls' Recap Season 4 Episode 3: Someone Finally Tells Jessa Of
Previously - Hannah discovered that she's not exactly a revelation as a writer. And Elijah came to stay.

This episode of Girls finds the majority of the characters just talking and talking and talking these BS touchy-feely circles around everyone else as a way of masking their own selfish wants and needs. You’re like “uh, that’s pretty much the show, J.” I know, but it felt a lot more prevalent this evening.

Hannah has been in Iowa for pretty much a day when she’s all of a sudden deep into a personal crisis over writing. Maybe she doesn’t WANT to be a writer, she questions? As she tells ...
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'Shameless' Review: The Best And Worst Of 'The Two Lisas'

January 26th, 2015 8:38am EST
'Shameless' Review: The Best And Worst Of 'The Two Lisas'
Shameless is always filled with incredible moments. It can take something wacky and turn it into a beautiful moment that defines characters and relationships in an honest way. But sometimes it can go so over the top that it hurts the characters irrevocably. The scene where Lip is finally kind to Mandy is sweet until you remember that she literally tried to murder Karen and destroyed her life forever. Any honest moment with Frank is destroyed by his various inhuman acts, including keeping a woman from a heart transplant. So many characters have had moments they can’t come back from and “The ...
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'Saturday Night Live' Season 40, Episode 12 Recap: Blake Shelton

January 25th, 2015 11:20am EST
Saturday Night Live
The last time a male country music star hosted “SNL,” the results were a lot more interesting. The thing is, Tim McGraw has much more acting experience than Blake Shelton, and thus he was a lot more comfortable branching out from his country persona than Shelton was in this episode. “The Voice” judge mostly stuck to variations of himself or generic roles. This was fine for ensuring a show that ran smoothly, but it also prevented his appearance from being a truly memorable one.

Inside the NFL – This take on the New England Patriots deflated ball scandal made the weird decision of focus...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Trust' - Won't Get Framed Again

January 25th, 2015 9:15am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Trust' - Won't Get
Frank Martin gets framed for a lot of things. Last season, he was a suspected terrorist after he got duped into carrying a bomb, and this week he's the prime person of interest in the disappearance of a former client. It just goes to show you that the life of a transporter has a certain number of recurring concerns. Yet even on the second try, Transporter: The Series can't quite get this one to work at full speed.

You see, nine months ago, Frank was in Toronto - on a motorcycle, which is a change of pace for him - taking a very long drive to help the girlfriend of a corporate CEO escape hi...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: 'Woke Up With A Monster'

January 23rd, 2015 9:55am EST
'The Vampire Diaries' Season 6 Recap: 'Woke Up With A Monster'
The Vampire Diaries season 6 returned last night with yet another strong episode. Season 6 still lacks the charm and excitement from seasons 1-3, but it's definitely an improvement from seasons 4 and 5. The second Paul Wesley directed episode, "Woke Up with a Monster," showed clear growth and confidence. Lots of little wonderful visual tricks we don't usually see on the show.

This Vampire Diaries episode had a strong focus and vision. There were loads of parallels throughout the varying storylines. The season is also making sure no man is left behind when it comes to storylines, even if so...
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'American Idol' Recap: Best Of Minneapolis And New Orleans

January 23rd, 2015 9:45am EST
'American Idol' 2015 Episodes 5 and 6 Recap: Best Of Minneapolis
This week, American Idol 2015 traveled to Minneapolis and New Orleans to find the next big superstar. Both cities produced title contenders. However, neither city reached the level of talent seen in the New York auditions.

A few auditions from this week's American Idol 2015 became our "ones to watch in Hollywood." Here are the top 5 standout performances from Minneapolis and New Orleans.

In no particular order.

Minneapolis

Morgan Ovens

Morgan became another victim of a montage sequence. We only witnessed a brief moment of her potential but we were sold on it. Morgan's soft-rock ton...
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