Tony Shalhoub on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the fabled Psych/Monk crossover

Tony Shalhoub plays buttoned-up exceptionally well—his repressed, depressed Adrian Monk is the most memorable character to emerge from a network devoted to them. But the Emmy-winning actor also spent much of Monk’s eight seasons hinting at the vibrancy buried beneath all the mannerisms and immaculate (if a bit drab)…

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel breaks boundaries for its main character and its creator

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Amy Sherman-Palladino’s TV creations have always evoked a romantically vintage feel, like the beloved cozy world of Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow or the idyllic California dance setting of Bunheads. In her new Amazon series, Sherman-Palladino embraces nostalgia wholeheartedly, diving into a rose-colored mid-century…

The invasion gains ground as BrainDead coverage is consumed

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Man, these space ants are a disorganized bunch. As BrainDead’s main threat (just a shade ahead of the hopelessly entrenched and shallowly partisan political system), the aliens continue to be maddeningly inconsistent it their methods. While it’s fine not to know exactly what the li’l critters’ long-term plans are, and…

CBS’ political satire BrainDead defies—and embraces—its goofy premise

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In a time when there are more worthy hours of television than there are hours in the day, it would be a relief if shows could be counted on to be as terrible as their log lines suggest. Instead, we have gravity-defying shows like iZombie and Lucifer to prove that a premise is only as silly as its execution. Add to…

Monk was the decade’s silliest—and saddest—Sherlock Holmes

For most of the history of television, the barrier to syndication—and to profitability—has been 100 episodes. The shows that have made it to that mark are an unusual group. Many were big hits. Some found small cult audiences. Still others just hung on as best they could and never posted numbers quite low enough to be…

Dan Harmon talks fellatio etiquette, Playing House pals continue their rounds

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