The Get Down

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On Netflix Baz Luhrmann’s long-gestating period musical series about a rag tag group of kids in the Bronx coming of age during the late 1970s birth of Hip-Hop showcases the best of Luhrmann and the problems of extending his aesthetic across the many hours of a TV series. The musical scenes, featuring ecstatic dancing and […]

The Night Of

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dvr this HBO, Sundays, 9 p.m. HBO’s latest water-cooler hit is a miniseries about a Pakistani-American college student named Nasir (Riz Ahmed, in a career making performance) who wakes up after a one-night stand to find the woman he’s slept with brutally stabbed to death. He panics, runs and then he’s caught and charged with […]

Animal Kingdom

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dvr this TNT, Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Animal Kingdom is loosely based on the Oscar-nominated 2010 Australian film of the same name; it keeps the basic premise, a family of career criminals headed by a steely mom, and ramps up the sex and sociopathology. Instead of Jacki Weaver as the mother nicknamed Smurf, we have professional […]

UnREAL

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dvr this Lifetime, Mondays at 10 p.m. UnREAL is a deeply cynical, sometimes funny, and very entertaining drama about the making of a show just like The Bachelor. Shiri Appleby plays Rachel Goldberg, a feminist who has found herself producing a paean to misogyny, which contributes to the disappearance of her ethics and a nervous […]

Preacher

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dvr this AMC, Sundays, 9 p.m. Based on a cult graphic novel, Preacher is the story of a dejected minister in small town Texas who is given mysterious supernatural abilities for unclear reasons. It’s a mix of horror, fantasy and superheroics, and it’s wildly fun and very weird. Produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, […]

Jupiter Ascending

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dvr this HBO, Monday, May 30, 5:45 p.m. Mila Kunis plays Jupiter Jones, a Russian immigrant housekeeper who is actually the genetic reincarnation of one of the richest people in the universe, a queen thousands of years old who owned multitudes of planets. After the queen’s death, her children Balem (Eddie Redmayne), Titus (Douglas Booth), […]

Veep

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dvr this HBO, Sundays, 10:30 p.m. It’s distressing that the insane political antics in Veep only seem slightly exaggerated in comparison to the horror that is the 2016 presidential campaign. But the jokes in Veep are much better. Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Selena Meyer, who became president after being vice president for the first several seasons […]

Game of Thrones

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dvr this HBO, Sunday, 9pm Last year’s season finale of the sword and sorcery epic series Game of Thrones ended with the seeming death of one of the show’s three main characters. People drop dead left and right on that show, but fans all assumed that at least noble warrior Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), Machiavellian-with-a-heart […]

The Family

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dvr this ABC, Sundays, 9 p.m. In some ways, Joan Allen is playing a very similar character in The Family to the one she played in last fall’s Room. Both had teenage children kidnapped by sexual predators who returned years later. But her character in Room is doting, kind and selfless. In the new TV […]

The Americans

dvr this FX, Wednesdays, 10 p.m. One of the best acted, written and directed shows on TV, The Americans is still under-watched. You should rectify this in its fourth season. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, who appear to be mild-mannered travel agents in early 1980s Washington, D.C. but who […]

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