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'Wanderlust' is full of icky, uncomfortable situations

By Kevin McDonough How uncomfortable is too uncomfortable? Netflix devotes a whole series to that question with its BBC co-production "Wanderlust" (TV-MA), now streaming. "Wanderlust" begins with a torrent of icky situations perfectly … more

Dinklage channels Villechaize in 'My Dinner with Herve'

By Kevin McDonough Success brings its own rewards. One of the perks of being part of a hit show is the freedom to pick personal projects and do whatever you like. Appear in the "Star Wars" franchise and you get to host "Saturday Night Live" … more

Is 'The Good Place' really good or just overrated?

By Kevin McDonough Is "The Good Place" (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) as good as some say, or entirely too aware of its own cleverness? Can a show that began as a cosmic experiment and that has become an ethics seminar ever be anything but artificial? … more

'NOVA' explores the science of chemical addiction

By Kevin McDonough Is character destiny? Or chemistry? A "NOVA" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings) special on the science of addiction offers insights into the origins of the opioid crisis that has claimed tens of thousands of victims, a … more

Will 'Kids' effectively capture 1970s big family life?

By Kevin McDonough Growing up in a crowded house with four brothers, two sisters, two parents, one grandmother and a single bathroom, I can say we all watched a lot of TV. And we all agreed that the family life depicted on television bore no … more

PBS, HBO both offer powerful documentaries

By Kevin McDonough A life unraveled emerges in diary entries and interviews in the documentary "God Knows Where I Am" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings). The film's title can be stated and … more

'Charmed' reboot premieres Sunday on CW

By Kevin McDonough Is space still the place? "Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow" (9 p.m. Saturday, Discovery) examines the history of NASA and the ways its exploration of outer space has increased our understanding of our place in the … more

Amazon Prime ventures into anthology series genre

By Kevin McDonough Anthology television is back with a vengeance. From Netflix's "Black Mirror" to Hulu's just-launched "Into the Dark" series, streaming services are experimenting with stand-alone stories linked by common themes. CBS All Access … more

Can 'Murphy Brown' find humor in #MeToo?

By Kevin McDonough "Murphy Brown" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) has its #MeToo movement. And not without some discomfort. Tonight's "Brown" is hardly the first sitcom to mine awkward humor from a lame PowerPoint human resources presentation about … more

CW adds 'All American' to its teen drama collection

By Kevin McDonough Why do series based on "the real life of" someone always seem the most formulaic? And why are so many high school dramas so familiar? The new CW teen soap "All American" (9 p.m., TV-14) is said to have been based on the life of … more

ESPN launches epic 20-hour, 10-part documentary 'Basketball: A Love Story'

By Kevin McDonough Just when you think you understand television, it changes. Seems just the other day I was writing about TV storytellers embracing brevity, offering documentaries as short as 10 minutes in duration. Today, ESPN launches a … more

'American Experience' recalls 'The Circus'

By Kevin McDonough We are so awash in "entertainment" that we don't even notice its impact. Years back, critics and parents worried about people watching "the boob tube" eight hours a day. Now … more

'Flight of the Conchords' offers silly, ridiculous humor

By Kevin McDonough We need more silly humor in our lives. And few performers put the accent on the ridiculous better than New Zealand comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, who return for the concert special "Flight of the Conchords: Live … more

Hulu launches movie-a-month horror anthology

By Kevin McDonough Hulu launches the horror anthology series "Into the Dark." Every month for a full year, the service will stream a new movie-length episode, beginning today with the Halloween-themed "The Body." Seamlessly blending horror and … more

'Star Trek: Short Treks' offers 'Discovery' character studies

By Kevin McDonough To make a long story short, new episodes of "Star Trek Discovery" won't arrive on CBS All Access until early 2019. To keep fans intrigued, the streaming service will offer "Star Trek: Short Treks" between now and the end of the … more

'Secrets of the Dead' uncovers mid-19th century mystery

By Kevin McDonough "Criminal Minds" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14) enters its 14th season with its milestone 300th episode. While "NCIS" deals in a mounting body count among Navy petty officers, "Minds" concentrates on serial killers, the sicker the … more

'Frontline' special 'Trump's Showdown' airs on PBS

By Kevin McDonough As any moviegoer knows, a thriller must have a hero and a bad guy, a back story and significant stakes. The ending has yet to be written for "Trump's Showdown," a two-hour "Frontline" (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) … more

Rumble at the retirement home: 'Cool Kids' debuts

By Kevin McDonough For those who don't mind settling for comfort food, Fox serves a 1970s TV dinner. "The Cool Kids" (8:30 p.m., TV-14) features veteran performers and a sitcom style that would not have been out of place during the Jimmy Carter … more

Will an atheist find faith in a God he doesn't believe in?

By Kevin McDonough "God Friended Me" (8:30 p.m. Sunday, CBS, TV-PG) is not half as silly as it sounds. Brandon Micheal Hall stars as Miles, a confident young man who happens to be a podcaster with a passion for atheism. He's first seen on the … more

'Murphy Brown' returns to take on modern politics

By Kevin McDonough Broadcast between 1988 and 1998, the original "Murphy Brown" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) was most relevant during the first Bush presidency, offering an alternate narrative for those who feared that the Reagan era would never end. … more
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