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  20. star market
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  21. 2019 emmy awards
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  28. emmy insider
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    Younger Is Still a Fizzy, Guiltless Pleasure in Season 6The TV Land series may have lost some urgency around the matter of Liza’s Big Secret, but it’s still as smart and fun as ever.
  32. close reads
    The Rise of the Female Buddy DramedyDead to Me, Booksmart, Tuca & Bertie, and other recent movies and TV shows prove that this is a golden era for female duos.
  33. 2019 tony awards
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  34. tv review
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    In The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Gilead’s Still Gonna GileadThe third season of the Hulu series explores the limitations of systemic reform while feeling a bit stuck in place.
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    When They See Us Is an Intimate, Sensitive Look at the Central Park Five TragedyThe famous rape case and wrongful convictions are revisited in this thoughtful, well-acted Netflix miniseries from Ava DuVernay.
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  38. summer preview
    10 Great TV Shows to Stream Before They’re Back This SummerThe returning shows you should catch up with ASAP.
  39. tv review
    Vida’s Latinx, Queer Perspective Is More Distinctive, and Vital, Than EverWhat makes the Starz series groundbreaking TV is also what makes it very good TV.
  40. tv review
    ABC’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons Live Special Was a Retro DelightNot just another shallow attempt to wallow in television nostalgia.
  41. tv
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  42. game of thrones
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  43. spoilers
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  44. tv review
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  45. tv review
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  46. tv review
    Fleabag Season Two Is PerfectPhoebe Waller-Bridge’s Amazon series retains everything that made its first season great, and then throws in a hot priest for good measure.
  47. close reads
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  48. veep
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  49. backstories
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  50. legacies
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