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  2. tv review
    Saved by the Bell Reemerges As a Self-Aware Satirical DelightA send-up of the original show and white privilege, the new Peacock series is much smarter than you may have assumed.
  3. close reads
    Princess Diana Exposes The Crown’s Great Uncrossable ChasmSeason four brilliantly illuminates, through the arrival of Diana, how impossible it is to connect with the royal family, even for those within it.
  4. bless the child
    The Continuing Adventures of Baby YodaEnjoy just the Baby Yoda parts of The Mandalorian season two with our GIF tribute to the cutest li’l baby in the galaxy.
  5. tv review
    Big Sky is David E. Kelley LiteHis new ABC series is filled with mysteries, perhaps one too many.
  6. tv review
    The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special Isn’t Bad, But It Isn’t Interesting, EitherDisney+’s latest franchise expansion is competent in a bland, expected way that almost makes one yearn for the specific awfulness of the 1978 special.
  7. a long talk
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  8. in memoriam
    We Could Always Look to Alex Trebek for the Right AnswersAs a personification of objective truth, the late Jeopardy! host was a great comfort in an era when facts can have alternatives.
  9. tv review
    The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Can’t Shake Off 2020An all-virtual ceremony can only rock so hard.
  10. friday night movie club
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  11. tv review
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  12. best of 2020
    The Best TV of the Year (So Far)We Are Who We Are, The Good Lord Bird, and The Queen’s Gambit are some of the brightest bright spots among 2020’s televisual offerings.
  13. election 2020
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  14. spoilers
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  15. tv review
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  16. oral history
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  17. i got a rock
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  18. election 2020
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  19. tv review
    The Queen’s Gambit Makes Chess Kind of SexyThe Netflix limited series starring Anya Taylor-Joy serves up satisfying chess action, and chases it with a painful addiction story.
  20. tv review
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  21. tv review
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  22. twist endings
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  23. movie review
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  24. tv review
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  25. videology
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  26. everybody wants some!!
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  27. cancellations
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  28. emily in paris
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  29. movie review
    The Glorias Only Does Gloria Steinem Partial JusticeBy jumping through time and four different performances, the movie paints a portrait that is fractured instead of illuminating.
  30. tv review
    Emily in Paris Is Going to Seduce YouYou will binge Darren Star’s latest in an entire evening, and any shame you feel about that will disappear when you binge it again.
  31. tv review
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  32. middle school stuff
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  33. chat room
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  34. tv review
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  35. predictions
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  36. tv review
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  37. where it started at
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  38. tv review
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  39. emmys 2020
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  40. tv review
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  41. movie review
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  42. tv review
    Away Is on a Low-Key Mission to MarsHilary Swank and Josh Charles lead this new Netflix drama, in which the stakes are low and the threat of space schmaltz is high.
  43. fall preview 2020
    47 New and Returning Shows to Watch This FallAnd here you thought there would be no new TV to watch …
  44. tv review
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  45. phineas and ferb
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  46. connective tissue
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  47. close reads
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  48. tv review
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  49. chat room
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  50. tv review
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