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  2. nasty
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  3. trope patrol
    Death to the Sardonic Needle DropHow many incongruously cheerful songs playing over a violent montage is too many? Ask The Umbrella Academy.
  4. comedy review
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  5. best of 2020
    The Best TV of the Year (So Far)Never Have I Ever, I May Destroy You, and The Baby-Sitters Club are some of the brightest bright spots among 2020’s televisual offerings.
  6. emmys 2020
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  7. tv review
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  8. chat room
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  9. emmys 2020
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  10. best of 2020
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  11. tv review
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  12. synergy
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  13. character study
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  14. emmy insider
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  15. emmy insider
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  16. stand-up
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  17. tv review
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  18. animation
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  19. tv review
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  20. tv review
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  21. tv review
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  22. vulture lists
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  23. dun dun
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  24. comedy review
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  25. dun dun
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  26. close reads
    Cops Are Always the Main CharactersTV perfected the cop show, metastasized it, and then franchised it into ubiquity. How does that affect the way audiences think about police?
  27. tv review
    Central Park Could Be Great If It Gets Out of Its Own WayThe Apple TV+ animated musical from Loren Bouchard and Josh Gad is working out the kinks, but has the potential to become an extremely endearing show.
  28. tv review
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  29. sesame street
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  30. comedy review
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  31. overnights
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  32. first person
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  33. comedy review
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  34. summer 2020
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  35. overnights
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  36. chat room
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  37. tv review
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  38. overnights
    Run Recap: Is the Badger Okay?A rocky installment of Billy and Ruby’s journey sneaks in a fan-service-y gift, albeit a poorly wrapped one.
  39. tv review
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  40. comedy review
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  41. overnights
    Run Recap: We’re on a Train!Fiona clearly wants to mess with Billy, and something about her makes her want to do it in exceptionally weird, intrusive ways.
  42. tv review
    Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood Is a Dreamland, for Better or (Mostly) WorseThe Netflix limited series imagines an alternate-history Hollywood predicated on the same inequalities and gatekeeping that fuel the current one.
  43. tv review
    Never Have I Ever Made Me Happier Than I’ve Been in WeeksI mainlined every episode of Netflix’s pitch-perfect teen rom-com, co-created by Mindy Kaling, and instantly wished for more.
  44. overnights
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  45. close reads
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  46. quibi
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  47. finales
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  48. overnights
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  49. rants
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  50. tv review
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