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  2. close reads
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  3. spoilers
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  4. tv review
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  5. tv review
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  6. honk!
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  7. tv review
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  8. legacies
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  9. behind the scenes
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  10. shopping
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  11. close reads
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  12. tv review
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  13. emmys 2019
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  14. emmys 2019
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  15. predictions
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  16. emmys 2019
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  17. hidden treasures
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  18. encounter
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  19. tv review
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  21. tv review
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  22. comedy review
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  23. spoilers
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  24. close reads
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  25. comedy review
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  26. speeches
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  27. tv review
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  28. close reads
    Jane the Virgin Was a Fantasy, That’s Why It Felt So RealThe telenovela twists were preposterously silly, but they clarified all the messy complexity of ordinary life.
  29. overnights
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  30. finales
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  31. close reads
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  32. tv review
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  33. welcome (back) to neptune
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  34. overnights
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  35. tv review
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  36. bachelor nation
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  37. spoilers
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  38. burning qs
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  39. overnights
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  40. tv review
    Veronica Mars Returns to Neptune, Seedy and Seductive As EverThe Hulu revival succeeds by returning to what made the series great, while sidestepping the perils of easy nostalgia.
  41. star market
    Who Won Game of Thrones (the Pop Culture Phenomenon)?The fantasy series was gold for nearly every person, place, and broadcaster involved. But who came out on top?
  42. tv review
    Love Island Is Boring, But Hard to EscapeOne week in, the new CBS version of the U.K. reality franchise remains unknowably vague — and strangely comforting.
  43. persistence
    Dave Chappelle Reveals How Bradley Cooper Convinced Him to Be in A Star Is BornIt involves a barn in Ohio.
  44. overnights
    Jane the Virgin Recap: Just Like a Telenovela!As Jane heads into its endgame, the two biggest unresolved matters are questions the series has been playing with from the first episode.
  45. highlight reel
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  46. stranger things
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  47. tv review
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  48. spoilers
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  49. big mood
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  50. reality tv
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