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    American Ninja Warrior Recap: The Circle of LifeGrip strength is always the problem, isn’t it?
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    American Ninja Warrior Recap: The Dog DaysThe great thing about American Ninja Warrior? There are so many ways to fail.
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    American Ninja Warrior Recap: Maximum EfficiencyIt’s down to the crème de la ninja crème.
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    American Ninja Warrior Recap: Falling DownIs the Wedge possible? Something for us all to ponder.
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    American Ninja Warrior Recap: The Wheel of PainWelcome to Philadelphia, the final stop on this tour of our ninja nation.
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    American Ninja Warrior Recap: The BreakupIf you want to be a Ninja Warrior, you mustn’t forget your whimsical harem pants.
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    American Ninja Warrior Recap: Midwestward, Ho!It’s a rough night for race-car drivers in Indianapolis.
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    American Ninja Warrior Recap: The Pipefitter of DeathIn Atlanta, the buzzer of triumph doth buzz.
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    American Ninja Warrior Season Premiere Recap: Meet the NinjasHaven’t these people ever heard of jogging?
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    The Voice Finale Recap: And the Winner Is … We’re finally here, folks! A new era dawns!
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    The Voice Recap: Finals WeekWho will be crowned the Voice of America?
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    The Voice Recap: Justice Is ServedTonight, eight become four.
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    The Voice Recap: I’m Not GoingEveryone is so good tonight! And to think that soon, half of them will be ritually sacrificed.
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    The Voice Recap: Too Close to CallWell, wasn’t that a pleasant little variety show!
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    The Voice Recap: Say You Love MeWe have reached that point in the season where almost everyone is good, most of the time.
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    The Voice Recap: If It’s Meant to Be…What a delightfully predictable hour of television that was!
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    The Voice Recap: It’s Michelle Obama!Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are making a special guest appearance! Which of them is a bigger fan of The Voice, do you think?
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    The Voice Recap: Love RulesAlisan Porter isn’t even pretending to be surprised anymore, and I commend her for it.
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    The Voice Recap: Let’s Give It Up for PharrellThere is nothing new to say about Alisan Porter. She is fabulous as ever.
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    The Voice Recap: Crying in the RainI feel betrayed by America.
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    The Voice Recap: We’re Not in Nebraska AnymoreWe are down to the top 12, and, my fellow Americans, the power is in our hands.
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    The Voice Recap: The ReckoningDreams are made and hearts are broken.
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    The Voice Recap: I’m Still BreathingTonight is Team Pharrell and Team Adam, and honestly, it’s a rough one.
  24. The Voice Recap: The Comeback Kid(s)The theme of tonight’s episode is “terrible song choices.”
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    The Voice Recap: 85 Percent AwesomeWhy is Pharrell being so mean to Laith Al-Saadi?
  26. The Voice Recap: A Very Sexy SongThe great thing about this season of The Voice is that all the best people are the older ones.
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    The Voice Recap: Human SacrificeCan anyone beat Alisan Porter?
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    The Voice Recap: Sing Your Face OffAnother year of bittersweet battles comes to an end.
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    The Voice Recap: Songs of InnocencePatti LaBelle thinks you should enunciate more.
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    The Voice Recap: Electric FeelingsWhat a super-duper Tuesday it is!
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    The Voice Recap: Blind SidesDid Adam and Pharrell dye their hair separately, or did they do it together?
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    The Voice Recap: A Bunch of WussesIn the immortal words of Blake Shelton, “There’s a lot of blind auditions yet, sister!”
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    The Voice Recap: If It Doesn’t Work Now …We meet a bajillion blind auditioners.
  34. Netflix’s ‘Love’ Dives Into the Messy, Selfish World of Modern […] Love begins as so many great romances do: with two different characters, in two different bedrooms, having two different versions of doomed […]
  35. HBO’s ‘Animals’ Struggles to Rise Above Clichés and Crudeness The premise of Animals, HBO’s new half-hour animated dark comedy, co-executive produced by Jay and Mark Duplass, satisfies a deep collective […]
  36. ‘Man Seeking Woman’ and Making Emotions Surreal Man Seeking Woman is a comedy that is deeply and uniquely concerned with the experience of being a person with feelings. Given that, last […]
  37. ‘Baskets’ and the Bleak Comedy of Failure Baskets, FX’s new sad-clown comedy created by Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis, and Portlandia’s Jonathan Krisel, exists in a strange comedic […]
  38. ‘Angie Tribeca’ Dives in Head First to Very Silly Old-School Slapstick As a society, we seem to have generally moved away from the school of crisp slapstick that depends upon a web of brilliantly stupid puns, the […]
  39. ‘Idiotsitter’ Is Low-Brow Stupidity at Its Best In the first scene of Idiotsitter, incubated as a Comedy Central web series last year and making its television debut this Thursday, Gene […]
  40. ‘The UCB Show’ Isn’t For Everyone, But That’s OK If you have been to a show at UCB, then you already have a pretty good sense of what The UCB Show, currently the flagship original offering […]
  41. 2015: The Year Women Took Over the Comedy Box OfficeIf there is one thing that stands out about movies in 2015, it is this: 2015 was the year women finally dominated the summer on screen. 2015 […]
  42. The Best and Most Interesting TV Comedy from 2015 2015 was a year of quantity, but it was also a year of quality: with Peak TV in full swing, there was not only a lot of TV comedy, there was […]
  43. The Deeply Empathetic Humor of ‘Transparent’Midway through the second season of Transparent, now streaming in full on Amazon, the Pfefferman clan celebrates Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of […]
  44. The Disappointing Shallowness of Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ When we learned that Jon Stewart would be stepping down from The Daily Show desk just as the country ramped up for the 2016 presidential […]
  45. The Great ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Is Broad and Emotionally Precise at the […] In high school, or middle school, or possibly at a summer program, or maybe all of them, I had a musical theater teacher explain that in a […]
  46. ‘W/ Bob & David’ Brings Back That ‘Mr. Show’ Magic, Inconsistencies and AllThe first episode of W/ Bob & David, a not-quite-sequel, not-quite-reunion (continuation?) of cult favorite Mr. Show, begins with Bob […]
  47. The Heart and Humanity That Makes ‘Nathan for You’ So GoodI was late discovering the brilliance of Nathan For You because I was concerned it was a mean show, in the way that prank shows are often mean: […]
  48. ‘Master of None’ Is Completely Unsubtle, and That’s What Makes It So GoodThe Master of None season finale begins with Dev (Aziz Ansari) unable to decide what to have for lunch. Settling on tacos is only the […]
  49. Matt Walsh’s ‘A Better You’ Finds Humanity in DesperationDr. Ron Knight is a hypnotherapist and (self-published) author who promises that in just three semi-conscious sessions, you can fix whatever is […]
  50. Denis Leary’s ‘Benders’ Could Be Good If It Stopped Trying So Hard to Be […]Denis Leary makes shows about men. Specifically, he makes shows about a certain type of urban, blue collar man, a man who has feelings but no […]
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