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    Ted Lasso Fails Upward, CheerfullyAn improbably pleasant continuation of a 2013 marketing gimmick, the new Apple TV+ series nonetheless feels like a time warp to the recent past.
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    In Lovecraft Country, Monsters Past and Present ConvergeA present-tense correction of science fiction’s racist past, the new HBO series is what academics would call a “rich text.”
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    Lower Decks Is Fun, But Star Trek Is Suffering an Identity CrisisFor all its raucous pleasures, the new animated series maintains an ironic posture at odds with what made this franchise great.
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    The Umbrella Academy’s Second Season Takes a Trip to NonsensevilleWhat the new season lacks in internal logic or consistent stakes, it makes up for in violent fight scenes set to peppy, ironically cheerful pop songs.
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    Muppets Now Brings the Golden Age of Muppetry Into the YouTube EraUnlike other recent attempts to update the felty franchise, the Disney+ series is a smart, broadly appealing blend of the classic and contemporary.
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    In My Skin Is Another British Coming-of-age Winner for HuluA breakout performance from Gabrielle Creevy is just one reason to watch this BBC dramedy about a teen coping with parents incapable of raising her.
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    Brave New World Is Worth the Price of Admission (Which Is Free)Peacock’s centerpiece original series offers an attractive, straightforward, and unnervingly comforting adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel.
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    The 30 Rock Reunion Is Advertisements All the Way DownIn the original run of the show, the ads were usually jokes. In NBC’s one-off reunion special, most of the jokes are ads.
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    Little Voice Wears Its Heart on Its SleeveThe new Apple TV+ series, featuring original songs by Sara Bareilles, is achingly, sometimes cloyingly earnest, but also inviting in its own way.
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    Kingdom Feels Like a Nightmare of NowThe South Korean zombie series is set in the 16th century and was filmed in 2017, but seems to be riffing on headlines from five minutes ago.
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    Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi Reclaims the American DreamThe new Hulu food series examines how immigrants shaped the definition of American cuisine.
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    The Baby-Sitters Club Is a Welcome Surprise and Utter DelightI was dubious about Netflix’s new adaptation of the middle-grade book series, and I am thrilled to be proved wrong.
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    I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Sheds Light on a Remarkable True-Crime CrusaderThe miniseries is a brilliant retelling of Michelle McNamara’s quest to identify the Golden State Killer.
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    Search Party Is Back, and Its Knives Are OutDespite a two-year delay, season three’s focus on privileged, white millennials winding their way through the justice system feels of the moment.
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    The Politician Can’t Triumph Over Its Own CynicismThe Netflix series’s fundamental emptiness was easier to stomach when it was about high school and not real-world politics.
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    Sherman’s Showcase Black History Month Spectacular Goes Way Back in TimeThe IFC variety show goofs on everything soulful and sacred.
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    Meet the New Perry Mason, Not Much Like the Old Perry MasonHBO’s loose interpretation of the classic CBS procedural is a gorgeous, gritty, and sometimes gory period piece filled with fine performances.
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    In Love, Victor, a Spinoff Pushes Back Against Its Origin StoryOn its own, Hulu’s new teen coming-out series is pleasant TV. As a frankly resentful follow-up to Love, Simon, it’s something much more interesting.
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    Insecure Is a Balm, Even When It FailsDespite a soapy twist, season four felt like solace, bristling with mature storytelling and beguiling aesthetic dimensions.
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    13 Reasons Why Was Always Teen Torture PornIn its final season, the coming-of-age drama is as dark, traumatic, and utterly ridiculous as ever.
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    What We Do in the Shadows Is the Best Comedy on TV Right NowWhy aren’t you watching this show yet?
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    I May Destroy You Confirms Michaela Coel’s Stunning TalentAn unflinching, dynamic exploration of desire and consent stands on the strength of Coel’s work as a writer, director, and performer.
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    Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story Offers a Careful Study of a Woman ScornedAmanda Peet sinks every one of her teeth into the role of the famous housewife turned murderer.
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    You Should Watch Quiz and That’s Our Final AnswerThe AMC series about the British Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? scandal is smart, entertaining, and just three hours long.
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    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.
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    Ramy Is Best When It’s Not About RamyMahershala Ali joining the cast is a big plus, too.
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    Space Force Is a Massive MisfireDespite its strong cast, Netflix’s new political workplace comedy from Greg Daniels and Steve Carell just can’t get off the ground.
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    Mrs. America Ends With a Loaded EllipsisThe takeaway may seem to be that Phyllis Schlafly won in the end, but “Reagan” argues just as strongly that this story isn’t over yet.
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    Homecoming’s Second Chapter Trades Conspiracy for Psychological ThrillsIt’s not as provocative as season one, but the Janelle Monáe–led continuation of the Amazon thriller is a binge-worthy search for identity.
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    Snowpiercer Is Slow to Leave the StationThe long-gestating TV adaptation of Bong Joon Ho’s movie is both larger in scope and messier in execution, especially in its shaky early episodes.
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    The Great Is Nasty, Brutish, and Long — and Very, Very GoodHulu’s “occasionally true” period satire skillfully balances empathy for its royal protagonist with an impulse to slice her to shreds.
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    Kimmy Schmidt vs. the Reverend Is What Interactive TV Was Made ForNetflix’s choose-your-own-adventure special delivers the jokes, then more jokes, then still more jokes.
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    Dead to Me Is Even Wilder in Season TwoI mean that in a good way.
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    Upload Is Bleak As HellIt’s an afterlife comedy that asks, “What if Jeff Bezos could add heaven to Amazon Prime?”
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    The Eddy Has Its Own RhythmsIf you can surrender to its freewheeling tempo, you may find pleasure, even moments of joy, in Netflix’s new Parisian jazz drama.
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    The Parks and Recreation Reunion Special Is Such a GiftI wasn’t crying, I swear.
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    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.
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    Normal People Is an Honest, Absorbing Love StoryIt also features a ton of sex.
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    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.
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    Yep, Quibi Is BadI spent two weeks watching Quibi shows, but I still can’t tell you exactly what Quibi is.
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    Let’s Talk About That Little Fires Everywhere EndingThe finale of the Hulu miniseries aims for surprise by diverting from its source material, sometimes in ways that defy believability.
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    The New Prince Tribute Concert Is a Must-Watch Now More Than EverLet’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, airing Tuesday night on CBS, is both a new special and a reminder of how live music used to feel.
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    The Last Dance Is a Perfect Remedy for Sports WithdrawalA ten-part ESPN docuseries about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls would have been great under any circumstances. Right now, it feels like a gift.
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    Too Hot to Handle Is Your New Trashy Netflix Reality ObsessionIt’s a social experiment run by a talking metal cone, but it’s also a fishbowl full of hot people being controlled by bored producers.
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    Mrs. America Isn’t Just a History LessonLed by an all-star cast, the FX on Hulu limited series is an addictive retelling of the Equal Rights Amendment fight.
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    SNL Can Adapt to the Social Distancing Era — But Maybe Not Like ThisThis week’s “at home” experiment had its moments, but it also spoke to what the live-comedy institution can and cannot be in the midst of a pandemic.
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    Killing Eve Can Still Shock in Season 3, But It Can No Longer AstonishThe jarring season premiere reveals a series that once felt like nothing else on television now using shock value as a crutch.
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    Can Making the Cut Scratch That Project Runway Itch?The similarities between the new Amazon series and Tim and Heidi’s former show are undeniable, but some key changes alter the viewing experience.
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    I Worried The Good Fight’s New Season Would Feel Out of Touch. I Was Wrong.How does a show so uncannily attuned to our current moment function with a massive chasm between it and our new reality? As it turns out, very well.
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    Run Is a Next-Level Escapist FantasyA spontaneous cross-country journey with Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson? In this climate? Yes, please.
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