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    The Righteous Gemstones Doesn’t Quite Get a HallelujahDespite a strong cast, Danny McBride’s HBO comedy about preaching doesn’t know who its choir is.
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    Diagnosis Is Not Your Typical Medical Mystery ShowThe moving and nuanced Netflix docuseries, based on the New York Times Magazine column, is a mix of genres: reality, detective, and emotional drama.
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    Let’s Talk About Legion’s Strangely Moving Series FinaleNoah Hawley’s feast of the senses didn’t always work, but it ends on a note of beautiful melancholy.
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    The Family Puts a Secret Group In the Spotlight, But Needs Stronger WattageThe Netflix docuseries connects some dots regarding the religious right and American politics, but it doesn’t add up to more than a basic outline.
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    Infamy Is a New Sort of TerrorA radical departure from season one, the AMC series’ newest installment sets its horror fantasy against a very different historical backdrop.
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    GLOW Goes Deeper and Gets Even Better in Season ThreeThere’s more introspection than spandex in the new season. But don’t worry: There’s definitely still spandex.
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    BH90210 Has Its Nostalgia Both WaysThe weird, compulsively watchable reboot earnestly indulges viewers’ affection for the original series with a highly meta wink.
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    Derry Girls Is Teen TV at Its BestThe Channel 4/Netflix series resists the easy traps that so often hinder teen shows.
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    Euphoria’s Finale Was Visually Stunning, But What’s Beneath the Sheen?The first season of HBO’s messy teen drama ends on an ambiguous but compelling note.
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    Succession Season Two Is Merciless, Cruel, and Better Than EverThe barbarian capitalists of the Roy clan are back. And so is Succession’s acid-bath viciousness.
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    A Black Lady Sketch Show Is Pure, Funny FireRobin Thede’s new HBO comedy half-hour is hilarious and surprising.
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    Dear White People Leans Into Its Difficulties in a Compellingly Messy Season 3The season is a bit of a train wreck, but it’s a glorious one, spilling food for thought everywhere.
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    Sherman’s Showcase Is More Than a Sketch-Comedy Nostalgia TripThe clever, sneakily weird IFC series is a glittering heap of invention that imagines a rich alternate cultural history.
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    Four Weddings and a Funeral, I Think I Don’t Love YouThe new Hulu series inspired by the film seems more interested in tipping its hat to rom-coms past than building a unique love story of its own.
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    The Boys Transcends the Dark, Gritty Superhero SlogThe new Amazon series’s cynical, superpowered world is nothing new, but some of its points about that world are.
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    Another Life Is a Clumsy Muddle of Superior Science-Fiction StoriesThe new Netflix series can’t seem to make up its mind whether to be smart and challenging or trashy and shallow.
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    Holey Moley and Blown Away Should Be Your Go-to Summer Reality CompetitionsFinally, reality TV has made room for miniature golf and glassblowing.
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    Orange Is the New Black’s Final Season Sticks the LandingThe show that helped launch a new era of TV goes out on a brutal, unambiguous, and surprisingly emotional note.
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    How Big Little Lies Lost Its Way in Season TwoAfter a promising start, season two’s increased focus on Celeste’s custody battle ended up undermining what made the first season so compelling.
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    Big Little Lies Was Plagued by Messy Drama on Both Sides of the CameraBut Meryl was great.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Memo to CBS: Let Alan Cumming Be Alan Cumming!The network procedural Instinct harbors a freak flag that its creators and stars aren’t able to fly.
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    Aziz Ansari Reckons With HimselfAnsari’s Netflix special is intentionally full of contradictions, and he has no interest in trying to resolve them.
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    Claws Is Perfect Summer TVThe candy-colored noir is also a great venue for Niecy Nash’s indelible performance.
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    In Stranger Things 3 the Horror Is Messier, But the Thrills Are FamiliarThe highly anticipated season edges into some new territory, but mostly leans hard on what’s worked before.
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    The Loudest Voice Is All Bluster and Little InsightRussell Crowe plays Fox News mastermind Roger Ailes with zeal (and awkward prosthetics) in a Showtime series that’s more about the what than the why.
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    Years and Years Is a Gripping Account of a Society’s Existential CrisisWhen this bitter pill of an ostensibly speculative miniseries is firing on all cylinders, it plays like a fusion of This Is Us and Children of Men.
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    Euphoria Review: Freaks and DicksThe bleak, nudity-filled HBO teen series is no-holds-barred, for better and for worse.
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    City on a Hill Offers Nostalgia for Boston’s Rough-and-Tumble Past, Little ElseThe new Showtime series hearkens back to a more racist, more physically criminal era with a lot of affection and not much scrutiny.
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    Los Espookys Is Wry, Oddball Horror-ComedyThe spirit of Scooby-Doo is alive and well in this HBO comedy, though it’s more like Scooby-Doo in reverse.
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    Queen Sugar Returns in Fine FormFour seasons in, the series pulls off realistic family drama with such assurance that it satisfies in the manner of a much bigger, louder show.
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    In Trinkets, Teen Shoplifters Form an AllianceAs a story about three high-school girls who become unlikely friends, the new Netflix series is a solid teen show — but something’s missing.
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    Younger Is Still a Fizzy, Guiltless Pleasure in Season 6The TV Land series may have lost some urgency around the matter of Liza’s Big Secret, but it’s still as smart and fun as ever.
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    Pose Season Two Endures a Deadly Era With Love and GraceTwo years on from season one, the world is even more dangerous for the series’s marginalized characters, and their found families even more important.
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    Netflix’s Tales of the City Mistakes Sweetness for SimplicityIn its effort to replicate the earnest sentimentality of the original 1994 miniseries, the revival loses some much-needed complexity.
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    Black Mirror Season Five Is Exquisitely DumbIn this short, three-episode season, Black Mirror loses its unnerving edge.
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    Big Little Lies Season Two Is Worth the WaitI thought a second season might be overkill. I was very wrong.
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    In The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Gilead’s Still Gonna GileadThe third season of the Hulu series explores the limitations of systemic reform while feeling a bit stuck in place.
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    Deadwood: The Movie, At Long LastDavid Milch’s summation, benediction, and farewell to Deadwood is a story about the necessity of saying good-bye.
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    When They See Us Is an Intimate, Sensitive Look at the Central Park Five TragedyThe famous rape case and wrongful convictions are revisited in this thoughtful, well-acted Netflix miniseries from Ava DuVernay.
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    Good Omens Makes for a Cheerful ApocalypseBut it doesn’t quite pull together as a great, glorious, goofy Almighty plan.
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    Running With Beto Says More About the Political Climate Than About Beto O’RourkeThe HBO documentary sidesteps mythologizing its subject in favor of capturing a flash point in Texas political history.
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    Vida’s Latinx, Queer Perspective Is More Distinctive, and Vital, Than EverWhat makes the Starz series groundbreaking TV is also what makes it very good TV.
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    ABC’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons Live Special Was a Retro DelightNot just another shallow attempt to wallow in television nostalgia.
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    In Not Normal, Wanda Sykes Does Not Come to PlayThe stand-up is in peak form when she gets personal in her new Netflix special.
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    Barry Season Two Saved Its Biggest Surprise for the Very EndBill Hader’s HBO show was great in its first season. This time around, it’s been exceptional.
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    The Big Bang Theory Was a Pop-Culture Black HoleIt was a dominant sitcom that sucked in nerd culture, but never reflected back anything it absorbed.
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    Better Things Season 3 Tackled Aging With Warmth and HonestyIt was Pamela Adlon’s ode to the messiness of turning 50.
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    Fleabag Season Two Is PerfectPhoebe Waller-Bridge’s Amazon series retains everything that made its first season great, and then throws in a hot priest for good measure.
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