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I Quit Watching The Magicians and That Was a Huge Mistake

Now in its fourth season, the Syfy fantasy drama is a weird, dark, totally unpredictable romp.
the crime scene

Why 2014 Was a Watershed Year for TV Crime

Five years ago, True Detective kicked off a golden era for prestige limited crime shows.
documentaries

Why Didn’t Surviving R. Kelly Happen Before Lifetime Entered the Picture?

“BET could’ve done it a million times if they wanted to,” says Dream Hampton.
  1. last night on late night
    Conan Debuts New Half-Hour Late-Night Show, and Don’t Worry It’s Mostly the SameThe band is now happily living on a farm.
  2. tv review
    I Quit Watching The Magicians and That Was a Huge MistakeNow in its fourth season, the Syfy fantasy drama is a weird, dark, totally unpredictable romp.
  3. last night on late night
    Amber Ruffin Has Plans for Racist ChildrenAnd it’ll either be the best show ever or a violation of human rights.
  4. streaming
    Even More Jeopardy! Is Coming to NetflixWhat is something to get you through the rest of winter?
  5. overnights
    Below Deck Recap: Captain Lee Saves the Day, Krystal Ruins ItThank the Tahitian gods, Bravo would never end a season as spectacular as this one with easy guests.
  6. overnights
    This Is Us Recap: Alive But Not WellThis Is Us remembers what it’s great at, bringing the Big Three back together to continue Jack and Nicky’s story.
  7. overnights
    Roswell, New Mexico Recap: Alien AutopsyThere’s a lot of emotional whiplash happening in the romances of Roswell this week.
  8. overnights
    Good Trouble Recap: A Case of the MondaysMariana’s giving up the fight at Speckulate (for now), while Callie calls on an old friend for a healthy dose of legal advice and sexual tension.
  9. reality tv
    The Irony of Tracy’s Unflattering Bachelor EditYears ago, she tweeted her disdain for reality show contestants. Now, she is one.
  10. late-night wars
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Gives Colbert Show Massive Ratings BumpBreak out that Ben & Jerry’s.
  11. stand-up
    Ray Romano’s First Stand-up Special in 23 Years Will Debut on Netflix Next MonthRomano makes his Netflix comedy debut on February 5.
  12. chat room
    Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa Doesn’t Want to Play the Gay Best FriendThe breakout star of Netflix’s teen comedy talks rom-com stereotypes, season two, and Eric’s show-stopping prom look.
  13. producers
    Dave Becky Will Not Have an EP Credit on Broad City’s Final SeasonThe former Louis C.K. manager served as an executive producer on the show’s first four seasons.
  14. special effects
    True Detective’s Old-Man Makeup Was Inspired by The Nutty Professor and AmadeusThe makeup artist behind True Detective season three reveals the secrets of a special-effects feat.
  15. overnights
    Celebrity Big Brother Recap: Fame GamePresenting a power ranking of the the sterling fraternity of that-guys and what’s-her-names who have entered this season’s household.
  16. overnights
    The Bachelor Recap: Fit for LifeThis episode is defined by ill-defined obstacle courses.
  17. roll clip!
    American Soul Clip: Kelly Rowland’s Gladys Knight Doesn’t Have Time for YouIn a very sparkly outfit.
  18. overnights
    The Passage Recap: Born to RunThe end of the world seems like it might have gotten a little bit closer.
  19. overnights
    Vanderpump Rules Recap: Billie Lose My NumberOh, Billie Lee, when did you get like this?
  20. horror
    HBO Planning to Wreck Your Sleep With Asian Mythology Horror Anthology FolkloreFeaturing tales from Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, and Thailand.
  21. podcasts
    RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 4, Episode 6: We Have ThoughtsNicole Byer is joined by special guest Mano Agapion to break down the highs, lows, and wig reveals of this week’s lip-sync extravaganza.
  22. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Tokyo StoryLiterally zero of these people are skilled at conflict resolution, which makes it a great time to head overseas together!
  23. the crime scene
    Why 2014 Was a Watershed Year for TV CrimeFive years ago, True Detective kicked off a golden era for prestige limited crime shows.
  24. lines of inquiry
    True Detecting True Detective: Let’s Lay Odds on Who the Killer IsThree episodes in, some new suspects, both likely and unlikely, have emerged.
  25. overnights
    Black Monday Premiere Recap: The White Whale of Wall StreetA packed series premiere veers wildly between comedic registers as it introduces us to its retro world of Wall Street excess.
  26. overnights
    Counterpart Recap: Point of DepartureCreator Justin Marks oversees an answer-filled origin story that ranks as the series’ best episode yet.
  27. overnights
    Victoria Recap: Charter FlightThe recent violence of our individual-rights friends leaves Victoria struggling to understand her relationship with her people.
  28. overnights
    True Detective Recap: Maps and LegendsThe central mystery of the Purcell abduction remains captivating, if increasingly bogged down by bits that don’t push the narrative forward.
  29. explainers
    A Very Simple Guide to True Detective’s Multiple TimelinesConfused by season three? Here’s a chronological guide to all the major events of True Detective’s grisly story.
  30. tv
    Outlander’s Richard Rankin on Roger, Brianna, and the ‘Idiot Hut’“Would he go back and do it all again? Probably. That’s the man we’ve come to know Roger to be.”
  31. overnights
    Outlander Recap: The Idiot HutAs if this episode wasn’t already tough to watch, there’s even less Jamie and Claire than there was last week.
  32. character study
    Sarah Jessica Parker Revives Carrie Bradshaw As a Beer-Brand AmbassadorStella Artois is the new Cosmo.
  33. last night on late night
    We’re Unsure If Boomers or Millennials Come Off Worse in This SNL Game ShowIt’s equal-opportunity snark.
  34. casting call
    Gillian Anderson Will Fill Your Iron Deficiency As The Crown’s Margaret ThatcherThat saucy minx.
  35. last night on late night
    How Nice of SNL to Write Pete Davidson a Sketch to Freely Giggle InIt’s not breaking if it’s in the script!
  36. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Rachel Brosnahan Meets the Raunchiest Miss RitaThe Mrs. Maisel star has comedy chops, but this episode doesn’t give her a lot of good material.
  37. last night on late night
    SNL’s Elizabeth Warren Wants to Stick Her Finger Up Your Caboose, for America“You might even like it.”
  38. trailer mix
    American Gods Season 2 Trailer: Time to Ride Ian McShane’s Magical CarouselAll aboard, on March 10.
  39. awards chatter
    Green Book Wins Best Picture at Producers Guild AwardsIt’s a big stepping stone for the Oscars.
  40. on comedy
    Andy Samberg’s SNL Hiring Came on the Condition He Would Get a Haircut, and FastStudio 8H is a no-flop zone.
  41. last night on late night
    16 Years Later, Laura Linney Still Isn’t Over Her Love Actually Make Out Scene“People feel sorry for me, but they shouldn’t.”
  42. last night on late night
    Hey, Fox & Friends, Try to Pronounce Stephen Colbert’s Show CorrectlyHint: He’s not on Comedy Central anymore.
  43. overnights
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Recap: Baby BluesRebecca starts to come to terms with her past in an episode that strikes an impressive balance between emotion and humor.
  44. daytime tv
    Wendy Williams Takes Extended Break From Talk Show to Work on ‘Well-Being’A statement from her family says the host is reportedly experiencing complications from Graves’ disease.
  45. pilots
    NBC Orders Pilot From Your Favorite Future Sitcom Dad, Kenan ThompsonDoes this mean he’s leaving SNL?
  46. overnights
    RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Recap: 4 Shots of AdrenalineIt’s rare that an All Stars comeback episode delivers so thrillingly on its high-stakes promise.
  47. cancellations
    Sean Penn’s The First Is Taking A Giant Leap Off Hulu After One SeasonThe astronaut drama from House of Cards’ Beau Willimon was a Hulu original.
  48. exclusive
    David Letterman Interviewed Kanye West for His Netflix Talk ShowA large portion of the chat reportedly revolved around mental health.
  49. revivals
    Netflix Revives Unsolved Mysteries Because Your True Crime Thirst Can’t Be SatedBut can it even be real without Robert Stack?
  50. trailer mix
    The PEN15 Trailer Will Dredge Up All Your Crusty Teenage HormonesRemember making out in closets?
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