The more that The Red Road focuses on its unique aspects and fractious setting, the more intriguing the series gets.
Another series devoted to brilliantly tormented killers and the brilliantly tormented master investigators pursuing them, Those Who Kill emits a sickening charge.
Portlandia is effectively a multi-faceted comedy art project, the unfolding of which is both exciting and hysterical to watch.
The second season of Joe Weisberg's Reagan-era spy drama, The Americans, resets the pieces of its chess game to a precarious status quo.
For its authentic engagement with despair, Hannibal is a great, epic vision of American horror that earns its wrenching nihilism.
The weather in Washington, D.C. continues to be permanently overcast in season two of House of Cards.
Broad City's impossible-to-pigeonhole characters revel in their absurdity and rarely stick to the script.
Fleming is a Bond epic reduced to the most generic of redemption stories.
At its loosest and most inventive, the generally diverting Rake often recalls the one-damn-thing-after-another eccentricity of Carl Hiaasen's comic crime novels.
Looking emerges as a dramedy exploring how gay men clumsily negotiate the appropriate distance to place between the words "friends" and "benefits."
In its second season, The Following remains trash that doesn't even have the common courtesy to be self-consciously trashy.
Following the gradually revealed deeper shades to the pair's relationship in the first two seasons, Sherlock's emotional canvas fully materializes here.
True Detective seems a little too comfortable within the confines of its genre, tickling a kind of hard-boiled hysteria, but never diving headfirst into madness.
The Spoils of Babylon is a dada high-wire act presided over by quasi-satirical nutters, and the chaos they invoke is oddly life-affirming.
Justified's characters, whether major or minor, skirt familiar archetypes, but the writing and performances consistently subvert accepted lowlife caricatures.
By midseason, Girls eventually gets around to reminding us that these characters can be talented and charming, and thus capable and worthy of great things.
Chicago P.D. defers to a familiar, nondescript urgency to work through its particular depiction of a troubled but no less honorable civil institution.
While there's plenty of potential fodder for a pulpy potboiler spread throughout the season, it's the more mundane, increasingly transient plotlines that come to define the latest installment of the series.
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