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  1. The 10 Best TV Shows of 2014

    Andy Greenwald

    10. Too Many Cooks (Adult Swim) Smarf! 9. Banshee (Cinemax) Banshee is as subtle as a fist to the face, as plausible as Rambo, and boasts a body count twice as high as Stallone's epic. Yet it outclasses dozens...

    Blog | December 17, 2014
  2. Grantland’s Holiday TV Cleanse: The Lowlights of the Small ...

    Andy Greenwald

    'Tis the season, amirite? Soon enough your browser will be swollen like a stocking, full of lists and charts documenting the very best of the year that was. We here at Grantland are not immune to this enthusiastic eggnog: We'll be ladling ...

    Blog | December 10, 2014
  3. Marco …; YOLO! Why Netflix Spent $90 Million on Its (Terri...

    Andy Greenwald

    A group of hardy merchants sets off on a perilous journey. The only thing greater than their ambition is their greed. Their destination? The fabulous Far East. Their goal? Opening markets never before imagined. Along the way, they will battle fierce...

    Blog | December 03, 2014
  4. ‘Friends’ and Enemies: Netflix and HBO Battle for the...

    Andy Greenwald

    Some world-changing conflicts start with speeches. Others, with explosions. Yesterday, a war began with a press release. At about 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, word broke that HBO had finally agreed to make its wildly popular, highly...

    Blog | October 16, 2014
  5. The End of an 'Empire': HBO's Onetime Hope for the...

    Andy Greenwald

    "Year in, year out: different dogs, same fucking bone." It's Nucky Thompson who says these words, early in the fifth season of Boardwalk Empire, but it's not hard to imagine an HBO subscriber expressing something similar. Since pr...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  6. The Emmys As Flat Circle: Why Last Night’s Show Felt Famili...

    Andy Greenwald

    There's a difference between predictable and objectionable: The latter offends, but the former just bores. And boredom was the problem with the 66th Emmys, which gasped and wheezed across three hours last night like the Krystal Ship stuck in Alb...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  7. Summer TV Winners and Losers

    Andy Greenwald

    TV isn't a game, and summer isn't always an ideal playing field anyway. The pickings can be iffy, the junk prevalent, and Sharknadoes have been known to whirl up at any time. Yet none of that stopped me from putting on my black-and-white st...

    Blog | August 20, 2014
  8. Smoke But No Fire: Is It Time to Break Up With 'The Leftover...

    Andy Greenwald

    I love ambiguity in art, but not always in my reaction to it. An artist's journey can and should be rocky, but it's always nice when, in hindsight at least, his or her path appears clear. After all, as a critic, it's my job to to commu...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  9. Stillness and Cigarettes: On Ann Dowd's Subtle, Powerful Per...

    Andy Greenwald

    It's the rare actor who can make herself heard without making a sound. And yet that's precisely what Ann Dowd does week after week on The Leftovers. As Patti, the (mostly) silent leader of the white-clad Guilty Remnant, Dowd rumbles like a ...

    Blog | July 28, 2014
  10. The Emmy Nominations: Rivalries, Snubs, and What the Academy Got ...

    Andy Greenwald

    "Quality television is now platform agnostic," crowed Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum just before the sun rose over Hollywood this morning. He then launched into a list of all the different devices we use to watch the pr...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  11. 25 Thoughts on the 25th Anniversary of the ‘Seinfeld’...

    Andy Greenwald

    1. Seinfeld premiered 25 years ago as The Seinfeld Chronicles. I remember this because I was watching. It was a hot summer and I was at my grandparents' house in northeastern Pennsylvania. Because there was little else to do, I often read TV Gui...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  12. Lost in Translation

    Andy Greenwald

    A better name for Damon Lindelof's new series would be Loss. Like his previous show, The Leftovers (which premieres this Sunday night on HBO at 10 p.m. ET) begins with an unexplainable, potentially supernatural incident: In the opening minu...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  13. Summer TV Preview!

    Andy Greenwald

    Once the dumping ground for series that were unwatched, unwanted, or otherwise Canadian, the summer is now prime time for serious television. (Or, as they call it at the USA Network, with its remarkably resilient lineup of entertaining trifles, &quot...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  14. ‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: Up Against the Wall

    Andy Greenwald

    For those of us who do more than just watch TV - the frazzled army that lingers and obsesses over it like Maester Aemon in the library, that gobbles and devours it like a direwolf biting into a Wildling neck - the preeminent emoti...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  15. 'Game of Thrones' Recap: The Rumble in the Red Keep

    Andy Greenwald

    What could be more pleasant than the sight of two brothers chatting? (There are many sights that are worse. One in particular comes to mind. I'll get to that.) As the world spun cruelly toward dawn and the fateful battle that awaited, "The ...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  16. Buy, Sell, or Hold: TV Comedies

    Andy Greenwald

    It hasn't been a particularly funny month in the TV comedy business. In the past few weeks alone, cancellation notices have rained down on more than a dozen sitcoms, ranging from the culty and adored (Community, Legit) to the crass and loathed (...

    Blog | May 21, 2014