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  1. The Great Archer Returns and Reboots, While Chozen Comes Out Stro...

    Andy Greenwald

    For a long time The Simpsons was the fastest show on television. A combination of highly caffeinated, Harvard-educated show-offs in the writers' room and the complete creative freedom afforded by animation transformed what was originally intended to ...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  2. The Return of Girls: The Inevitable Growing Up of the Third Seaso...

    Andy Greenwald

    What I liked best about Girls in the beginning wasn't the subject matter or the setting, it wasn't the horror of its comedy or the humor of its drama. And it certainly wasn't the opportunity to lose myself in the dense, terrifying forest of think pie...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  3. Midseason TV Preview: January Is the New Fall

    Andy Greenwald

    For shivering bootblacks in Westeros or frustrated TV fans here on Earth, the phrase "winter is coming" was once equally terrifying. One promised an interminable tundra of life-freezing ice; the other the same thing but with reruns. (Your mileage may...

    Blog | January 06, 2014
  4. Community Is Back. And So Is Dan Harmon. (Oh, Yeah, the Show's Go...

    Andy Greenwald

    All long-running TV shows break bad eventually. It's the nature of the beast: Fuel for the relentless story engine inevitably runs dry, complacency sets in, and the familiarity that was once so appealing slowly curdles into contempt. If you kick away...

    Blog | January 02, 2014
  5. The 10 Most Underappreciated TV Performances of 2013

    Andy Greenwald

    The holiday lights are off, but the ball has yet to drop. It's the perfect time to use 2013's remaining shine on some of its least-heralded performers. What follows isn't a list of the year's best TV shows (already done!) or the best actors on those ...

    Blog | December 30, 2013
  6. My Feature-Length TV Show of the Year: Frances Ha

    Andy Greenwald

    Now more than ever, pop culture is about the small stuff — an obscure TV show, a few notes in a pop song, a tweet. To celebrate a year of micro moments, every day a new Grantland writer will highlight one specific thing — a Big Little Thi...

    Blog | December 19, 2013
  7. The Andy Greenwald Podcast: Parts Unknowns Anthony Bourdain

    Andy Greenwald

    There aren't many men who would sit down for an interview with me after I've referred to them as "defanged like an aging circus lion" in print, but Anthony Bourdain isn't most men. Since the publication of his best-selling memoir, Kitchen Confidentia...

    Blog | December 18, 2013
  8. My Top 10 Best (Favorite) TV Shows of 2013

    Andy Greenwald

    10. Girls (HBO) Putting aside the rom-com Ephronica of the finale, Girls’s wildly improved second season impressed for the breadth and ballsiness of its storytelling. Hannah's all-night coke bender was plenty funny, but her two-night love affa...

    Blog | December 18, 2013
  9. 'Breaking Bad,' 'Black Mirror,' and the Year in Television

    Andy Greenwald

    Was the Breaking Bad finale the last gasp of the monoculture?

    Story | Conversation | December 17, 2013
  10. The Homeland Season 3 Finale: Too Little, Too Late for a Lost Sho...

    Andy Greenwald

    Like Carrie Mathison, I, too, have loved recklessly and too deeply. Like Carrie, I have listened to the addled voices in my own head when the facts on the ground were screaming at me to turn tail and retreat. I have been stubborn. I have burned bridg...

    Blog | December 16, 2013
  11. The Remarkable 'Black Mirror'

    Andy Greenwald

    Beg. Borrow. Steal. It doesn't matter what you do, but find a way to watch Black Mirror.

    Story | Conversation | December 10, 2013
  12. Masters of Sex: The 'Phallic Victories' of One of the Best Shows ...

    Andy Greenwald

    Would it be too on the nose (or on something else) to say that Showtime's Masters of Sex has reached the plateau stage? Most rookie series tend to fumble with quality like an adolescent with a bra strap. But the beguiling Masters has been both thrill...

    Blog | December 09, 2013
  13. Death Is in the Details: The Cringey Not-Quite-Comedy of Getting ...

    Andy Greenwald

    Death is all over cable TV. You can find it walking, talking, and generally bleeding into every series, and why not? When it comes to surprising audiences, scaring complacent actors, or merely shaking up the status quo, there's nothing more dependabl...

    Blog | December 02, 2013
  14. 'Blacklist,' Michael J. Fox, and fall TV trades

    Andy Greenwald

    How to fix Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Crazy Ones, and more.

    Story | Conversation | November 26, 2013
  15. The Boardwalk Empire Season 4 Finale: A Show Finally Worthy of It...

    Andy Greenwald

    I bailed on Boardwalk Empire’s fourth season after the fourth episode. I'd simply had my fill of the meandering plots and cartoonish violence, the constant attempt to ferment something meaningful out of unrewarding chaff. Thanks to the largesse...

    Blog | November 25, 2013
  16. Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox, and Television's 'Big Star' Probl...

    Andy Greenwald

    "The show makes the star, not the other way around." It's an old television-industry adage, one repeated nearly as often as it's ignored. No matter the shininess or popularity of a given celebrity, audiences have proved happy to shun them if the TV s...

    Blog | November 21, 2013