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Parenthood Series Finale Review — It's hard to talk about "Parenthood," the NBC drama that just ended its six-season run, without bringing up kleenex, ugly-crying, and tsunamis of tears. So let me lay all my cards out on the table: I may have been the sole stone-hearted viewer in America who watched all of last night's series finale with dry eyes.

The Americans on FX: Season 3 Review — "The Americans" begins its third season this Wednesday night, and I'm happy to say it's as impossibly good as it was last year. Sleek but not slick, more elegant and sexy and confident than anything else on television, the show finds a happy medium between the quick thrills and breakneck plotting of shows like "Scandal" and "Homeland," and the slow, deliberate pace of "Rectify" and "The Leftovers."

Golden Globes 2015: Transparent, Jane the Virgin, and Cosby Jokes — "No one wants to see me insult any of you rich, beautiful, over-privileged celebrities," Golden Globes host emeritus Ricky Gervais said while presenting the award for best actress in a movie comedy last night. "So I'm not going to start picking on things you've done. Some of it immoral.

Television in 2014 Figured Out What Sex Is Like for Women — When "True Detective" debuted on HBO last January, it was immediately heralded as the best thing on TV, filled with philosophical depths that could only be fathomed through rabid Reddit threads and feverish readings of H.P. Lovecraft.

Stephen Colbert Report Finale: He Helped Us Through the Bush Years — Reports of Stephen Colbert's death, it turned out, were greatly exaggerated. On last night's "The Colbert Report," the 1447th and final episode, Colbert didn't kill off "Stephen Colbert," the gonzo alter ego he has embodied for the past nine years. Instead, Stephen Colbert became immortal.

"The Colbert Report" Ends: Stephen Colbert's Best Literary Interviews — Stephen Colbert has spent the last few weeks saying goodbye to some of his best recurring segments and running gags: Better Know a District, The Word, Formidable Opponent. But it's oddly fitting that the last non-fictional guest on "The Colbert Report" (Thursday night's guest is Grimmy the Grim Reaper, who may or may not be there to formally kill off the Colbert persona) will be an author.

The Best TV Scenes in 2014 — Inside Amy Schumer It's been a banner year for "Comedy Central": the premieres of "Broad City" and "Review," the return of "Key and Peele," and an increasingly confident second season of "Inside Amy Schumer." In the latter, Schumer offered a twisted take on gender norms and sexual politics that was as funny as it was feminist.

Interview: Ana Lily Amirpour, Director of Iranian Vampire Movie — The first thing really was the chador. I had one-it was a prop from another film-and I put it on and I felt like a creature. I felt like a bat or a stingray, and I just instantly saw that this was an Iranian vampire.

Scandal's Season Four Feminist Speechifiying — In a recent episode of "Scandal," Olivia Pope was getting ready to work her Olivia Pope magic on an inexperienced, bushy-browed frump running for Congress when she paused to make a brief, disclaimer: "Research shows that if a woman candidate is perceived as too pretty or too plain, voters turn against her.

"State of Affairs" on NBC with Katherine Heigl: Review — 'Do you consider yourself sexually irresponsible?" a worried therapist asks Charleston Tucker at the beginning of "State of Affairs," the new drama premiering tonight on NBC. "Occasionally," Katherine Heigl's character admits, as we flash to scenes of her knocking back tequila and bringing home a stranger.
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Jan 30, 2015

"As it is in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, the main character (or perhaps villain) in the new documentary about the Backstreet Boys is time."

Jan 30, 2015

So I'm that person who has a heart of stone and didn't cry at Parenthood last night

Jan 30, 2015

"The women come and go, talking of beaux and OhSheGlows—and did she dare to wear peach?"

Jan 30, 2015

A literary modernist advice column by @AdrienneRaphel in @TheToast is an objectively perfect combination

Jan 30, 2015

I wrote about Parenthood's frustrating finale, (and included a plug for ABC Family and The Fosters)

Jan 29, 2015

@emilynussbaum My theory: You're either a Pfefferman or a Braverman, and never the twain shall meet. (I'm a Pfefferman)

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