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'Parenthood' review: Kristina made a bold decision. And by 'bold,' I mean 'bald.'

Parenthood began our new year with a new episode that may have had you tearing up before the opening credits. In the space of a few minutes, the show went from raucous laughter (courtesy of the Braverman women, out on the town for a night of boozy revelry, culminating in Kristina’s excellently impudent question to Sarah as to who has the bigger endowment, Hank or Mark?) to hushed poignancy. READ FULL STORY

Obama's same-sex marriage announcement, provoked, defined, and dissected by TV

President Obama’s Wednesday declaration that “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married” was uttered on television (to ABC News) and was provoked at least in part by Vice President’s Joe Biden’s TV remarks last Sunday, on NBC’s Meet The Press, that initially raised the subject to a Presidential level.

The New York Times reports today that, according to several sources, Biden’s words accelerated the President’s announcement, which he’d planned to make… also on television: On The View next Monday. (We’ll see what the View gals have to say about that, later this morning.) READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' season premiere review: Don Draper plays hunger games

Mad Men got off to a very slow start on Sunday night, as though daring you to become absorbed in it again, but as the two hours proceeded, the show launched at least four rather magnificent set-piece scenes that remind you not just how good the series can be, but also how different it is from anything else TV has seen. The themes of the evening could not have been more simple and direct: Everyone is insecure; everyone wants to find his or her place in the world. Have I written enough now to pause for a new paragraph and insert the obligatory SPOILER ALERT: DON’T READ FURTHER UNLESS YOU’VE WATCHED THE SEASON PREMIERE OF MAD MEN? Ah, good… READ FULL STORY

'Parenthood' season finale review: A marriage, a proposal, an adoption, and a very expensive torn napkin...

Parenthood wrapped up its season with some moving moments, some hasty moments, some frustrating moments — in short, the show behaved the way families do, with a striking simulacrum of the pace and unexpected rhythms of parenthood. Plus “crazy bastard Billy,” Crosby’s best man imported from Friday Night Lights. READ FULL STORY

'All-American Muslim' premiere review: A show that insists, 'Muslims, they're just like us!'

Where cable’s TLC is usually the Learning Channel that teaches us ordinary people, when placed in front of TV cameras for long periods of time, can become extremely freakish (Jon and Kate Plus 8; Toddlers and Tiaras), its new series, All-American Muslim, is determined to assure its audience that Muslims are ordinary, non-extremist Americans. That such a need even exists suggests a problem that the show is disinclined to address. READ FULL STORY

The grotesque 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' season premiere: Suicide and a very awkward dinner

The last thing one expects from any of the Real Housewives series is sincerity. Thus the four-minute mourning segment tacked onto the start of the second-season premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to address the recent suicide of Russell Armstrong was as hopeless an attempt at good taste as suggesting to Taylor, Camille, Kyle, Kim, and Lisa that they might want to go easier on the surgical enhancement and the ostentatious jewelry. READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights' series finale review: 'Clear eyes, full hearts'? More like teary eyes, broken hearts for fans

Friday Night Lights wrapped up its season and the entire series on Friday night. If I told you how many times my eyes welled up watching the finale, you’d think I was a terrible pushover. But man, that was one fine, emotional, intelligent, and satisfying ending.

It was Christmastime in Dillon, Texas, and Eric and Tami Taylor were still fighting over their conflicting job offers. READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife' recap: 'In Sickness,' in health, and enraged

No one can accuse The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, who co-wrote this week’s episode, “In Sickness,” of withholding the goods: Alicia Florrick, acting upon the knowledge that her husband, Peter, had slept with her best friend, Kalinda, packed up his belongings, rented an apartment for him, handed him the keys, and chewed him out, all before the show’s opening credits. READ FULL STORY

'Mob Wives' premiere review: Funny, appalling, frightening, and good.

As someone who’s watched at least a few episodes of every version of the Real Housewives franchise and feels a bit nauseous about it, I didn’t come to Mob Wives with high hopes. But this floridly funny, vicariously vicious reality series exerts a vulgar charm. It’s like watching a cross between The Sopranos and The Real Housewives of New Jersey. READ FULL STORY

'Parenthood' review: Oh, Crosby, you big dummy. Also: Oh, Haddie, you naughty girl...

Another week, another foolish decision made by the character we love to see make foolish decisions. In a new plan — hey, that was the title of the episode, “New Plan” — to win back Jasmine, Crosby decided to buy a house. Because if there’s one thing a woman who’s hurt by your infidelity wants, it’s to move in with you, and into a house so small, she can’t help seeing you when you’re both in it all the time. READ FULL STORY

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