Vyasar Ganesan

It’s hard to develop a sense of foreboding in Game of Thrones. This series has been nothing but foreshadowing, ominous vibes, constant hints of death and threats and the overarching “winter is coming” proclamation. People are always swearing vengeance here, giving grand speeches there, rallying the countryside for an all-out assault that never quite takes […]

“Blood of My Blood” is the title of this week’s episode. This refers to the Dothraki expression used by khals to their bloodriders, the three chosen warriors who follow their leader into battle. Specifically, it refers to their bond, a sort of blood-brothers type linkage that signifies the martial creed and the filial connections therein. […]

Dear readers, I cried during Game of Thrones last night. This was new for me. In my time watching the series, I’ve laughed, shouted, danced, …

“Book of the Stranger” comes to us, the viewers, as a hardball, line drive, forward thrust into the meat of the episode. This is the kind of episode memes come from, where we can have frank discussions about nudity and sex, where serious discourse regarding power struggles and political intrigue come into play (Tyrion Lannister […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

Well, season six of Game of Thrones is off to the races. The board is set, the pieces are moving, and the plot is unfolding like a complex origami maze. And like any origami, it takes a long time for the full story to reveal itself entirely. Yes, we’ve now hit the start of what […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

First they killed Stannis the Mannis, and now Spruce Bolton. I don’t think I loved a ‘bad guy’ on Game of Thrones more than I loved Roose Bolton. Tywin was the classic silver fox with a twist of Bond villain, but his appeal was more in his acting and charisma than his villainy. Viserys wasn’t […]

Death. We started with death…

  Kelly Bedard

I was a season one Girls hater, for all the reasons why so many people stopped watching Girls after that zeitgeist-busting debut. When I try to explain to one of said people why modern day Girls is not only worth returning to but might just be one of the greatest televisual creations available to the […]

  Kelly Bedard

The first few months of the new year are the best. The temperature drops below -40°, the ice makes dog walking nearly impossible, and the best holiday is again almost a full year away, but it’s all good because it’s the Best TV Season. For 13 or so weeks in the dead of winter, my […]

  Jordan Morrissey

Minor spoilers from the TV series to follow, primarily up to the end of Season 3 (specifically, the ‘Red Wedding’ event). Following on from the success of the excellent The Walking Dead series, Game of Thrones is one of the latest franchises to be given the cell-shaded, decisions-based treatment from Telltale Games. Overall, the decisions […]

  Kelly Bedard

Cable half hour comedy is killing it lately. I’d go so far as to say that it’s the strongest sector of the modern television landscape when you combine the fantastic content on FX and FXX (Always Sunny, The League, Archer, Louie, The Comedians, You’re the Worst), Showtime (Episodes, the recently ended Nurse Jackie), and even […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

A certain segment of the viewing population probably felt very satisfied by that last scene because holy crap dragons! But where I fell in love with a last minute appearance from the most obviously name of Danearyses dragons, Drogon, was in how perfectly it encapsulated this week’s theme. The best episodes of Game of Thrones […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

The night may in fact be dark and full of terrors – but I don’t know about them. As an avid, although forgetful, book reader, I’ve mostly known where the series was going thus far. I’ve known when Kings were going to topple, when brats were gonna get murdered, when weddings were going to turn […]

  Zach Adler

Editor’s Note: For six years running, contributing author Zach Adler has spent the month of April putting out a poem a day. By turns earnest and wry, these poems are based on prompts (and often forms) chosen at random using a deck of cards. The prompts range from “The Grandfather Paradox” to “Emotional Adultery” to […]

  Robin Lempel

The girls on Girls are finally growing up! We’ve waited four long seasons, but we finally saw some huge changes in the girls during the Girls season finale “Home Birth.” First, we’ll start with Shoshanna. Shoshanna finally got a job offer! The problem? It was in Tokyo. And Shoshonna was getting really serious with the […]

  Robin Lempel

Everyone continued to be completely terrible to each other during Girls’ “Daddy Issues.” Tad came to New York after coming out. Hannah and her mom weren’t dealing with it well, but they both, of course, have the right to their feelings. Hannah was feeling really uncomfortable about the whole thing, especially since people kept bringing […]

  Robin Lempel

I thought this week’s episode of Girls “Tad & Loreen & Avi & Shanaz” was amazing. Coming out of therapy and just after Hannah’s mom Loreen got tenure, Hannah’s dad Tad told her he was gay. It did seem like Tad had a lot on his mind when he went to see Hannah. And Loreen […]

  Robin Lempel

In Girls’ “Ask Me My Name,” Hannah is getting into her life as a substitute teacher and immediately hits it off with another teacher named Fran. He asks Hannah on a date and it goes pretty well until Hannah suggests they go to an art show she knows will be terrible. Seriously. Can Hannah just […]

  Robin Lempel

I’m sorry. I just can’t see Hannah as a teacher. Girls’ “Close Up” saw Hannah floundering now that she’s back in New York and without Adam. Elijah came back from Iowa too, having done all he could there, and is living with Hannah and eating all her cereal. After an appointment with her therapist, which […]

  Robin Lempel

Girls’ “Sit-In” was actually pretty sad. When we last saw Girls, Hannah had just found out about Adam’s new girlfriend Mimi-Rose Howard. During “Sit-In,” we saw Hannah deal with her heartbreak. And she did not start out dealing with it well. Locking herself in her old room and refusing to come out, Hannah even peed […]

  Robin Lempel

It seemed like everyone reached their breaking points during Girls’ “Cubbies,” even Hannah’s dad. And just when it started to seem like things would be okay for some of them, of course things went terribly wrong. What else was I expecting? Reeling from job rejection after job rejection, Shoshanna went to talk to Ray, who […]

  Robin Lempel

The first two episodes of season 4 of Girls set up Hannah going away to Iowa. Now in the third episode, “Female Author,” we really got to check in on where everyone is. And Hannah and the others had to learn some pretty hard lessons this week. I know that while promoting the fourth season, […]

  Kelly Bedard

This was a great year of TV. It was a massively terrible year for network TV with few new hits and tons of stupid cancellations (6 shows on this list have already been cancelled or are in their final season) but it was still a great year of TV because, while the executives were making […]

  Saiya Floyd

Brooklyn Nine Nine (FOX) After binge-watching this comedy series over the summer, I eagerly awaited the second season. It did not disappoint. The characters are zany without being obnoxious. The strong ensemble cast was only enhanced by some brilliant guest stars (including Kyra Sedgwick, perfectly cast as Captain Holt’s nemesis). There wasn’t an episode so […]

  Kevin Dillon

1-Fargo (F/X) I was hesitant to start this show, and after the first episode was a mirror image of the events from the film, I stopped watching. After hearing some buzz to the contrary, I pushed forward as the show had come to an end, and boy was I glad. Fargo was a fantastic twist […]

  Kelly Bedard

When an Aaron Sorkin TV show reaches the end of its first season, an episode titled “What Kind of Day Has it Been” signals the end, for now. Shots rang out over the President’s rope line in Rosslyn, Virginia, Isaac Jaffe rejoined his Sports Night team after recovering from a stroke, and whatever happened at […]