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Young women struggle with adulthood in Girls

Girls is a new series about friends trying to get their adult lives started in New York City after college. That may sound old hat, but executive producer Judd Apatow and writer-director-star Lena Dunham have created something extraordinary. >More
 Battleground, Episode 9 recap: It's Getting Ugly, Tak

At the UW Humanities Building, the rally is about to get under way. Only one problem. A campus cop says that what the campaign has a applied for is a meeting, not a rally. Nothing like an inflexible bureaucrat to dampen the human spirit. >More
 Women bond -- a bit too intensely -- in Best Friends Forever

In Best Friends Forever, Jessica (Jessica St. Clair) moves back in with her high school soul mate, Lennon (Lennon Parham), after a messy divorce. Only one problem: Lennon's overgrown child of a boyfriend, Joe (Luka Jones), now lives in the apartment too. >More
 Battleground, Episode 8 recap: Nothing to Hide

Tak gets creative too, sending Ben Werner and Lindsey Cutter back in their Makers' t-shirts that they picked up at the straw poll so they can collect signatures to get Makers on the ballot, with the intention of trashing the sheets when they are done -- shades of rumored infelicities experienced during the collection of signatures for the real-life Walker recall. >More
 Battleground, Episode 7 recap: Political Machine

Battleground sheds a little more of its heretofore reticence on the Blue vs. Red identity of its characters now that it's time for the big show. While previous episodes have offered cultural markers and oblique references to the partisan identity of the campaign, it's now made clear that Samuels is the Democratic nominee for Senate. >More
 A brilliant new Great Expectations puts an orphan through his paces

Masterpiece's "Great Expectations" is the best adaptation I've seen of Charles Dickens' novel, surpassing David Lean's overrated 1946 version. You know you're in good hands from the first scene, as young orphan Pip (Douglas Booth) encounters an escaped convict (Ray Winstone) on the marshes near his house. >More
 Touch offers up pseudo-religious hokum

TV networks have always had a weakness for mysticism, from The Twilight Zone to The X-Files to Lost. The trick is to keep the audience from laughing at you -- a trick that the new Touch hasn't quite mastered. >More
 Why I watch golf on TV

Me, a sports fan? The odds were against it. I'm a terrible athlete. I'm gay. I'm bookish. My earliest sports memories involve 1970s football games at the University of Tennessee, my parents' alma mater. In Knoxville, the spectacle that is college football is bigger even than the Madison variety, but amid 90,000 screaming fans, I was the little kid silently reading Beverly Cleary. >More
 Battleground, Episode 6 recap: Polls Close at 6

The big day has arrived in Wisconsin's race for U.S. Senate: the primary election between state Sen. Samuels (Meighan Gerachis) and state Rep. Rudy. Our heroes at the Samuels campaign have pulled even with Rudy after starting with a 20-point deficit a mere two months ago. >More
 A former spy searches for her son in Missing

In Missing, Becca (Ashley Judd) is a normal middle-aged mom who sends teenage son Mike (Nick Eversman) off to school in Rome. We feel their strong bond as Becca talks to Mike long-distance from the flower shop where she works. Then, Mike uncharacteristically stops returning her calls. In a panic, Becca flies to Rome and stumbles on an armed intruder in Mike's apartment. To our shock, she disarms and strangles him in a jiffy. >More
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