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Teen Spirit sends us to high school heaven

In Teen Spirit, a high school's mean girl (Cassie Scerbo) accidentally dies on her way to the stage to accept her prom-queen crown. She ends up in limbo, where an afterlife bureaucrat offers to send her to heaven if she first returns to her school to help a nerd (Lindsey Shaw) become popular. >More
 Shark Week returns to eat us alive

Discovery's Shark Week has been thriving for 20-plus years with its annual look at great white shark attacks. That's an unlikely streak for a bunch of programs that basically say the same thing over and over again: "They're coming to get you." >More
 Curb Your Enthusiasm gets hysterical over minutiae

As a show about nothing, Curb Your Enthusiasm remains a worthy heir of Larry David's previous masterpiece, Seinfeld. This week's episode obsesses over minutiae in the life of querulous L.A. Jews, such as a restaurant that serves absolutely irresistible chicken. >More
 Friday Night Lights comes to a thrilling conclusion

Friday Night Lights, one of the best TV series ever, comes to a close with a special 90-minute episode. As you'd expect, the Texas air is charged with drama. >More
 Alphas solves crimes with strange brains

The networks throw a lot of cop shows at the wall, and few of them stick. But Alphas has extraordinary power -- and why not, since it's about people with extraordinary power? In this well-thought-out sci fi universe, "Alphas" are people with a neurological advantage. >More
 The Protector presents a formidable female cop

In The Protector, Gloria Sheppard (Ally Walker) is a single mom and L.A. homicide detective. In the TV universe, where most female dramatic heroines must be soft and sympathetic, the scenario would imply that Gloria do her job in sexy outfits; that she have some weakness beneath her hard exterior; and that she go weak-kneed at the sight of a handsome guy. >More
 The Marriage Ref takes sides between spouses

Jerry Seinfeld's The Marriage Ref is an original game-show idea, beautifully executed. A panel of funny judges insert themselves into a marital spat, offering opinions on which spouse is right. The winner in each episode gets $25,000, plus a billboard proclaiming that he or she "was right." >More
 Aliens attack in Falling Skies on TNT

Falling Skies is a superior alien-invasion series because it cares about the humans more than the aliens. In the prologue, we learn about a horrifying chain of events through the perspective of a child's drawings: The aliens came and conquered, forcing survivors to form ad hoc resistance factions. >More
 Friday Night Lights finds epic grandeur in small-town football

In the midst of its final season, Friday Night Lights remains one of the best shows on TV. This week, things look grim for our small-town Texas football team after a loss jeopardizes their spot in the playoffs. The problem is egocentric quarterback Vince (Michael B. Jordan), who's sowing dissension. Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) must find a way to bring the team together before the promising season slips away. >More
 The World According to Paris is a scam

The World According to Paris is the latest reality series to chronicle the life of brain-dead party girl Paris Hilton. Oh, sorry -- "singer/actress/author/fashion designer Paris Hilton," as she pompously describes herself in the intro. >More
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