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The Amazing Race 25, Episode 4: The #SweetScientists show attention to detail

The thrill of travel arrangements and fuel efficiency were the highlight of the latest episode of the CBS reality series The Amazing Race. Starting on a high note, #TheCyclists Kym and Alli squeezed a mere 0.01 gallon of gas out of a Ford C-Max Hybrid, a car they each received as the winners of this leg. >More
 The Amazing Race 25 Episode 3: #SweetScientists show off their animal-whispering skills

While others were watching Wisconsin's gubernatorial debates on Friday, I was dutifully following -- and sort of live-tweeting -- the CBS reality series The Amazing Race. It looks like Madison's #SweetScientists, a team composed of UW food-science grad students Amy and Maya, is going to go pretty far in the competition. >More
 A woman gets pregnant by mistake in the wonderful telenovela satire Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin has fun with telenovela conventions. Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is an ordinary young woman swept up in extraordinary events when she's accidentally inseminated during a routine exam. >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 2: Are the #SweetScientists too sweet for their own good?

As of week two, Madison's #SweetScientists are still in the running on The Amazing Race. Amy and Maya, a team of UW food science grad students, landed in eighth place, but that's more than good enough to keep the flame going for another week. >More
 A to Z tells the complete story of a modern romance

A voiceover sets the scene: "Andrew and Zelda dated for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour. This television program is the comprehensive account of their relationship, from A to Z." The framing device makes A to Z feel like a story told after the fact, exaggerated for comic effect. >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 1: UW-Madison grad students Maya and Amy seek to shatter stereotypes about scientists

Welcome to my very first recap of The Amazing Race. You might find yourself wondering, "Why is Isthmus covering this particular reality show?" Well, for one thing, it's because being catty about reality TV is a whole lot of fun. >More
 A successful African American fears selling out in the daring satire Blackish

Andre (Anthony Anderson) is a self-described former "big scary black guy" who's made it in the white world. He's a successful advertising executive who lives in the suburbs with his doctor wife (Tracee Ellis Ross) and four kids. But Andre has the nagging feeling that, in achieving the American dream, he and the family have lost their black identity. >More
 Hospitalized kids pull together in Red Band Society

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Red Band Society is the first masterpiece of the fall TV season. Nevertheless, it features a premise that practically screams "don't watch this." A half-dozen very sick kids live together in a hospital. >More
 Ken Burns ruins yet another great American subject with The Roosevelts

Ken Burns, PBS's favorite documentarian, has long specialized in taking the fun out of great American subjects (jazz, baseball, Mark Twain). His latest, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, is less a tribute to President Teddy Roosevelt, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt than to Burns himself. >More
 In Breathless, the sexual revolution comes to a 1960s London hospital

Critics have dutifully fallen in line for Cinemax's The Knick, an arty period hospital drama that makes its points with buckets of blood. I recommend a more enjoyable period hospital drama: Breathless on Masterpiece Mystery!. >More
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