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PBS explores the mystery of Jimi Hendrix's life and music

Hard to believe, but in the four decades since Jimi Hendrix died, no one has made a great documentary about him. Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin' on American Masters fixes that problem. It capably tells the story of Jimi's rise from impoverished Seattle youth to rock star to drug casualty -- an extraordinary journey of just 27 years. >More
 PBS offers a new perspective on Orson Welles' War of the Worlds

As an Orson Welles fanatic, I thought I knew everything about his infamous radio adaptation of War of the Worlds from 1938. The 23-year-old genius crafted the program as if Martians had actually invaded the U.S., with news bulletins seeming to interrupt regularly scheduled programming. >More
 Reign turns an Elizabethan royal into a Gossip Girl

The new drama Reign is basically Gossip Girl in doublets and puffy sleeves -- a soap opera about beautiful young people and their transgressive behavior. But it has an advantage over Gossip Girl, in that transgressive behavior was much more dangerous in the 16th century than it is in our own permissive times. >More
 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland revels in unreality

A companion to Once Upon a Time, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland reinterprets Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alice (Sophie Lowe) faces a panel of doctors in Victorian England who don't believe her stories of an invisible cat and a hookah-smoking caterpillar. >More
 Siblings have unexpected houseguests when their parents split up in The Millers

Multi-camera, laugh-track sitcoms have been in decline, but The Millers is one that works. Nate (Will Arnett) and Debbie (Jayma Mays) have always kept their distance from their insufferable parents (Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale), but that becomes impossible when Mom and Dad break up. >More
 Michael J. Fox pokes fun at his condition in an unconventional sitcom

Michael J. Fox is one of our most beloved sitcom stars (Family Ties, Spin City), and he's become even more so during his fight with Parkinson's disease. With The Michael J. Fox Show, he returns to sitcoms as an unconventional leading man, given the involuntary contortions of his face and body. >More
 How hockey geeks tracked down a Wisconsin Badgers game on Breaking Bad (spoilers)

When Walter White finds himself inside a dim and desolate tavern in the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad, the TV above the bar is by chance tuned to a classic late '90s Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey game. >More
 That '80s Show: The Goldbergs wallows in a decade's worth of shame and guilt

The 1980s take a beating in The Goldbergs. An adult narrator looks back on his childhood in the days when REO Speedwagon seemed profound and even middle-aged moms wore the Madonna hairdo. >More
 Andy Samberg is winningly weird in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Many of us were concerned when Andy Samberg retired from Saturday Night Live last spring. Would the comic genius get trapped in more forgettable movies like Hot Rod, then disappear? We needn't have worried. Samberg stars in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a single-camera sitcom that perfectly showcases his talent. >More
 Sons of Anarchy returns for another dose of brutality and tenderness

Season five of Sons of Anarchy ended in a blaze of betrayal and violence. Just when it seemed things couldn't get any more intense for the California motorcycle club, here comes season six. >More
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