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In Generation Cryo, a teenager searches for her sperm donor dad

Breeanna, a 17-year-old from Nevada, is on a mission to find her biological father. She knows him only as donor #1096 " the guy who happened to provide the sperm for her lesbian mothers. Through a website, she has tracked down 15 half-siblings scattered throughout the country. Generation Cryo is a video diary of her journey to meet them and, ultimately, to solve the riddle of her birth. >More
 A cop comes to love his android partner in Almost Human

Almost Human is a wild ride of a cop series. It boasts cool gadgets and thrilling action, not to mention poignancy in the human/almost-human bond. >More
 For and against JFK: American Experience offers a warts-and-all portrait of the controversial president

I'm powerless to resist a documentary about John F. Kennedy. Though I'm well aware of the late president's faults, I'm drawn in by his charisma every time. I cheer his triumphs and bemoan his tragedies. And I always respond to images of the assassination as if I'm seeing them for the first time. >More
 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
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