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A brilliantly absurd sitcom explains How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)

How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) is the rare sitcom where everyone in the cast is a great comedian, down to the child actor. Polly (Sarah Chalke) is a basket case who, nevertheless, wants to be a good mom to her young daughter. >More
 'Mr. Selfridge' turns a department store into the greatest show on earth

Jeremy Piven provides Masterpiece Classic with a jolt of American energy, rousing the series from its recent Downton Abbey lethargy. In the eight-part "Mr. Selfridge," Piven plays the real-life Harry Gordon Selfridge, a brash Chicago huckster who pioneered the modern department store in turn-of-the-century London. >More
 WYOU in limbo: The community-access TV station may collapse if it can't update its equipment

What is Madison's riskiest business these days, if by "risky" you mean "likely to disappear"? Traditional media outlets are top contenders. So are nonprofit organizations, especially those whose funding has been slashed. WYOU is both of these things: a nonprofit, community-access TV station that nearly vanished following the passage of the Video Competition Act in 2007. >More
 Phil Spector tries to humanize the notorious music producer

Phil Spector has a startling premise: that the freaky music producer might be a human being. Against the backdrop of his 2007 trial for murder, writer-director David Mamet tries to figure out what makes Spector tick. The movie forces viewers to confront their prejudices about the oddballs in our midst, especially the artist-oddballs. >More
 Bates Motel is an appealingly eccentric prequel to Psycho

One has misgivings about a prequel series based on Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror masterpiece about a misfit's murderous fixation on his mother. But the eccentric Bates Motel offers reason for hope, starting with the actress cast as the mother: Vera Farmiga of Up in the Air. >More
 The Client List features the most wholesome prostitute ever

I like shameless soap operas as much as the next guy, and The Client List is more shameless than most. Jennifer Love Hewitt plays Riley, a former Texas beauty queen who works as an erotic masseuse (read: prostitute) to support her two kids. In the season-two premiere, Riley's no-good husband needs an expensive lawyer, and you know what that means. She has to earn more money at the massage parlor, fulfilling clients' fantasies in lacy lingerie and a sexy smirk. >More
 Enlightened seeks transcendence in its season finale

In Enlightened, Amy (Laura Dern) is a troubled woman making crazy-ass stabs at transcendence. This season, she has committed herself to doing something meaningful on this Earth by exposing corruption at the company where she works. Friends and relatives think she's out of her mind, and Amy can't help wondering if they're right. "Am I an agent of change or an agent of chaos?" she asks in the dreamy prologue to the season finale. >More
 Good cop, bad cop: In Golden Boy, they're the same person

Golden Boy is a new cop drama that takes an original approach to its protagonist. Walter Clark (Theo James) is not only a smart, capable police officer with a vulnerable streak (nothing new there), but an opportunist. He has a lean, hungry look, watching for the main chance at all times. That's not necessarily an attractive quality. >More
 Cult wants to kidnap and brainwash you

Cult offers one of the 2012-13 season's most intriguing concepts. It's about a TV series, itself named "Cult." The show-within-the-show portrays a creepy cult run by a psycho who kidnaps and brainwashes his followers. "Cult" has inspired a legion of fans, some of whom go off the deep end in their obsession with clues and code words they detect in each episode. >More
 Touch finds the meaning of life in the number 318

If you love TV, you have to love its grand follies. These are the shows that throw caution to the wind to make REALLY IMPORTANT STATEMENTS ABOUT HUMANITY. Touch is one of those shows. Kiefer Sutherland plays the father of a mute boy who sees the connectedness of all things, somehow involving the number 318. (The number 5227 also seems significant. Who knew?) >More
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