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Happy Endings takes the sitcom to weird extremes

Last year, I panned the pilot of Happy Endings, calling it "another would-be hip, fresh young sitcom about six friends dealing with relationships." While I wasn't looking, though, Happy Endings actually turned into the hip, fresh young sitcom it wanted to be. Now, in its new season, I proclaim the series one of TV's best comedies. >More
 You can't trust anyone in the brilliant thriller Hunted

Forget the overrated Homeland. If you're looking for an international spy thriller on premium cable, Hunted is the one to watch. The pilot messes with your head so skillfully that you're woozy by the 30-minute mark. And thoroughly intrigued. >More
 Emily Owens, M.D. stars Mamie Gummer as an insecure doctor

On Emily Owens, M.D., Mamie Gummer plays a young doctor just starting out at a Denver hospital. Emily still bears the scars of being a high school nerd, and she's dismayed to learn that hospitals are the grown-up equivalent of high school. There are the cute guys who don't notice you, the mean girls out to get you, and the hundreds of others judging your every move. >More
 As Goes Janesville details a homegrown economic crisis

Independent Lens' As Goes Janesville takes an up-close look at the Wisconsin city devastated by the closing of its GM plant in 2008. The documentary goes into the kitchens of laid-off workers, who are scrambling to remain in the middle class. It also goes into the boardrooms of Janesville's corporate executives, who desperately brainstorm ideas for creating new jobs. >More
 Homeland is just too silly to take seriously

Everyone -- including President Obama -- has jumped on the bandwagon for Homeland, Showtime's melodrama about a mentally ill CIA agent named Carrie (Claire Danes) on the trail of a brainwashed U.S. congressman (Damian Lewis) who's secretly working for al-Qaida. I appear to be the only holdout, and nothing in the second-season premiere has changed my mind. >More
 The Mindy Project doesn't follow the romantic-comedy script

Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) has spent a lifetime looking for the perfect man, but she can't find him. In the pilot for The Mindy Project, we perceive her problem: She sees everything through the lens of romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally. It's hard for a self-described "chubby 31-year-old woman" to live up to the Meg Ryan standard -- especially one as narcissistic and hardhearted as Mindy. >More
 Revolution imagines a world with no electricity

J.J. Abrams' Revolution plunges you into an alternate reality. Ben (Tim Guinee) hurries home to tell his wife (Elizabeth Mitchell), "It's happening." And then "it" abruptly happens. The electricity shuts off all around the world. We see stunning images of lights going out down a highway, then all around the Earth. >More
 Go On is a sitcom based on grief

On Friends, Matthew Perry created one of the funniest TV characters of all time in the neurotic quipster Chandler Bing. Perry hasn't clicked in any starring vehicle since then, but not for lack of trying. After the doomed Mr. Sunshine and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, he returns in Go On, playing a sports broadcaster named Ryan who's sent to a grief-counseling group to deal with his wife's death. >More
 You'll avoid doctors after watching Coma

Ridley and the late Tony Scott have produced an effectively creepy update of Coma, originally a 1977 novel and 1978 film. Lauren Ambrose is plucky and smart as Susan Wheeler, a medical student at Peach Tree Memorial Hospital. Susan notices that an unusual number of Peach Tree's patients are slipping into comas, after which they're sent to a mysterious facility called Jefferson. >More
 Face Off looks at gooey special-effects creations

In its third season, the delightful reality competition Face Off features a fresh batch of special-effects makeup artists, all determined to make a mark in Hollywood. These artisans are obsessed with aliens and monsters, and we get to watch them work wonders with glue, foam and clay. "I really know how to gross people out," one contestant says with justifiable pride. >More
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