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In suburbia: ‘Better Call Saul’ is a critical dilemma

It’s not that “Saul” is bad. It’s that it’s impossible to tell whether it’s good.

Feb. 10, 2015


Mad Men: Time, and space

A momentous countdown.

May. 30, 2014


Mad Men: Family ties

“Mad Men” is about what life looks like after you’ve given up on your dreams. Not just the next day but all the days.

May. 22, 2014


Mad Men: alien life

"First you were dead,” says Ginsburg, “And then all this activity started in your eyelids.”

May. 16, 2014


Mad men: counting stars

“The perils of technology,” deadpans Don. “It’s 1969 and you’re unable to make fire.”

May. 16, 2014


Mad Men: hobo days

“Why is it that with all the variety of his experiences he still has so many dull days?"

May. 1, 2014


‘Mad Men’ in Hooterville

Hooterville was the town where first “Petticoat Junction” took place and then “Green Acres,”a world that gradually grew more and more surreal until finally vanishing in the “rural purge” of the ’70s, where networks “cancelled everything with a tree.”

Apr. 22, 2014


On ‘Mad Men,’ many bedrooms, one story

Torkelson’s making it with Clara, nightly. “That’s juicy,” says Joan. “He can have her!” says Ken.

Apr. 15, 2014


‘Breaking Bad,’ the final season: ‘Did you really think I’d do you wrong?’

The real triumph of "Breaking Bad" was that even while it tied up all its loose ends, it still left us so many options about how to remember it.

Oct. 2, 2013


‘Breaking Bad,’ the final season: No-names

We see him from the back, loading the pay phone with change, as though he’s playing the slots. It was so important to him that Uncle Jack know Hank’s name, but now he doesn’t know the name of man who is the new Hank. When asked who is making the call, he answers “Walter White?” unsure of the answer himself.

Sep. 24, 2013