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There’s no end to shows that have stayed too long

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Only a few series seem to correctly sense when it’s time to get out, and way too many that don’t.

Lady Gaga will perform at the Grammy Awards on Monday night.

The Ticket: TV

The Grammy Awards on Monday night and the return of “Broad City” Wednesday night highlight the week in television.

Game On

Best game ever? No, but ‘Undertale’ warrants the hype

A readers’ poll at GameFAQs named “Undertale’ not only the best video game of the year but the best game ever.

Television Review

Hulu’s ‘11.22.63’ a good return date

The miniseries places more emphasis on characters, story, and the details of the early 1960s than it does on time travel.

Television Review

// This is what happens when you mix Scorsese with Jagger

Created by a heavyweight team that includes Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, “Vinyl” is all about sex, drugs, rock, and rolling cameras.

tv confessions

Barry Crimmins

The political comedian talks TV, the good and the bad.

This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, left, and Robin Wright as Clair Underwood in a scene from

House of Cards releases season 4 trailer

Netflix political drama House of Cards returns March 4, and the showdown is on between nefarious President Frank Underwood and the first lady.

Matthew Gilbert

// Yahoo! ‘The Good Wife’ is ending

Fans win because now we know the show will not peter out in disgrace like too many other network series.


// In praise of almost-great TV shows

Over the next few months, a number of really, really good series are returning, and they deserve some eager anticipation.

Could Bernie Sanders, Larry David be dueling Bernies on ‘SNL’?

The rumors are swirling, CNN is reporting it, and NBC isn’t denying: Sanders and David will appear together on “Saturday Night Live” this week.

James Foley, the first American murdered by ISIS, in a scene from the HBO documentary “Jim.”

Television Review

HBO’s ‘Jim’ shows us James Foley, the man

Foley, a journalist who was drawn to the world's war zones, was the first American to be murdered by ISIS.

Television Reviews

// ‘O.J.’ and ‘Madoff’: Ripped from the headlines

Two giant court cases find their ways to TV, complete with stunt-casting and fetishized objects.

Television review

// Glasses half-empty in C.K.’s barroom drama 'Horace and Pete’

The show is definitely not a comedy, even by the new standards that Louis C.K. has helped to create.

tv confessions

// Rajesh Bose

The “Disgraced” actor’s favorite shows include “Slings and Arrows” and “Last Week Tonight With Jon Oliver.”

// Why are live TV musicals taking off?

This small wave is actually a canny attempt to solve a very big problem.


// Fox delivers a slickly staged, visually appealing ‘Grease’

The show wasn’t perfect, but it was great fun with touches of film nostalgia and musical theater earnestness.

// Hough, Hudgens head to Rydell High for ‘Grease: Live’

With a new cast and creative team, Fox is staging the musical “Grease” on live television Sunday night.

Television Review

NBC’s ‘Apocalypse’ goes to the end of Earth for laughs

In “You, Me and the Apocalypse,” the many plotlines and characters are united by the fact that a comet is racing toward Earth.

Television Review

// ‘The Mine Wars’ looks at labor strife a century ago

The “American Experience” presentation has a remarkable story to tell, one that’s far less well known than it ought to be.

Matthew Gilbert

// Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson: Colorblind, or just plain tone-deaf?

In 2016, a white actor is going to play a black superstar, arguably the world’s most famous black entertainer?

Television Review

Paranoia strikes a dreary note in ‘X-Files’

If there was a creative reason to bring the show back, and not merely a financial one, I couldn’t find it anywhere in the premiere.

What's on TV

// Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Wednesday

Matthew Gilbert’s picks, including “Togetherness” on HBO and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on CBS.