Television review

NBC’s ‘Superstore’ veers from silly to sophisticated

NBC’s latest ensemble workplace comedy stars America Ferrera (front) as a floor supervisor at a big-box behemoth clearly based on Walmart.


It may not yet come close to the comedic heights of its predecessors, but there are some good finds in its aisles.

Kit Harington portrays Jon Snow in a scene from

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Is Jon Snow alive in ‘Game of Thrones’ season 6?

HBO’s new “Game of Thrones” promotional art for season 6 features the bloody, handsome, and, of course, pouty face of Jon Snow.

Game On

Build your own subway system with smart ‘Mini Metro’ video game

“Mini Metro” is a minimalist, meditative game in which you play a subway-system architect — and a great deal of fun.

From left: Martin Sheen, Richard Schiff, and Rob Lowe in “The West Wing.”

TV Confessions: Charlie Kravetz

The general manager at Boston NPR station WBUR talks TV.

// Jennifer Nettles rules holiday airwaves

A chat with country singer Jennifer Nettles who dominates the holiday airwaves in three upcoming specials including “CMA Country Christmas.”

A 50th anniversary special will precede “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Nov. 30.

Holiday TV picks

Charlie Brown, naturally, heads the list of this year’s holiday television picks.

The Ticket: Television

Homeland (Sunday at 9 p.m. on Showtime) is on the weaker side, with story lines losing their logic and characters behaving inconsistently.

// France has big night at International Emmys, with 3 wins

The normally festive ceremony was tempered by reflections on the recent Paris terrorist attacks.

Television REview

// ‘The Man in the High Castle’: land of the free and home of the Axis

The starkly remixed iconography is alarming, fascinating, and, with the world currently in paroxysms of war, uprising, and revolution, all the more thought-provoking.

// James Taylor and Stephen Colbert update ‘Fire and Rain’

In a silly bit on “The Late Show,” Taylor told Colbert that he reworked “Fire and Rain” to include the things he’s seen since he wrote the song in 1970.

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// Crackle reaches for more with ‘More’

Crackle, the free streaming service, makes its series drama debut with “The Art of More,” starring Dennis Quaid and Kate Bosworth.

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// Worst fall TV season ever?

Broadcast networks have resorted to derivative, formulaic, and willfully unoriginal projects.

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// AMC’s ‘Into the Badlands’: Choreography on the verge of mayhem

It’s too bad the story line and characters aren’t as impressive as the fight scenes.

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// Better call Bob (and David)

Comic duo Bob Odenkirk and David Cross resurrect ‘”Mr. Show” with “W/Bob and David” on Netflix to typically absurd effect.

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// TV confessions: Annie Weatherwax

Among the author’s favorites: “All in the Family” and “The Great British Baking Show.”

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// USA’s ‘Donny!’ is TV about TV

It’s hard to satirize TV on TV effectively and with originality these days. So it’s no big surprise that the new USA sitcom, “Donny!,” is underwhelming.

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// Half-hour dramas prove less is more

The current batch of half-hour dramas includes some of the best series that TV has to offer.

Special section

// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

What's on TV

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

A look at Monday programming, including “The Making of Trump” on History and “Celebrity, Inc.” on Pop.