Broad City tackles a devastating breakup in one of the series' most emotional episodes

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Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer don’t get to flex their dramatic acting skills very often on Broad City. The madcap style of this comedy means that they’re most often giving over-the-top comedic performances. That’s not to say that there isn’t nuance in their performances from week to week. Both women have proven time…

Documentary Now! paints a detailed picture of an egotistical, deranged filmmaker with "Searching for Mr. Larson"

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“Searching for Mr. Larson: A Love Letter From the Far Side” is less about satirizing the documentary upon which it is based—Dear Mr. Watterson, about the creator of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes—and more about interrogating the very idea of a male, super-fan documentarian. It’s a painstaking account of one man’s…

Cate Blanchett captivates in Documentary Now!'s complex, smart send-up of performance art

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At this point, it’s hard not to sound redundant when writing about Documentary Now!, because the show keeps on playing to its own strengths, keeps proving time and again that it’s one of the most innovative shows on television. It shouldn’t work so well, and yet it does...over and over. Episodes, of course, are…

It's all about the Castillos in the conclusion to How To Get Away With Murder's messiest season

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As last episode’s reveal suggested, so much of this season finale hinges on the inter-family dynamics of the Castillo family. That’s not a completely bad thing; the issues that plague Laurel’s family touch on a lot of the recurring themes of this show: struggle for power, inherited trauma as well as inherited evil,…

Broad City delves into Abbi and Ilana's identities in another episode that plays to the show's strengths

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“Lost and Found” is a super queer, super Jewish, super New York episode of Broad City and therefore feels like the show in its truest form, a celebration of Abbi and Ilana’s identities as well as the city they inhabit. The episode presents yet another twisty adventure for the friends but manages to bring up some…

Paula Pell and Documentary Now! put original twists on an iconic moment from musical theater history

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Documentary Now! is a show not just for fans but for fanatics. It’s so precise in its parody that whatever subject material its original source material celebrates is similarly celebrated in the parody—or, in some cases, whatever its source material criticizes, the parody sharply criticizes with equal gusto. In the…

Bonnie and Laurel's catharsis stands out in an otherwise dull episode of How To Get Away With Murder

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“I’m not sure of anything anymore,” Annalise tells Tegan at the top of “Make Me the Enemy,” and boy is that an apt way to kickoff season five’s penultimate episode. How To Get Away With Murder has packed so many twists and turns into the final chapters of the season that it has lost all sense of coherence. Going off…

Abbi Jacobson pens a hilarious, emotional, queer episode of Broad City

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Broad City is really seizing the opportunity of a planned final season to really push Abbi and Ilana through some really big moments in their lives. “Artsy Fartsy” follows a pretty typical episode structure for the series and includes a lot of the show’s signature weirdo moments that just feel so much like they could…

Documentary Now! provides a wildly accurate satire of Netflix's cult docuseries

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Documentary Now! unsurprisingly takes some big swings in its season three premiere. From this start, this has been an ambitious, weird series that strikes an impressive balance between niche, specific jokes and broader comedy. It has to play to viewers who might not be familiar with the source material it’s skewering…

Cicely Tyson anchors a compelling but flawed Christmas installment of How To Get Away With Murder

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Cicely Tyson’s arrival on How To Get Away With Murder typically signals it’s going to be a strong episode, and “Where Are Your Parents?” is no exception. It’s one of the more coherent episodes the show has done in a while and even contains some brief but very welcome levity, which the show is too often too short on.…

How To Get Away With Murder's characters are getting harder to pin down 

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At this point, How To Get Away With Murder is just rubbing salt in the wound of DA Miller’s death. Bonnie goes to visit his mother, who reveals to her that he was going to propose and also that his death comes on the heels of his father’s death. It’s devastating to watch, especially since Bonnie is desperately trying…

Broad City injects a simple premise with The Matrix-level spectacle

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In “Bitcoin & the Missing Girl,” Ilana finds the access code to ⅓ of a Bitcoin given to her by an douchey finance bro ex-boyfriend, and Abbi loses her favorite sweatshirt. That’s it. That’s the whole premise. But in typical Broad City form, the episode takes that setup and zigzags it into two adventures that are wacky…

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