A stirring season finale sees Snowfall put Franklin through the American prison system

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At some point, it had to come to this for Franklin. A stint in prison was always on the horizon; it was either going to be the result of getting wrapped up in the game, or simply being a black kid with the nerve to exist during the height of the War on Drugs. So what options did Franklin really have along the way? He…

The A.V. Club’s 11 most-anticipated TV shows of fall 2018

The broadcast television season begins in earnest this Sunday, September 23, though you’d be forgiven for feeling like a half-dozen seasons have come and gone in the weeks since Labor Day, what with the Streampocalypse and cable premieres—and you still have to wait until tomorrow to get into Maniac, whose Matryoshka…

I Feel Bad brings a distinctly female voice to issues-based comedy

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The #MeToo movement is still going strong, historic numbers of women are up for election this fall (and voting and protesting across the country), and between Crazy Rich Asians and Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, the stereotypically “female” genre of the rom-com is back with a vengeance. American pop…

Almost everybody says or does something stupid on a momentous Better Call Saul 

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Even on a show known for its cold opens, this is one for the ages. The screen split vertically down the middle, DePalma style, Kim and Jimmy go about their increasingly separate lives. We see them walking through the same routine on different days, wearing different clothes: Jimmy puts toothpaste on Kim’s brush for…

Lawrence's return showcases Insecure's ensemble in a rewarding episode

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Okay. Lawrence came back and the show didn’t implode. I know some of us were disappointed about Lawrence’s return, but I think anyone can admit that this was a great episode of Insecure. Season three has focused on some major changes paying off for Molly and Issa, but the show’s ensemble has always been strong. With…

Frank gets political, sending Shameless stumbling through an ideological minefield

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Frank Gallagher is, at his core, ideologically opportunistic. He will be whatever he needs to be in order to get ahead, shifting his beliefs in whichever direction is necessary to scam a place to stay or scratch together a few bucks. We’re meant to find this kind of behavior abhorrent, I think, but at the same time …