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Case Closed: Agatha Christie's Detective Poirot Solves His Last TV Mystery

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On The Knick, the graphic scenes are riveting, says David Bianculli, though at times you may want to look away. Here, Clive Owen's character administers a shot. Mary Cybulski/Courtesy of HBO/Cinemax hide caption

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Stick With 'The Knick,' A Medical Drama With Amazing Inventions

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How Interactive TV Is Older Than TV Itself

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Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Nessa Stein in the SundanceTV original series The Honorable Woman. Des Willie/Courtesy of Sundance hide caption

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding

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The threat is both viral and vampire in The Strain, a show about the sudden outbreak of a disease that kills most of its victims — then begins to mutate them into another species entirely. Michael Gibson/FX hide caption

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'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control

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A-List Celebrities Flock To Late-Night 'Graham Norton Show'

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HBO's 'The Normal Heart' Looks At The Early Days Of The AIDS Crisis

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The Maya Rudolph Show premiered Monday night with guest appearances from Sean Hayes, Fred Armisen and Andy Samberg. Paul Drinkwater/NBC hide caption

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'The Maya Rudolph Show' And What It'll Take To Bring Back Variety

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'Penny Dreadful' Is Wonderful, But 'Rosemary's Baby' Is Dreadful

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Among Hill Street Blues' many innovations, says David Bianculli, was focusing on a large ensemble cast instead of one or two central stars. Pictured here: Veronica Hamel as Joyce Davenport, Daniel J. Travanti as Capt. Frank Furillo and Robert Prosky as Sgt. Stan Jablonski. David Sutton/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images hide caption

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'Hill Street Blues' Created Two Eras For TV Drama: Before And After

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FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel

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Mad Men — starring Jon Hamm as Don Draper — returns for its seventh and final season Sunday on AMC. Michael Yarish/AMC hide caption

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Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men'

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Family dramas have always been one of television's most difficult genres to do properly, without getting too sweet, too overwrought, or too predictable — but NBC's Parenthood finds the right balance. Above, Ray Romano as Hank, Mae Whitman as Amber, and Lauren Graham as Sarah. Colleen Hayes/NBC hide caption

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'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right

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HBO Fills Sunday Night Lineup With Entertaining Power Struggles

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'The Good Wife' Delivers A Game-Changing Stunner

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