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October 31, 2014

'Cougar Town' Moment: Andy and His Brother Get Into a Fight

'Cougar Town' is doing a great job as we come to the end of the season. Travis's depression over being rejected by Kirsten has been a great continuing story that the show has lacked since sometime last year. It's also interesting that in a time of need, Ellie not only turned to Laurie -- or "Jellybean," as Ellie derisively calls her -- to be her "human stress ball" and Laurie eventually realizes...

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'Modern Family' Season 2, Episode 22 Recap

['Modern Family' - 'Good Cop, Bad Dog'] One of the greatest things about 'Modern Family' is that each couple demonstrates a yin and yang that makes them so compatible with each other. And we saw that yin and yang in this episode. And while not all of the stories were as funny as they could be, it was still a good demonstration on why these characters work and why the show has been so...

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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 20 Recap

['Glee' - 'Prom Queen'] I don't know what most people's proms were like, but I remember mine as a pretty strange and mostly painful experience, punctuated by being rejected a whole bunch of times before finally landing a date that was so platonic that I think we got there in separate cars. That same feeling of strangeness, tinged with discomfort, came over me as I watched the kids at...

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'How I Met Your Mother' Season 6, Episode 23 Recap

['How I Met Your Mother' - 'Landmarks'] You know how there are times when you know an event is coming on a show, but you sit back, and enjoy the ride anyway? This wasn't one of those times. Talk about an anticlimax... we all knew that what happened at the end of this episode was going to happen at some point this season, we just didn't know when and how. But what we ended up with this week...

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'Parks and Recreation' Season 3, Episode 12 Recap

['Parks and Recreation' - 'Eagleton'] Sometimes the simplest episodes of a sitcom are the better ones. Even though 'Eagleton' wasn't as jam-packed with laughs as some 'Parks' episodes have been, it was one of my favorites of the season, mainly because a lot of the humor came from what we've learned about Leslie Knope -- and to a lesser extent, Ron Swanson -- to this point. We know that...

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'The Office' Season 7, Episode 22 Recap

['The Office' - 'The Inner Circle'] Tonight, we finally got our first glimpse of what 'The Office' is going to be like without Steve Carell. And, I've got to be honest with you; the episode did have its funny moments, mainly because characters that we haven't seen or heard much of lately came out of the woodwork and acted funny for the first time in a long time. But overall, you can just...

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'Cougar Town' Moment - Jules Loses Her Wine to a 'Shark'

There's a reason why, instead of doing full-fledged reviews of 'Cougar Town,' I just concentrate on moments: it's because, in a lot of ways, each episode is organized as a series of moments, rather than one with an A-story and a B-story. Sure, there has been the recent through-line of Travis and his quest to get his girlfriend Kirsten to stay by asking her to marry him. But the rest of each...

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'Modern Family' Season 2, Episode 22 Recap

['Modern Family' - 'Mother's Day'] Well, the Dunphy kids tried their hardest, didn't they? Alex, Haley and Luke all tried to outwit their mother in the emotional manipulation department, but Claire's got too many years and too much guilting experience to lose the war with them. That was the best part of what was one of those episodes that was good but could have been better. Usually when...

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Will 'The Voice' Lose Its Momentum Now That the Blind Auditions Are Over?

Something about 'The Voice' struck me as I was watching the second two-hour episode of blind audition rounds last night: The show doesn't seem like it's been completely thought through yet, does it? And the thought wasn't just during the shockingly thrown-together "second chances" portion of the show, when it seemed like the producers had to scramble to figure out what to do when the...

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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 19 Recap

['Glee' - 'Rumours'] Now that 'Glee' has completed almost two seasons, I'm wondering which kind of episode is better: one that centers around one artist or album or one that centers around a theme but uses songs from different artists. Both have their merits, but I'll tell you what: episodes revolving around a single artist or album are a heck of a lot easier to review. Why? For one,...

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