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'Penny Dreadful' a real-world take on classic horror

Showtime

BY CHLOE GILKE

The cinematography is top-notch, acting excellent, 1890s period set design fittingly elaborate and macabre. But the most impressive aspect of “Penny Dreadful” is that it sidesteps the unbelievable and presents the terror as something straight out of our own world.

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'The Mindy Project' Showcases Romantic Story in Season Two Finale

FOX

BY ALEX INTNER

One could argue that by the end of its second season, Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) and company still haven’t completely developed their supporting cast, but they have found a clear vision for what makes this show funny by embracing its place as a romantic comedy.

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Season Four of 'Louie' Continues Show's Game-Changing Run

FX

BY MADDIE THOMAS

“Louie” is good because it’s a vehicle through which Louis C.K. can inject his unique brand of humor into almost-neurotic musings on human nature. “Louie” is great because Louis C.K. is not afraid to push boundaries and experiment with his work.

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'Years of Living Dangerously' throws reality in our face

Courtesy of James Cameron

BY GRACE HAMILTON

“Years of Living Dangerously,” a nine part Showtime documentary series that premiered on April 14, explores stories like this one across the world from Texas to Syria. The focus is our changing climate; the damage that has already been done and that which is yet to come.

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TV Picks: Most anticipated summer shows

Netflix

BY DAILY TV/NEW MEDIA WRITERS

As we prepare to say goodbye for the summer vacation, The Daily TV/New Media staff is offering up a master list of the TV shows — old and new — that we’re most looking forward to in the coming months.

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'Parenthood' finishes strong despite unsure future

NBC

BY ALEX INTNER

However, “Parenthood” isn’t necessarily about the overarching stories. It’s about the little moments in life. The montage that closed the show, set to a beautiful cover of "The Times They Are a-Changin'," conveyed the emotions purely off the strength of the cast.

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'Orphan Black' straddles several genres, and succeeds

BBC America

BY CHLOE GILKE

“Orphan Black” is an unpredictable amalgam of genres, managing to simultaneously be a cop drama, a Shakespearean tragedy, a crime caper and an involved (and often confusing) sci-fi mystery.

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