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11 seasons later, 'Grey's Anatomy' 's heart is still beating strong

ABC

BY SOPHIA KAUFMAN

The weaker parts of the episode — including the fact that its goal seemed to be to force the break up of every single couple — were compensated for by the last two minutes, which forcefully reminded audiences of what this show was like at its strongest point, and what makes it so addictingly heartbreaking without compromising the integrity of its characters.

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'Super Smash Bros.' for Wii U delivers on hype

Nintendo

BY JACOB RICH

Its newest, biggest release, “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U,” is an enormous, painstakingly crafted multiplayer video game, one that deserves a hallowed spot in any collegiate gamer’s library.

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'How to Get Away with Murder' mid-season finale showcases skillful execution

ABC

BY KAREN HUA

By preparing all previous episodes in culmination for this moment, they have stunningly brewed curiosity while still withholding valuable information for next time.

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'State of Affairs' filled with recycled tropes

NBC

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

If viewers need an hour of familiar entertainment, “State of Affairs” is equipped to fill the void. But if art is to do anything more than competently splice together a handful of tropes and topical references, “State of Affairs” fails.

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'The Missing' skillfully navigates between past and present

Starz

BY MATTHEW BARNAUSKAS

“The Missing” is a visually and cerebrally engrossing series whose answers may destroy any semblance of safety left for the characters’ past and present.

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FCKH8 ad misses the mark

FCKH8

BY SOPHIA KAUFMAN

FCKH8’s video ended up being more of a miss than a hit, but it’s worth having a couple misses — as long as we recognize them as such — if they bring more attention to important issues.

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'Getting On' nails the dark humor of a hospital

HBO

BY HAILEY MIDDLEBROOK

“Getting On” is the kind of show that makes it both hard to laugh and hard to cry, where doctors aren’t heroic and patients aren’t sympathetic. It’s sickly, darkly and disturbingly funny because it’s real.

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