Modern Family splits the family based on gender, to predictably mixed results

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It’s not all that often that Modern Family decides it’d be good to split the families into groups and explore their dynamics in a way that feels meaningful. Sure, every week gives us a pairing or a group that drives each subplot, but those moments hard…

Nathaniel stars (and Scott Michael Foster triumphs) in his very own Crazy Ex-Girlfriend rom-com

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Very little about “I’m Almost Over You” looks or sounds like a typical Crazy Ex-Girlfriend episode. The camera moves differently. The score functions differently. The jokes have a different rhythm, the performances a very different quality. The protago…

A really, truly epic hourlong Steven Universe nearly spells the end of everything

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The project of “Change Your Mind”—fully theorizing the Gem empire as a business run by an abusive family, with similarities to the various families Steven has encountered on Earth (the Crystal Gems, the Maheswarans, the DeMayos, the Deweys, the Onion f…

A lovingly lighthearted Modern Family offers up a nice change of pace

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This season of Modern Family hasn’t featured too many “in between” episodes. You know, the ones that aren’t outlandish comedies or loaded with emotional stakes. Rather, the “in between” episodes are perfect to break up the season. This season has swung…

Modern Family takes a step backwards while furthering Haley’s story

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The biggest surprise of this season of Modern Family has been how well the show’s handled Haley’s pregnancy. It’s a storyline that could easily become fodder for bad jokes and cliché narrative beats, but for the most part the show’s done a good job of …

Steven throws a party on a transitional Steven Universe

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“Together Alone” opens with a beautiful shot of the open vista of Homeworld, taken up by the four parts of what is, essentially, the Gem Voltron: White’s head and torso, Yellow’s and Blue’s arms, and Pink’s legs. The image echoed in a later shot of the…

A reflective, funny episode of Steven Universe finds Steven going through the motions for his mom

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During Steven’s last visit to Homeworld, he was a prisoner on trial for murder. Now, he’s basically Gem royalty, and bound up in all of the obligations that new status entails. “Familiar” digs into the details of what the Diamonds actually do all day, …

Runaways ends its second season with all-out war and some new villains

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Putting “Last Rites” as early in the season as it is was a big gamble. The episode took a lot of long-standing components of Runaways out of the equation: the dig site, the threat of a world-ending (or at least California-ending) earthquake, Julian McM…

The penultimate Runaways kicks everything into high gear with a rescue mission

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For the bulk of the season, I’ve been talking a lot about how Runaways missions need to include all of the kids—otherwise, they become heavily reliant on one person (usually Nico) in a way that sidelines everyone else. Consider “Earth Angel” the except…

Jonah steals the spotlight on an action-packed Runaways

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Who would have guessed that the biggest accomplishment of the second season of Runaways would be humanizing its villain? “Last Rites” is a big episode, and easily could have been the season finale. The kids confront their parents again, Jonah attempts …