Emily Nussbaum

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    TV Review: No Ordinary Family a Little Better Than Ordinary’No Ordinary Family’ is shaping up to be one of the few hits of this gloomy fall season, and while it wouldn’t be my top pick, I can’t begrudge it.
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    The Vulture Transcript: Nathan Fillion on Castle, Firefly, and a Dr. Horrible Sequel“What I know is that Joss has a title for a [Dr. Horrible] sequel. I’m told he even has a couple of songs…”
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    What Kind of World Is It Where Only MTV Gets Teen Pregnancy Right?It may feel staged, but it also feels real. Unlike ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager.’
  4. A Not-So-Funny Thing About Network SitcomsThis fall’s crop is the worst in years.
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    Lone Star Recap: Hopefully Not the LastLast night’s episode: terrific all over again, dammit.
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    TV Review: My Generation Is TV CatnipWhat made me like this show, despite the fact that it is terrible?
  7. DefacebookFour young friends who are out to create a very different sort of social network.
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    TV Review: Running Wilde — the New Model for the Bad SitcomWow. This is bad. Not so bad it’s good. Just bad.
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    TV Review: Brassy and Sweet Raising HopeGreg Garcia (My Name is Earl) creates one of the few good new sitcoms for fall.
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    TV Review: Lone Star Lives Up to the HypeThe Fox drama about a con man in Texas deserves every bit of advance buzz.
  11. Muscle BeachWith Boardwalk Empire, HBO treads familiar if sumptuously realized ground.
  12. Vixen of PongOn the town with Susan Sarandon.
  13. Working the StreetMad Men’s fourth season is all about selling—ads, bodies, and souls.
  14. Nerds Rush InTales of the angry, fat, and paranoid.
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    Nussbaum: Now, In Defense of Sex and the City 2A point-by-point rebuttal of the collective critical trashing of Sex and the City 2.
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    How Lost Seduced and Betrayed Its FansEmily Nussbaum’s last word on why the series ultimately failed.
  17. A Disappointed Fan Is Still a FanHow the creators of Lost seduced and betrayed their viewers.
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    Lost Finale Recap: And So It GoesIt opted more for emotional catharsis than answering six seasons of questions.
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    The Lost Finale: What Did You Think?I really didn’t expect that much wish fulfillment.
  20. These Are Their StoriesThe pleasing again-and-again of Law & Order.
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    Lost Recap: Beaten Into EnlightenmentOne episode to go, and it’s revelations galore … only some of which make sense.
  22. 3. Be Funny, Biting, Sweet, Ironic, and Just This Short of SappyThe family sitcom gets a rewrite.
  23. 8. It’s Never Too Soon to Suck Them InA great opening montage is a bloody good idea.
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    Lost: Hey MommaSurprise: I liked it.
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    Lost: Smokey on the WaterWell, we can’t say that nothing happened!
  26. Barbra’s KidsGlee’s non-sidekick effeminate boy represents for the show’s true icon.
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    Lost: Love and RocketsJin, Sun, and the opening salvos of the big war.
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    Lost: Hugo, BossA return to wobbly form.
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    Lost Recap: Unpacking the PackageDesmond and Penny are soul mates no matter what direction they flash.
  30. in memoriam
    Nussbaum’s Conversation with David MillsThe longtime David Simon collaborator recently died after an aneurysm while filming a scene at Cafe du Monde. What follows are excerpts from an interview conducted just two months before his death.
  31. Pugnacious DDavid Simon hates being pegged as angry, but it’s his fury—and passion and empathy—that made The Wire into such transcendent TV. Now, w […]
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    Lost Recap: DeliveranceMeet the Package!
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    Lost: Wine and CheeseNo one could make this tale of a sweet, idiotic, bereaved Spaniard work.
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    Nurse Jackie’s Merritt WeverThe actress speaks about playing a strange nurse, overdosing on ‘Law & Order,’ and moving to Brooklyn.
  35. Genre BendersThe dazzling structural experiments of Damages and Caprica.
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    Lost: The Convoluted ConPure-grade Sawyer, using his con-man wiles for good instead of evil.
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    Lost: Vice PrincipalI enjoyed this episode so much I couldn’t even obsess about the still-looming issue that the show has become a chess game between two coy, superpowered smirkers.
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    Lost Recap: Tortured Logic’Lost’ becomes ‘The Stand,’ with characters aligning with Good and Evil, Jacob and Smokey, Salon and Slate.
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    Lost Recap: Vanity MirrorWherein we become infected with zombie rage.
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    Lost: The NamesAhh, now that was satisfying.
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    Lost: What Grows InsideThis episode suggests a mystical explanation for this recapper’s fall from faith: There is a darkness growing in me and once it reaches my heart, I may not be the fan I once was.
  42. Now Preparing for DescentAs Lost enters its final season, a fan worries she’s lost her faith.
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    Lost Recap: Whatever WorksWelcome back, eerie ‘Lost’ logo.
  44. An Almost Lurid PastJohn Lithgow on playing a gossip columnist—and on his own close call with scandal.
  45. outtakes
    Gail Collins, Buffyologist SupremeLast month Emily Nussbaum wrote a profile of one of her heroes, Gail Collins, the op-ed columnist for the ‘Times.’ And she was a true Buffy freak.
  46. Husbands and WivesFamily values get upended (and sometimes obliterated) on four smart shows.
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    The Best TV of 2009Mad Men is the clear winner. The next nine excellent shows are harder for Emily Nussbaum to rank.
  48. 5. Because Gail Collins Has Some PerspectiveIt has been a noisy year: Albany imploding, congressmen heckling the president, teabaggers with bullhorns. In such a din, it’s a surprise anyone […]
  49. When TV Became ArtGood-bye boob tube, hello brain food.
  50. The Stick ListNew York’s critics pick the television programs, books, movies, art, architecture, plays, and pop albums that we’ll still be talking ab […]
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