While drying out on the West Coast, an alcoholic hit man (Ben Kingsley) befriends a tart-tongued woman (Téa Leoni) who might just come in handy when it's time for him to return to Buffalo and settle some old scores. [more inside]
When Steven Avery is freed after serving 18 years from a wrongful conviction, his search for justice raises questions about the authorities who put him behind bars. [more inside]
American Horror Story: Chutes and Ladders Season 5, Ep 2
Detective Lowe gets settled in to his new digs: he gets a history lesson and his daughter makes a new friend. Drake hosts a fashion show, but the Countess poaches some of his talent. Donovan has ennui, Sally makes her bed, Liz vogues. Introducing: Evan Peters as James March (backstory!), and Angela Bassett as Ramona Royale (not much so far). [more inside]
Rosewood: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
In the premiere of this drama following a brilliant private pathologist who helps the Miami police department solve its toughest investigations—whether they want his input or not—Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. tackles a case that hits close to home, and teams up with maverick detective Annalise Villa for the first time.
Smiley's People: Part 6 Rewatch Season 1, Ep 6
The green light is given, and Esterhase's team moves in on Grigoriev. Will he help them unlock Karla's secret? Can George finally bring down his nemesis and redeem his career, his Western values, his very being? This is George Smiley's last chapter. [more inside]
Murder, She Wrote: Witness for the Defense Rewatch Season 4, Ep 3
Jessica is asked to come to Quebec to testify at the trial of a friend and fellow write, Jim Harlan, who is accused of killing his wife Patricia, and then burning their country house to cover the crime. Jim's mother, Judith, hired the best defense lawyer, "the very best man in Canada," Attorney Oliver Quayle, who tests JB's patience with his tactics and style.
Smiley's People: Part 5 Season 1, Ep 5
George Smiley finally has the whole story, and now must work to put a plan in place. Circus Chief Saul Enderby takes Maude for a spin around the "garden," earning his cold shoulder from Part 4 and blessing him with his totally-deniable approval of the plan to snare Karla (as well as free access to the Reptile Fund). Commence file-digging with Peter Guillam, target-shadowing with Toby Esterhase, and totally ignoring Oliver Lacon at dinner. [more inside]
Smiley's People: Part 4 Season 1, Ep 4
Sleepless and relentless, Smiley races across West Germany and finally tracks down Otto Leipzig. He's still a step behind Karla for now, but with a flurry of aliases and feints and a little—OK a lot of help from Peter Guillam (Michael Byrne) all of the bits scattered by the death of General Vladimir are finally being swept up into one place. [more inside]
Smiley's People: Part 3 Rewatch Season 1, Ep 3
George drinks his way through three interviews while piecing together the story that General Vladimir died trying to get to him. Bernard Hepton and Beryl Reid reprise their roles from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy as Toby Esterhase and Connie Sachs, respectively, and then Smiley ventures overseas in search of Otto Leipzig and the Ginger Pig's confession. [more inside]
Smiley's People: Part 2 Rewatch Season 1, Ep 2
Straight from the briefing with Lacon, Strickland, and Mostyn, George steps out onto the Heath in the light of day and attempts to reconstruct the General's movements from the night before. Then, from the week before. He had two proofs. [more inside]
Smiley's People: Part 1 Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
George Smiley is once again retired from The Circus, living peacefully in his Bywater Street home. But a letter from Paris sets in motion a chain of events that, once again, calls George back into the game. If a rogue elephant... charges at me out of the thicket of my past and gives me a second shot at it, I intend to shoot it dead—but with the minimum of force. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 13 Season 1, Ep 13
A pier dedication. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 12 Season 1, Ep 12
"When’s it gonna end?"
Bloodline: Part 11 Season 1, Ep 11
Danny continues his wild descent.
Bloodline: Part 10 Season 1, Ep 10
The wedding plans continue apace. John and Marco's investigation points them in Danny's direction.
Bloodline: Part 9 Season 1, Ep 9
The DEA gets involved in John's murder case. Tensions rise between Meg and Danny. John digs into Danny's past. Sally reminisces.
Bloodline: Part 8 Season 1, Ep 8
Kevin recovers at Sally's house. Danny makes a deal with Carlos. One of the murdered girls is identified.
Bloodline: Part 7 Season 1, Ep 7
John and Marco get a lead in their investigation. Meg does her best to help Carlos.
Bloodline: Part 6 Season 1, Ep 6
Danny learns an awful truth about the past. Meg takes on a new client. Kevin's personal life takes a turn. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 5 Season 1, Ep 5
While searching for evidence in his case, John finds something disturbing from the family's past.
Bloodline: Part 4 Season 1, Ep 4
Now I'm starting to get confused. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 3 Season 1, Ep 3
What a terrific show this is. All the ducks are lining up. [more inside]
Bloodline: Part 2 Season 1, Ep 2
A shit load of flashback story and intrigue. [more inside]
2003. With Robert Durst on trial in Galveston, TX for the 2001 murder of Morris Black, many of those involved in earlier investigations – including Westchester DA Jeanine Pirro and Kathie Durst friends Gilberta Najamy and Eleanore Schwank – are convinced that a conviction is all but assured. [more inside]
2000: Susan Berman was the daughter of a famous Las Vegas mobster, Davey “The Jew” Berman, who was a partner with “Bugsy” Siegel in the Flamingo Hotel. Robert Durst’s closest friend since they attended UCLA together, she had a mobster’s mentality and matching code of ethics; people said she would do anything for a friend. [more inside]
2001: A dismembered corpse is found floating in trash bags near Galveston TX. Police trace the body back to a grisly crime scene in Galveston, and arrest one Robert Durst for the killing of his neighbor, Morris Black. Durst, detectives soon learn, is the scion of one of New York’s wealthiest families. Soon, he makes bail and goes on the run... [more inside]
The Blacklist: The Deer Hunter (No. 93) Season 2, Ep 13
Agent Keen investigates a cannibalistic serial killer, but encounters heat from the detective investigating the murder of the DC harbormaster. Red follows up with Fitch's contact from the safe.
Arrow: The Return Season 3, Ep 14
Oliver and Thea are joined by a special friend on their camping trip. Oliver learns you CAN go home again.
Night Vale Daily Journal editor Leann Hart announces changes at the newspaper, while continuing a successful execution of her most controversial business plan. Plus, a station editorial, a look at local traffic, and a parade for a local sports hero. [more inside]
Podcast: NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast: Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Empire' And The Importance Of Different Voices
This week, our friends Tanya Ballard Brown and Gene Demby join us to talk about Fox's hit show Empire and to follow up on a recent public discussion of the need for diverse radio voices. [more inside]
How to Get Away with Murder: Hello Raskolnikov Season 1, Ep 10
The saga continues after the murder.... [more inside]
Fargo: The Crocodile's Dilemma First Watch Season 1, Ep 1
A manipulative man meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes talks with Gene Demby about the podcast Serial, a spin-off of This American Life. They'll discuss the podcasts created to discuss Serial and why listeners are picking apart episodes as if it's True Detective.
Psycho-Pass: Gauging the Soul Season 2, Ep 10
Kamui and his group try to locate the Sibyl System by overloading the network, by using the stolen Dominators on a group of 500 hostages. Kasei realizes the goal and orders Akane to kill Kamui by setting off a detonation that would kill all the hostages, pushing Akane further by showing her pictures of her grandmother's murder scene (actual scenes not visible in the episode). [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: Omnipotence Paradox Season 2, Ep 9
Mika learns the truth of the Sibyl System and her hue is unchanged. Seeing this, Kasei and Togane decide to use Mika to push the ever-calm Akane into darkness. Meanwhile, Akane and the others learn of one of Kamui's school friends, Koichi Kuwashima, who didn't get on the fateful plane. The young man is now an up-and-coming official who seems to be working with Kamui.
Psycho-Pass: Untraceable Children Season 2, Ep 7
As Mika's group handles the aftermath of the drone incident, Akane tries to determine Kamui's motives behind obtaining Dominators. and confronts Kasei on why she hasn't deactivated Shisui's Dominator privileges. Meanwhile, Mika looks up Togane's background, learning all of the inspectors he had previously worked with became latent criminals, and of his family's medical corporation. As the group examines evidence found in Kamui's hideout, they discover Kamui had used a hologram that was aged up from a child who died in a plane accident 15 years ago. Akane apprehends a surgeon who previously operated on Kamui and has Saiga interrogate him. Pieces start falling together, linking seemingly unrelated events and details together into one complicated web, all connected to Kamui.
Psycho-Pass: Those Who Cast Stones Season 2, Ep 6
The episode opens with the MSWPB tangled in a battle with civilian-controlled drones, through the "Hungry Chicken" mobile game. Akane figures out Kamui's intention behind this event, while Shion and Sho Hinakawa try to handle the mobile game-controlled drones, further stressing out Mika.
Twin Peaks: Beyond Life and Death Rewatch Season 2, Ep 22
Cooper and Earle's confrontation reaches its climax, and we enter the Black Lodge. Have we ever truly made it back out? Either way, I'll see you again in 25 years... [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Miss Rewatch Season 2, Ep 21
The Major escapes Earle's clutches, possibly at the cost of his sanity. The final puzzle box is opened, revealing a key. Cooper and Andy manage to crack the secret of the cave painting. Ritual fertility dances are performed, and the queen is crowned. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: The Path to the Black Lodge Rewatch Season 2, Ep 20
Windom Earle takes his chess game "off the board", as he kidnaps Maj. Briggs to learn the secrets of the Black Lodge. Audrey follows her heart, but not all the way to Brazil. Cooper and Annie's burgeoning relationship spells certain doom. Something evil breaks through into the woods. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Variations on Relations Rewatch Season 2, Ep 19
Cooper finds Earle's handiwork in Owl Cave, and we hear the story of the White and Black Lodges. A puzzle box is opened, only to reveal an even more puzzling box. Lana and the Mayor conspire to fix the Miss Twin Peaks pageant. Bopper and Snake are reunited at last, and the town's sole heavy metal youth (special guest star Ted Raimi) meets with an untimely fate. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: On the Wings of Love Rewatch Season 2, Ep 18
Harry narrowly escapes the murderous designs of the enigmatic (yet oddly inconsequential) Miss Jones. Gordon and Cooper find thrilling new connections at the Double R., demonstrating why BREAKFAST IS A REAL GOOD IDEA. Donna's suspicions about her mother and Ben deepen. Cooper and the gang visit an ancient cave and find some surprising secrets. The earth shakes. [more inside]
Alleyn Mysteries: A Man Lay Dead Season 1, Ep 2
While looking into the theft of several precious artifacts, Alleyn is called to investigate a murder of Charles Rankin at a gathering that includes Agatha Troy, his girlfriend. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Wounds and Scars Rewatch Season 2, Ep 17
Following Josie's unexplained death, Harry disappears into a bottle. Cooper and Earle's chess game escalates, testing the very limits of Pete's skill and the safety of the Hayward home. Wheeler and Audrey begin their romance in earnest, and Cooper has coffee with Norma's sister Annie, sort of. Ben puts on an all-plaid benefit fashion show, and a vicious weasel is released. [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: The Scales of Justice Season 2, Ep 1
The MWPSB (Ministry of Welfare's Public Safety Bureau ) is called to investigate a incident involving an explosion at a busy shopping venue despite no casualties. So far, their main suspect is Akira Kitazawa due to his unstable Crime Coefficient and prior knowledge of demolitions. As a part of Division 1 Inspector Akane and her Enforcers are called in to track and arrest the suspect, who flees from the scene with a female hostage by car. [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: The Creeping Unknown Season 2, Ep 2
Inspector Akane and Enforcer Togane start interrogating the suspect Kitazawa who talks about a person who is able to lower crime coefficients and responsible for the fake hostage. After examining the hologram used in the crime they find out it's extremely elaborate and not the regular run of the mill criminal. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: The Condemned Woman Rewatch Season 2, Ep 16
Fresh off his victory at Appomattox, Ben finds a new cause: The Little Pine Weasel. Audrey catches the eye of handsome exec John Justice Wheeler, and Norma lays down the law with Hank. Meanwhile, Windom Earle sends sinister letters to three of Twin Peaks' top beauties, and the noose tightens on Josie. [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: The Salvation of Job Season 2, Ep 4
After interrogating the politician Masuda, Inspector Akane finds herself at a dead end about Kamui other than hearing his name tied to clear HUEs. However, Inspector Aoyanagi does gain some new info related to Kamui's motives and ideals for their society from the criminal. [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: Unforbidden Games Season 2, Ep 5
The MSWPB continue to investigate the crime scene from earlier that day at the clinic but don't find anything new other than the same mysterious message "WC?" Meanwhile, Inspector Akane is working with other people to continue checking up on potential suspects tied to Kamui and visit one of his a possible secret bases. All seems normal until halfway there is a sudden incident connected to the drone's controls ends up causing another problem. [more inside]
Twin Peaks: Slaves and Masters Rewatch Season 2, Ep 15
Cooper stumbles upon a clue to the identity of his shooter, and Jacoby and the Hornes find a cure for Ben's Confederate neurosis. Norma and Ed finally get back together after 20 years apart, and Leo finds himself the unwitting prisoner of Windom Earle. Meanwhile, the James/Evelyn Marsh subplot finally concludes, this time for real. [more inside]