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Netflix’s first original series, “House of Cards,” stars Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, a ruthless but calculated Congressman serving as the Majority Whip (meaning he is in charge of making Democrats vote in conjunction with the rest of the party) and a powerful ally in the recent election of the President Elect, Garret Walker (Michael Gill). Francis believes his assistance has assured him nomination for Secretary of State. Unfortunately for Francis this is not the...

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With the premiere of “The Following,” Fox has at the very least made the parlor game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” a heck of a lot easier. Promoted heavily over the last few months on the network, Fox’s serial killer drama created by Kevin Williamson (“Scream,” “Vampire Diaries”) is Kevin Bacon’s first foray into the world of weekly television. Playing an ex-FBI agent that took down serial killer Dr. Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) several years...

For a thirty-minute comedy focusing on a group of twenty-something females living in modern-day New York City, HBO’s “Girls” garnered an unprecedented amount  of controversy. After its debut last April, the show influenced media columnists across the country and bloggers across the Internet to post articles discussing the show and topics ranging from racism and feminism to youth entitlement and even the indecent nature of television. Although these topics were incredibly interesting and thought-provoking, a...

To help fill those glorious hours of well deserved time off that we call winter break, I have compiled a list of TV shows that will be perfect excuses to stay curled up in your room, eyes glued to your laptop, getting the most out of your time away from campus. “Battleground” ““ Hulu Originally developed for FOX, this political comedy was rescued by Hulu to help launch its blossoming brand of original programming. Essentially...

On Sunday, Nov. 11, a travesty occurred in the National Football League. After the completion of 60 minutes of regulation play and the passing of an additional 15 minute overtime quarter between the Saint Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers, the game ended and no winner was declared. The game was declared a tie. In the history of the NFL less than 20 games have ever ended this way, since 1989 this game was...

In the middle of a busy semester, I have recently found myself wanting to sit down, turn my brain off and watch a show that doesn’t require intellectual engagement, constant creative critique or even much of my already divided attention. In that spirit, I compiled a list of three of my favorite guilty pleasure shows: “Leverage” (TNT) Basically “Ocean’s Eleven: The Show,” this quirky, light-hearted drama brings all the fun of a heist movie to...

A question I get asked often as a fairly vocal “critic” of television shows is “why do you keep watching?” After hearing me gripe, nitpick and complain bitterly about different aspects of a show, most people quickly get sick of my negativity and wonder why I don’t stop watching it altogether.  Although I typically found the question aggravating, I realized the main reason I was so bothered by the question was that I didn’t have...

The saying goes “a camel is a horse designed by a committee.” Whereas a horse is fast and strong and beautiful, camels seem to be an attempt to be “all things to all people” and are in many ways the epitome of compromise. They can be ridden like a horse, but their humps are terribly uncomfortable to sit on. Their feet are split to keep them from sinking into the sand but in turn make...