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Let’s Talk TV with Barbara Barnett

Blogcritics’ executive editor and host of BlogTalk Radio’s Let’s Talk TV Live goes beyond the usual recap to dig deeper into the storylines and themes of primetime drama series. Essays, reviews, interviews and more. Come join the discussion

TV Review: ‘Once Upon a Time’ – ‘Bleeding Through’

Robert Carlyle Once Upon a Time Rebecca Mader

This week's episode delivers a twisted tale with enough family intrigue and betrayals to fill an episode of Game of Thrones. Read More »

TV Review: AMC’s New ‘Turn’ a Slice of Little Known American History

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Starring Jamie Bell, Turn is based on the real history of America's first spy ring--the Culper Ring, and on the 2007 book 'Washington's Spies' by Alexander Rose. Read More »

TV Review: ‘One Upon a Time’ – ‘Jolly Roger’

Captain Hook and Ariel in Once Upon a Time

After a run of really compelling episodes, "Once Upon a Time" pauses to make the case for Killian Jones and his pursuit of Emma Swan. Read More »

‘Once Upon a Time’ – The Rehabilitation of Killian ‘Captain Hook’ Jones

ONCE UPON A TIME - "The Jolly Roger"

Once Upon a Time's villains have all been layered: good people who followed an unfortunate fateful path to the dark side. Is the same true for Captain Hook? Read More »

Previewing the Next ‘Once Upon a Time': ‘Jolly Roger’

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What's happening on the next "Once Upon a Time?" Spoilers ahoy (and a slideshow, too). Read More »

TV Review: ‘Once Upon a Time’ – ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’

Once Upon a Time

'Once Upon a Time' takes us this week, not to the Wild Wild West, but, instead to the Wild Wicked West, where we find Regina's evil queen facing off against Zelena's Wicked Witch of the West. Read More »

TV Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ – Season Four Premiere

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By most measures, the season four premiere of HBO's Game of the Thrones presents viewers a straightforward, simple canvas, letting us catch up with where the players stand. Read More »

‘Once Upon a Time': The Many Faces of Rumplestiltskin – Part Two

robert carlyle, once upon a time

A detailed character study of Rumplestiltskin, 'Once Upon a Time's most complex character. Read More »

‘Once Upon a Time': The Many Faces of Rumplestiltskin – Part One

Rumplestiltskin Once Upon a Time Robert Carlyle

One of the joys of 'Once Upon a Time' is seeing the many faces of Rumplestiltskin, played by the fabulous Robert Carlyle, a brilliant guide to his character. Read More »

‘Game of Thrones': Catch up Before Sunday’s Season Four Premiere

Jaime Lannister Game of Thrones

In the aftermath of last season's Red Wedding, the stage is so much more well defined as we move into the run of episodes on HBO. Read More »