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The Emmys are the perfect time to celebrate a show that was 85% great

The cast and crew of ‘Game of Thrones’ at the 70th Emmy Awards.
The cast and crew of ‘Game of Thrones’ at the 70th Emmy Awards. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

If you’re one of the many people still seething in rage over the eighth and final season of HBO’s hit fantasy series, I urge you to keep your TV off Sunday night. That’s when the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will be held, and Game of Thrones has a record-breaking 32 nominations, more than any show in Emmy history. Chances are, it’s going to win a lot of them even though its last season could most kindly be described as “polarizing.”

These awards are going to once again kick the hornet’s nest of furious fans who were only just starting…

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Cartoon Network’s lovely, progressive animated series is truly what the world needs right now

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There’s very little that’s perfect in this life. Careers, relationships, snack foods — all have their share of disappointments. But once in a while, you’ll encounter something genuinely sublime. Something so good it seems unreal that it actually exists, or that human beings, flawed as they are, could have possibly created it.

This is how I feel about Steven Universe.

The animated series is getting its first TV movie on Cartoon Network on September 2, Labor Day, so now is as good a time as any for people to learn about this little miracle, created by Rebecca Sugar in 2013…

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‘Game of Thrones’ has turned the most compassionate queen in Westeros into another tyrant

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For years, Daenerys Stormborn, first of her name, mother of dragons, breaker of chains, and rightful queen of the seven kingdoms, has been the ruler we’ve been hoping would win the Iron Throne. Her goal has been to “break the wheel,” the cycle of oppression where the rich and powerful continually vie for rule, always at the expense of the common people. But now Daenerys is as ready to kill those common people in order to gain her throne as Cersei Lannister has been. …

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Most comic book shows cater to hardcore fans. But ‘Gotham’ went its own way.

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A major cornerstone of superhero entertainment ended this week — and no, it wasn’t the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the finale of Gotham, we lose a wild TV show that knew how to make comic book material weird as hell. While its contemporaries try to honor their source material to please hardcore nerds, Gotham made the bold decision to not give a damn about what longtime Batman fans wanted. The result was a show that was divisive, frequently baffling, crazy as the Joker — and very, very entertaining.

That’s not how it started, though. Gotham was created to be something…

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Problems in the show’s last season bode ill for its grand finale

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The end of Game of Thrones — the TV show at leastis finally upon us. After eight seasons and 67 episodes, it’s rather daunting to realize we’re finally going to see the long-awaited battle for the fate of Westeros, where the only guarantee is that some of our favorite characters will be dying. But frankly, I have a bigger worry about this final season: What if it’s terrible?

This is not just a counterintuitive take — my concerns are very, very real. I am not happy about the possibility of Thrones’s flubbing its landing after years of excellence…

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Ratings have dropped, but with a new showrunner and fresh foes, the zombies are worth revisiting

Danai Gurira in The Walking Dead. © Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

(Note: This story contains spoilers about The Walking Dead’s just-completed ninth season, but to be honest, they’ll probably make you want to watch the show again when it hits Netflix.)

If you’re one of the millions of viewers who have stopped watching The Walking Dead since 2016, I can say with absolute honesty—for the first time in years—that this is a damn shame. While AMC’s venerable zombie apocalypse show has managed to squander much of its once immense popularity, the series’ just-wrapped ninth season proved that it is once again one of TV’s most entertaining dramas. …

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Netflix’s plans for the TV series may finally give Japanese cartoons a shot at live-action success

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Last week, Netflix announced a live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, a Japanese anime series that has been an American favorite since it was imported back in 2000. It might not seem like huge news, since U.S. studios have been grabbing up the rights to hit anime for years now, despite the fact that these movies (such as the recent Ghost in the Shell) have almost totally been horrible. A U.S.-made Cowboy Bebop would almost certainly suck as well — except that Netflix, perhaps inadvertently, might have finally figured out the key to turning anime into live-action success.

This is good…

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Here’s why — and why that’s okay

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This has felt like a very long year for many reasons, but the fact that it was the first year we didn’t get a new season of Game of Thrones didn’t help. The fantasy phenomenon wrapped up its penultimate seventh season the summer before last, and the show’s tens of millions of fans still have to wait until April of next year to know the fates of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, and the other remaining survivors. …

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A celebration of the groundbreaking ’80s cartoon before it returns to TV

Credit: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power via Netflix

Growing up, I had a friend, a real good guy. We used to hang out all the time, before school and after, and I remember all the crazy adventures we used to go on, although I tended to just be a spectator. One day, after we’d been pals for years, he casually mentioned that he had a sister. I was flabbergasted! He’d never mentioned her before or given any indication she existed. The next day, he brought her over, and I fell immediately in love.

That friend’s name was He-Man, and his sister was She-Ra.

Let me assure you: This…

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The strange reason Riverdale star Cole Sprouse wears a cap from a bygone era

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If you’re a fan of Archie Comics, you know Jughead Jones: Lanky, laconic, and obsessed with eating. If you’re a fan of Archie’s TV adaptation Riverdale, you know that Jughead, too: brooding, a gang leader, and the show’s theatrical narrator. The two bear little in common but their name; their deep, abiding friendship with Archie; and, most important, a strange hat they never take off — a hat that represents one of comics’ most bizarre dilemmas.

In case you’ve never read the comics or seen the show, Jughead wears a strange, crown-like hat. He’s been sporting the hat ever since…

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