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(Most of) ‘Stranger Things’ season 4 to drop next week

In what is becoming more common, the season — the show’s fourth — will be split in two. The first seven episodes will be released next Friday, and then the last two episodes will be released five weeks later, on July 1. → Read More

Amid twists and turns, ‘Now and Then’ loses its way

The pulpy whodunit on Apple TV+ is more or less entertaining through its eight episodes, only to arrive at an implausible ending. → Read More

Helen Mirren, Harrison Ford go west for ‘Yellowstone’ origin series

"1932" will, according to Paramount+, “introduce a new generation of the Dutton family and explore the early twentieth century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition, and the Great Depression all plague the mountain west." → Read More

Missed connections in ‘Time Traveler’s Wife’

The talent is good, including director David Nutter (“Game of Thrones”), writer-producer Steven Moffat (“Sherlock,” “Doctor Who”), and lead actors Rose Leslie and Theo James. But the result is unsatisfying. → Read More

‘Married … With Children’ to return as animated show

The new version of the Fox series will feature the voices of its original four stars, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate, David Faustino, and Ed O’Neill. → Read More

TV shows that understood a woman’s right to choose

Occasionally shows — including one dating as far back as 1962 — have helped the pop cultural landscape reflect the realities of reproductive freedom without applying judgment. → Read More

For Dick Wolf, series renewals continue apace at NBC, CBS

NBC has renewed “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Organized Crime” — and “Law & Order: SVU,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” and “Chicago PD” were already renewed. Meanwhile, CBS honchos have renewed their own Wolf shows, the “FBI” dramas. → Read More

Hulu’s ‘Conversations with Friends’ searches for something to say

The new psychological drama from the makers of the transcendent “Normal People” feels like a deep dive into shallow waters. → Read More

Vanessa Bayer shines in Showtime’s ‘I Love That for You,’ and that’s no lie

Bayer plays a host on a TV shopping network who lets a lie slip out that her cancer has returned. Suddenly, she becomes one of the most popular hosts. → Read More

This week’s TV: ‘This Is Us’ gets ready to go, Claire Danes returns, and the Kids in the Hall reunite

With three episodes to go before the NBC drama concludes, "This Is Us" has provided one of TV’s broadest, yet most detailed portraits of an extended family. → Read More

Return of ‘Justified’ will be limited — for now

Timothy Olyphant returns as Marshal Raylan Givens, and the show will pick up with him eight years after he relocated from Kentucky to Miami. → Read More

Step by step, ‘The Staircase’ brings nuance to a murder mystery

The HBO Max miniseries expands on the real-life case of Michael Peterson, who was accused of murdering his wife, by transforming the saga into something more philosophically provocative than its sensationalistic origins might have suggested. → Read More

In ‘Ridley Road,’ a neo spy infiltrates neo-Nazis in 1960s London

The new PBS drama is a flawed but compelling entry in the “Masterpiece” lineup. → Read More

Why ‘The First Lady’ is second-rate

No matter how well-intentioned the Showtime series is, its approach to the stories of Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama doesn't rise above Wikipedia level. → Read More

This week’s TV: An ‘Offer’ not to refuse, the end of ‘Ozark,’ and David Simon’s latest

I’ve seen “The Offer,” the Paramount+ series about the making of “The Godfather,” and it’s a lot of fun. But don't assume you're watching an especially accurate account. → Read More

Stealth powerhouse makes ‘Minx’ compelling viewing

The show works beautifully, in the way “GLOW” did, and a lot of the success has to do with the casting, specifically Jake Johnson as porn publisher Doug Renetti. → Read More

Was ‘Pam & Tommy’ fair to the real Pam?

The show was made without Pamela Anderson's authorization. Is that okay? → Read More

This week’s TV: Shows born to be binged, Julia Roberts in ‘Gaslit,’ and ‘Barry’ is back

“Anatomy of a Scandal,” the new David E. Kelley series on Netflix, is the kind of show you don't want to think about too much. It was made for a quick thrill, which it more or less delivers. → Read More

Lee Daniels to bring Sammy Davis Jr. series to Hulu

The show is based on the book “In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr.” by Globe alum Wil Haygood. → Read More

10 TV shows that have made this a very good year already

These series are all original, risk-taking creations — from the creepy sci-fi of "Severance" to the warm slice-of-life of Bridget Everett's "Somebody Somewhere." → Read More