Love & Hate

Odes to TV's very best and worst characters and players

'Pompous Ass Of The Year'

It may shock you to learn that John's talking about a Cheers character other than Frasier Crane. 2014.08.28

Maybe Someday, Anna Chlumsky Will Win An Emmy

She deserves an award just for surviving bad theatre; Mark Blankenship is rooting for her. 2014.08.26

Manhattan's Diamond In The Rough

Though she's basically a walking flower metaphor machine, Frank's wife is the best thing about WGN's nuclear drama. 2014.08.22S01.E04

The Honourable Woman Adds Awesome MI6 Lady Boss, We Fall In Love

'Isn't Episode 2 kind of early to "love" any character on a show?' She's played by Janet McTeer. 'Oh, got it. Carry on.' 2014.08.07S01.E02

The Bridge's Ray Of Sunshine

Finally, someone who got in bed with the cartel and still managed to keep his joie de vivre! 2014.07.30S02.E04

Ace Of Bass

Reg E. Cathey gets Sarah's Good Voice-keeping Seal Of Approval. 2014.07.24S01.E03

The Love (For Barton) That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Praising the conflicted closet case of Masters Of Sex. 2014.07.18S02.E01

Ann Dowd: Lovable Queen of Human Monsters

On The Divide, this Dealmaker proves her brilliance yet again. 2014.07.16S01.E01

Brotherly Love

He's written and portrayed well -- and Grant Wilson also reminds Sarah of her own Grant. 2014.07.16S01.E03

'I've Got To Be Direct': In Praise Of Daria

This post would make her very uncomfortable. 2014.07.09

All About Edith

Downton Abbey's resident bad-ass has made up her mind: she's keeping her baby. 2014.07.08

Master Of His Domain

Sometimes all you need for true bad-assery is an alternate universe. 2014.07.08S03.E09

The Ebony Bad-Ass

Terry's not such a softie in the second half of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's first season. 2014.07.07

Flicking Ash

Why Ash needs to up his game if he intends to keep up with the rest of the cast of Vicious. 2014.07.06S01.E02

Where There's Smoke, There's Michael Weston

It's not his fault -- but he keeps showing up at the same time as annoying plotlines and character beats, so he's a Dealbreaker. 2014.06.26

Royal Pains Could Do Without Boring Boris

No offense to silver fox Campbell Scott, but his character has become expendable. 2014.06.11S06.E01

OITNB’s New Inmate Is Soso

No, that's her name. 2014.06.10S02.E03

Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam Is Coming To TV!

May this be the first of many TV adaptations for this undisputed Dealmaker. 2014.06.05

Playing House's Maggie's Got A Heart As Big As Her Belly

Okay, the belly will shrink soon. But our love for her will not. 2014.06.04S01.E07

Undateable Isn't Good, But Only Chris D'Elia Makes It Unwatchable

Pictured: D'Elia demonstrating the ASL sign for Tara's tolerance for him. 2014.05.30S01.E01