Show-o-Matic

Breaking down each episode of our favorite formulaic shows by how closely it hews to said formula.

The Blacklist Goes Analog

Because there's no better way to combat super-hackers than with a well-choreographed slide show. 2016.10.27S04.E06

Pitch And The Tricks Of The Trade

The MLB trading deadline could wreak havoc on the Padres. Certainly it made merry with Sarah D. Bunting's patience. Again. 2016.10.27S01.E05

Law & Order: SVU Is Liv-ing In The Past

When the show tackles the Brock Turner case, an ER reunion makes us all feel kinda sick. 2016.10.27S18.E05

The Flash Says Out With The Old, In With The New

Someone's getting replaced with a more hipster-y model. 2016.10.26S03.E04

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Can't Be Held Responsible For Her Actions

Rebecca and company are back, and addressing their underlying issues -- in song! 2016.10.21S02.E01

The Blacklist Cleans Up!

It's Episode 5. Time to put the hematologist in the bathtub! 2016.10.20S04.E05

The Legends Of Tomorrow Meet The Justice Society Of America

Fortunately, the first impression the Legends make isn't their last. 2016.10.20S02.E02

The Flash Pits Red Against Magenta

Magenta's too strong to fight, so Barry tries talking to her. We should run for cover, right? 2016.10.18S03.E03

Catelynn Has All the E-Mo-Tions on Teen Mom

There's a lot of actual parenting in this episode, except that Farrah's baby is a frozen yogurt shop. 2016.10.17S06.E10

The Blacklist Nose What's Up!

What does an eco-terrorist have to do with getting Liz's baby back? Almost nothing! 2016.10.14S04.E04

Stein Meets Einstein In Legends Of Tomorrow's Season 2 Premiere

They say never meet your heroes, but this one helps the team stop an A-bomb. BUT AT WHAT COST? (Unclear, really.) 2016.10.13S02.E01

Law & Order: SVU Raises The Bar On The Suzy Favor Hamilton Story

An Olympic pole-vaulter's adrenaline cravings make her a (ripped-from-the-headlines) target. Related: Kim Rollins got parole. HMMM. 2016.10.13S18.E04

It's Damage-Control Time On The Flash

Barry's got a lot of people mad at him. Luckily he's still adorbs. 2016.10.12S03.E02

The Dream Of The '90s Is Alive On Halt And Catch Fire

Halt And Catch Fire ends its third season -- but, inexplicably, not its series run -- with the true centerpiece of the show left on the outside looking in. 2016.10.11S03.E10

Farrah's New Glasses Make Her Perspective Even Weirder on Teen Mom

This Father's Day, the two main storylines are Farrah's frozen yogurt, and Larry and Ryan's frozen relationship. 2016.10.10S06.E09

No One Puts A Baby In The Blacklist!

Tom and Liz's baby is still missing...and that's a good thing (for the show). 2016.10.06S04.E03

The Man In The Mirror Is A Sleazy Pickup Artist On Law & Order: SVU

And the episode itself shows us two faces, with zippy dialogue and strong acting culminating in a cheap shocker. 2016.10.06S18.E03

On The Flash, Barry's Life Flashpoints Before His Eyes

And an old enemy is there to gloat about it. 2016.10.04S03.E01

Maci Celebrates Mother's Day By Having Yet Another Baby On Teen Mom

Everyone celebrates in her own way: Catelynn with horses, Amber on a boat, and Farrah by partying with Pikachu. 2016.10.03S06.E08

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