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TV HighlightsPhotoCreditErin Simkin/Hulu

Television is hooked on scripted dramas based on real life. But they rarely measure up either to actual life or to actual drama.

By James PoniewozikPhotoCreditKendall Bessent for The New York Times

Janelle James Loves Being a Bad Boss in ‘Abbott Elementary’

The comedian talks about her breakout acting role as a hilariously terrible elementary school principal in the hit ABC sitcom.

By Julia CarmelPhotoCreditChristopher Saunders/ShowtimeBillions‘Billions’ Season 6 Finale Recap: Rhoades to Perdition

Two men sit in a prosecutor’s office. One will go to jail. Things are about to get complicated.

By Sean T. CollinsPhotoCreditLiliane Lathan/ABCCritic’s Notebook‘Abbott Elementary’ Is Gifted and Talented

When it comes to the dynamics of public school in 2022, the season’s best new network comedy has done its homework.

By James Poniewozik Photo CreditNBCUniversalJudge Ketanji Brown Jackson Gets Advice from ‘S.N.L.’

Ego Nwodim played the newly confirmed Supreme Court justice for “Saturday Night Live,” in an episode hosted by Jake Gyllenhaal.

By Dave ItzkoffPhotoCreditPeter Fisher for The New York TimesDylan McDermott Wants to Be a Good Guy for a Change

After spending the past several years playing pimps and crime bosses, the actor is trying on heroism in “FBI: Most Wanted.”

By Kathryn ShattuckPhotoCreditEros Hoagland/HBO Max‘Tokyo Vice’ Review: Another American in Translation

A young Midwestern journalist comes of age on the mean streets of Tokyo in an HBO Max drama based (very loosely) on a real story.

By Mike HalePhotoCreditShiho Fukada for The New York Times‘Tokyo Vice’ Revisits a Faded Underworld

This cross-cultural crime thriller, which recalls a time when the yakuza ruled Tokyo’s red-light districts and back alleyways, traced a twisty path to TV.

By Erik Augustin PalmPhotoCreditJack English/Apple TV+‘Slow Horses’ Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Failure

Gary Oldman stars as an MI5 has-been in a darkly comic thriller about the spies no one wants to talk about.

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