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The Empty Sentiment of The Last of Us

In imitating the rhythms of prestige TV, the video-game adaptation loses its emotional center.

It’s Time for a Departure From ‘Bottle Episode’

Another format-breaking episode, another widespread misapplication of a specific TV term. This must end.

‘A Rosetta Stone for The Last of Us

How two non-player characters and an unexpected love story elevated the HBO series beyond its source material.
  1. that 90s show
    Ashton Kutcher on Danny Masterson’s Trial: ‘Ultimately, I Can’t Know’The That 90s Show actor discusses his former co-star’s upcoming trial in March.
  2. can’t stream my poker face
    Did You Wait to Watch Poker Face? It Might Cost YouNew Peacock subscribers will have to pay for the service and no we’re not bluffing.
  3. overnights
    Below Deck Adventure Season-Finale Recap: Fjord ExplorerThe crew tries to get their act together for the last charter, but it’s too late.
  4. the vulture spot
    Harry Hamlin and His Stylish Jackets Are Magical on Mayfair WitchesDespite his character not having any powers.
  5. trailer mix
    We Support Women’s Right to ElectrocuteToni Collette and Auli’i Cravalho don’t know what to do with The Power.
  6. gods and monsters
    Chapter 1: Everything We Know About the Future of the DC UniverseCongrats to Viola Davis, who remains the most unscathed DC Universe actor.
  7. 2 king 2 hill
    Travel Back to Arlen in a New King of the Hill RebootHulu announced a revival of the beloved series on January 31.
  8. chat room
    Nelson Franklin Is Thankful He’s Not the ‘Uglier George Santos”Comedy’s go-to That Guy discusses appearing in — or auditioning for — most of your favorite sitcoms.
  9. essential episodes
    Columbo Is the Ultimate ‘Rich People Are Weird’ ShowPeter Falk’s rumpled detective takes down lots of wealthy loonies.
  10. sad gay representation
    The Last of Us Fans Are Screaming, Crying, Streaming Linda Ronstadt“Long Long Time” is running (back) up that chart.
  11. hive mentality
    Dominique Fishback Isn’t Doing Much to Rehabilitate Stan Culture’s ImageAs an obsessed fan in Donald Glover’s new series, Swarm.
  12. hbo axe’d
    HBO Max’s Abandoned TV Shows Adopted by Tubi and RokuMore than 200 titles from Warner Bros. Discovery are moving.
  13. yelling
    It’s Time for a Departure From ‘Bottle Episode’Another format-breaking episode, another widespread misapplication of a specific TV term. This must end.
  14. obits
    Cindy Williams of Laverne & Shirley Dead at 75“Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege,” said her children in a statement.
  15. heartbroken
    5 Shows That Aren’t Getting Valentines This YearReboot, Kindred, American Gigolo, and more have been canceled.
  16. overnights
    The Bachelor Recap: America’s Next Top VillainVictoria F., Tahzjuan, and Courtney Robertson enter the chat to show the ladies how to get a villain edit.
  17. overnights
    Below Deck Recap: Alissa’s Villain EraNow that Camille is gone, Alissa’s worst enemy is herself.
  18. hard launch
    Paramount+ and Showtime Have Hard Launched Their MergerParamount + Showtime – three shows = new service.
  19. the vulture spot
    Jonathan Majors Says Prepping for SNL Was Almost As Difficult As Bodybuilding“Both were extremely physical, long hours, and I had to eat a lot.”
  20. close read
    The Empty Sentiment of The Last of UsIn imitating the rhythms of prestige TV, the video-game adaptation loses its emotional center.
  21. cast away
    Netflix Gave Us More Than One Piece of Info About One PieceGet ready to munch on some devil fruit.
  22. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: Going FishingWhat better time to air out some dirty laundry than when an exotic dancer is making it clap right in front of your lobster tail?
  23. trailer mix
    Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Looks Borg-eousThe stakes are star high.
  24. rip
    Annie Wersching, 24 and Last of Us Video-Game Star, Dead at 45She also starred in Bosch and The Vampire Diaries.
  25. party report
    Jason Segel Is a Car Guy in Real Life and in ShrinkingThe Apple TV+ show’s vintage Bronco is inspired by the co-creator and star’s actual ride.
  26. obits
    Lisa Loring, TV’s Original Wednesday Addams, Dead at 64Jenna Ortega paid tribute to Loring in her viral dance scene in Wednesday.
  27. overnights
    The Last of Us Recap: This Is YouA very special episode explores what waits on the other side of survival.
  28. backstories
    ‘A Rosetta Stone for The Last of UsHow two non-player characters and an unexpected love story elevated the HBO series beyond its source material.
  29. overnights
    Mayfair Witches Recap: Death at a FuneralHere’s what we’re gonna do, gang. We’re gonna wipe Mayfair Witches’s slate clean and start fresh so we can pretend that this was the real pilot.
  30. overnights
    All Creatures Great and Small Recap: Follow That Cow!Who would’ve thought the Ministry of Agriculture could be so terrifying?
  31. overnights
    Your Honor Recap: A New Orleans Crime ShowYour Honor’s return and new direction are finally starting to pay off.
  32. grammys 2023
    Benito, Blige, and Brandi Among Grammys PerformersHarry Styles has joined the roster of performers as well.
  33. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Michael B. VulnerableMichael B. Jordan lets his guard down in an especially goofy episode.
  34. chat room
    Poker Face’s John Darnielle Wants to Hear the Rest of ‘Merch Girl’ Too“I’m about the 11th cleverest writer of my generation, but ‘Merch girl had nothing up her sleeve’ I was extremely happy with.”
  35. fear factor
    Natasha Lyonne’s Accent Gets ‘More New York’ When She’s Scared“When I get nervous, I get more New York to, like, protect myself from strangers.”
  36. in her (flea)bag
    Phoebe Waller-Bridge Has Found Her Next Archaeology ProjectThe Indiana Jones 5 star will reportedly write a Tomb Raider TV show for Amazon.
  37. gma3 goss: what you need to know
    Every Detail of T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach’s GMA3 Drama in Chronological OrderThe pair have now parted ways with ABC News.
  38. gma3 goss: what you need to know
    ABC News Is Breaking Up With T.J. Holmes and Amy RobachBut the couple is reportedly eyeing lawsuits against the network.
  39. overnights
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Unconventional-Material GirlsA much-needed filler episode sets the stakes for the rest of the season.
  40. chat room
    Debra Jo Rupp Would’ve Liked to Do ‘a Little More’ on That70s Show“We had a lot of male writers. I understood that.”
  41. coming soon
    Nicole Kidman and Maya Erskine Find The Perfect NannyThey’re producing and starring in an HBO limited-series adaptation of the French novel together.
  42. party report
    Harrison Ford Doesn’t Remember the Lyrics to Sugar Ray’s ‘Every Morning’Despite singing it with Jessica Williams in Shrinking.
  43. last night on late night
    Jimmy Kimmel Celebrates 20 Years of Bumping Matt DamonThe show’s 20th-anniversary extravaganza brought back George Clooney, Snoop Dogg, Coldplay, and everyone’s favorite tradition.
  44. this week in late night
    Andie MacDowell’s Raya Profile Won Late Night This WeekPlus, Sam Morrison’s Late Night stand-up set and Natasha Lyonne giving Peter Falk.
  45. overnights
    The Legend of Vox Machina Recap: Epic Quests and Poop AccompanimentNothing like a black dragon to mess up your quest-completion win streak.
  46. into it
    When Your Show Is Relegated to Cruising AltitudeGordita Chronicles was pulled from HBO Max, making the series largely inaccessible — and leaving its creator concerned for the future of Latino TV.
  47. overnights
    Shrinking Recap: Everything Goes My WayShrinking’s ensemble gets more time to shine.
  48. infected
    The Last of Us Spawns a Second Season (of Pedro Pascal)HBO saw our thirst and gave the people what they want.
  49. health updates
    Jay Leno Broke Several Bones in a Motorcycle AccidentHis CNBC show Jay Leno’s Garage will end so he can recuperate.
  50. tv review
    Shrinking Desperately Wants You to Like ItThe new Apple TV+ comedy starring Jason Segel and Harrison Ford is as needy as its protagonist.
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