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100 Best Shows Right Now: Your Guide to Today’s Top TV Series

Those who claim television isn’t better than ever perhaps haven’t watched television in a little while. Even with major programs like Game of Thrones, Veep, The Big Bang Theory, and Big Little Lies coming to an end, we still had trouble limiting ourselves to just 100 series for TV Guide’s annual list of the 100 Best Shows Right Now. With streaming services ascendant (stay tuned to next year’s list to find out which Disney+, Apple TV+, and HBO Max series made the leap) and a diverse array of talent pushing the industry at-large to its most cutting edge, there’s never been a more rewarding moment to enjoy some screen time.

Ahead, see where your favorite series ranked in our list of the 100 Best Shows Right Now, let the cast of Schitt’s Creek,

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‘The Blacklist’ Star Megan Boone on the ‘Blurred’ Line Between Right & Wrong in Season 6

The truth is out there…but as NBC’s The Blacklist enters its sixth season of secrets, lies and misdirection, “it’s messier than we once thought,” says star Megan Boone, laughing.

See, Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) — the international criminal and informant who supplies names of villains known as Blacklisters to FBI special agent Elizabeth Keen (Boone) — isn’t Reddington after all. The real one is dead, which also means this man isn’t her father, as he’s claimed.

When the two-part premiere opens (the second hour airs Friday at 9/8c), only Liz and her supposed sister, Jennifer Reddington (Fiona Dourif), know the depths of Red’s deception. Liz doesn’t want to share the new information with her colleagues at the bureau because, the actress says, the imposter “seems to have this innate ability to know everything that’s happening around him.”

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5 Reasons to Binge ‘St. Elsewhere’ on Hulu Right Now

Long before the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial ruled TV, the employees at Boston’s fictional St. Eligius Hospital supplied weekly doses of great drama.

Recently, all six seasons of NBC’s 1982–88 series St. Elsewhere became available on Hulu, so now is the perfect time to check out (or revisit) the exploits of beleaguered Dr. Donald Westphall (Ed Flanders), overbearing Dr. Mark Craig (William Daniels) and their crew. Here’s why you should watch — stat!

Miranda Bailey, Doug Ross, and More of Our Favorite TV Doctors

Miranda Bailey, Doug Ross, and More of Our Favorite TV Doctors

These TV MDs are off the charts!

1. That brilliant ensemble

At times, the opening credits contained upward of 15 names, yet the large cast was a harmonious blend. Besides Westphall and Craig, the richly crafted characters included Dr. Victor Ehrlich (Ed Begley Jr.), who provided some of the series’ lighter moments along

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Which Roku Is Right For You? We’ve Got You Covered

These simple-to-use streaming devices are must-haves, but picking from Roku’s seven current models can be…confusing. Our trick: Choose based on your television.

Don’t have a high-definition TV? The Express+ ($35) will connect to it via old-school A/V ports. If you have a standard HDTV (i.e., one that isn’t 4K, aka Ultra HD), get the no-frills Express ($30).

The Best New Streaming Tech to Gift Binge Watchers (PHOTOS)

The Best New Streaming Tech to Gift Binge Watchers (PHOTOS)

The holidays are right around the corner.

For Ultra HDTVs, the Premiere ($40) streams the best picture for the least cash. The Premiere+ ($50) adds a remote with voice search (no typing long titles!).

The HD Streaming Stick ($50) and Ultra HD Streaming Stick+ ($60) connect directly to the TV ports (no clutter!). The latter’s improved wireless supports sets in rooms far from your router.

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Did the Right Person Go Home on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Week 2? (POLL)

Paralympian Danelle Umstead and her professional partner Artem Chigvintsev got the boot on Season 27 of Dancing With the Stars in Los Angeles Tuesday night.

Still in the running for the coveted mirrorball trophy are former Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton, radio personality Bobby Bones, Fuller House star Juan Pablo Di Pace, model Alexis Ren, singer Tinashe, Dukes of Hazzard and Smallville star John Schneider, Harry Potter icon Evanna Lynch, former NFL star DeMarcus Ware, Disney Channel alum Milo Manheim, The Facts of Life actress Nancy McKeon and Bachelor in Paradise star Joe Amabile.

Comedian Nikki Glaser was the first celebrity eliminated from the competition last week.

Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews are the show’s hosts. The judges’ panel is comprised of Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

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What ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Got Right — And What It Got Really, Really Wrong

Well, this half-season of Fear The Walking Dead has certainly been… something.

For better or worse, Morgan’s addition did more than just complement the show, it ripped out all its gears and wires — the things that made it work — and replaced them with new, “upgraded” versions. But much like updating to a new software on one’s phone, Fear has been glitchy, confusing, and it crashes often.

That’s not to say nothing worked in the fourth season of AMC’s spinoff — rather, it proved to be a mixed bag of new locations juxtaposed with missing storylines, and featured an extended cliffhanger resolved in the worst way possible.

Kim Dickens on Game-Changing 'Fear the Walking Dead' Midseason Finale

Kim Dickens on Game-Changing ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Midseason Finale

The actress said it was an ‘honor’ to play the character.

Here’s what we think Fear The Walking Dead got right in the first half of its season, and what we think it should have done better (or not done at all).

WRONG: Multiple timelines

In past seasons, Fear was a relatively straightforward show. The Clark family fought to survive in L.A., on a boat, in a hotel, on a ranch, and in a dam. These struggles were nuanced and morally tricky, but they weren’t a maze; a viewer didn’t have to grapple with navigating multiple storylines that were only loosely connected.

The choice to tell the Clark family’s story in several timelines this season to facilitate Morgan’s introduction was a bold experiment, but unfortunately, it didn’t succeed. The desaturated colors in the present day were painful to watch, and while they made it easy to keep track of where characters were in time, they were a far cry from the vibrant reds, blues, and oranges of previous seasons.

Moreover, the dueling storylines made figuring out what was happening next to impossible at times. It became difficult to tell who was alive and who had died, why certain pieces of information were being talked around instead of openly addressed, why Alicia had a grudge against Naomi/Laura/June, and why it took an entire half-season for someone to talk about Madison Clark’s death.

Lennie James' 3 Words to Describe 'Fear the Walking Dead' (VIDEO)

Lennie James’ 3 Words to Describe ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ (VIDEO)

The actor fills us in on jumping from one zombie drama to the other. Plus, an exclusive clip!

RIGHT: Interesting locations

For all the odd, out of character things that happened inside them, the first half of the season featured some of the most visually-striking sets Fear or its parent show have ever had. The decision to use a baseball diamond as home base for the characters was unique, and it was fun to see such a staple of American sports culture used as a survival tool, with dugouts as bedrooms and suites as kitchens.

Equally nifty was the waterpark location Alicia and Naomi explored in the fourth episode. The bright whites and blues contrasted with brown decay and rot from years of neglect, and made for a pretty cool callback to what life was like before the world ended. Things turned frightening fast when Naomi almost got bitten after slipping down a swirly slide — much worse than doing a belly flop.  

This gunk-coated slide is a lot less fun when there’s a pool of walkers waiting at the bottom. (Richard Foreman, Jr./AMC)

WRONG: Madison’s death

Easily the most infuriating plot twist of the season, revealing Madison Clark’s death in a slow-motion flashback was the worst way for her character to meet her end. The essence of it felt fitting — she died sacrificing herself to save her kids — but it was undercut by a current of lazy writing that felt disrespectful to both Kim Dickens and the character she played for three-plus seasons.

Simply put, Madison died because Nick and Alicia didn’t drive away from the horde of walkers, or make any attempt to lure the dead away from the baseball stadium. This was a solution they would have arrived at easily in earlier seasons, but for whatever strange reason, the Clark clan remained frozen in park while the dead devoured their home.

The Clark matriarch’s demise felt stilted and illogical given her past characterization. This was a woman who had led a similar swarm of walkers off a bridge. She was smart enough to survive the attack on the stadium, and there were a myriad of ways it could have been done. She could have climbed up into the stands, or she could have used her son’s method of camouflage and covered herself with walker blood to blend in with the dead.

Daniel Salazar survived this exact scenario, and for all intents and purposes, Madison could have, too. She was too sharp for the dull death she was given.

What Andrew Lincoln's 'Walking Dead' Exit Could Mean for Rick Grimes

What Andrew Lincoln’s ‘Walking Dead’ Exit Could Mean for Rick Grimes

His departure leaves Rick’s fate up in the air.

RIGHT: Nick’s final scene

Though his death felt a little rushed, Nick’s last scene on the show had an eerie quality to it. It evoked the very first frame of the series, where he lay on his back in the middle of an abandoned church, sleeping off a heroin high.

At the time of his death, the scene changed to show Nick laying on his back in the middle of a valley filled with blue flowers. His final moments proved that the oldest Clark sibling had finally found the beauty that his mom told him to look for whenever he ventured beyond the walls of the Dell Diamond.

He seemed at peace moving on from the world of the walkers and entered the great beyond with a tiny smile, as Nick Clark certainly would.  

WRONG: Ignoring the dam

Season 3 ended with an exciting cliffhanger — after the dam collapsed, Madison was the only known survivor, and she was left isolated from her family and friends with their fates uncertain. Fans assumed the next season would incorporate her search for Nick, Alicia, and Strand, with hopes the show would at least feature flashbacks that explained how the tightly-knit group managed to stitch itself back together.

Instead, Fear opted to tell, not show, how Madison managed to locate the people she loved. In an extremely awkward chunk of expositional dialogue — which was jarringly out of character — Strand summarized how it was done. Apparently, Madison somehow found Alicia and Nick, Nick went out and found Luciana, and Madison nursed Strand back to health in a cave. What?

There are several logical inconsistencies with that explanation, but perhaps the biggest insult is that none of it was shown on-screen. Fans had clamored to see how everyone reunited after such a (literally) explosive finale, and instead, they were given a few sentences that did little to meet expectations or alleviate confusion.

Flashback Fever: Who Else Might Return to 'The Walking Dead' Season 9?

Flashback Fever: Who Else Might Return to ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 9?

Rick’s old pal Shane (Jon Bernthal) will return to haunt him in flashbacks — could any other ghosts from his past materialize?

RIGHT: John Dorie

“So, what’s your story?”

John Dorie has only been in a few episodes so far, but he’s already a well-rounded, interesting character. His gunslinging abilities come in handy, and his genuine kindness and generosity make him a rarity in a world that turns good people selfish and cruel.

It only took a few minutes in the opening episode of the season for fans to start falling in love with him, and his bottle episode really solidified that. The man still signs his movies out on a rental sheet at the department store, and returns them when he’s done. He freely offers strangers Werther’s Originals and baked beans. He’s basically the sharpshooter white knight of the zombie apocalypse.

As if he needed another trait to make him incredibly endearing, John is in love with a woman whose life he saved — and who eventually saved him in return. He manages to find her again in the middle of the season, and if the final eight episodes feature a few more chapters of their love story, it might be worth tuning in to see it.

WRONG: Inconsistent characterization

Several major characters acted and spoke differently in Fear’s fourth season than they did in the third, with little or no explanation as to how they underwent such a fundamental change in personality. Nick, for example, used to greatly enjoy walking among the dead — in Season 3’s “El Matadero,” he slipped outside the walls of the bazaar and covered himself in walker guts, just for fun. In Season 4 he is suddenly afraid of the walkers, and dislikes leaving the baseball stadium.

Alicia is also different than she was in seasons past. Her decision to keep Charlie, the girl who killed her brother, alive is probably the most glaring example. The Alicia of Season 3, who had to mercy kill dozens of people to survive, would not have allowed someone who shot Nick in cold blood remain at her side. Yet, she appears none too bothered by Charlie’s presence in “the group,” as they all sit around a campfire and eat noodles at the end of the midseason finale.

My TV Obsessions: 'Fear the Walking Dead's Kim Dickens on Her Guilty Pleasure Show

My TV Obsessions: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’s Kim Dickens on Her Guilty Pleasure Show

Plus, what series she’d love to guest star on.

And there are other abnormalities smaller than these: Madison’s mantra, “No one’s gone until they’re gone,” doesn’t quite click with the ruthless, cunning woman she was evolving into in the show’s third season, and Luciana barely speaks at all and didn’t seem too worried about burying Nick after his death. A year changes people, but it is difficult to accept those personality shifts when they are not being shown on-screen or explained.

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What ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Got Right — And What It Got Really, Really Wrong

Well, this half-season of Fear The Walking Dead has certainly been… something.

For better or worse, Morgan’s addition did more than just complement the show, it ripped out all its gears and wires — the things that made it work — and replaced them with new, “upgraded” versions. But much like updating to a new software on one’s phone, Fear has been glitchy, confusing, and it crashes often.

That’s not to say nothing worked in the fourth season of AMC’s spinoff — rather, it proved to be a mixed bag of new locations juxtaposed with missing storylines, and featured an extended cliffhanger resolved in the worst way possible.

Kim Dickens on Game-Changing 'Fear the Walking Dead' Midseason Finale

Kim Dickens on Game-Changing ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Midseason Finale

The actress said it was an ‘honor’ to play the character.

Here’s what we think Fear The Walking Dead

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Rapper Safaree Says He Was Robbed At Gunpoint Right Before An Interview

Rapper and reality star Safaree Samuels said he was robbed at gunpoint on Monday, hours before giving a radio interview, where he revealed the attack.

The “Love Hip Hop” star shared his story with Angie Martinez on Power 105.1 in New York City, saying it happened soon before they went on air. 

“I just got robbed at gunpoint,” he said, near tears.

“A couple hours ago … Two dudes with guns just ran up on me,” he said. “Had me face down to the floor with a gun to my head. They just took everything,” he explained.

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7 True Crime Podcasts You Should Listen to Right Away

2017 was the year of the binge-worthy true crime podcast, but fear not: reporters, investigators and regular folks everywhere are still dishing dirt on the darker side of humanity. Whether you’re into serial murders or small-town kidnappings, these seven podcasts are just the ticket.

1.  “Atlanta Monster”

The 1980 disappearance of Darron Glass from his foster home caused a media circus. What’s more disturbing: he was one of over two dozen young black children who were never seen alive again. Eventually, a suspect was arrested, tried and convicted, but the mystery was far from solved. Is Wayne Williams, an intelligent freelance photographer who is still in prison, guilty or innocent? In “Atlanta Monster,” the producers of “HowStuffWorks” and “Up and Vanished” expose the hidden truths behind one of Atlanta’s darkest secrets. “Up and Vanished”’s Payne Lindsey also hosts “Atlanta Monster,” his signature probing questions and friendly

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