Mary McNamara

Columnist

Mary McNamara is a television critic for the Los Angeles Times. A Pulitzer Prize winner in 2015 and finalist for criticism in 2013 and 2014, she has won various awards for criticism and feature writing. She is the author of the Hollywood mysteries “Oscar Season” and “The Starlet.” She lives in La Crescenta with her husband, three children, two dogs and a hamster.

Recent Articles

  • TV Picks: Orphan Black, iZombie, Veep
    TV Picks: Orphan Black, iZombie, Veep

    “Orphan Black”: When, at the end of season two, it was revealed that Mark (Ari Millen) the creepy Prolethean was actually just one member of a male clone army, Clone Club went wild. More clones? Male clones? Male military clones? Would this be the end of the Sarah/Cosima/Alison/Helena/Rachel empire...

  • 'Game of Thrones' enters Season 5 at war with it all
    'Game of Thrones' enters Season 5 at war with it all

    It's always worrisome when a beloved show enters midlife. Giddy limerence gives way to the more critical eye of a long-term relationship, and even the most beloved characters or innovative worlds can seem overly familiar and irksome. The more acclaimed or popular a show is, the more tempted we...

  • Built for the binge: 'Daredevil' reveals the future of TV
    Built for the binge: 'Daredevil' reveals the future of TV

    Dim and steaming with urban grit, personal pathos and intense violence, Marvel's great new "Daredevil" series for Netflix proves, once again, that no one understands the multiple-platforming world better than the comic book company originally, and fittingly, known as Timely Publications.

  • TV Picks: 'Daredevil,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Outlander'
    TV Picks: 'Daredevil,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Outlander'

    “Daredevil”: Marvel proves once again its unique understanding the world of multi-platforming with its new series for Netflix. Charlie Cox is a brilliant choice for the blind, bare-knuckled vigilante, here so low-rent he doesn’t even have the slick costume yet. New York hasn’t looked this menacing...

  • 'American Odyssey' a clever and exciting conspiracy thriller
    'American Odyssey' a clever and exciting conspiracy thriller

    NBC's new political thriller "American Odyssey" is both wildly ambitious and wildly familiar, and those are just two of the opposing forces it manages to make work to its advantage.

  • Masada in CBS' 'The Dovekeepers': Bad storytelling in every way
    Masada in CBS' 'The Dovekeepers': Bad storytelling in every way

    The CBS two-part miniseries "The Dovekeepers," which begins Tuesday, is so bad it is virtually impossible to believe it exists in the current landscape of American television.

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