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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

  • Marvel's astounding 'Jessica Jones' rewrites the definition of superhuman

    Marvel's astounding 'Jessica Jones' rewrites the definition of superhuman

    The new Netflix series "Jessica Jones," which becomes available Friday, is a marvel. Legally (it's "Marvel's Jessica Jones"), creatively and, it must be said, surprisingly. Having built an empire on which the marketing sun never sets, Marvel should now, by all rights, be facing audience fatigue...

  • NBC's new 'Chicago Med' needs a shot of drama, stat

    NBC's new 'Chicago Med' needs a shot of drama, stat

    Amid all the recent swooning over the experimental sauces and unique presentations of nouveau small-screen narrative, comfort-food TV, those crime and medical procedurals that have kept the business running through good times and bad, is often forgotten, left to soldier on with little fanfare. ...

  • Congeniality Campaign 2016: Democrats continue to agree more than debate

    Congeniality Campaign 2016: Democrats continue to agree more than debate

    Initially solemn, typically wonkish and monotonously polite to the moderators and one another, the three Democratic presidential candidates still managed to provide a few surprising moments during their second debate Saturday night. Hillary Rodham Clinton complimented George W. Bush and accused...

  • Characters, plus the usual sex, violence, etc., make 'Spotless' memorable TV

    Characters, plus the usual sex, violence, etc., make 'Spotless' memorable TV

    Well, clearly Esquire Network didn't get the memo about "peak TV." The NBCUniversal-owned network is launching "Spotless," its first scripted series, on Saturday and unfortunately for all our already overstocked DVRs and streaming lists, it's pretty darn good. Set in London, with French undertones,...

  • TV Picks: 'Mom,' 'Master of None,' 'Getting On'

    TV Picks: 'Mom,' 'Master of None,' 'Getting On'

    "Mom" With consistently stellar turns by stars Anna Faris, Allison Janney and Mimi Kennedy, this Chuck Lorre comedy remains one of the most touching yet tough-minded comedies on the air. Following the adventures and misadventures of Christy Plunkett (Faris), a single mother and recovering alcoholic/addict...

  • Fox Business Network made GOP debate a safe space

    Fox Business Network made GOP debate a safe space

    In the days leading up to Tuesday night’s Republican debate, moderators Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo, anchors of Fox Business Network — on which it aired — and Gerard Baker, editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal, made it clear they would not just be hosting a discussion of economic policy....

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