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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

  • In the Age of Television Anxiety, just relax and ride the storm

    In the Age of Television Anxiety, just relax and ride the storm

    Earlier this month, FX President John Landgraf told a group of TV critics what so many had been feeling for the last few years: There's just too much television. Not just television, scripted television. And not just scripted television, quality scripted television. Being the head of a network,...

  • TV Picks: 'Fear the Walking Dead,' 'Show Me a Hero'

    TV Picks: 'Fear the Walking Dead,' 'Show Me a Hero'

    "Fear the Walking Dead." The zombie apocalypse has officially gone franchise with this spinoff of AMC’s wildly popular “The Walking Dead.” Set in Los Angeles during the early days of the pandemic, it tracks an already overwhelmed family as it comes to realize something’s Very, Very Wrong. When...

  • 'Fear the Walking Dead,' but you'll probably laugh along the way

    'Fear the Walking Dead,' but you'll probably laugh along the way

    Even for fans of AMC's "The Walking Dead," there is something undeniably hilarious about the idea of "Fear the Walking Dead," an alternate city spinoff. As if AMC thinks Robert Kirkman's version of the zombie apocalypse is a franchise crime procedural, like "NCIS" or "Law and Order," with multi-state...

  • TV Picks: 'Humans,' 'Doctor Who,' 'Documentary Now'

    TV Picks: 'Humans,' 'Doctor Who,' 'Documentary Now'

     “The fall is upon us” may not have the same ominous ring as “Winter is coming,” but believe me, the slate of new and returning shows is just as full, and seemingly just as regenerative, as an army of White Walkers. So you might want to pace yourself; do a light TV workout for the next few weeks....

  • 'Kevin From Work' tangles with love among the cubicles

    'Kevin From Work' tangles with love among the cubicles

    McJobs and McG, cubicle culture and cougars, true love and weird roommates all jockey for space in ABC Family's “Kevin From Work,” a bawdy but strangely mild millennial-angst comedy that fades from memory as swiftly as a Snapchat post. This may be demographically appropriate, but it's probably...

  • 'Daily Show With Jon Stewart' redefined TV success as a natural fit for social media

    'Daily Show With Jon Stewart' redefined TV success as a natural fit for social media

    Like an android that has achieved human consciousness, Jon Stewart is often discussed as if he were an emerging species, the first of his kind — a comedian who became a political force, an entertainer who often functioned as a journalist. The notion that Stewart created a new genre hybrid isn't...

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