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Mary McNamara's Pulitzer-winning columns

Mary McNamara is a television critic for the Los Angeles Times. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. She was a finalist for the same award in 2013 and 2014. Below are the columns that won the prize.

  • Critic's Notebook
How TV's age of exploration put viewers in control

An unexpected thing happened when viewers began to take control of what they watched on TV, and how: Ownership.

  • Showtracker
Review: Matthew's death may inject some life into 'Downton Abbey'

Television review: Expect Season 4 of 'Downton Abbey' to return to the original themes of change and endurance, handled with strength and mettle by the series' women.

Critic's Notebook: Sochi Games don't live down to the negative hype

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics seemed dire in pre-Games coverage, but have mostly been enjoyable business as usual.

Review: 'House of Cards' plays new hand with brutal, clear resolve

Review: 'House of Cards'' Season 2 follows Washington power couple Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as they ruthlessly tie up loose ends with ingenious knots.

  • Showtracker
Broadcasting the big strides in TV diversity

'Sleepy Hollow,' 'Scandal,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' other broadcast network shows feature more diversity than 'prestige' cable does.

  • Critic's Notebook
Fresh spate of sexism, violence ominously familiar

Recent revelations about sexism and violence against women are a reminder that such problems aren't relegated to the past.

  • Critic's Notebook
'Orange Is the New Black' Emmy nods a win for women

'Orange Is the New Black's' 12 Emmy nominations herald how it's helping change how women can be portrayed in TV shows.

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