Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara's work was recognized as a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist in the Criticism category. The jury noted "her searching television criticism that often becomes a springboard for provocative comments on the culture at large."


  • 'Liz & Dick' romance fizzles in graceless biopic
    'Liz & Dick' romance fizzles in graceless biopic

    Lindsay Lohan is a bad fit for Elizabeth Taylor's captivating grown-up charms in 'Liz & Dick,' but what really works against the Lifetime movie about Taylor and Richard Burton's relationship is that it tries to cover the whole exhausting decades-long affair.

  • 'Girls' a potent force but it's hard to love
    'Girls' a potent force but it's hard to love

    There's a cool cleverness to Lena Dunham's tale of twentysomethings premiering on HBO, but these 'Girls' keep their distance, making it tough for viewers to connect.

  • Network TV embraces the B-word
    Network TV embraces the B-word

    Since a court decision loosened restrictions, the expletive has been showing up everywhere -- often to great comedic effect. But is there a larger trend at play?

  • TV's focus on childhood obesity hits home
    TV's focus on childhood obesity hits home

    Take it from someone who knows: The struggle with childhood obesity, illustrated vividly on television, is a battle of both the mind and the mouth for an overweight kid.

  • Survivalist themes ap into fear of the big fall
    Survivalist themes in TV shows, movies tap into fear of the big fall

    Whether it's 'Revolution,' 'The Hunger Games' or 'Downton Abbey,' the scenes on TV and film of society facing a cataclysmic event capture today's zeitgeist of fear of a world-changing event.

  • 'SEAL Team Six' fails in its mission
    'SEAL Team Six' fails in its mission

    Some fuss was recently made over the role President Obama plays in "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden," a docu-drama premiering on National Geographic Channel on Sunday. There were accusations that the timing — days before the election — and the late-hour insertion of...

  • Stephen Colbert wears his religion in his punch lines
    Stephen Colbert wears his religion in his punch lines

    The host of 'The Colbert Report,' a devout Catholic, is the rare comedian who is comfortable joking about faith, religion and morality.

  • Dr. House holds to a prescription
    Dr. House holds to a prescription

    Brainy. Prickly. Those qualities persisted in the M.D. played by Hugh Laurie. Farewell to a game-changer.

  • Sorkin talk fest is no fun
    Sorkin talk fest is no fun

    Although 'Newsroom' has strong acting and some nice moments, the writer lectures rather than entertains.

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