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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.

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.

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.

Broadcasting the big strides in TV diversity

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

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.

Binge watching, that great American pastime, can also be good medicine

'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.

The sun sets on Stephen Colbert's sterling satire

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