Not quite muppetational: ABC’s ‘The Muppets’ struggles to capture the joy of its characters

Bummer is a good word for much of what I’ve seen so far from The Muppets. The series is lacks the joyfulness, optimism and offbeat feel that made “The Muppet Show,” the early films, and even Jason Segel’s 2011 The Muppets film such a delight. That joy is largely absent here.

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Dating games: ‘You’re the Worst’ is a darker kind of rom-com

You’re the Worst, which just kicked off its second season on FX, falls squarely into the non-rom-com category. Acerbic, dark, and at times raunchy, the series, created by Stephen Falk, manages to strike a balance between cynicism and charm that makes it one of most brutal depictions of modern love currently on television.

Much ado about nothing: ‘Seinfeld’ comes to Hulu

When Seinfeld premiered in July of 1989, critics and audiences didn’t quite know what to make of it. Everything about it ran counter to what traditional sitcoms looked like up to that point. The characters were self-absorbed and petty. The tone was often cold and mean spirited. Episodes featured mundane stories with low-stakes conflict. It was also funny and smarter than just about anything on TV at the time.