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How El Camino Pulled Off Its Surprise Walt and Jesse Reunion

“Both of us had to wear these ridiculous looking cloaks, like we were part of a very, very, very demented cult.”
tv review

Living With Yourself Doubles the Paul Rudd, Doubles the Fun

Playing against himself, the endlessly likable actor ably carries this funny, smart, Charlie Kaufman–esque series.
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Every Succession Episode Is a Contained Explosion

The series turns each hour into a distinct battleground, where characters vying for their own self-interest are also inextricably linked.
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  7. tv review
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  8. close reads
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  33. snl
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  34. snl
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