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Margaret Qualley (with Rylea Nevaeh Whittet) plays the title character in the 10-part Netflix miniseries "Maid."

Gritty ‘Maid’ exposes the dirty dealings of a broken system

The 10-episode Netflix miniseries shows just how hard it truly can be for victims of domestic violence to find safety and security, especially when they don’t have financial means.

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From left: Sarah Snook, Matthew Macfadyen, Hiam Abbass, Alan Ruck, and J. Smith-Cameron in "Succession."

What I’m watching: the return of ‘Succession,’ plus the debuts of ‘Dopesick,’ ‘The Guilty,’ and ‘Just Beyond’

"Succession," the Emmy-winning HBO show about nasty rich people, is back for nine episodes after a long pandemic delay.

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Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski (pictured with Ellie Kemper, right, in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") will portray Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis in "Annie Live!"

Burgess and Krakowski, together again

“Annie Live!,” airing Dec. 2 on NBC, will feature Tituss Burgess as Rooster Hannigan and Jane Krakowski as Lily St. Regis. The two previously worked together on Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

This image provided by NBC shows Episode 1807 musical guest Halsey, from left, host Kim Kardashian West, and Cecily Strong during promos for “Saturday Night Live” in Studio 8H on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021.

‘SNL’ host Kim Kardashian West poked fun at her family, Kanye West, and O.J. Simpson

Kim Kardashian West strutted onto the “Saturday Night Live” stage wearing a vibrant pink catsuit and proceeded to deliver a biting, funny monologue focused on herself, her family, and taking head-on the tabloid-inspired fame that comes from being America’s most prominent reality star.

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Damian Lewis (right, with Terry Kinney) as Bobby "Axe" Axelrod in "Billions."

Knowing when it’s time to move on from a TV role

Some actors know when to leave a TV series. Some do not.

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Ken Marino (pictured in "Marry Me") can play a hapless but endearing doofus better than almost anybody.

His characters aim to please — and his performances often do

HBO Max’s entertainment industry sendup “The Other Two” provides Ken Marino the showcase to play the kind of hapless but endearing doofus he does better than almost anybody.

"Squid Game," which premiered on Netflix on Sept. 17, is reportedly on its way to becoming the streaming giant's biggest series ever.

Everything you need to know about ‘Squid Game,’ the new Netflix phenomenon

Perhaps your social media feeds have been taken over by talk of Netflix’s “Squid Game.” Here’s what you need to know about the dystopian series and its meteoric rise.

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Nancy Marchand as Livia Soprano in "The Sopranos."

Remembering Nancy Marchand, the original Livia Soprano

How many other performers were part of television’s first “golden age” of original live drama in the middle of the 20th century, and then helped kick off its cable-and-streaming-driven second golden age at the start of the 21st century?