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'Homeland' and more shows that killed off major characters: We weigh the aftermath

Killing off a major character is one of the biggest risks a show can take. Some of these deaths end up paying off nicely; others go down in history as the death that killed a series. And then you have the deaths that, ultimately, don’t make much of a difference either way.

In honor of Homeland‘s return—which comes back to Showtime after killing off Brody in season 3—we went back to see how a handful of other beloved series fared after offing major characters:

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The hole in the world: Why 'Angel' is better than 'Buffy'

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Fifteen years ago this week, Angel premiered on the WB. A spinoff of the much-beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the show would run for five seasons, leaving the air in May of 2004—one year after Buffy’s series finale. In the subsequent years, Buffy‘s legend would only grow as critics and fans alike acknowledged the debt modern television owed to it. Angel, however, would linger in the background, never really forgotten but also never really championed, even as it sits just a few clicks away from its sister series on Netflix and Hulu.

But Angel is every bit as vital as Buffy. In fact, it might even be better. READ FULL STORY

One set, two actors, all dialogue: TV's best 'bottle' episodes

Sunday night’s episode of Masters of Sex, titled “Fight,” was one of the series’ best. It stuck the show’s two main characters, Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and his assistant/lover Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), in a single hotel room and then let them batter out their anxieties and anger through flirtation, role play, and sex, all while an actual boxing match rages on TV.

In TV parlance, episodes like “Fight,” where characters are restricted to a few sets, are often called “bottle episodes”—they’re cheaper to make (you don’t have to build new sets or cast guest stars) but they succeed or fail depending on the quality of the writing and the actors’ performances. In other terms, “Fight” was also nearly a “two-hander,” a term borrowed from stage performance that refers to a play in which only two actors appear. READ FULL STORY

Recapping five seasons of 'Angel' -- on napkins

It all began on July 5, with a fateful Tweet from Joss Whedon in which he drew Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Buffy on a napkin. Suddenly, it seemed only right to continue recapping Buffy, also on napkins. It happened. It was glorious. Don’t ask questions.

But you can’t recap Buffy without also referencing Angel—the darker, grimmer crossover cousin to Whedon’s first season. It sometimes gets short shrift for having a lead that did more punning with brooding, but Angel had an arguably more insightful take on the world than its mother series. But I’m not here to argue. I’m here to doodle on napkins at work. (Watch out, the recaps have spoilers. And before you begin, here’s the recommended soundtrack.)

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Recapping seven seasons of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' -- on napkins

Joss Whedon has added a new dimension to the Whedonverse, one made of… napkins. In a tweet sent earlier this month, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer offered fans one more glimpse at the life of Buffy Summers:

But like any diehard Buffy fans, we weren’t satisfied with what Joss gave us on Twitter. We needed more. And so, left to our own devices, we made our very own Buffy napkin recaps. (Warning: spoilers, my poor penmanship.)

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Ten reasons why 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' kicks ass

It’s been 10 years since Buffy and the Scooby Gang defeated The First, leaving Sunnydale nothing but an imploded crater. Buffy the Vampire Slayer — Joss Whedon’s cult series about the slayer and her ragtag team of friends — aired its final episode on May 20, 2003. In honor of this anniversary, here are 10 reasons why Buffy kicks ass.

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Love is on the air: Who is the greatest TV couple of all time? The Elite 8

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Ross and Rachel. Buffy and Spike. Ricky and Lucy. These are just a few of the iconic pairings left competing for the chance to be EW’s “Greatest TV Couple of All Time.” Check out our full bracket here and vote in the polls below to determine who will move on to the next round. Now, the Elite 8 remaining couples battle it out below!

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Love is on the air: Who is the greatest TV couple of all time? The round of 16

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Ross and Rachel. Clair and Cliff. Ricky and Lucy. These are just a few of the iconic pairings left competing for the chance to be EW’s “Greatest TV Couple of All Time.” Check out our full bracket here and vote in the polls below to determine who will move on to the next round. Now, the 16 remaining couples battle it out below!

ALSO: EW.com’s Greatest TV Romances package

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Love is on the air: Who is the greatest TV couple of all time? Round 2, part 2

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Ross and Rachel. Clair and Cliff. Ricky and Lucy. These are just a few of the iconic pairings competing for the chance to be EW’s “Greatest TV Couple of All Time.” Check out our full bracket here and vote in the polls below to determine who will move on to the next round. Now, the 8 couples who won their first match-ups in our “Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me” conference.

ALSO: EW.com’s Greatest TV Romances package

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Love is on the air: Who is the greatest TV couple of all time? Round 1, part 2

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Ross and Rachel. Carrie and Big. Clair and Cliff. Ricky and Lucy. These are just a few of the iconic pairings competing for the chance to be EW’s “Greatest TV Couple of All Time.” Check out our full bracket here and vote in the polls below to determine who will move on to the next round. Now for the 16 couples in our “Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me” conference. READ FULL STORY

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