The Richard Pryor Show

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Weekend TV Playlist: The Killing, Richard Pryor, Orphan Finale

Peter Sarsgaard

In the killing fields of the ubiquitous TV crime drama, there are shows that attempt to expand the formula with depth of character and a hauntingly fatalistic tone, while many others cling to the comfort zone of wrapping each case within a tidy hour, just another routine day on the job. AMC's The Killing, back for a third season of dark brooding after narrowly escaping cancellation, is ambitious to a fault. And its fault lines showed throughout the first two erratic and indulgent though often absorbing seasons, with an overextended inquiry into a single murder case that frustrated and annoyed viewers with its obvious red herrings and stubborn lack of resolution until long past interest had waned.

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Premiered: September 13, 1977, on NBC
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Premise: The brilliant comedian's battles with NBC censors doomed this variety series just as it got started, and only five shows aired.

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The Richard Pryor Show, Vol. 1 [VHS]
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