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Seitz Asks: What show do you watch each week, even though it keeps disappointing you?Seitz Answers: Boardwalk Empire. HBO's Prohibition-era saga Boardwalk Empire reminds me of the punch line of an old joke, quoted in Annie Hall, about two old guys eating at a Catskills resort. One guy says, "The food here is terrible," and the other replies, "Yeah, and such small portions."  Boardwalk isn't terrible — not most of the time. This series from former Sopranos writer-producer Terence Winter is always watchable, sometimes engrossing, occasionally brilliant. I've seen every episode to date. And yet I'd never put it on a list of my favorite current series because there's something fundamentally unsatisfying about it. We're three seasons in, but I still don't feel that pulse of life and constant promise of surprise that defines a great show — and that's strange, because on paper, Boardwalk would seem to have every element »


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