Joss Whedon 101: Buffy the Vampire Slayer | 7 Mar 2011 // 4:00 PM
Whatever else that Joss Whedon achieves in his career, he may forever best be known as the creator of one of the landmark series in TV history, as well as one of TV's most iconic characters, a blonde cheerleader turned vampire slayer named Buffy.
Why Cast a Spotlight on Joss Whedon? | 3 Mar 2011 // 3:00 PM
PopMatters will, over the next five weeks, publish almost 60 essays and/or interviews on pop cultural icon Joss Whedon. So just what has he done that is worthy of such attention, and why should we care?
Good Reading, Good Viewing: 'Investigating Veronica Mars' | 18 Sep 2011 // 3:58 PM
This collection of essays on Rob Thomas's series about a teen-aged girl detective helps make the case for its membership in the canon of quality television series
Academic Writing Is Not Supposed to Be As Funny As in ' The Dialectic of Counter-Enlightenment' | 12 Sep 2010 // 3:59 PM
Christian Thorne discusses eloquently and brilliantly a number of pre-Enlightenment thinkers and writers who were passionately doing what they could do to keep the Enlightenment from happening. Their motto? "Long Live the Status Quo!"
TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011... Number 1 | 22 Aug 2011 // 12:00 AM
Several new series debuted in April 2011 to transform what had been a mediocre season into an exceptional one, including Game of Thrones. AMC, meanwhile, systematically abused three of its great series, calling into question whether the cable network is truly ready for the big time.
TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011... Number 2 | 19 Aug 2011 // 12:00 AM
The 2010-2011 TV season saw an unprecedented number of major film directors work in TV, while Charlie Sheen's meltdown was an embarrassment both to him and to those who fixated on his demise.