Articles tagged tv, television, cable

6 Oct 2016 // 8:15 AM

Why Isn’t American TV Comedy Funny?

It's as if Americans are afraid to find anything funny about their reality.

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Domestic Infelicity: ‘Way Out’ Is Lost and Found on YouTube

Roald Dahl's short-lived anthology feels like a merging of Rod Serling's horror and sci-fi with Alfred Hitchcock's obsession with unhappy marriages.

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‘Seinfeldia’: Yada yada yada ...

Seinfeld may have been “a show about nothing”, but Seinfeldia has plenty of fascinating things to say about it.

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If You’re Suspicious of the Pitch, Read ‘Mad Men, Death, and the American Dream’

If Mad Men’s slickness allow us to enjoy the existential emptiness at the heart of American identity without implicating us, Bronfen’s volume works to close that distance.

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‘The Star Trek Book’: This Is Why We Still Love Star Trek

Long before society caught up by heeding calls for diversity in education and the workplace, Star Trek was preaching "infinite diversity in infinite combinations" as a strength.

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22 Jul 2016 // 3:00 AM

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David: "like Harold Pinter or Samuel Beckett for television." What more does one need?

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Jimmy Fallon and SNL With French Subtitles? Oui, Please!

Live from New York it’s Saturday Night Live (albeit broadcast one week later, with French subtitles on an obscure cable channel)!

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Justin Richards Delivers a Mixed Bag in Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters

This is a thick and glossy volume featuring the Doctor's correspondence across time and space.

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How Did Four Young Black Boys Become Hollywood Stars During the Height of Jim Crow?

By foregrounding the stories of the black stars of the Our Gang comedies, Julia Lee uncovers how black America’s attitude towards its representation by Hollywood evolved.

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‘Catastrophe’ Takes on the Horror That Comes With Love, Marriage and Babies

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan are funny people who have made a funny sitcom that's laced with an honesty that hurts.

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Aziz Ansari Reverses Gender Roles in ‘Master of None’

Master of None was made for millennial men who can relate to Dev’s relationship struggles.

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‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Hits Its Stride in the Third Season

Amy Schumer has been inspiring her share of imitators, but this third season of her acclaimed Comedy Central series demonstrates exactly the things those imitators will never get right.

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3 Nov 2015 // 2:00 AM

Pro-Apocalyptic, or, Why We’re Bored With the Post-Apocalyptic

The continued appeal of post-apocalyptic entertainment reflects our culture’s exhaustion with the genre’s historically prophetic (and moralistic) warnings about exploitation, materialism, and consumerism.

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‘The Doctors Are In’ Tries to Be All Things to All Readers

Alas, the holding of passionate views does not in itself make for compelling reading.

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Can Television Be a Solution to Hollywood’s Diversity Problem?

We are living in the second Golden Age of Television, and not just because the writing is so good: TV is where we can tune in for real diversity.

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The World(s) That Video Made

Video Revolutions is a brief, brilliant inquiry into the history of a complex, contested medium.

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‘Big Brother’ Afterthoughts: The Season of the Racists?

As the controversial season of the CBS reality show concludes for the season, it's time to reflect on what we've learned about TV... and ourselves.

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12 Jun 2013 // 11:14 PM

Will Netflix Kill TV?

Netflix is such a beautiful service that it’s terrifying. It’s given us everything we ever wanted, and one day we’ll look back on what a tragedy that was.

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5 Jun 2013 // 8:00 AM

When News Equals Sex!

Rather than moving away from "lookism", we seem to be embracing it. Even in the most unlikely areas.

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Joss Whedon to Alma Mater: “You Are All Going to Die”

The Buffy creator made some other points, too.

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Indie Horror Month 2016: Executing 'The Deed'

// Moving Pixels

"It's just so easy to kill someone in a video game that it's surprising when a game makes murder difficult.

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