Thursday, October 12 2017
Whereas Star Trek: Discovery continues to explore ideological complexities, so far The Orville seems little more than a celebration of MacFarlane’s love of the Star Trek property and his ability to indulge in expensive cosplay.
Wednesday, October 11 2017
Just like with hip-hop, Seinfeld has broadened our collective slang and everyday rhetorical wit.
Monday, October 2 2017
In a parallel to Euripides' The Bacchae, American Horror Story: Cult hammers home that not giving in to fear will not save you.
Thursday, September 28 2017
We are reminded that life is meant to be unsatisfying, so why should we expect anything more than the truth about reality from our TV programs?
Monday, September 25 2017
Mitchell and Webb's created personas culminated in their groundbreaking sitcom, Peep Show. Reuniting for new series Back, will it be more of the same? Does that even matter?
Friday, September 15 2017
An examination of how AMC's Breaking Bad played with the conventions of time, character, and attitude.
Tuesday, September 12 2017
One of the most heartening and compelling aspects of David Lynch's approach to this new season of Twin Peaks is his widened musical palette.
Friday, September 8 2017
An examination of the changing political/ sexual/ power roles of women in international television crime and prison drama, from The Sopranos through Orange is the New Black.
Wednesday, August 16 2017
Political comedy is necessary these days. But hope is even more so. Thankfully, The Last Leg provides both.
Monday, August 14 2017
The return of Twin Peaks fundamentally reshapes the theme of the entire text, refashioning it into a meditation upon reflection, and the inability to know oneself.
Wednesday, August 9 2017
Coronet Blue seems to be TV's earliest incarnation of the amnesiac hero, and moreover the amnesiac spy.
Tuesday, June 13 2017
We may be one nation in America, but today we appear to be living on different planets.
Friday, May 19 2017
Harry Hill pulls funny faces and he does stupid things. But these are things I like in a comedian (as opposed to, say, a US president).
Wednesday, April 19 2017
It was the year of the African American, not the LGBTQ, at the Academy Awards -- we can't have both. Perhaps the new hashtag should be #Oscarsoblackandwhite.
Tuesday, April 11 2017
How Dennis Potter's 1986 BBC-TV masterpiece The Singing Detective still resonates in the new Golden Age of TV.
Tuesday, April 4 2017
The researchers behind BBC's QI emerge from behind the scenes to inform, entertain and tease via their award-winning podcast, No Such Thing As a Fish.
Thursday, January 12 2017
From The Brady Bunch to M*A*S*H, what do we do when our favorite TV shows spawn shockingly dark offspring?
Thursday, December 8 2016
Shakespeare's As You Like It employed every signature reality show convention three and a half centuries before television even existed.
Tuesday, October 4 2016
Stranger Things crafts something wholly individual out of the chrysalis of the past, turning the comfort of nostalgia against itself.
Monday, September 26 2016
Frustrating expectations was part of Twin Peaks modus operandi.