Wednesday, March 18 2015
Canada’s hit comedy news program offers a provocative example of the role political satire and popular culture can play in defining and even changing a nation
Tuesday, March 10 2015
The CW's excellent Jane the Virgin reminds us there is no such thing as a true guilty pleasure.
Tuesday, March 3 2015
For Buffy, turning invisible allows her to indulge all her worst impulses; but in doing so, she realizes that she is not embracing life, but fleeing it.
Friday, February 27 2015
The '30s era Hays Code limited significantly what artists could express and what audiences could see. Today's LGBT media has blasted through all that.
Tuesday, February 24 2015
This is a traditional family sitcom, which means it's not funny.
Thursday, February 19 2015
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.
Wednesday, February 18 2015
Chris Rock transcends generations of fans with a signature combination of intelligence and contemporary comedy.
Monday, January 26 2015
Feeling lucky, punk? The road from obscurity to legend wasn't easy for Clint Eastwood's iconic character Dirty Harry. Think you know the back story? Read on!
Wednesday, January 14 2015
In the face of mounting allegations against the beloved comedian, we are left to reconsider his artistic legacy.
Tuesday, November 25 2014
At its best, Maya serves as a window into an era of kids' adventure series with unusually authentic production values and undercurrents of thoughtful attention to cultural differences.
Friday, November 14 2014
Rather than recapitulating the faux sentiment of veterans' poppies, BBC's Centenary Collection gives viewers a chance to really understand WWI.
Tuesday, November 11 2014
Executive producer Bob Brush and actor Dan Lauria ruminate on The Wonder Years timeless nostalgia.
Thursday, November 6 2014
Ostensibly a silly, raunchy cartoon sitcom, Netflix's BoJack Horseman actually raises some significant existential questions.
Wednesday, October 22 2014
Every few years there's a new batch of funny faces making the rounds on Britain's television panel shows. Here are a few faces worth watching.
Wednesday, August 20 2014
Women are the alpha-characters in Halt and Catch Fire. There may be no better dynamic duo of smart leading females on TV today than Donna and Cameron.
Monday, August 11 2014
After the best-selling novel La Planète des Singes and the hit film Planet of the Apes, the series found itself in hairy times. How did the saga regain its glory?
Monday, August 4 2014
Humankind once laughed at The Planet of the Apes -- until it became a critically acclaimed artistic endeavor and had an Academy Award category created for it. Now who amongst us is laughing?
Tuesday, July 22 2014
American Revolutionary wants to offer the appearance of revolution while anesthetizing any deeper understanding of the forces involved.
Wednesday, July 16 2014
A couple years after its demise, it's time to look back at how brilliant and confusing Mike White and Laura Dern's series really was.
Monday, July 7 2014
Marvel owns characters and its profits come from comics sales, film tickets, lunch boxes, etc. As such, character identification fluctuates easily between media.