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“Standing in the Sun”: ‘Scandal’ in the Age of ‘The New Jim Crow’

The counter-narrative in Scandal brings up complicated -- and necessary -- questions about race.

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23 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

Sci-Fi TV of the Disco Era: The Grounded Astronaut

Sci-fi television falls back to earth in the "grounded astronaut" cycle of '70s-era sci-fi TV.

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A New Beginning: An Interview with Wolfie’s Just Fine’s Jon Lajoie

He made comedy YouTube songs and had a great guest spot on The League, but Jon Lajoie's turn for something more serious was a long time a-comin'.

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19 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

‘The Walking Dead’: Negan as Sadomasochistic Fantasy

Hot dad and sadistic villain -- why casting Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan works so well.

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19 May 2016 // 2:00 AM

Vic and Bob: A Love Story

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer may be comedy legends, but at the heart of their success lies a romance that's real and true.

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Stephen Colbert’s Consumption of Junk Food Is Deeply American—and Catholic

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert examines food in a manner that is Catholic. But also, it engages with food in a manner that is catholic.

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Bergen, Curtain, and Radner: Saturday Night Live’s Second-Ever Christmas Special Lacks Dumb Blondes

Despite the drunken antics and sexist attitudes of their fellow cast members, it’s the women who brought the laughs in Saturday Night Live’s second Christmas special

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The Bachelor/Bachelorette: Women Shouldn’t Have Sex/Men Shouldn’t Say I Love You

Why do we, as viewers, insist on holding contestants to the same tired, gendered double standards?

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All You Need Is ‘Love’: A Conversation With Film and Television Composer Lyle Workman

Lyle Workman discusses his self-surprising music career and how he now departs for unmapped terrain with the new Netflix series, Love.

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‘The Good Wife’s’ Ambivalence: Saying Goodbye to a Hesitant Heroine

Alicia’s ambivalence often tips her character into anti-hero territory, but it also registers a deep discomfort with the narratives available to and limited by her role as the “good wife”.

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4 May 2016 // 3:00 AM

“Previously on”: Recaps in the Age of Binge Watching

Recaps have long been a staple of serialized series, but is binge-watching making them obsolete?

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2 May 2016 // 8:23 AM

Daredevil’s Meditations on Morality

Daredevil is the first live action comic book hero we have seen in recent memory with a strong religious conviction.

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Shame Bells, Dragons, Bodies: The Art of Suspended Justice and Season 6 of ‘Game of Thrones’

Game of Thrones offers a reality that's pleasurable to contemplate but terrifying to inhabit.

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21 Apr 2016 // 9:14 AM

‘Archer’, Season Seven, and the Fantasies of Success

Apolitical Archer eases into its seventh season with the same dedication to parody and fantasy that's always characterized the series.

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‘Master of None’ and Serial Storytelling in the Binge-Viewing Era

Master of None encapsulates the storytelling shifts brought about by the binge-watching phenomenon.

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What’s So Funny? Stewart/Colbert and the Short Shelf Life of Satire

The spot-on satire of series such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show is their longevity's worst enemy.

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On Entertaining Terror: Film v Television

While United 93 was released "too soon" for viewers' comfort, a mix of critically derided films and critically acclaimed series continue to depict the age of terror.

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Stewart/Colbert Effect: Jon Stewart’s ‘The Daily Show’ and the Rise of Media Accountability

It took 16 years of hard work, but Jon Stewart's The Daily Show finally began to restore something like truth to political and social discourse.

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O.J. Still Holds Allure in ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’

American Crime Story reveals more about the audience than the already well-known elements of the O.J. Simpson trial.

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Stewart/Colbert Effect: Colbert Trumps Fallon in Trump Interview

In the school of late night, Stephen Colbert's the class clown and Jimmy Fallon's the student body president.

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Trevor Noah on the Biracial Divide

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"The indelible experiences of Trevor Noah's past have been parlayed into his memoir, Born a Crime, a history of a life living under racial divide.

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