Sunday, April 21 2013
In these globalized times, the American Dream isn't always fulfilled in America. Ice Cold Gold, premiering 21 April, takes eight workers to Storø, Greenland.
Tuesday, April 16 2013
William Marston's Princess Diana, aka Wonder Woman, was the opening salvo of an imagined matriarchal revolution.
Saturday, April 13 2013
C.K.’s dyspeptic view of himself and his fellow humans becomes an avenue to explicating the wonders of daily life.
Tuesday, April 9 2013
Both sides of this tragic conflict seem both too aware of how to comport themselves for cameras and also too isolated, unable to imagine a perspective that's not their own.
Thursday, April 4 2013
As Mad Men's new season opens, we don't know if Don Draper is alone. We do know, however, that he is due for a fall.
Sunday, March 31 2013
Cunning and ambitious, with a deep understanding of politics and war, the women of Game of Thrones know how to get what they want.
Along the lines of Dark Angel meets Alias, BBC America's Orphan Black asks how memory matters, how perception shapes experience, and whether and how and to whom a shooting might happen.
Thursday, March 21 2013
While you may remember Jim Valvano's TV appearances, his players here remember something less visible, the effects he continues to have on those who knew him.
Wednesday, March 20 2013
Despite KKK members' insistence that they want their organization to be accepted and more favorably represented by mainstream media, they do carry on with one terrifying ritual: cross-burning.
Tuesday, March 19 2013
While How We Invented the World offers enough believe-it-or-not facts to light up a dull dinner conversation, it never explains the links among the Titanic, Luigi Galvani, and Hedi Lamar.
Monday, March 18 2013
Bates Motel isn't Hitchcock, and doesn't try to be. But the show does make intelligent use of what you already know about Norman Bates and his mother.
Thursday, March 14 2013
The imminent demise of the Video Dome begs another, bigger, political question regarding government bailouts.
Monday, March 11 2013
In interviews and observations, the remarkable documentary Kings Point shows individuals struggling with what it means to have friends, missing their families and watching people they know pass on.
Sunday, March 3 2013
Even though we know that someone's husband has to die in a show called Red Widow, we might still be surprised at how it happens.
Vikings evokes the harsh world the Vikings inhabit and the tensions they embody -- between men and women, earth and sea, wealth and knowledge.
Tuesday, February 26 2013
This richly mounted miniseries depicts the fading of Edwardian British propriety with deft strokes and caustic wit.
The lesson Mindy learns here is not the obvious one, say, that her fantasy is false. Instead, the episode turns into a broader commentary on such romcom fantasies.
Friday, February 22 2013
Seeing recordings of Sister Rosetta Tharpe is genuinely thrilling, and gives you a sense of what Ira Tucker, Jr. means when he says that she "had a one on one with everybody," no matter how large the crowd.
As Chad and Chris mumble about girls and expose their adolescent angst, their families provide some context.
Tuesday, February 19 2013
Even sober, non-sensational reports like Raising Adam Lanza must contend with limits.