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‘The Underground Railroad’ and Cinema’s Origins in White Supremacy

‘The Underground Railroad’ and Cinema’s Origins in White Supremacy

In adapting the alternative history The Underground Railroad, Barry Jenkins and his crew made cinema – a medium with origins in white supremacy – work for them.

‘The Boys’ Season 4 Is a Bloody Descent into Hell

‘The Boys’ Season 4 Is a Bloody Descent into Hell

Erik Kripke’s gory superhero satire The Boys takes a visceral plunge into political and personal tragedy, showing there’s more to fear than just corrupt superheroes.

Crime Sells in TV: ‘The Responder’, ‘Shardlake’, and ‘Eric’

Crime Sells in TV: ‘The Responder’, ‘Shardlake’, and ‘Eric’

For compelling and worrisome reasons, crime sells in our TV entertainment. The Responder, Shardlake, and Eric feed our brutal compulsion in varying ways.

They Tenderly Scream “Camp” and We Lovingly Scream Back

They Tenderly Scream “Camp” and We Lovingly Scream Back

The Traitors head-band wearing Parvati Shallow and Barbie‘s head-shaking Ryan Gosling tenderly scream “camp” and enthralled, we lovingly scream back.

21 Beacon Street’s Impossible Missions

21 Beacon Street’s Impossible Missions

In 13 episodes, lost TV wonder 21 Beacon Street is an uncanny and legally actionable precursor to the Mission Impossible franchise.

‘The Sympathizer’ Fractures Identity into a Knockout Kaleidoscopic Tale

‘The Sympathizer’ Fractures Identity into a Knockout Kaleidoscopic Tale

The mini-series adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s kaleidoscopic tale The Sympathizer is a knockout account of colonialism, war, and (the loss of) identity.

Three TV Shows That Promise an Intriguing Viewing Experience

Three TV Shows That Promise an Intriguing Viewing Experience

These three TV shows of early spring 2024 are the most compelling, mind-boggling, and expensive-looking ones to watch before you go back out in the sun.

‘True Detective: Night Country’ Finds Comfort in Darkness

‘True Detective: Night Country’ Finds Comfort in Darkness

At the edge of civilization where True Detective: Night Country is set there is no promise of salvation, only carnal vengeance and some comfort in the darkness.

The Best TV Shows of 2023 (You May Have Missed)

The Best TV Shows of 2023 (You May Have Missed)

Murders, heists, fraud, ethical quandaries, preternatural gifts, nuns battling AI – we bring you the curious and the wild – the best TV shows of 2023 you may have missed.

Twisted and Ambitious ‘The Curse’ Watches and Condemns Us

Twisted and Ambitious ‘The Curse’ Watches and Condemns Us

Satirizing the struggles of a married couple shooting an HGTV show, Showtime miniseries The Curse bends genres and points fingers to monstrous effect.

Biopic of Argentine Musician Fito Páez Immerses Viewers

Biopic of Argentine Musician Fito Páez Immerses Viewers

Biopic Fito Páez: El Amor Después Del Amor (Love After Music) is, among other things, a gateway into Argentina’s most celebrated rock star’s songbook.

‘Frasier’ Is Back, But Are We Still Listening? 

‘Frasier’ Is Back, But Are We Still Listening? 

America is a more polarized political and social landscape since the original Frasier aired. Since it was never a socially conscious comedy like many of today’s sitcoms, who is this reboot for?