television review

Spoof of Spooks ‘Slow Horses: Season 3’ Is a Wild Ride

Spoof of Spooks ‘Slow Horses: Season 3’ Is a Wild Ride

Slow Horses is acutely aware that it’s entertainment. Many scenes play like spoofs of the straight-faced crummy thrillers that pose as prestige cinema.

‘Lessons in Chemistry’ Reminds We Can’t Have Everything

‘Lessons in Chemistry’ Reminds We Can’t Have Everything

Lessons in Chemistry shows that our complicated, muddled lives are burdensome, and we must endure and subvert if we are to evolve and find our foothold.

Netflix’s ‘High on the Hog’ Is an Overdue Celebration of African American Cuisine

Netflix’s ‘High on the Hog’ Is an Overdue Celebration of African American Cuisine

Entertaining and informative, High on the Hog disrupts the Eurocentrism entrenched in the culinary world that tends to devalue so-called ethnic foods.

Nida Manzoor’s Comedy ‘We Are Lady Parts’ Shatters Muslim Stereotypes One Punk Song at a Time

Nida Manzoor’s Comedy ‘We Are Lady Parts’ Shatters Muslim Stereotypes One Punk Song at a Time

Nida Manzoor’s punk rock comedy We Are Lady Parts beautifully captures that the performance and expression of Muslim identity are complex and multifaceted.

In TV Comedy ‘Rutherford Falls’ History Is Personal

In TV Comedy ‘Rutherford Falls’ History Is Personal

As viewers have come to expect from co-creator Michael Schur, Rutherford Falls uses sly humor and flawed, lovable characters to tackle serious issues.

Padma Lakshmi’s ‘Taste the Nation’ Questions What, Exactly, Is American Food

Padma Lakshmi’s ‘Taste the Nation’ Questions What, Exactly, Is American Food

Can food alone undo centuries of anti-immigrant policies that are ingrained in the fabric of the American nation? Padma Lakshmi's Taste the Nation certainly tries.

The Enduring Appeal of ‘Unsolved Mysteries’

The Enduring Appeal of ‘Unsolved Mysteries’

Society is reckoning with Clinton-era "tough-on-crime" policies, law enforcement is no longer seen as the unambiguous good guys, yet true crime television thrives in Netflix's Unsolved Mysteries.

The Superficial Approach to Chicano and Pachuco Culture in ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’

The Superficial Approach to Chicano and Pachuco Culture in ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’

The story of how structural inequalities have shaped Los Angeles can be found in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels but it needs to be in the forefront of season two.

‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’ Is  Better Than Okay

‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’ Is  Better Than Okay

The first season of Freeform's Everything's Gonna Be Okay is a funny, big-hearted love letter to family.

‘You’ S2 Returns as Bitingly Entertaining and Subversive, t​o a Point

‘You’ S2 Returns as Bitingly Entertaining and Subversive, t​o a Point

What is it about Penn Badgley's toxic and creepy Joe Goldberg in You that keeps viewers coming back?

​Existential Musings and Indigenous Wisdom in Amazon’s ‘Undone’

​Existential Musings and Indigenous Wisdom in Amazon’s ‘Undone’

Amazon's eight-episode animation, Undone is a poignant reflection on grief, loss, mental illness, and heritage.

Lisa Hanawalt’s ‘Tuca & Bertie’ Explores Female Friendships with Raunchy Humor and Compassion

Lisa Hanawalt’s ‘Tuca & Bertie’ Explores Female Friendships with Raunchy Humor and Compassion

Tuca & Bertie is decidedly female-centric and bold, featuring -- among other things -- a plethora of boobs: boobs on pastries, on plants, and boobs shaking on buildings.