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Spoiler Alert: Your Art Should Be Ruined

Spoiler Alert: Your Art Should Be Ruined

THE PILOT of the new CW series The Flash is one of the most oddly paced, fractured television episodes I’ve ever seen. The super-velocity whoosh of the show’s hero, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), see...

Reflections in a Black Mirror

Reflections in a Black Mirror

IF BEFORE that tragic day 13 years ago in September, a scripted television series had told the story of not one but two commercial jetliners crashing into the world’s tallest skyscraper towers on a ...

Homicide: Death on the Screen

Homicide: Death on the Screen

THE CLASSIC OPENING of Law & Order is so formulaic it almost seems unnecessary to describe: In its purest form, people are going about their daily business, maybe on a date, maybe just heading...

Hercule Poirot and Us

Hercule Poirot and Us

ACTOR DAVID SUCHET had never read a single book by Agatha Christie when producer Brian Eastman offered him the lead role in Agatha Christie’s Poirot, the lavish adaptations of Christie’s Hercule P...

The Prestige Cartoon

The Prestige Cartoon

A TINY ROBOT looks up into the face of its inventor, its mechanical arms spread, its triangular torso firm and confident atop its single treadmill foot. “What is my purpose?” asks the machine, it...

Vampire Socials

Vampire Socials

AT HIS INCEPTION, the vampire was a solitary figure. Typically the occupant of sprawling gothic ruins atop a desolate mountain, he was pallid, fanged, and obviously monstrous, occasionally distinguish...

Network’s Darling: On "The Good Wife"

Network’s Darling: On "The Good Wife"

ON March 12, 2008, Eliot Spitzer, who rose to power as an aggressive enforcer of ethics, announced in a press conference that he would resign from his post as governor of New York amid revelations tha...

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Murray Garrett

[VIDEO] Photographer Spotlight: Murray Garrett

THE CELEBRITY CULTURE in which we now swim, some would say drown, has accelerated far beyond what anyone awake in the 1950s would ever have imagined. Before the 24/7 global voyeurism of the Web, ...

The Leftovers, Season 1

The Leftovers, Season 1

This Week on Dear Television: Get Lost: Why You Should Be Watching The Leftovers," from Phil Maciak ¤  Get Lost: Why You Should Be Watching The LeftoversBy Phil MaciakAugust 8, 2014 TH...

It Gets Better: The Evolution of "Queer TV"

It Gets Better: The Evolution of "Queer TV"

IN 2000, three years before anti-sodomy laws were struck down in Lawrence v. Texas, Queer As Folk premiered on Showtime. At the time, The New York Times’ Caryn James wrote, “never before has a mai...

Blood Soup: The End of "True Blood"

Blood Soup: The End of "True Blood"

I’M STILL NOT sure how I was convinced to start watching True Blood. I hate blood. As I type this — at this very mention of the liquid that I am admittedly full of — my hands have shrunk back in...

American Loneliness

American Loneliness

ON PAPER, the premise of MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show sounds like think piece–bait. Two handsome men — one a younger, sympathetic optimist who believes in the power of love, the other a salt-and-p...