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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...

The Prison Show's Dilemma

The Prison Show's Dilemma

THE ACTRESS Natasha Lyonne, who plays drug-addict-turned-orgasm-aficionado Nicky Nichols on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black recently described in The New York Times an encounter she had with a Te...

Funny Man: Louis C.K.'s Pulled Punchlines

Funny Man: Louis C.K.'s Pulled Punchlines

MANY CRITICS have grappled with Louie’s recent sexual misbehavior (for an in-depth primer, read Lili Loofbourow's excellent take). In "Elevator Part 5," Louie sleeps with Amia under pre...

The Feels of Friendship

The Feels of Friendship

IN AN INTERVIEW published in the April 1981 issue of Gai Pied, Michel Foucault proposed that gay male friendship represented the apotheosis of homosexuality’s capacity to challenge the regimes of no...

Reality TV’s Re-Segregation of the South

Reality TV’s Re-Segregation of the South

IT WILL SURPRISE no one to hear that reality TV presents a false reality to the viewer — that the characters are more caricatures than fully realized individuals, the relationships mere tinder for e...

Mad About You

Mad About You

IN THE SUMMER after my sophomore year in college, I’d often drive to Blockbuster, where my best friend worked and would slip me contraband DVDs, free of charge. Then I would head back to my mom’s ...

Reality Strikes

Reality Strikes

SEPP GREGORY HAS GREAT ABS. He was a beach volleyball player, then a player on a reality TV show, and then has his heart was broken by a bronzed co-star named Roxy, whose diet required lots of tequila...

Smoking with Strangers

Smoking with Strangers

IN HIGH MAINTENANCE, a sly, genre-busting web series created by husband-and-wife team Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, the protagonist, an unnamed pot dealer known only as “The Guy,” cycles arou...

"Silicon Valley" And Responsible Satire

"Silicon Valley" And Responsible Satire

WITH THE MICROPHONES set and the cast of HBO's Silicon Valley settled into their places on stage for Q&A, a female audience member was the first to stand: "I worked in Silicon Valley for ...

The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On

IT’S A GOOD TIME to be a canceled show. Last May, Netflix sent the viewing public into paroxysms when it released the fourth season of Arrested Development, which last aired on Fox in 2006. A month ...

The Execution of Private Slovik, 40 Years Later

The Execution of Private Slovik, 40 Years Later

WHEN The Execution of Private Slovik aired 40 years ago last month, it became, according to some sources, the most-watched made-for-television movie in American history. It starred Martin Sheen, featu...

"True Detective" Finale

"True Detective" Finale

This week on Dear Television: "Marty, The Monster," from Lili Loofbourow "How We Love Television Today," from Anne Helen Petersen "The Temporal Fallacy," from Evan K...