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How the Golden Age Lost Its Memory

How the Golden Age Lost Its Memory

THIS MAY BE a golden age of television, but it’s hard to feel particularly blessed about it. According to Brett Martin’s recent book Difficult Men, this TV golden age is actually America’s thir...

The Froth Estate: VICE’s Cult of Immersion

The Froth Estate: VICE’s Cult of Immersion

PARENTS AND CHILDREN of the 1990s will remember the PBS “edutainment” television series The Magic School Bus. For many children of this generation, the animated series melded fact and fantasy to d...

I Want My Anti-TV: On “Tim and Eric”

I Want My Anti-TV: On “Tim and Eric”

Illustration by Vincent Tao TIM HEIDECKER AND ERIC WAREHEIM are not for the uptight or squeamish. Like some sort of anti-Midas, everything they touch turns to golden shit. What’s typically conside...

The Trees, The Trees

The Trees, The Trees

WHEN I WAS 17 my goal in life was to run headfirst into a brick wall. Literally. I can’t claim any original credit for this ambition: the inspiration to pair skull with masonry came directly from th...

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...