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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...

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...

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...

[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, ...

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...

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...