Annie Berke reviews Elana Levine's "Her Stories: Daytime Soap Opera and US Television History," on a pivotal genre and its diverse fandom
Adam Fales watches I Think You Should Leave and asks what's so funny about sad men telling massive lies to themselves and others?
Adam FalesOct 11, 2021
Ed Simon reviews Netflix's The Chair and considers the academic obsession with fictional portrayals of the academy.
Ed SimonSep 21, 2021
Phillip Maciak explores the extraordinary niche that “City of Ghosts” occupies in Netflix’s varied animated programming.
Phillip MaciakJun 24, 2021
Joshua Glick considers the differentiation strategies of the streaming platforms in historical context.
Joshua GlickJun 24, 2021
On “The Underground Railroad,” illumination travels across media, refracting and shapeshifting.
Jorge CotteJun 24, 2021
Kristen Warner explores the “illusion [of] the democratizing, diverse ideal of streaming.”
Kristen WarnerJun 24, 2021
Michael Szalay on what the rise of streaming platforms and their dark family dramas tell us about the US flagging empire.
Michael SzalayJun 23, 2021
Albert Wu and Michelle Kuo explore how Cobra Kai manages to tackle American empire, wealth disparity, and rising fascism without cynicism.
Hannah Manshel and Margaret A. Miller explore the various colonial and anti-colonial valances of Amazon's The Wilds.
Philippa Snow watches Hulu's Framing Britney Spears and a few other films about the destruction of women at the hands of hateful men.
Philippa SnowMay 18, 2021
In the wake of Michael Apted's passing, Claire Marie Healy revisits the director's most lasting monument: the sprawling, poetic Up series.
Claire Marie HealyApr 21, 2021
Peter Coviello misses his family in New Jersey — and everything else in the pandemic year — through a full rewatch of The Sopranos.
Peter CovielloApr 19, 2021
Maya Gurantz dissects the structure and comes to terms with the compulsive appeal of streaming abuse documentary series.
Maya GurantzApr 15, 2021
In an excerpt from The Generic Closet: Black Gayness and the Black-Cast Sitcom, Alfred L. Martin Jr. explores the politics of writers' rooms.
Alfred L. Martin Jr.Apr 7, 2021
From The Princess and the Frog to Soul, Hope Wabuke asks why can't Disney let Black characters play Black characters?
Hope WabukeMar 23, 2021
Min Hyoung Song considers the nineteenth-century world of Cinemax's martial arts series Warrior in light of contemporary Anti-Asian violence.
Min Hyoung SongMar 22, 2021
In the wake of their spectacular Grammy performance, Michelle Cho reads the ultra-mediated nostalgia of Korean pop group BTS on American TV.
Michelle ChoMar 16, 2021
Matt Seybold on what Dave Chappelle's return tells us about celebrity and corporate power.
Matt SeyboldFeb 19, 2021
Sasha Ann Panaram seeks out the easily skipped, potentially transgressive soundtrack playing at the edges of Netflix's The Crown.
Sasha Ann PanaramFeb 16, 2021
Anna Krauthamer explores the rigid oscillation between the stark content warnings and ambiguous aesthetics of FX on Hulu's A Teacher.
Anna KrauthamerFeb 9, 2021
Jorge Cotte explores the fraught speculations of HBO's series Industry alongside the recent GameStop stock trading frenzy.
Jorge CotteFeb 2, 2021
Philippa Snow writes in praise of Kaley Cuoco's stunning, elastic, fleet-footed performance in the HBO Max thriller The Flight Attendant.
Philippa SnowJan 26, 2021
Sara Black McCulloch considers the nature of the concert film — its scope, its liveness, and its political commitments.
Sara Black McCullochDec 30, 2020