Why Mr. Robot Succeeds Where True Detective Fails

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This week on "The Vulture TV Podcast," we discuss two shows — True Detective and Mr. Robot — that, on first glance, appear to be of a similar ilk. They’re both prestige shows, they can be difficult to follow, and they’re both considered “cinematic.” So why does one succeed where the other fails? And, er, what does a cinematic TV show mean, anyway?

This episode contains spoilers in the following discussions:

9:08–31:22: The second season of True Detective

Further reading: Matt on what went wrong this season on True Detective; Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail on the show's film and TV influences.

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