When Does TV Handle Trauma Well?


One of the most interesting elements of the new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the way it deals with Kimmy’s past, and how her life both before and during the cult has traumatized her in ways she hasn’t yet dealt with. On the latest episode of The Vulture TV Podcast, Vulture editors Tara Abell and E. Alex Jung and Vulture contributor Mallika Rao join Gazelle Emami to discuss when television has handled trauma well (Felicity, Enlightened); when it hasn’t (Scandal); and why comedies have done some of the most affecting work in this area. Plus, we take a hard look at Outlander’s troubling season-one rape scene.

Further reading: Matt Zoller Seitz on Doug's House of Cards arc; Kimmy's "savior complex" on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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