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    The Alarming Reality of Terrace House’s ‘Kiss Out of Nowhere’This wasn’t just another awkward kiss, so why did the show treat it that way?
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    Kim Wexler’s Ponytail on Better Call Saul Is a Follicular Force of NatureIt’s more than a hairstyle. It’s a reflection of who Kim is and who she wants to be.
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    What Sharp Objects Understands About MemoryNobody goes about their days living only in the present moment.
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    The Bachelorette Was Forced to Admit That Politics ExistAnd it immediately responded by trying to ignore that politics exist.
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    Let’s Talk About the Orange Is the New Black Season 6 FinaleWhat does that shocking last scene mean for OITNB’s future?
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    Mission: Impossible — Fallout Is the Perfect Movie for Our Summer of UnrealityIn pop culture and politics, the line between truth and fiction has blurred almost beyond recognition.
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    GLOW’s Radical Message About Problematic ArtWhat season two says about the fine line between empowerment and exploitation.
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    Led Zeppelin Is a Perfect Fit for Sharp ObjectsThe band’s history, sound, and lyrics reveal a lot about this dark, mysterious show.
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    How Sorry to Bother You Found (and Used) Its White VoiceDirector Boots Riley explains Sorry to Bother You’s brilliant dubbing effect.
  10. TV’s New Favorite Thing Is the Surprise ReleaseAnd it might kill the people who cover television.
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    The Most Nauseating Moment in Who Is America?The distance between Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy and the real world has gotten much smaller since Da Ali G Show.
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    The Handmaid’s Tale Sabotaged Itself With a Single SongThe very end of season two swaps a grueling parable about power for a rah-rah myth of resistance.
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    Jean-Marc Vallée’s Evolution to Sharp Objects From Big Little LiesBig Little Lies was alluring, but Sharp Objects is intoxicating, thanks in large part to its direction and editing.
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    Sharp Objects Is the Ultimate Gillian Flynn NovelYears before the HBO show, Flynn’s debut thriller was ugly, gritty, weird, and creepy in the best possible way.
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    GLOW Isn’t a 10-Hour MovieThank God.
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    Where Are All the Celebrities in The Handmaid’s Tale?I have so many questions about Oprah Winfrey’s cameo.
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    The Good Fight Is the Most Incendiary Portrait of Female Anger on TVIn season two, Christine Baranski’s performance brought complexity to conversations about #MeToo and politics.
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    Ang Lee’s Hulk Is a Bad Movie, Except for This One Amazing ThingIn praise of the panels.
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    Please Love Yourself Enough to Ignore The Proposal I promise you it’s not worth watching ABC’s new reality show.
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    The Fourth Estate Takes on #MeToo and the New York TimesBut does the Showtime documentary go far enough?
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    Explaining the End of HereditaryWhat was going on with those decapitations?
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    Let’s Talk About the Scene With the Car in HereditaryThe story behind one of 2018’s most shocking onscreen moments.
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    The Beauty and Banality of Motherhood Stories OnscreenThe best of these stories use a distancing lens to capture the transformative, magical, grinding exhaustion of motherhood.
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    ‘With or Without You’ Was the Perfect Choice for The Americans FinaleGiven the connection between the lyrics and the story, it’s a perfect song selection. But there are U2-related reasons that make it even more fitting.
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    The Blistering Vulnerability of The Americans Finale’s Best SceneThe parking-garage scene is a master class in acting and filmmaking.
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    American Animals’s Bart Layton on His ‘Slick As F*ck’ Heist Movie“As they get more lost in the fantasy and as they get more detached from reality, so do we.”
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    The Meaning of Elizabeth’s Dream in The Americans FinaleIt’s a moving view into a woman skilled at building boundaries between herself and the world around her.
  28. The St. Elsewhere Finale at 30All these years later, what does Tommy’s snow globe mean?
  29. 13 Reasons Why Star Justin Prentice on Making a Villain for the #MeToo EraIn season two, Bryce Walker can’t hide from his horrific crimes.
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    Let’s Talk About the 13 Reasons Why Season-Two FinaleWe’ll need at least another 13 hours to process it.
  31. The Roseanne Season Finale Is a Fairy TaleWith the most heavy-handed deus ex machina imaginable, Roseanne sidesteps the connection between politics and family.
  32. How Atlanta Used Horror in Season Two to Explore Black IdentityAnd how it compares to Donald Glover’s use of horror in the Childish Gambino video, “This Is America.”
  33. ‘Riddle of the Sphinx’ Is the Best Episode of Westworld YetIt’s an example of what the show can be when it leans deep into a few characters rather than spreading itself wide.
  34. How Did SpongeBob SquarePants Become the Most Meme-able TV Show?The past year has gifted the internet with no less than five viral SpongeBob memes
  35. It’s Time for Catfish to Come to an EndI can tell you as someone who has watched every episode that the show has absolutely gotten worse.
  36. The Disturbing Merchandising of The Handmaid’s TaleThe bitterly bleak femicidal dystopia seems like the last show that should inspire wearables and swag.
  37. The Delicate Fury of Keri Russell on The AmericansRussell is giving one of the most complex performances ever on television.
  38. The Unnerving Delights of Atlanta Robbin’ SeasonAtlanta’s miraculous second season gives you what you didn’t know you wanted.
  39. No, Michelle Wolf Didn’t Mock Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s LooksWhy the criticism of Wolf’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner roast is so maddening.
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    The Utter Shock of Philip and Paige’s Fight on The AmericansThe father-daughter sparring match is instantly one of the show’s most memorable scenes.
  41. Jane the Virgin’s Finale Twist Is BreathtakingSeason five cannot come soon enough.
  42. Tim Allen Is Not a Working-Class HeroPlease do not reboot his shows to appeal to “the heartland.”
  43. Why Roseanne Can’t Be Reduced to a Single EpisodeIts perceived failures have a lot to do with our incomplete understanding of how a sitcom works.
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    Let’s Unpack That Big Twist in The EndlessDirectors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead talk about their little cinematic universe that could.
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    Let’s Talk About the Ending of Atlanta’s ‘Teddy Perkins’As the episode continues, it blooms into full-blown horror.
  46. The Many Layers of Atlanta’s ‘Teddy Perkins’It glides lightly over the possibility of being interpreted in any one way, and that’s the source of its eeriness.
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    Let’s Talk About the Nail Scene in A Quiet PlaceIt boils down the best of John Krasinski’s horror debut into one harrowing sequence.
  48. The Importance of Peter Gabriel to The AmericansThe sound of his voice functions like an alarm the show is sounding to make sure we pay attention.
  49. How the Roseanne Premiere Handled Donald TrumpDo the jokes run deep enough?
  50. What Should We Do With Season 9 of Roseanne?The revival is hoping we forget the whole thing ever happened.
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