Joe Reid

  1. anniversaries
    The Death of the Middlebrow Legal ThrillerWhy the demise of a genre built on the spines of John Grisham novels makes us less interested in Oscar races.
  2. oscars 2019
    Revisiting the Longest, Strangest, Most-Popular OscarsA look back at some of the Oscars’ most memorable shows, from Snow White to Titanic’s unsinkable year, and how the ratings reflected them.
  3. oscars 2019
    Some Lessons on How Not to Become an Oscar NomineeWatching a lot of movies that don’t quite get nominated for Oscars reveals hard lessons about what not to do if you want to win awards.
  4. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: In the Land of Black WomenKerry Washington’s hosting gig came at both the most opportune and most awkward time.
  5. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Look Who’s MumblingBruce Willis took us on a trip down memory lane.
  6. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Dancin’ With MollyIf you somehow had not been aware that Miley Cyrus has transformed into a twerking baby doll, this episode let you know.
  7. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Freshman OrientationTina Fey gives her blessing to the new kids.
  8. vulture lists
    Top 10 Real World/Road Rules Challenge FightsCT vs. Wes! Laurel vs. Paula! Tonya vs. Beth! Which crazytime was craziest?
  9. the best of tv
    This Season’s 10 Best Reality-Show Freak-outsAll the best screaming, slapping, and general insanity.
  10. overnights
    SNL Recap: Welcome Home, Ben Who-FleckAnd the final performances of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen.
  11. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: She’s Still DooneeseEntirely rehashed classic characters on parade.
  12. overnights
    New Girl Recap: Winston’s Birthday PartyJessica Day is large and in charge.
  13. overnights
    SNL Recap: The Natural Comedy and Casual Racism of Zach GalifianakisBoth helped him stay on the right side of funny.
  14. on spec
    A League of Their Own: The (Annotated) MusicalCome on, Broadway producers — we already did half the work here.
  15. overnights
    SNL Recap: Vince Vaughn for Some ReasonIt’s hard to follow Melissa McCarthy.
  16. overnights
    Justified Season-Four Finale Recap: Bloodless HarlanJustified marched quite confidently through this finale without any major-character fatalities.
  17. Justified Recap: Deus Ex AvaAva’s soul was at stake in last night’s penultimate episode.
  18. vulture lists
    Ranking All 27 Seasons of The Real WorldThis is what happens when Real World completists stop being polite and start getting real.
  19. overnights
    Community Recap: Advanced Formalism in Contemporary RecappingAbed goes Animal House.
  20. overnights
    Justified Recap: Join Hands, Start a Coal TrainThe setup at the end of last week’s episode made some big promises for this week’s.
  21. overnights
    Justified Recap: Limehouse of CardsEveryone’s looking for Drew.
  22. saturday night live
    SNL Recap: Timberlake Dons Suit, Tie & Tofu CubeFor his fifth SNL hosting gig.
  23. overnights
    Justified Recap: Drew LiesApparently all you readers figured out who Drew Thompson was long before we did.
  24. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Kevin Hart Palms Your SandwichAnd flubs a couple punchlines.
  25. overnights
    Justified Recap: There’s Always a Place for Boyd at the Dairy QueenHad there been complaints that the season hadn’t been bloody enough?
  26. overnights
    Justified Recap: The Perks of Being a Wallflower at a Sex PartyThis episode felt more like outtakes from Out of Sight than an actual Justified episode.
  27. saturday night live
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Christoph Waltz Gets Austrian on Our AssesSketch comedy’s not his thing, but he is up for an Oscar.
  28. overnights
    Justified Recap: The Ballad of Sheriff ShelbyThere was something elemental about this episode, something that worked on a most basic, atomic level.
  29. tv recaps
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Reach Out and Touch Justin BieberBut not in a creepy way.
  30. overnights
    Scandal Recap: I Know What You Did Last Election NightWe thought the whole episode would build up to just one revelation. Boy, were we wrong.
  31. overnights
    Justified Recap: Hill People BluesApparently 30 Rock’s Kenneth was right. There are Hill People.
  32. overnights
    Justified Recap: The Chicken DanceThe Bonnie and Clyde of American cockfighting.
  33. saturday night live
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Adam Levine Takes His Shirt Off for ComedyA show that felt way better than it actually was.
  34. overnights
    Justified Recap: SnakedHow about that snake attack, right?
  35. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Jennifer Lawrence Grasps for Silver LiningTo salvage what was otherwise a rusty, unfocused episode.
  36. overnights
    Justified Recap: Quick on the DrawIn which we learn more about the man that fell out of the sky.
  37. overnights
    Justified Recap: Here We Go Again, RaylanRaylan’s eager to mix it up in the season-four premiere.
  38. overnights
    SNL Recap: Martin Short Hosts Christmastime ShowOne of the more unexpectedly great episodes of the season.
  39. year in culture 2012
    The Ten Best Saturday Night Live Sketches of 2012Cecilia Gimenez, a presidential debate, and a late entry by Swarovski Crystals make the cut.
  40. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Jamie Foxx Does the Time Warp This week’s episode felt a little familiar. 
  41. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Chris Christie, King of New YorkThis week’s challenge: Make an unfunny actor funny.
  42. overnights
    SNL Recap: Rihanna Is Beautiful Like FractalsAnne Hathaway is merely endearing. 
  43. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Louie Does Lincoln Louis C.K. provided some much-needed, genuinely comic relief. 
  44. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: The Bruno Mars Experiment Musician hosts have a tough job. 
  45. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Christina Applegate’s Song and DanceHer monologue might hold the honor for thinnest excuse for a musical number in the entire history of the show. 
  46. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: The Limitations of Daniel CraigSometimes dramatic actors don’t make the best hosts.
  47. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Gets Comfortable And Kate McKinnon steals the show as Ann Romney. 
  48. overnights
    SNL Recap: MacFarlane Showcases His Funny VoicesAnd John Mayer showcases his funny faces during Frank Ocean’s set. 
  49. overnights
    Justified Recap: Leave It to CleaverIn the season-three finale, a severed limb goes aflyin’.
  50. overnights
    Justified Recap: Bennett’s MillionsEverybody knows what everybody else is doing at all times.
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