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  1. spoilers
    Why Veronica Mars Had to Blow Itself Up In the EndShowrunner Rob Thomas knows the ending of the revival season will be hard for fans to accept, but for him it was the only possible way forward.
  2. burning qs
    So, What Is Cats About?We’re glad you asked.
  3. overnights
    Jane the Virgin Recap: Sin Rostro Returns!The seasons-long Rose story line finally makes its way toward something like a conclusion but not before throwing out one last red herring.
  4. tv review
    Veronica Mars Returns to Neptune, Seedy and Seductive As EverThe Hulu revival succeeds by returning to what made the series great, while sidestepping the perils of easy nostalgia.
  5. star market
    Who Won Game of Thrones (the Pop Culture Phenomenon)?The fantasy series was gold for nearly every person, place, and broadcaster involved. But who came out on top?
  6. tv review
    Love Island Is Boring, But Hard to EscapeOne week in, the new CBS version of the U.K. reality franchise remains unknowably vague — and strangely comforting.
  7. persistence
    Dave Chappelle Reveals How Bradley Cooper Convinced Him to Be in A Star Is BornIt involves a barn in Ohio.
  8. comedy review
    On Broadway, Dave Chappelle Performs for PrivilegeIn his new show, the comedian aligns with perspectives of the powerful.
  9. overnights
    Jane the Virgin Recap: Just Like a Telenovela!As Jane heads into its endgame, the two biggest unresolved matters are questions the series has been playing with from the first episode.
  10. highlight reel
    The 15 Best GIFs From the Love Island PremiereEven at this early stage, there are encouraging signals that this could be a worthy U.S. iteration of the great U.K. franchise.
  11. stranger things
    What Will the Stranger Things Kids Write About in Their College Essays?Their scariest challenge yet.
  12. tv review
    Aziz Ansari Reckons With HimselfAnsari’s Netflix special is intentionally full of contradictions, and he has no interest in trying to resolve them.
  13. spoilers
    How Should We Feel About the End of Stranger Things 3?Let’s talk about the implications of that credits scene.
  14. big mood
    What Do the Most GIF-able TV Shows Have in Common?SpongeBob and The Office are racking up millions — and even billions — of views on Giphy, and for good reason.
  15. reality tv
    Marianne Williamson Is Every Weirdo Bachelor ContestantThe first Democratic debates were like the early episodes of a dating reality show.
  16. overnights
    Jane the Virgin Recap: A Storm’s ComingAs it approaches its endgame, Jane looks backward in order to move ahead.
  17. close reads
    The Hills: New Beginnings Is More The Hills, Less New BeginningsA few conversations about parenting aside, the revival of the genre-defining MTV reality series feels eerily unchanged from the original.
  18. chat room
    Maggie Gyllenhaal on The Deuce, Sex Work, and Falling in Love With Fleabag“I’ve gotten into trouble with sex workers online for saying this, but my fantasy of that life is that it’s got to be numbing.”
  19. overnights
    Jane the Virgin Recap: No Cheating at LoteríaJane and Rafael finally have the conversation they needed to have, and Rogelio finally gets the hang of his tail.
  20. emmy insider
    How a Great TV Wig Is MadeThe stylists behind Russian Doll, GLOW, and American Horror Story explain what goes into making the best kind of wig, which is one no one notices.
  21. tv review
    City on a Hill Offers Nostalgia for Boston’s Rough-and-Tumble Past, Little ElseThe new Showtime series hearkens back to a more racist, more physically criminal era with a lot of affection and not much scrutiny.
  22. tv review
    In Trinkets, Teen Shoplifters Form an AllianceAs a story about three high-school girls who become unlikely friends, the new Netflix series is a solid teen show — but something’s missing.
  23. overnights
    Jane the Virgin Recap: Jane the Musical!Finally these two have figured it out! If ever there was a time for a grand musical statement, this is it.
  24. emmy insider
    Give Superstore an Emmy Nomination!It’s long past time to recognize one of TV’s best sitcoms.
  25. 2019 tony awards
    The Highs and Lows of the 2019 Tony AwardsCynthia Erivo!!!!
  26. overnights
    Jane the Virgin Recap: Man of the HouseJorge and Alba’s relationship may not make sense to Jane, but it doesn’t have to.
  27. chat room
    How Topher Grace Became a ‘Digital God’ for Black MirrorChatting with the actor about playing a social media mogul with a man bun in “Smithereens.”
  28. tv review
    Netflix’s Tales of the City Mistakes Sweetness for SimplicityIn its effort to replicate the earnest sentimentality of the original 1994 miniseries, the revival loses some much-needed complexity.
  29. black mirror
    Black Mirror Season Five Is Exquisitely DumbIn this short, three-episode season, Black Mirror loses its unnerving edge.
  30. overnights
    Deadwood Movie Recap: Before Eyes Close for Good and AllThe end has truly come for Deadwood — the town and the series — as we know it, but the future rolls on.
  31. fashion
    I Bought the Fleabag JumpsuitAnd I’m so glad I did.
  32. overnights
    Jane the Virgin Recap: Try to FocusRafael, buddy, you’re making it so hard to love you!
  33. tv review
    Good Omens Makes for a Cheerful ApocalypseBut it doesn’t quite pull together as a great, glorious, goofy Almighty plan.
  34. close reads
    Fleabag Breaks the Fourth Wall and Then Breaks Our HeartsThe end of Fleabag season two is a perfect, crushing conclusion.
  35. overnights
    Jane the Virgin Recap: Go Have Sex, Alba!It’s poignant that a series so rooted in Alba’s convictions about virginity and purity has finally ended up here.
  36. tv review
    In Not Normal, Wanda Sykes Does Not Come to PlayThe stand-up is in peak form when she gets personal in her new Netflix special.
  37. hot milk boy speaks
    Game of Thrones’ Lino Facioli Loves Those Hot Robin Arryn Memes“This is the best I’ve ever had it in terms of memes. Being that weird kid on Game of Thrones, I was like, ‘How do I deal with this?’”
  38. overnights
    The Bachelorette Recap: She Wants a Bold ManWhen the men are subjected to a pageant competition, Luke P. demonstrates his true talent: Getting a frontrunner edit on a dating reality show.
  39. game of thrones
    King Bran? Really?Bran Stark is oddly fitting as the ruler of Westeros for one simple reason: He is not a person.
  40. spoilers
    The Game of Thrones Finale, in 18 Essential GIFsThere was ice, there was fire, and there was A Song of Ice and Fire.
  41. *stares awkwardly*
    In Praise of Bran Stark, a Total WeirdoI love Weird Bran and you should, too.
  42. finales
    Penny Never Wanted Kids on The Big Bang Theory, So Why Did She Wind Up Pregnant?In an otherwise heartwarming finale, this was a huge misstep.
  43. tv review
    The Big Bang Theory Was a Pop-Culture Black HoleIt was a dominant sitcom that sucked in nerd culture, but never reflected back anything it absorbed.
  44. overnights
    Jane the Virgin Recap: Jane the Anti-HeroHaving checked off one of its last major telenovela boxes — the amnesia plot — the show has Jane struggle with a far more typical human experience.
  45. nope nope nope!
    At Least Game of Thrones Gave Us This One Perfect GIFIt’s a beautiful, hilarious shot, the one funny moment in the bleak spectacle that is “The Bells.”
  46. close reads
    Game of Thrones Finally Got Its Mad QueenEven if Daenerys was destined for madness all along, it’s still a painfully stale trope.
  47. spoilers
    The Biggest Moments From This Week’s Game of Thrones“The Bells” was full of fire, blood, and death. Here are the most important moments that happened amid the chaos.
  48. close reads
    Jane the Virgin Had to Leave Miami to Get Back to ItselfJane’s excursion to Montana allows it to play with being a different sort of series entirely, and ultimately reaffirm what kind of series it is.
  49. overnights
    Jane the Virgin Recap: Bad ReceptionA trip to a secluded Montana ranch finally gives Jane — and the series — some clarity about the Michael-Raphael situation.
  50. gone but not forgotten
    RIP Game of Thrones Coffee Cup, Which Has Disappeared ForeverHBO has edited it out.
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