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  1. vulture tv awards
    The Best Actor on TV Is Russian Doll’s Natasha LyonneThis is a star performance through and through.
  2. tv review
    Big Little Lies Was Plagued by Messy Drama on Both Sides of the CameraBut Meryl was great.
  3. 2019 emmy awards
    A Crowded 2019 Emmy Slate Juggles an Abundance of Good OptionsPeak TV is peakier than ever, and even more so than in recent years, worthy parties were bound to get left out.
  4. tv review
    Memo to CBS: Let Alan Cumming Be Alan Cumming!The network procedural Instinct harbors a freak flag that its creators and stars aren’t able to fly.
  5. tv
    Talking With Emily Nussbaum About TV Criticism, Bad Fans, and BuffyA conversation between two New York Magazine TV critics, past and present, about the state of TV.
  6. chat room
    Queen Sugar Star Rutina Wesley on the ‘Tricky’ Fallout of Nova’s Tell-all Book“A lot of people who watch the show are mad at Nova right now!”
  7. best of 2019
    The Best TV Shows of 2019 (So Far)Fleabag, Russian Doll, Chernobyl, and more of TV’s latest and greatest standouts.
  8. tv review
    Years and Years Is a Gripping Account of a Society’s Existential CrisisWhen this bitter pill of an ostensibly speculative miniseries is firing on all cylinders, it plays like a fusion of This Is Us and Children of Men.
  9. backstories
    Pamela Adlon’s Filmmaking Motto: ‘The Moment Is Everything’The writer, director, and star of Better Things on influences, inspirations, and the importance of trusting your inner voice.
  10. tv review
    Los Espookys Is Wry, Oddball Horror-ComedyThe spirit of Scooby-Doo is alive and well in this HBO comedy, though it’s more like Scooby-Doo in reverse.
  11. tv review
    Queen Sugar Returns in Fine FormFour seasons in, the series pulls off realistic family drama with such assurance that it satisfies in the manner of a much bigger, louder show.
  12. tv review
    Pose Season Two Endures a Deadly Era With Love and GraceTwo years on from season one, the world is even more dangerous for the series’s marginalized characters, and their found families even more important.
  13. chat room
    Why Paula Malcomson Came Back to Deadwood“I got to learn at the foot of a master.”
  14. tv review
    Deadwood: The Movie, At Long LastDavid Milch’s summation, benediction, and farewell to Deadwood is a story about the necessity of saying good-bye.
  15. fosse/verdon
    Nicole Fosse on Her Father, Her Mother, and HerselfThe daughter of Broadway legends Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon opens up about reliving her “odd” childhood through a TV show.
  16. chat room
    What Timothy Olyphant Learned From Deadwood“Everybody knows how to steal a scene. F—king sleight-of-hand magicians, all of them.”
  17. chat room
    Ian McShane Says Good-bye to Deadwood“This show didn’t do the shit that so many other shows do, the shit that makes actors hate the work.”
  18. obits
    The Most Upsetting Game of Thrones Death Was the Show ItselfAnd we couldn’t look away.
  19. tv review
    Hulu’s Catch-22 Finds Some Humanity in a Classic SatireThis George Clooney–produced adaptation works better as a TV show than you might think.
  20. tv review
    Chernobyl’s Unsparing Account of Nuclear Disaster Is a Lot to TakeHBO’s five-part mini-series is a philosophical gut-punch, a reminder that there’s no disaster that can’t be made worse through human pettiness.
  21. tv review
    The Act Ended As It Began, Cloaked in Nearly Impenetrable SadnessHulu’s true-crime mini-series brings the tragic tale of Gypsy and Dee Dee Blanchard to a powerful but somewhat confounding conclusion.
  22. tv review
    Tuca & Bertie Feels Like a Classic Sitcom Set Inside a Surreal DreamscapeLisa Hanawalt’s new Netflix series may look like BoJack Horseman, but it’s a much lighter, wackier, and more aggressively disorienting experience.
  23. game of thrones
    Why Was ‘The Long Night’ So Hard to Actually See? Here’s a Theory.The biggest Game of Thrones battle ever felt like one of the most expensive missed opportunities in TV history.
  24. tv review
    The Red Line Tackles Institutional Racism With a Human TouchThe CBS mini-series about the aftermath of a Chicago police shooting finds a narrative sweet spot at the intersection of The Wire and This Is Us.
  25. tv review
    Our Planet Is a Beautiful but Punishing Glimpse of Earth’s Worst-Case ScenarioNetflix’s new David Attenborough–narrated nature documentary series feels like the biggest, nicest snuff film ever made.
  26. revivals
    Sundown on DeadwoodDavid Milch, battling Alzheimer’s, finally finishes his TV Western.
  27. tv review
    On My Block’s Second Season Contains MultitudesThe likable Netflix show swings ambitiously and assuredly between seemingly incompatible modes, and sticks the landing more often than not.
  28. tv review
    Fosse/Verdon Is Made for Hardcore Fans of Showbiz HistoryIt’s hard to imagine more delectable bait for fans of Broadway and Hollywood tales.
  29. close reads
    The True Love Story of Crazy Ex-GirlfriendThis isn’t the happily-ever-after ending Rebecca Bunch moved to West Covina for. It’s better.
  30. tv review
    Warrior Blends Martial Arts and Hard-boiled Crime in an Arresting American TaleBetween its macho fights, this Cinemax series is about the idea of Americanness and who’s allowed to claim it.
  31. endings
    Is Game of Thrones the Last Show We’ll Watch Together?It marks the end of the era of television as an epic, communal journey.
  32. tv review
    Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone Reboot Is Timeless, Modern, and PoliticalIt looks at paranoia, class disparity, xenophobia, and racism from the perspective of an outsider who had to fight for his piece of American pie.
  33. backstories
    The Ingeniously Nerdy Filmmaking Secrets of Documentary Now!The IFC show’s directors break down, in extreme detail, how they pulled off the visual parodies of season three.
  34. tv review
    If You Liked What We Do in the Shadows As a Movie, You’ll Love It As a TV ShowThe FX spinoff of Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s vampire comedy is silly, mildly perverse, and appealingly low stakes.
  35. chat room
    Michael C. Hall on Documentary Now!, Bowling, and Why Alf Is ‘Rude’In the season finale of IFC’s parody series Doc Now!, the Dexter actor plays “the best bowler in the world.”
  36. tv review
    Zombie Epic Kingdom Is Remarkable and ResonantThis South Korean series, currently streaming on Netflix, is a disturbing parable about a society with a death wish.
  37. tv review
    Catastrophe’s Final Season Is Meditative, But Still HilariousAfter 24 episodes and 12 hours, we know Rob and Sharon about as well as we know anyone.
  38. tv review
    Good Lord, What Happened to American Gods?With so much behind-the-scenes drama, it’s a minor miracle that season two is watchable at all. But watchable is a far cry from thrilling.
  39. tv review
    Now Apocalypse Is a Mixed Bag, But at Least It’s an Original Mixed BagGregg Araki’s idiosyncratic look at Hollywood’s margins is far from perfect. But it’s so audacious that even when it isn’t working, it’s working.
  40. tv review
    Leaving Neverland Is a Chilling Indictment of Michael Jackson’s LegacyThe HBO doc illuminates not just Jackson’s alleged underage sex abuse, but the forces that kept people from talking about it.
  41. tv review
    The 2019 Oscars Didn’t Need a HostAfter a stripped-down ceremony that felt more elegantly paced than usual, should the Oscars ditch hosts for good?
  42. tv review
    Documentary Now! Is So Much More Than ParodyIn its third season, the IFC comedy goes beyond filmmaking karaoke to tell strange, poignant, mesmerizing stories.
  43. tv review
    Pamela Adlon’s Better Things Returns Stronger Than EverEven when the characters are making a mess of things, it’s a pleasure to watch because so much care and thought have gone into each frame and line.
  44. tv review
    The Umbrella Academy Has No Personality of Its OwnYou won’t find anything in this Netflix comic-book adaptation that feels truly original, organic, or personal.
  45. close reads
    Russian Doll Has No Easy AnswersNatasha Lyonne’s mind-bending Netflix show is an exquisite blend of sci-fi, psychodrama, and parable.
  46. tv review
    Ray Romano’s Netflix Special Is Stand-up Without FussDon’t expect much from Romano’s first special in 23 years.
  47. tv review
    The Ted Bundy Tapes Examines an Infamous Killer, But Finds Only a VoidThe Netflix doc is brilliantly structured and edited, but it ultimately elides the stories of Bundy’s victims.
  48. no day but yesterday
    Rent: Live Should Have Made TV History. Instead, It Wasn’t Even Live.Release the actual live performance of Rent, Fox. It’s not too late to make this right.
  49. tv review
    Star Trek: Discovery Season Two Is More Typical and Less InterestingTurning Discovery into the Trek version of Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t the solution.
  50. tv review
    What Is True Detective, Really?The third season of HBO’s crime anthology has another bona fide star in Mahershala Ali, but it doesn’t answer this fundamental question.
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