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  1. light the lights
    The Muppet Show Must Go OnThe enduring troupe of felt players has always existed on a continuum of self-awareness, and it all began on The Muppet Show.
  2. tributes
    A Letter to Nick Nolte on His 80th BirthdayYou always were a character actor who just happened to be blessed with a movie-star face.
  3. obits
    The Adoration of Christopher PlummerThe late Sound of Music star was a workhorse actor with matinee-idol looks and an aversion to fuss. That’s why everyone wanted to work with him.
  4. tv review
    We Are the Brooklyn Saints’ Concerns Go Well Beyond Winning and LosingRudy Valdez’s Netflix docuseries reclaims dignity for its characters by seeking beauty, even poetry, in outwardly unremarkable scenarios.
  5. friday night movie club
    The Exquisite Violence of The Age of InnocenceThere are no shootings or beatdowns. No one gets run over by a carriage or slapped with a glove. But there’s emotional violence. And it’s unrelenting.
  6. close reads
    Has The Mandalorian Succumbed to the Dark Side?The final moments of the season-two finale represent the galaxy-collapsing shortsightedness that has come to define Disney-era Star Wars stories.
  7. best of 2020
    The Best TV of 2020These aren’t just very good TV shows. These were our escapes from despair.
  8. tv review
    The Good Lord Bird Is a Historical Epic That Speaks of and for the PresentEthan Hawke’s fiery John Brown is ultimately a supporting player in this savage, often corrosively funny portrait of the lead-up to the Civil War.
  9. tv review
    Fargo Disappears Into Its Own NavelEvery season of Noah Hawley’s crime anthology series is a veritable monologuefest, but season four seems especially top-heavy.
  10. tv review
    In Lovecraft Country, Monsters Past and Present ConvergeA present-tense correction of science fiction’s racist past, the new HBO series is what academics would call a “rich text.”
  11. filmmaking
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  12. movies
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  13. tv review
    Kingdom Feels Like a Nightmare of NowThe South Korean zombie series is set in the 16th century and was filmed in 2017, but seems to be riffing on headlines from five minutes ago.
  14. tv review
    I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Sheds Light on a Remarkable True-Crime CrusaderThe miniseries is a brilliant retelling of Michelle McNamara’s quest to identify the Golden State Killer.
  15. vulture recommends
    Hannibal Is Your Next Great Binge-WatchBryan Fuller’s brilliant crime drama is finally on Netflix. What are you waiting for?
  16. cancellations
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  17. george floyd protests
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  18. movies
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  19. legacies
    On Watching Mad Men in the Middle of a PandemicYou can see our world’s present-day crisis peeking through the negative spaces in Matthew Weiner’s 1960s saga.
  20. show guides
    Mad Men Is a Show That’s Built to LastYour complete guide to watching (or rewatching) the Matthew Weiner series.
  21. tv history
    How Soap Operas Changed TV ForeverThe ABC special The Story of Soaps makes a strong case for soaps as a legitimate but underappreciated and influential art form.
  22. overnights
    Mad Men Recap: SlideshowThe final two episodes of Mad Men’s first season are fully loaded, very different, and yet complementary picture wheels.
  23. overnights
    Mad Men Recap: They See What They AreMad Men’s first unmistakably meta episode is essentially a rewrite of Billy Wilder’s The Apartment.
  24. overnights
    Mad Men Recap: Business As UsualA series of beguiling character moments reveal how capitalism, advertising, and workplaces can warp the mind and kill the spirit.
  25. overnights
    Mad Men Recap: Special AngelA Betty-centric episode explores her and other characters’ sense of confinement and the potential downsides of escape.
  26. overnights
    Mad Men Recap: Total OwnershipA dishonest man lives here.
  27. overnights
    Mad Men Recap: Kid StuffMad Men’s characters constantly scold others for acting childish. But it’s pot-kettle all the way.
  28. overnights
    Mad Men Recap: What Do Women Want?There are three potential utopias in Don’s current sexual landscape, and he’s endangering them all.
  29. overnights
    Mad Men Recap: Executive AccountsDon and Betty are conjoined by marriage, but they still feel alone.
  30. overnights
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  31. overnights
    Mad Men Recap: InvestmentsPete’s anxiety in his father’s presence is not about dollars and cents; it’s about the shame Pete feels at having to ask for help in the first place.
  32. overnights
    Mad Men Recap: Nannies and EggsWe explore the world outside Sterling Cooper in the first fully formed example of Mad Men using symbolism to complicate its stories.
  33. overnights
    Mad Men Series Premiere Recap: It’s ToastedWho is Donald Draper? We don’t know yet. When will we find out? When the show is ready to tell us.
  34. tv review
    Mrs. America Isn’t Just a History LessonLed by an all-star cast, the FX on Hulu limited series is an addictive retelling of the Equal Rights Amendment fight.
  35. tv review
    Even Outside the Park, Westworld Gonna WestworldThe most frustratingly not-quite-there show on TV remains structurally bold, visually arresting, and woefully predisposed to turn subtext into text.
  36. eulogy
    Ellen Burstyn Remembers Inside the Actors Studio Host James Lipton“To know Jim was to constantly encounter more.”
  37. tv review
    Better Things Season 4 Is a Rare and Precious GiftPamela Adlon’s nervy, magnificent series makes almost every other American TV show, even excellent ones, seem formulaic and timid in comparison.
  38. in conversation
    Ellen Burstyn Talks Her Dogs, Cosmology, and Co-hosting Inside the Actors StudioIn conversation with the legend of stage and screen.
  39. what were the 2010s?
    What Did We Just Watch?A 257-show guide to Prestige, Peak, and every other kind of TV from the past decade.
  40. disney+
    The 100 Best Simpsons Episodes to StreamThe only guide you’ll ever need.
  41. tv
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  42. q&a
    Will Mr. Robot Have a Happy Ending?Talking with showrunner Sam Esmail about paranoid thrillers, speculative fiction, and finishing up his USA drama.
  43. the industry
    Disney Is Quietly Placing Classic Fox Movies Into Its Vault, and That’s WorryingIt is, among other things, bad news for movie theaters that depend on repertory screenings to shore up increasingly shaky bottom lines.
  44. tv review
    Watchmen’s Extremist Superhero Dystopia Succeeds on Sheer NerveDamon Lindelof’s follow-up series extends the landmark comic’s complex politics into an alternate present riven by racism and class anxiety.
  45. tv review
    Nancy Drew Brings the Character’s Legacy Full CircleThe CW’s new take on the iconic heroine looks less like the original “girl detective” than it does like everything she inspired.
  46. tv review
    Succession Is a Love StoryIn a very twisted way, the Succession finale is the purest expression of Kendall’s need for his father’s love.
  47. tv review
    El Camino Gives Breaking Bad Fans Exactly What They WantTrue to the spirit of Breaking Bad and classic Westerns, El Camino is fan service executed at a very high level.
  48. tv review
    Mr. Robot’s Final Season Brings a Unique Vision Into FocusSeason four of the cyberthriller is a virtuosic culmination of everything creator Sam Esmail has built to date.
  49. succession
    J. Smith-Cameron Knows Why You Love GerriIt’s not just the smirk.
  50. tv review
    Sorry for Your Loss and The Unicorn Grapple With Grief’s Long ShadowBoth series deal in the aftermath of personal catastrophe, but only one seeks to illuminate its complicated, lingering effects.
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