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  1. legacies
    Christo Made Us Feel the Awe-Inspiring Impermanence of Human AchievementSome scoff at these works as mere spectacle. They are spectacle. But that isn’t nothing.
  2. 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.
  3. finales
    How to Get Away With Murder Was Queer TV RoyaltyThe unsung legacy of the show that risked putting queer sex front and center on network TV.
  4. legacies
    Elizabeth Wurtzel Took Up Space, Even When the Literary World Wouldn’t Have HerShe was often looked down upon by a literary community that saw her as too much everything.
  5. legacies
    John Baldessari Was Anything But BoringHis art was mystically simple: splendid when it was good, entrancing and gleeful when it was great.
  6. goodbyes
    The Transparent Finale Is an Expression of Everything the Show Was AboutThe series didn’t want to end this way, but I’m kind of glad it did.
  7. legacies
    Transparent’s Greatest Trans Legacy Is How Quickly It Grew IrrelevantThe cultural conversation Transparent helped usher in has made it so trans stories set even five years ago now read like historical fiction.
  8. legacies
    Transparent Changed TV As an Art FormIt defined an entire genre of TV comedy and opened new avenues for TV storytelling.
  9. legacies
    Selina Meyer Was Awful. That’s What Made Her Great.For seven years, she was the best kind of nasty woman.
  10. legacies
    What Is Game of Thrones’ Legacy in Epic Fantasy?George R.R. Martin’s books, and the series they inspired, are a reflection of our anxious times.
  11. 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.
  12. legacies
    Luke Perry Made It Cool to Be KindHe set the template for the tenderhearted bad boy that pop culture still mimics today.
  13. legacies
    No One Deserves As Much Power As Michael Jackson HadWe gave a performer carte blanche to live however he wanted because the music was more important to us.
  14. movies
    The Complicated Legacy of Bernardo BertolucciOn the late director’s fearsome, beautiful films and the Last Tango in Paris controversy that haunts him, even in death.
  15. obits
    The Many Legacies of Harlan EllisonThe sheer size of his bibliography makes discussion of the influence of Ellison tricky.
  16. The Enduring Legacy of Roseanne, 30 Years LaterThe show’s originality resides above all in the character of Roseanne herself.
  17. legacies
    Chuck Barris Understood the Value of ‘Lowbrow’ EntertainmentRemembering the reality-TV visionary.
  18. legacies
    The Enduring Legacy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 20 Years LaterThe series was at its best charting women in moments of fraught transition.
  19. legacies
    Should Princess Leia Be Crowned a Disney Princess?One petition-making father of five girls thinks so.
  20. timelines
    Donald Glover’s Long, Strange Trip From Atlanta to AtlantaThe comedian/writer/actor/musician has made a career out of redefining expectations.
  21. legacies
    The Story Behind The Get Down’s Kung Fu Connection“If it wasn’t for Hong Kong cinema, hip-hop street dancing culture would be a bit different.”
  22. Quentin Tarantino ‘Plans to Stop at 10’ MoviesFor those of you playing at home, that’s only two more films (Kill Bill counts as one film).
  23. legacies
    Why Roots Was So ImportantThe nearly 40 years haven’t dimmed its ability to illuminate one of the grimmest aspects of U.S. history.
  24. legacies
    Idol Changed the Pop-Culture Landscape for GoodLike a big, glittery fire hose, Idol blasted a whole bunch of new faces, ideas, and concepts into our living rooms.
  25. legacies
    Garry Shandling Was One of American Television’s Greatest ArtistsHe made the kind of comedy you could barely stand to look at, and couldn’t look away from.
  26. legacies
    Why Downton Abbey Became a Massive Cultural PhenomenonIt’s destined to be a classic.
  27. legacies
    The Decline of Harper LeeThe iconic 88-year-old author is involved in a messy tussle over a new biography. Does this mean she’ll never tell her own story?
  28. legacies
    Darin Morgan Brings The X-Files’ New Season to the Level of Its Best WorkLast night’s episode is well on its way to being a classic.
  29. legacies
    Fargo’s Second Season Will Be a Classic in Its Own RightThe best movie-to-TV conversion since M*A*S*H.
  30. legacies
    Why America’s Next Top Model Was Never Better Than Its First CycleWe wouldn’t see anything like it again.
  31. legacies
    Key & Peele Knew How to Tell a Race JokeTheir willingness to skewer racial expectations is always accompanied by an optimism that we can be more than how society sees us.
  32. legacies
    Why Mr. Robot Is Not a Great Show (Yet)There’s something not quite there about it, and it’s frustrating.
  33. legacies
    The Radical Humanism of David SimonAnd why he’s never been popular.
  34. legacies
    Jon Stewart’s Greatest Legacy Will Be All of the Comic Superstars He LaunchedIs there life after Jon Stewart? Of course.
  35. Jon Stewart May Be Irreplaceable…and That’s Just FineIn a hallway adjacent to the Lawrence High School auditorium, you’ll find the Hall of Honor, a collection of plaques plastered to the wall […]
  36. legacies
    Wet Hot American Summer’s Undefinable Brand of Smart StupidityCall it dumb-smart, its dumbness freshly imbued with a deep, winking self-awareness.
  37. legacies
    The Rewriting of David Foster WallaceHow the author of Infinite Jest became the center of a self-help cult.
  38. legacies
    David Letterman’s Lasting Impact: A Smudge on the Collective UnconsciousThe real-time creation of a talk show was every Letterman broadcast’s true subject.
  39. tv
    David Chase on the Legacy of Twin PeaksThe Sopranos creator talks to Matt Zoller Seitz about the surreal brilliance of (the hopefully returning!) series.
  40. books
    New Biography Renews the Fight Over Saul BellowBrute or genius? Loathed or loved? For me, the war is personal.
  41. legacies
    How Parks and Recreation Outshined The OfficeMaybe niceness does count.
  42. legacies
    Twin Peaks Helped Carve Out Today’s Prestige-TV LandscapeWe have come full circle.
  43. legacies
    Charlie Sheen Says His New Show Is a ‘Swan Song’Even though no one really believes him.