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  1. trends
    Marie’s Crisis Is Suddenly the Hottest Piano Bar on TVThe Politician, Younger, and even Katy Keene love this famed West Village bar. But do they actually get it right?
  2. trends
    The Emmys Might Go Hostless This Year, TooSure, why not!
  3. close reads
    The Beauty and Banality of Motherhood Stories OnscreenThe best of these stories use a distancing lens to capture the transformative, magical, grinding exhaustion of motherhood.
  4. Why You Could Be Seeing a Lot of Immigrant Stories on TV This FallAnd the stories behind five of them.
  5. Standup’s Netflix InfectionThe observation “Wow, everyone has a Netflix special these days!” has already become hack. Netflix has been inching its way toward becoming a […]
  6. Why Do Teen Dramas Like Riverdale Keep Sidelining Black Female Characters?From The Craft to Bring It On.
  7. trends
    13 Reasons Why Twists the ‘Dead Girl’ Trope by Giving Her Control of the StoryFor once, the dead girl gets a chance to explain things for herself.
  8. trends
    Why Are We So Sure ‘Prestige’ TV Looks Like a 10-Hour Movie?This trend needs to die.
  9. trends
    Why Are So Many Female-Led Projects Called ‘Camp’?It can turn the boldest works about the interior lives of complex women into a curiosity, a joke, a punch line.
  10. trends
    The Rise of the Female Impostor ComedyIn Younger, The Good Place, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, women are telling major lies that tell us something about ourselves.
  11. trends
    Is This the Best Fall TV Season in Recent Memory?All signs point to yes, for reasons that involve quality, but other factors, too.
  12. trends
    The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey Was True Crime at Its WorstDoes the lurid pointlessness of the CBS series suggest true crime has reached a tipping point?
  13. trends
    The 5 Questions That Will Shape TV’s Fall Narrative TV has changed dramatically this decade, but one thing has not: Fall still matters.
  14. Scandinavian ‘Slow TV’ Comes to NetflixIt’s kind of hard to imagine Americans having the attention span for this.
  15. trends
    Why Most of This Summer’s TV Felt Like a FlashbackMany of the programs that captured public attention or critical acclaim revisited bygone decades or functioned as outright throwbacks.
  16. Can Netflix Fix Network TV’s Supernatural-Mystery Show Problem?The new series Stranger Things offers a different way forward.
  17. trends
    Why Family-Friendly Summer-Vacation TV Is EverywhereThe major networks have placed a heavier emphasis this season on programs that pass the beach-house test.
  18. trends
    The Rise of Women’s Pictures on TelevisionThe classic Hollywood genre never went away — it just moved to a different medium.
  19. trends
    Does Orange Is the New Black Fall Into the ‘Bury Your Gays’ Trope?In a year full of death on TV, where does OITNB fit in?
  20. trends
    Wrecked and the Challenges of TV ParodyThe new TBS Lost spoof shows us what works and what doesn’t when TV shows try to satirize other TV shows.
  21. trends
    In a Season of Mishandled TV Deaths, The Americans Stands OutIt’s never just another twist.
  22. emmy insider
    Why Limited Series Make for Such Good TVSometimes it’s better to know where you’re going.
  23. trends
    The Rise of the British Thriller on American TelevisionAmerican viewers, however, haven’t quite caught up.
  24. trends
    Why We Love Watching TV Characters Engage With Pop CultureEven if we don’t recognize what they’re watching, the act of them watching it is instantly familiar, and pleasurable, and personal.
  25. trends
    The 4 Ways TV Comedies Deal (or Don’t Deal) With BabiesThey’re usually put in the corner.
  26. trends
    The Rise of the Millennial SitcomWelcome to the age of  “the cell-phone emergency” and the “wander-the-city walk-and-talk.”
  27. trends
    Love and the History of TV’s Attractiveness GapThe “ugly guy” getting the “hot woman.”
  28. trends
    How Ryan Murphy Pioneered the Anthology SeriesIn part due to Glee fatigue.
  29. trends
    Why Full-Frontal Male Nudity Was All Over TV in 2015“We show female nudity every day on the show — let’s show male nudity.”
  30. trends
    2015: The Year Mental Illness Finally Got Some Respect on TVMental health on TV has been enjoying a quiet transformation in recent years, and in 2015, the change grew louder.
  31. trends
    10 Character Types You’ll Come Across on Every Ryan Murphy ShowFrom the bitchy blonde to the lesbian of color.
  32. trends
    The Rise of the SadcomThe raw, honest, surprisingly hopeful, long-gestating progeny of M*A*S*H.
  33. trends
    The Weird Trend of First-Edition Books in MoviesIt happens in The Boy Next Door, Fifty Shades of Grey, and The Age of Adaline.
  34. trends
    This Season’s Hottest TV Trend: StumpsHorrific leg amputations are all the rage.
  35. trends
    The Looper Effect: More Time-Travel Movies On the WayGlimmer, Almanac, My Name Is Adam, The Twilight Zone.
  36. The New York Times Explains Alternative Comedy to Your Dad“Almost immediately after his podcast went public, [Bill] Burr’s assault was dissected by the very comedy nerds he disdained, on all the most […]
  37. trends
    Even 2 Broke Girls Is Over the Flash Mob“Code Red!”
  38. trends
    The Week Teeth Took Over Pop CultureWeird teeth, missing teeth, hockey teeth — all kinds of dental disasters.
  39. pickup lines
    Buffy Producers Sell Fairy-Tale Cop Drama to NBCHmmm.
  40. trends
    Where Are All the Modern Family Knockoffs?Turned into shows about young people having sex instead.
  41. trends
    TV’s Latest Trend: Shows About Indian-AmericansThanks RAAAAAAAANDY!
  42. trends
    Get Ready to Hear a Lot of Little Boots on Television This FallShe appears to be a favorite of television’s top musical supervisors.
  43. the comics page
    Exclusive Comics Excerpt: ‘Wizzywig’How does a boy with a knack for taking things apart become a young man feared and admired as one of the world’s most dangerous hackers?
  44. overnights
    ‘American Idol’: Dolly Parton Helps the Finalists Desecrate Her SongbookLast night, Dolly Parton visited the nine remaining American Idol finalists, none of whom had any idea who she was.
  45. apropos of nothing
    Know Your Jonas Brothers OverlordsIf the Jonas Brothers are, as we suspect, about to take over the entire world, it would behoove you to meet your tyrannous overlords before you’re forced to kneel at their bejeweled feet.
  46. right-click
    Radiohead Is Tired: Make Your Own Damn MusicPlus: New MP3s by 50 Cent, Ben Gibbard, and that guy you’ve been watching on YouTube all day.
  47. the early-evening news
    Supergroup Seeks Erratic Singer for Hedonism, ChooglingPlus: Howard Shore signs on for The Hobbit and Dolly Parton signs on to judge a bunch of crappy singers!
  48. agenda
    BBC Natural History Set: Throw Them to the Wolves!This phenomenal new set is essential to any family DVD collection.
  49. news reel
    MoMA’s Glenn Lowry Bares All in DubaiDuring his keynote address at the United Arab Emirates’ Global Art Forum this weekend, Glenn Lowry threw caution — and local Muslim custom — to the wind.
  50. the early-evening news
    ‘Mask,’ the Musical, Complete With Horrifying MakeupPlus: Monks get a Gregorian chant record deal, Clint Eastwood’s movie might be Oscar bait after all, and The New Yorker raves one play but really recommends another.
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