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  1. tv review
    Lower Decks Is Fun, But Star Trek Is Suffering an Identity CrisisFor all its raucous pleasures, the new animated series maintains an ironic posture at odds with what made this franchise great.
  2. this week in comedy podcasts
    This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Tim Heidecker Gets a Haircut on Office HoursRounding up our favorite comedy podcast episodes of the week.
  3. star trek: lower decks
    Is Animation Star Trek’s Next Frontier?Nearly 50 years after the franchise’s last foray into animation, the new Lower Decks attempts to fuse Trek’s past with animated comedy’s present.
  4. comedy review
    The Audacity of Sam JayIn her Netflix special, the comedian locates power in the places where it is often overlooked.
  5. good one podcast
    Comedians in Quars Making ComedyNikki Glaser, Jim Gaffigan, and more join Good One to discuss how the pandemic has changed the way they think about their comedy.
  6. best of 2020
    The Best TV of the Year (So Far)Never Have I Ever, I May Destroy You, and The Baby-Sitters Club are some of the brightest bright spots among 2020’s televisual offerings.
  7. close reads
    The Innate Black Britishness of I May Destroy YouWithin Michaela Coel’s searing drama, Black British culture is everything in that it is treated as nothing. It just is.
  8. filmmaking
    I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and the Power of Point of ViewVeteran documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus breaks down the process behind the HBO miniseries’ delicate balance of true crime and personal trauma.
  9. funny videos of the month
    The Best Comedy Shorts of July 2020Rounding up our favorite funny videos of the month.
  10. this week in late night
    Naomi Campbell Saying ‘I Think Things Are About to Change’ Won Late NightAnd the Emmy nominees for “Best Moment in Late-Night Television the Last Week of July” are …
  11. podcast review
    It’s Illuminating to Hear a Podcaster Talk About Cam NewtonThe Cam Chronicles explores the impossible expectations the NFL star faced — and helped create.
  12. tv review
    The Umbrella Academy’s Second Season Takes a Trip to NonsensevilleWhat the new season lacks in internal logic or consistent stakes, it makes up for in violent fight scenes set to peppy, ironically cheerful pop songs.
  13. tv review
    Muppets Now Brings the Golden Age of Muppetry Into the YouTube EraUnlike other recent attempts to update the felty franchise, the Disney+ series is a smart, broadly appealing blend of the classic and contemporary.
  14. this week in comedy podcasts
    This Week in Comedy Podcasts: The Immortal Kenan ThompsonRounding up our favorite comedy podcast episodes of the week.
  15. emmys 2020
    An Extraordinary 2020 Gave Us Some Extraordinary Emmy NominationsThough marked, as always, by notable oversights, this year’s nominations reflect the cultural moment in a mostly positive way.
  16. emmys 2020
    The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Emmy-Nomination SurprisesThe biggest surprise of this year’s Emmy season is that we’re somehow still doing the Emmys, but these are all a close second.
  17. the industry
    What Black Voice Actors Want Hollywood to Do Next“The real question, as it relates to Black voice actors versus white voice actors, is who gets hired.”
  18. good one podcast
    Dulcé Sloan Refuses to Fall in Love With New YorkThe comedian joins this week’s Good One to talk outdoor comedy shows and how live audiences are like kids.
  19. close reads
    I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Makes Us Ponder Our Own True-Crime FixationsBy making writer Michelle McNamara its protagonist, the HBO docuseries compels viewers to reexamine their own relationship with true crime.
  20. obits
    Regis Philbin Was a TV Personality in the Truest SenseWhen Regis Philbin was on television — which was very, very frequently — he came to play and seemed to absolutely relish it.
  21. this week in late night
    Michaela Coel’s Tragic Story About Pokémon Go Won Late Night This WeekShe’s simply in a league of her own.
  22. stand-up
    Kyle Kinane Says It’s Time to Burn Down the BanksA chat with the comedian about what the pandemic means for the future of stand-up.
  23. the kids are alright
    How The Baby-Sitters Club Made Social Justice Fun for Tweens“Hello, Camp Moosehead!” is a genuinely special finale that never veers into Very Special Episode territory.
  24. viewing guide
    Which TV Beard Is Right for You?There are many ways to choose which show to invest your time in, and basing it on facial hair is absolutely one of them.
  25. vulture section lede
    This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Super Spooky Quarantine Ghost StoriesRounding up our favorite comedy-podcast episodes of the week.
  26. character study
    How James Roday Rodriguez Became Psych’s Real Fake DetectiveFrom the bromance to the catchphrases, and everything in between.
  27. vulture lists
    Every Episode of Psych, RankedWith the release of Psych 2, we revisit the USA show’s best (and worst) episodes.
  28. best of 2020
    The Best Comedy Specials of the Year (So Far)Featuring Dave Chappelle’s 8:46, Leslie Jones’s Time Machine, and Ted Alexandro’s DIY quarantine release.
  29. kid stuff
    How Sesame Street’s Mr. Noodle Teaches Kids, Annoys Grown-upsThe “Elmo’s World” fixture may be a grown-up who never gets it right, but that’s what makes him an effective teacher.
  30. wow!
    55 Things That Make Zac Efron Say ‘Wow!’ on Zac Efron’s Netflix Travel ShowOr “sick!” or “whoa!” or “cool!”
  31. this week in late night
    W. Kamau Bell Talking About Racism Won Late Night This WeekAlso, Dakota Fanning had her sweet 16 at a restaurant owned by Lisa Vanderpump.
  32. synergy
    The 30 Rock Reunion Is Advertisements All the Way DownIn the original run of the show, the ads were usually jokes. In NBC’s one-off reunion special, most of the jokes are ads.
  33. this week in comedy podcasts
    This Week in Comedy Podcasts: We All Need Some Urgent CareRounding up our favorite comedy podcast episodes of the week.
  34. close reads
    Padma Lakshmi’s Flirty Charm Is What Makes Taste the Nation So SpecialHer winsome style reflects the Hulu show’s optimism about what food can do in the face of racism.
  35. the streaming wars
    The Price Is Right for PeacockNBCUniversal’s new streaming service has one big advantage in a crowded market: It’s (sorta) free.
  36. good one podcast
    Jenny Slate Wants Love for Herself and the AudienceThe comedian joins this week’s Good One to chat about finally filming her stand-up and her decision to leave Big Mouth.
  37. character study
    How Guillermo Found His Power on What We Do in the ShadowsMaking Staten Island’s sweetest and most loyal vampire assistant (who’s secretly great at killing vampires).
  38. this week in late night
    Desus & Mero Ranking the Worst Places in NYC Won Late Night This Week“If you can have a Whole Foods as the worst place in New York, you live in a very privileged New York, my friend.”
  39. vulture lists
    Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Best Minor Characters, RankedWhat they lack in screen time, they make up for in memorability.
  40. tens across the board
    A Legendary LegacyPride Month may be over, but the ballroom competition series’ unapologetic celebration of Black queerness keeps its spirit alive.
  41. emmy insider
    Dear White People Creator Justin Simien on Netflix, Hollywood, and Black Art“A fire has started, but how long is it going to burn? How far is it going to reach?”
  42. this week in comedy podcasts
    This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Demi Adejuyigbe Can Do It AllRounding up our favorite comedy-podcast episodes of the week.
  43. 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.
  44. advice
    What’s the Best Way to Find a Mentor in Hollywood During Lockdown?Some of the most helpful people in this business are those who have just gotten a foot in the door and are holding it open for you as well.
  45. emmy insider
    How James Marsden Became Dead to Me’s ‘Semi-Identical’ TwinsThe journey from Steve the douchebag to Ben the nice guy.
  46. behind the seams
    Styling The Baby-Sitters Club for a New GenerationThe Netflix series’ costume designer walks us through bringing Claudia’s, Kristy’s, Mary Anne’s, Stacey’s, and Dawn’s ’90s-inspired style into 2020.
  47. good one podcast
    Aidy Bryant Has Fallen in Love With SNL All Over AgainThe Shrill star talks SNL’s remote episodes and her future on the show on this week’s Good One.
  48. emmy insider
    Thandie Newton Is Finally Ready to Speak Her MindAfter decades onscreen, nothing surprises the Westworld actress, though what she’s ready to share will surprise you.
  49. the industry
    The Remaking of Comedy CentralBehind Chris McCarthy’s plan to transform the ViacomCBS network from a linear cable channel to a multi-platform content machine.
  50. emmy insider
    Adam Ruins ‘For Your Consideration’ Emmy Campaigns“You’re sitting there going, I made a really good show. Isn’t that enough? And it’s actually not.”
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