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  1. edutainment
    The Weird, Sprawling, Infuriating World of Comedy Traffic SchoolsFor better or worse, traffic schools and comedy have always been connected.
  2. tv review
    BoJack Horseman Is Still Improving, But BoJack Horseman Is As Good As It GetsAs BoJack sorts out life in and after rehab, the Netflix series gets more mileage out of its Hollywood satire.
  3. backstories
    How Living With Yourself Pulled Off That Paul Rudd vs. Paul Rudd FightRudd and the series creators break down how the climactic brawl was influenced by Fight Club, Kenpo karate, and quarreling siblings.
  4. tv review
    In Stage Fright, Jenny Slate Shows Us HerselfThe comedian gets personal in her new Netflix special.
  5. start here
    The 9 Best Comedy Podcasts for Every Kind of NBA FanNo NBA season is complete without these podcasts.
  6. how mysterious!
    All the Mystery-Writing Insight and Advice You Could Ever NeedThe 12 stories featured in our How Mysterious! series serve as an online university* for budding crime writers. (*Unaccredited)
  7. living with yourself
    What Living With Yourself’s Creator Learned From Cloning Paul Rudd“It’s made me much more conscious of my posture. Stand straight and you’ll be a better version of yourself.”
  8. rankings
    Every Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Segment, RankedThe Simpsons’ long-running Halloween specials are indeed a disturbing universe.
  9. backstories
    How Watchmen Staged an American Massacre“I was like, My God, how did this happen?
  10. lingering questions
    14 Big Questions From Watchmen’s First EpisodeThe series premiere drops viewers into a strange but strangely familiar alternate reality. So let’s parse “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice.”
  11. viewing guide
    From Masked Avengers to Space Squids: A Short History of the Watchmen UniverseA guide to the key players from the landmark graphic novel, and the impact they could have on HBO’s new “remix” series.
  12. how mysterious!
    How ‘Who Shot Mr. Burns?’ Unlocked The Simpsons’ PotentialWriters Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein look back on how one mystery led to a beloved two-part episode and a parade of marketing stunts.
  13. stand-up
    12 Comedians Reflect on the Gigs They Didn’t GetThe stand-ups with 2019 Comedy Central half-hour specials get candid about failure, rejection, and stamina.
  14. comics
    The Forgotten Story of Watchmen’s Unsung HeroWatchmen writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons are legends. Why not colorist John Higgins, too?
  15. money
    How Do I Survive in Hollywood on an Assistant’s Salary?It’s not so easy if you aren’t one of the rich kids.
  16. a long talk
    Like It or Not, Damon Lindelof Made His Own WatchmenAnd he’s pretty sure that Alan Moore put a hex on him for doing it.
  17. this week in comedy podcasts
    This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Revisiting King of the HillRounding up our favorite comedy podcast episodes of the week.
  18. 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.
  19. how mysterious!
    Emergence’s Showrunners on How to Build a Puzzle-Box ShowStep 1: Don’t be afraid to answer your mysteries.
  20. 8 Unforgettable Detective-Themed Comedy SketchesLooking back at times when mystery and humor mingled, from Monty Python to Key and Peele.
  21. stand-up
    What Joker Gets Right About Stand-Up ComedyTalking with Gary Gulman and Sam Morril, who perform stand-up in the film, about their roles and the horrors of open mics.
  22. backstories
    How El Camino Pulled Off Its Surprise Walt and Jesse Reunion“Both of us had to wear these ridiculous looking cloaks, like we were part of a very, very, very demented cult.”
  23. tv review
    Living With Yourself Doubles the Paul Rudd, Doubles the FunPlaying against himself, the endlessly likable actor ably carries this funny, smart, Charlie Kaufman–esque series.
  24. close reads
    Every Succession Episode Is a Contained ExplosionThe series turns each hour into a distinct battleground, where characters vying for their own self-interest are also inextricably linked.
  25. how mysterious!
    13 Mystery-Writing Tricks Used by Acclaimed NovelistsIncluding the Bullseye Method and the Don Draper Principle.
  26. 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.
  27. el camino
    The Breaking Bad Movie Almost Had a Very Different EndingVince Gilligan reveals his bleak alternate ending for El Camino. (And why he changed his mind.)
  28. spoilers
    Let’s Talk About That Brilliant Succession EndingTurns out a “blood sacrifice” wasn’t the season finale’s big reveal after all.
  29. killer instinct
    Succession Finale Power Rankings: A Kiss For DaddyThe season draws to a close with a blood sacrifice, a betrayal, and so many hats.
  30. spoilers
    Should We Be Happy for Jesse at the End of El Camino?The conclusion of the Breaking Bad movie isn’t so clear-cut.
  31. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: David Harbour Makes a Real Good GrouchThe Stranger Things actor gets a chance to show off his comic range in a solid episode that prioritizes fun premises and ensemble dynamics.
  32. big mouth
    Why Big Mouth Created Disclosure the Movie: The Musical!What, you don’t remember Michael Douglas and Demi Moore’s 1994 erotic thriller?
  33. this week in late night
    Late Night Gets TheatricalWe had sketches that ended in punch lines, dramatic bows to the audience, Ben Platt — all the hallmarks of modern Broadway.
  34. 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.
  35. theme to meme
    Why Is the Succession Theme So Meme-able?Short answer: It slaps.
  36. 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.
  37. recaps
    30 Breaking Bad Moments You’ll Definitely Need to Remember for El CaminoNeed a Breaking Bad recap ahead of Jesse’s return in El Camino? Here are the absolute essentials.
  38. instagram
    9 of the Funniest Cartoonists and Illustrators on InstagramMix up your feed with some original work by these very talented artists.
  39. this week in comedy podcasts
    This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Letterman and O’Brien Talk Late NightRounding up our favorite comedy podcast episodes of the week.
  40. rants
    How Dare Logan Roy Wear Such an Awful Cardigan?The shawl cardigan is from the devil and no one should wear it under any circumstances.
  41. succession
    J. Smith-Cameron Knows Why You Love GerriIt’s not just the smirk.
  42. five baggers
    Please Stop Calling Tim Heidecker and Mister America ‘Anti-Comedy’Talking with the comedian about his new movie, which Nathan Fielder helped make happen.
  43. tv review
    Looking for Alaska Is the Rare Adaptation That Improves on the OriginalHulu’s long-gestating miniseries adaptation of John Green’s 2005 YA novel moves the story closer to what it perhaps should’ve been in the first place.
  44. start here
    Want to Try Why Won’t You Date Me? Start Here.Highlighting our favorite episode of Nicole Byer’s podcast.
  45. animation
    What Comes After Samurai Jack? A Caveman, a Dinosaur, and Absolutely No TalkingGenndy Tartakovsky on why Primal is his most audacious gambit yet.
  46. 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.
  47. profile
    Bong Joon-ho’s Dystopia Is Already HereThe Korean director’s ferocious new film, Parasite, is a parable of our money-hungry world. It’s also the most fun you’ll have in theaters this fall.
  48. close reads
    Shiv Is Exactly Who You Think She IsSuch an Ivanka.
  49. bad plus terrible
    Succession Power Rankings: Let’s Break Some GreggsThe Roy family is like a traveling circus these days, fools everywhere they go!
  50. tv review
    The Great Depresh Is Proof That Comedy Doesn’t Have to WoundGary Gulman’s HBO special is equally happy, sad, dark, and hilarious.
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