Television

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Republicans steal the show in HBO’s The Swamp

August 5, 2020 4:50 pm

Rep. Matt Gaetz stars in the documentary on Capitol Hill corruption

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The real Rupert Murdoch

July 30, 2020 9:25 am

Wendi would humiliate him at dinner parties by saying things like, ‘What do you know? You are an old man’

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Perry Mason jars

July 18, 2020 2:47 pm

A brutal backstory for HBO’s decadent detective

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Moral dictatorships and double standards

June 29, 2020 11:54 am

Does liberalism make you immune to cancel culture?

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Isn’t it time Sacha Baron Cohen got canceled?

June 29, 2020 7:23 am

The performer has gone from comedy to trying in vain to expose prejudice

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Louis C.K. pulls it off

June 21, 2020 9:21 am

Funny is money

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Why has Nickelodeon outed SpongeBob Squarepants?

June 14, 2020 5:54 pm

The cartoon sponge has been cruelly yanked out of the closet

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Conservatives — corporations are not your friend

June 13, 2020 4:53 am

The right needs to unlearn its affinity for big capitalism

stupid-smart

The modern art of stupid-smart

June 12, 2020 3:10 pm

We’ve always had bogus public intellectuals, but never before have they been quite so bogus

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The art of the incel

June 11, 2020 5:25 pm

The roots of incel subculture — and its magnificent memes — stretch back to Goethe’s Werther and beyond

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Jeffrey Epstein really was a streak of slime

June 11, 2020 5:03 pm

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich reviewed

paw patrol

Don’t defund PAW Patrol

June 11, 2020 12:38 pm

Three-year-olds will not be happy when Chase the police dog is forcibly removed from their lives

white lines

I so wanted to enjoy White Lines but it’s spectacularly uninvolving

May 28, 2020 1:34 pm

The Netflix series feels like you’ve dropped molly and are waiting for it to kick in but nothing seems to be happening

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The Real White House Housewives

May 26, 2020 2:27 pm

A first look at The Right View, the Trump campaign’s new talk show

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The Clarence Thomas documentary is a must-see

May 21, 2020 1:07 pm

If you are already an admirer of Justice Thomas, you are going to enjoy spending time with him

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Joyous and very, very funny: Beastie Boys Story reviewed

May 14, 2020 4:59 pm

I came away wishing the Beastie Boys were my friends, and feeling glad they still care for each other

caliphate

Netflix’s Caliphate is all too frighteningly plausible

May 14, 2020 4:48 pm

To try to save herself and her baby, Pervin has to spy on her husband’s Isis terror cell

unorthodox

Unorthodox is superbly convincing

April 30, 2020 7:06 pm

The marital relations adviser provides a packet of dildos arranged, like spanners, in ascending size order

tiger king

Joe Exotic is an ordinary American

April 16, 2020 11:35 am

He is perhaps a little too fond of drugs and weaponry, but he has also overcome great personal misfortune

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Joe Exotic might be the best gay role model I’ve seen on television

April 11, 2020 11:00 am

His existence throws a wrench in the narrative that the other America is a hateful land where Christians hunt homos for sport

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Why we love to hate celebrities

April 6, 2020 9:10 pm

‘One World: Together at Home’ is a weirdly complacent name

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Taylor Swift is fascinating — but you really wouldn’t want to be her

April 2, 2020 3:25 pm

My tip for maximum pleasure is to avoid the rockumentaries about musicians you are interested in

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Meghan Markle’s white privilege

April 1, 2020 12:14 pm

Elephant demands that we pity the weakness of the most powerful

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How to write the Great Coronavirus Screenplay

March 27, 2020 2:21 pm

‘JESSICA is sitting on her Peloton bike. It’s April 2020. Rain slides down the windowpane. She hasn’t left her apartment — not even to go to Whole Foods — for almost a month’

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Netflix sued for defamation over Central Park Five miniseries

March 18, 2020 4:21 pm

Did the filmmakers’ hunger for retribution outweigh their commitment to tell the truth?