Television

taylor swift

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

meghan markle

Meghan Markle’s white privilege

April 1, 2020 12:14 pm

Elephant demands that we pity the weakness of the most powerful

coronavirus screenplay

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?

locke & key

The refreshing darkness of Netflix’s Locke & Key

March 17, 2020 2:00 pm

The world before woke

euphoria

The TV show that rots young minds

February 26, 2020 4:31 pm

Euphoria is doing for young people’s morality what British Bomber Command and the USAAF did for the architecture of Dresden

washington

Washington returns history to the History Channel

February 24, 2020 8:01 pm

The foundingest father of them all

cats

Cats: The Snuff Movie

February 21, 2020 10:15 am

Too many Netflix true-crime documentaries are tiresome and overlong. This one was a lot worse than that

witcher

The Witcher’s hours

January 27, 2020 3:05 pm

Medieval gore for millennial gamers

laurence fox

Laurence Fox made me go into hiding

January 21, 2020 10:56 am

I called the FBI but so far they have not called me back

cressida bonas

Cressida Bonas: Everyone seems to have very strong opinions about my wedding

January 16, 2020 8:41 am

I always imagined I’d have a small wedding, until I realized our two families alone come to 120 people

fleabag

Why we’re all in love with Fleabag

January 9, 2020 12:21 pm

Fleabag: The Scriptures and Fleabag: The Special Edition by Phoebe Waller-Bridge reviewed

ricky gervais

Ricky Gervais gives Hollywood the thrashing it richly deserves

January 6, 2020 8:40 am

The British stand-up spared no one

jack ryan

A hero for the Snowflake age

January 3, 2020 10:44 am

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is now a politically correct pantywaist

kevin spacey

Is Kevin Spacey crafting a final masterpiece?

January 3, 2020 6:39 am

His videos are fascinating examples of the sheer uncanniness of American life

politician

Payton’s place

November 24, 2019 9:48 am

Netflix’s The Politician is satire without purpose

crown

The Queen, and indeed the British public, deserve better than The Crown’s lies

November 21, 2019 2:22 pm

Netflix’s popular TV series takes constant liberties with history, as it does with people, and yet it is accepted as fact

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No one else has the weird levels of self-regard shown by people who appear regularly on TV

November 21, 2019 1:54 pm

Contemporary political coverage has a default level of negativity

rogers

Tough gospel: the twin cities of Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

November 19, 2019 1:00 pm

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is the world we have lost: grandparents, honest jobs and Sunday school teachers

top boy

Top Boy wins the turf war

October 29, 2019 10:39 am

Top Boy reviewed

catherine the great

Is this the only Catherine the Great review to mention the age gap?

October 22, 2019 10:24 am

Helen Mirren is 74 years old while the character she plays — at least at the start of the mini-series — is 33 years old

cnn town hall

CNN’s LGBT Town Hall collapses into trans madness

October 11, 2019 2:00 pm

In its quest for every gender on the spectrum, the network couldn’t even find a single top to stuff into the audience

succession

A work of pure, undiluted genius

October 10, 2019 9:21 am

Succession reviewed

south park nba

The NBA tosses an alley-oop for China’s censors

October 8, 2019 10:06 am

Meanwhile, South Park offers a full-court press of freedom of expression

peaky

Is Peaky Blinders past its peak?

October 3, 2019 4:08 pm

If the cap fits...