Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic ThingsDon’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
The Other Huxtable EffectThirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.
These People Will Not Create a Perfect SocietyBut they do reflect our own.
A Tween Is BornThe legacy of Saved by the Bell.
The Longest FaceBoJack Horseman is a bleak, brilliant comedy about a talking horse.
OutlanderIt’s a great feminist adventure. I wish it were a little more of a cheesy romance.
The Honorable WomanA complex, turgid, worthwhile mystery about the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Full BloomThe complicated, endearing maturity of Blossom. Yes, Blossom.
“I Just Hate My Life, and My Life Is You”FX takes on the relationship sitcom, with sharp results.
The "Why Is Hollywood Mesmerized by Washington?" Bonus SegmentIn a Slate Plus Political Gabfest bonus segment, David Plotz asks two TV writers to explain a wave of political television.
The Summer of Popcorn TVExtant and The Strain, two enjoyable B-movie shows with limited futures.
The Best TV Show of 2014 Is From 2008And it’s about Modern Orthodox Jews dating in Jerusalem.
Back to QuracTyrant dreams big but still feels small.
Back in OrangeOrange Is the New Black returns for Season 2, and the other inmates take center stage.
“By 1984 You Could Be Dead”HBO and Ryan Murphy’s tremendously moving The Normal Heart.
Television for AdultsThe Good Wife is cynical, thrilling, and grown-up. It’s also TV’s best drama.
Slim Pickings at the Network TV BazaarThree talented actresses in three terrible shows.
The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 2 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Into the Dalek."
Whit Stillman’s New TV Show Is Almost As Good As His Old MoviesAnd Amazon can really do comedy. Drama, on the other hand …
One Tough Female Detective and Hardly Any GunsIf you like Prime Suspect and The Fall, watch Happy Valley.
The KnickSteven Soderbergh’s medical drama looks better than anything on TV, but otherwise resembles every medical drama on TV.
John Oliver’s #LongrantsThree months in, Last Week Tonight is the perfect news show for now.
Little Networks, Big ShowsDramas on WGN and WE epitomize the flood of totally decent television.
The 20-Year-Old VirginsMTV’s new reality series about not doing it.
For the Sake of ScienceThe hot, messy psychology of intimacy in Masters of Sex.
The Game of Thrones Podcast: The Complete Fourth SeasonSpoiling everything in one convenient place.
Another Metaphysical ConundrumThe Leftovers and Damon Lindelof’s blockbuster repetition compulsion.
Get Over It, Man!My uncharitable impatience with Rectify.
Avast WastelandYup, John Malkovich stars in an NBC pirate drama.
The Americans Season 2 Podcast ExclusiveA Slate Plus exclusive: Listen to The Americans showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields talk about the Season 2 finale with Slate’s Willa Paskin.