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The Heartbreaking First Black Bachelorette

I hoped this season could find a way to change cultural perceptions of black love. I’ll be honest: I’m crushed.

Aug. 3 2017 4:05 PMSlatesters’ Favorite TV Shows of 2017 (So Far)Slate staff on their must-watch TV this year.
June 22 2017 4:50 PMGLOWNetflix’s charming new show, executive-produced by Jenji Kohan, takes gender and racial stereotypes and body-slams them into the mat.
June 1 2017 4:55 PMHouse of Cards Season 5 Is TV’s Slyest Take Yet on Our Political MomentIt’s full of pessimism not just about the egomaniac in the White House but about the uniquely American institutions and attitudes that got him there.
May 19 2017 11:11 AMThe Unbingeable Kimmy SchmidtSeason 3 is so dense with jokes that it’s hard to watch too many episodes in one sitting. Also, it’s glorious.
May 11 2017 4:20 PMAmerican RaceSomeone thought it was a great idea to give Charles Barkley a four-part doc on race.
May 3 2017 8:04 PMBetween Two WorldsA comprehensive history of the strange, sublime collaboration between Twin Peaks creators David Lynch and Mark Frost.
May 3 2017 8:02 PMWrapped in CelluloidWhy the web of movie allusions in David Lynch’s show helped it take hold of the cultural imagination in a way no series ever had.
May 3 2017 8:00 PMDiane, Remind Me to Tell You How Twin Peaks Changed TV ForeverBefore Special Agent Dale Cooper, you could just watch a show. Now you have to solve it.
April 28 2017 12:43 PMAmerican GodsIt’s hard to imagine a better TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s wonderstruck fantasy.
April 14 2017 2:41 PMThe Gonzo New Season of The LeftoversThe show has entered full-blown mania. It’s thrilling.
March 23 2017 4:26 PMMust-Suffer TVShots Fired, American Crime, and the challenge of making grim, issue-driven shows that are somehow still fun to watch.
March 2 2017 7:17 AMWhere’s the Beef?Ryan Murphy’s Feud takes one of history’s juiciest catfights and reduces it to a dry lecture about Hollywood sexism.
Feb. 8 2017 5:49 PMLegionFX’s attempt to reinvent the superhero genre is a show with a Rubik’s Cube where its heart should be.
Feb. 3 2017 11:36 AM24 Is Back, and Its Politics Are … ConfusingCan a show be tacitly anti-immigration and also woke?
Jan. 13 2017 6:43 PMA Terrorism Thriller to Curl Up ToHomeland has become the one thing it seemed like it would never be: comforting.
Aug. 1 2017 10:49 AMThe Game of Thrones GraveyardLeave a flower for a fallen character.
June 13 2017 1:41 PMCaptives to CaptorsSeason 5 of Orange Is the New Black puts the inmates in charge—with very disturbing results.
May 22 2017 10:51 AMLynch UnleashedThe Twin Peaks reboot is not the fusion of arthouse and mainstream sensibilities that viewers might expect. It’s pure David Lynch—and it’s glorious.
May 12 2017 7:19 PMAnne With an ENetflix’s dark, gritty reboot of Anne of Green Gables has all the subtlety of a chalkboard smashed over your head.
May 3 2017 8:06 PMTwin Peaks Didn’t Just Change TVIt was about TV.
May 3 2017 8:03 PMTwin Peaks’ Bob Is the Scariest TV Villain of All TimeHere’s why.
May 3 2017 8:01 PMTwin Peaks Was the Most Visually Striking TV Show Ever MadeAnd still is.
May 3 2017 5:15 PMIn Season 2, Master of None Goes Bigger and Gets BetterThe comedy series’ ambitious new episodes take on everything from Italian neorealism to reality TV.
April 21 2017 12:09 PMThe Handmaid’s TaleIt’s a terrifying dystopian drama about systemic murder and rape. It’s also somehow a pleasure to watch.
April 11 2017 12:10 PMLife Imitates VeepThe new season is a portrait of a defeated female politician in exile, and it has more pathos than punchlines.
March 20 2017 1:53 PMSuperprivilegedNetflix’s Iron Fist has about as little self-awareness as its white, male, billionaire protagonist.
Feb. 16 2017 3:13 PMThe Return of Tracy FlickThe thrilling new HBO drama Big Little Lies lets Reese Witherspoon do exactly what she does best.
Feb. 7 2017 3:24 PMThe Monstrous Brilliance of GirlsRegardless of how you feel about the noise Lena Dunham generates, don’t let it drown this out: Girls was a truly great show.
Jan. 26 2017 12:49 PMArchie Meets Twin Peaks Meets Live Action Meets Gossip GirlRiverdale mashes up the classic comic-book characters with a medley of genres, and somehow it’s delectable.
Jan. 12 2017 7:45 AMThe Pope, but YoungHBO’s highly meme-able new drama is not nearly as fun as the tweets about it.

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