The Handmaid’s Tale
It’s a terrifying dystopian drama about systemic murder and rape. It’s also somehow a pleasure to watch.
Must-Suffer TVShots Fired, American Crime, and the challenge of making grim, issue-driven shows that are somehow still fun to watch.
Where’s the Beef?Ryan Murphy’s Feud takes one of history’s juiciest catfights and reduces it to a dry lecture about Hollywood sexism.
LegionFX’s attempt to reinvent the superhero genre is a show with a Rubik’s Cube where its heart should be.
A Terrorism Thriller to Curl Up ToHomeland has become the one thing it seemed like it would never be: comforting.
The New Celebrity Apprentice Will Make You Pine for a President SchwarzeneggerWhat is this season except an occasion to consider the telegenic machismo of one celebrity versus another?
The Top 10 TV Shows of 2016Two Russian spies, one empowered prostitute, and one very likable weed dealer.
These Two Shows Have Been My Ideal Postelection Escapist TVThey have one thing in common: a lot of flirting.
The CrownNetflix’s sumptuous $100 million drama about the British monarchy delivers exactly what it promises. That isn’t enough.
“It’s Network TV” Shouldn’t Excuse Pure GeniusCBS doesn’t deserve a pass for making idiotic tech propaganda that’s one-tenth as curious about the issues it raises as it should be.
The Prestige-ification of ProceduralsWith Goliath and Chance, networks are trying to update legal and cop shows for the age of peak TV. But did the form really need fixing?
InsecureIssa Rae’s HBO show is the most honest look at the anxiety and exhilaration of dating that we’ve seen in a very long time.
Amanda KnoxThis new Netflix true-crime documentary is a lot more interested in dissecting the miscarriage of justice than the murder.
Life Imitates VeepThe new season is a portrait of a defeated female politician in exile, and it has more pathos than punchlines.
SuperprivilegedNetflix’s Iron Fist has about as little self-awareness as its white, male, billionaire protagonist.
The Return of Tracy FlickThe thrilling new HBO drama Big Little Lies lets Reese Witherspoon do exactly what she does best.
The 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.
Archie 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.
StarLee Daniels’ new show is a music business soap opera that wants to help heal our country’s racial divide.
What Digger Made of the Gilmore Girls ReunionA conversation with Chris Eigeman about the show’s four final words and more.
Trump Tower Live Does Not Bode Well for Trump TVThe Trump campaign’s new Facebook Live show is missing the key ingredient of good cable news.
The New Season of Black Mirror Is the Bleakest YetBut it’s still so wildly imaginative that you can’t look away.
Divorce Sarah Jessica Parker’s new HBO show tries so hard to prove it’s not Sex and the City that it almost plays as a rebuke.
What Luke Cage Takes From BlaxploitationAnd how this genre explains both the strengths and the flaws of the Netflix series.