Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Is Peak #PeakTV
The CW has made exactly the right kind of show—nichey, meta, aware that it can’t please everyone—for our TV-over-saturated age.
American Horror Story: HotelRyan Murphy’s anthology series has gone from creepy to preachy. But this season seems like a promising new start.
The Frustrating Fate of Ken JeongHis Hangover and Community characters were so singular that they destroyed Asian stereotypes. What happened with Dr. Ken?
Scream QueensRyan Murphy’s new show about killer sorority girls is classic Ryan Murphy: full of spiked bubblegum and nutritious venom.
Moonbeam CityThe new Comedy Central cartoon—starring the voice of Rob Lowe—is so willfully dumb that it might make you wonder if it’s meta-dumb. Don’t be fooled.
Babies and Bomb Squads and Bradley CooperWe sifted through all the wacky premises, ludicrous character names, and soapy plots to bring you this guide to the 2015 fall network dramas.
Hello, FriendMr. Robot represents a new, increasingly common TV archetype: the alienated hero—a stranger to society and to himself.
Show Me a HeroDavid Simon made a wonky procedural about affordable-housing policy. It’s utterly thrilling.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of CampNetflix’s revival of the cult classic is TV’s reboot boom at its best.
I Am CaitCaitlyn Jenner’s E! series is not invasive or insensitive or crass. But it is something far more surprising: a terrible reality show.
Reality CheckLifetime’s UnReal is the first antihero show that is created by women, stars women, and at times brutally satirizes women. It’s irresistible.
The Astronaut Wives ClubEvery ’60s period drama is now doomed to get compared to Mad Men—but ABC’s new show delivers much simpler pleasures.
Homeland Didn’t Need More NuanceSeason 5 turns the show into something more complicated, moody, and dull.
Empire Is the Most Important Show on TVSeason 1 did things to ratings and audiences that network shows aren’t supposed to be able to do anymore. Now Season 2 seems poised to do it all again.
The Muppets Reboot Ruined Miss PiggyShe was the forerunner to some of our best, most complicated female characters, from Liz Lemon to Skyler White. Now she’s been hung out to fry.
The Bastard Executioner FX’s new show from the creator of Sons of Anarchy is a Game of Thrones knock-off that misunderstands everything that makes Game of Thrones good.
Must-Please TVThe fall network comedies all seem neurotically aware of just how hard they have to work for your attention.
Fear the Walking DeadThe new spinoff of AMC’s The Walking Dead is a zombie parable that scarily mirrors our own age.
How the Press Fell in Love With The Daily ShowI was a correspondent during the show’s earliest years, when it was still a scrappy underdog poking the media in the eye. Then I watched it balloon into a media institution itself.
If a Sadistic Ringmaster Ran the Olympics You’d get American Ninja Warrior, one of broadcast TV’s fastest-growing hits. What’s the source of its hypnotic appeal?
Sex & Drugs & Middle-Aged White Guys FX’s Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll proves that the ghosts of rock ’n’ roll past are a lot less cool than we think they are.
The Golden Age of TV CreditsWhy elaborate, explanatory opening sequences are making a comeback on television.
Stuffy British Period Miniseries Are My Comfort TelevisionAnd that’s why PBS’s Poldark is so frustrating.
Angry at the WorldThe second season of True Detective feels like a direct retort to Nic Pizzolatto’s critics.
The Labyrinth of Litchfield Orange Is the New Black’s set designer on how the show subtly evokes the claustrophobia of prison.