Mr. Robot represents a new, increasingly common TV archetype: the alienated hero—a stranger to society and to himself.
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.
Prison as PlaygroundDarkness has always been key to what makes Orange Is the New Black great. Why is the new season so upbeat?
The Perfect PivotIn its second season, Halt and Catch Fire has swiveled to become a different, better show.
The 10 Greatest Shots in Mad Men’s Seven-Season RunSaying goodbye to the most beautiful series on TV.
Is Don Draper Worth It?A Harvard Business School professor writes up the troubled ad man as an HBS case study.
What Did Mad Men Really Tell Us About American History?I’m one year older than Sally Draper. In the end, here’s how Matthew Weiner got the ’60s right.
David Letterman Raised MeHis subversive comedy transformed the entertainment landscape—and made me who I am today.
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.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell The TV adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s book makes magic seem dangerously, thrillingly real.
This Season of The Bachelorette Is a BustThe premise of the show has always been insane. But this is the first time that even the producers seem to have stopped believing in it.
“Not Some Secretary From Brooklyn”Matthew Weiner’s great subject wasn’t masculine self-invention or the advertising business or the 1960s—it was women in the workplace.
Does Don Draper Believe in Love?The seven-season evolution of his—and Mad Men’s—relationship to romance.
Everyone Misunderstood Arsenio HallHe could have brought some much-needed diversity to late night. Here’s why his comeback failed.