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Mr. Robot represents a new, increasingly common TV archetype: the alienated hero—a stranger to society and to himself.

Aug. 19 2015 4:59 PMFear the Walking DeadThe new spinoff of AMC’s The Walking Dead is a zombie parable that scarily mirrors our own age.
Aug. 5 2015 5:41 AMHow 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.
July 27 2015 5:05 PMIf 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?  
July 15 2015 4:29 PMSex & 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.
June 19 2015 4:53 PMThe Golden Age of TV CreditsWhy elaborate, explanatory opening sequences are making a comeback on television.
June 18 2015 5:04 PMStuffy British Period Miniseries Are My Comfort TelevisionAnd that’s why PBS’s Poldark is so frustrating.
June 17 2015 2:27 PMAngry at the WorldThe second season of True Detective feels like a direct retort to Nic Pizzolatto’s critics.
June 14 2015 11:04 PMThe Labyrinth of Litchfield Orange Is the New Black’s set designer on how the show subtly evokes the claustrophobia of prison.
June 11 2015 10:18 AMPrison as PlaygroundDarkness has always been key to what makes Orange Is the New Black great. Why is the new season so upbeat?
May 28 2015 9:54 AMThe Perfect PivotIn its second season, Halt and Catch Fire has swiveled to become a different, better show.
May 18 2015 7:37 AMThe 10 Greatest Shots in Mad Men’s Seven-Season RunSaying goodbye to the most beautiful series on TV.
May 15 2015 5:35 PMIs Don Draper Worth It?A Harvard Business School professor writes up the troubled ad man as an HBS case study.
May 15 2015 12:25 PMWhat 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.
May 10 2015 9:00 PMDavid Letterman Raised MeHis subversive comedy transformed the entertainment landscape—and made me who I am today.
May 10 2015 9:00 PMWe’ll Always Have ParrotsLooking back on my years as David Letterman’s animal handler.
Aug. 13 2015 4:24 PMShow Me a HeroDavid Simon made a wonky procedural about affordable-housing policy. It’s utterly thrilling.
July 29 2015 6:26 PMWet Hot American Summer: First Day of CampNetflix’s revival of the cult classic is TV’s reboot boom at its best.
July 22 2015 5:06 PMI Am CaitCaitlyn Jenner’s E! series is not invasive or insensitive or crass. But it is something far more surprising: a terrible reality show.
June 29 2015 2:45 PMReality CheckLifetime’s UnReal is the first antihero show that is created by women, stars women, and at times brutally satirizes women. It’s irresistible.
June 19 2015 3:43 PMYou Eat What You AreHow Hannibal’s brilliant food photography makes cannibals out of viewers.
June 18 2015 11:30 AMThe Astronaut Wives ClubEvery ’60s period drama is now doomed to get compared to Mad Men—but ABC’s new show delivers much simpler pleasures. 
June 14 2015 11:09 PMThe Game of Thrones GraveyardLeave a flower for a fallen character.
June 12 2015 2:57 PMJonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell The TV adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s book makes magic seem dangerously, thrillingly real. 
May 29 2015 3:22 AMThis 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.
May 26 2015 3:06 PMOutside Amy Schumer How the sketch show sneakily spoofs female fashion. 
May 15 2015 8:11 PM“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.
May 15 2015 4:26 PMDoes Don Draper Believe in Love?The seven-season evolution of his—and Mad Men’s—relationship to romance.
May 10 2015 9:00 PMEveryone Misunderstood Arsenio HallHe could have brought some much-needed diversity to late night. Here’s why his comeback failed.
May 10 2015 9:00 PM“Just Call Me ‘Bean Bag’!”The first late-night show ever was insane. Why have we never heard of it?
May 10 2015 9:00 PMYouTube Killed the Studio Audience What I learned from going to tapings of every late-night show.

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