Better Things Gets Even Better
Season 2 of a family sitcom that really understands how messy parenting can feel.
The Heartbreaking First Black BacheloretteI hoped this season could find a way to change cultural perceptions of black love. I’ll be honest: I’m crushed.
GLOWNetflix’s charming new show, executive-produced by Jenji Kohan, takes gender and racial stereotypes and body-slams them into the mat.
House 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.
The 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.
Between Two WorldsA comprehensive history of the strange, sublime collaboration between Twin Peaks creators David Lynch and Mark Frost.
Wrapped 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.
Diane, 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.
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.
Captives to CaptorsSeason 5 of Orange Is the New Black puts the inmates in charge—with very disturbing results.
Lynch 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.
Anne With an ENetflix’s dark, gritty reboot of Anne of Green Gables has all the subtlety of a chalkboard smashed over your head.
In Season 2, Master of None Goes Bigger and Gets BetterThe comedy series’ ambitious new episodes take on everything from Italian neorealism to reality TV.
The Handmaid’s TaleIt’s a terrifying dystopian drama about systemic murder and rape. It’s also somehow a pleasure to watch.
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.