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Lifetime’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 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.
May 10 2015 9:00 PMWe Were With CocoHow did Conan fade from the pop culture spotlight?
April 29 2015 10:30 AMBourgeois GhostsThe BBC’s Casual Vacancy miniseries is infinitely better than J.K. Rowling’s book.
April 21 2015 3:00 AMThe Female GazeHow Amy Schumer flips the script on real-life gender dynamics.
April 9 2015 2:43 PMLouie Season 5Don’t be fooled by tonight’s slapstick-y episode: This season is darker—and smarter—than ever.
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.
May 1 2015 5:39 PMExtreme MakeoverThe dramatic, surprising evolution of Louie’s philosophy of love.
April 23 2015 5:33 PMMore Like CrappyishThe new Steve Coogan series Happyish is frustrating in a particularly Showtime-y way.
April 9 2015 3:20 PMThe ComediansFX’s new show is the celebrities-fictionalize-their-own-lives genre at its clunkiest.
April 9 2015 1:48 PMA Song of Ice and Sometimes Different StuffIn its fifth season, Game of Thrones is at its best when it diverges from the books completely.

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