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The Good Wife is cynical, thrilling, and grown-up. It’s also TV’s best drama.

Sept. 18 2014 8:53 AMThe Other Huxtable EffectThirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.
Sept. 15 2014 11:38 AMThe Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 4 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Listen."
Sept. 3 2014 11:00 AMThe Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 2 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Into the Dalek."
Aug. 28 2014 1:50 PMWhit Stillman’s New TV Show Is Almost As Good As His Old MoviesAnd Amazon can really do comedy. Drama, on the other hand …
Aug. 20 2014 7:29 AMOne Tough Female Detective and Hardly Any GunsIf you like Prime Suspect and The Fall, watch Happy Valley.
Aug. 7 2014 11:19 AMThe KnickSteven Soderbergh’s medical drama looks better than anything on TV, but otherwise resembles every medical drama on TV.
July 29 2014 9:44 AMJohn Oliver’s #LongrantsThree months in, Last Week Tonight is the perfect news show for now.
July 25 2014 10:33 AMLittle Networks, Big ShowsDramas on WGN and WE epitomize the flood of totally decent television.
July 16 2014 8:17 AMThe 20-Year-Old VirginsMTV’s new reality series about not doing it.
July 11 2014 10:41 AMFor the Sake of ScienceThe hot, messy psychology of intimacy in Masters of Sex.
July 2 2014 12:06 PMThe Game of Thrones Podcast: The Complete Fourth SeasonSpoiling everything in one convenient place.
June 26 2014 8:27 AMAnother Metaphysical ConundrumThe Leftovers and Damon Lindelof’s blockbuster repetition compulsion.
June 19 2014 11:44 AMGet Over It, Man!My uncharitable impatience with Rectify.
June 5 2014 12:10 AMBack in OrangeOrange Is the New Black returns for Season 2, and the other inmates take center stage.
May 22 2014 2:05 PM“By 1984 You Could Be Dead”HBO and Ryan Murphy’s tremendously moving The Normal Heart.
Sept. 16 2014 12:05 PMSlim Pickings at the Network TV BazaarThree talented actresses in three terrible shows.
Sept. 10 2014 3:02 PMThese People Will Not Create a Perfect SocietyBut they do reflect our own.
Sept. 2 2014 2:34 PMA Tween Is BornThe legacy of Saved by the Bell.
Aug. 22 2014 9:54 AMThe Longest FaceBoJack Horseman is a bleak, brilliant comedy about a talking horse.
Aug. 8 2014 8:14 AMOutlanderIt’s a great feminist adventure. I wish it were a little more of a cheesy romance.
July 31 2014 12:49 PMThe Honorable WomanA complex, turgid, worthwhile mystery about the Israel-Palestine conflict.
July 28 2014 2:05 PMFull BloomThe complicated, endearing maturity of Blossom. Yes, Blossom.
July 17 2014 11:49 AM“I Just Hate My Life, and My Life Is You”FX takes on the relationship sitcom, with sharp results.
July 11 2014 4:09 PMThe "Why Is Hollywood Mesmerized by Washington?" Bonus SegmentIn a Slate Plus Political Gabfest bonus segment, David Plotz asks two TV writers to explain a wave of political television.
July 9 2014 11:30 AMThe Summer of Popcorn TVExtant and The Strain, two enjoyable B-movie shows with limited futures.
June 30 2014 10:36 AMThe Best TV Show of 2014 Is From 2008And it’s about Modern Orthodox Jews dating in Jerusalem.
June 24 2014 10:21 AMBack to QuracTyrant dreams big but still feels small.
June 16 2014 6:45 PMThe Game of Thrones GraveyardLeave a flower for a fallen character.
May 30 2014 12:03 PMAvast WastelandYup, John Malkovich stars in an NBC pirate drama.
May 22 2014 2:22 AMThe Americans Season 2 Podcast ExclusiveA Slate Plus exclusive: Listen to The Americans showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields talk about the Season 2 finale with Slate’s Willa Paskin.

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