You Betcha

The second season of Fargo adds some fresh ingredients to the first season’s monotonous Minnesota menu.

Oct. 12 2015 10:12 AMThe Walking Dead Podcast: Recapping the Season 6 PremiereJoin our members-only TV Club to listen to spoiler-filled discussion of every episode.
Oct. 7 2015 12:56 PMAmerican Horror Story: HotelRyan Murphy’s anthology series has gone from creepy to preachy. But this season seems like a promising new start. 
Oct. 2 2015 1:15 PMThe Affair Should Be a Sexy, Irresistible StunnerBut something’s holding the Showtime series back.
Sept. 30 2015 5:45 AMThe Frustrating Fate of Ken JeongHis Hangover and Community characters were so singular that they destroyed Asian stereotypes. What happened with Dr. Ken?
Sept. 22 2015 3:57 PMScream QueensRyan Murphy’s new show about killer sorority girls is classic Ryan Murphy: full of spiked bubblegum and nutritious venom.
Sept. 16 2015 5:54 PMMoonbeam CityThe new Comedy Central cartoon—starring the voice of Rob Lowe—is so willfully dumb that it might make you wonder if it’s meta-dumb. Don’t be fooled.
Sept. 9 2015 11:38 AMBabies and Bomb Squads and Bradley CooperWe sifted through all the wacky premises, ludicrous character names, and soapy plots to bring you this guide to the 2015 fall network dramas.
Aug. 25 2015 2:35 PMHello, FriendMr. Robot represents a new, increasingly common TV archetype: the alienated hero—a stranger to society and to himself.
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.
Oct. 8 2015 4:53 PMCrazy Ex-Girlfriend Is Peak #PeakTVThe CW has made exactly the right kind of show—nichey, meta, aware that it can’t please everyone—for our TV-over-saturated age.
Oct. 2 2015 4:22 PMHomeland Didn’t Need More NuanceSeason 5 turns the show into something more complicated, moody, and dull. 
Oct. 1 2015 3:58 PMYou Should Be Watching The Leftovers In Season 2, HBO’s series gets hauntingly good.
Sept. 23 2015 3:13 PMEmpire Is the Most Important Show on TVSeason 1 did things to ratings and audiences that network shows aren’t supposed to be able to do anymore. Now Season 2 seems poised to do it all again.
Sept. 21 2015 2:58 PMThe Muppets Reboot Ruined Miss PiggyShe was the forerunner to some of our best, most complicated female characters, from Liz Lemon to Skyler White. Now she’s been hung out to fry.
Sept. 14 2015 9:55 PMThe Bastard Executioner FX’s new show from the creator of Sons of Anarchy is a Game of Thrones knock-off that misunderstands everything that makes Game of Thrones good.
Sept. 7 2015 7:07 PMMust-Please TVThe fall network comedies all seem neurotically aware of just how hard they have to work for your attention.
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.