Television

Can TV Get the Rom-Com Right?

Several shows are trying. A couple of them are succeeding.

Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PMThe Slate Walking Dead PodcastA spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Oct. 13 2014 2:51 PMInmaculadaJane the Virgin is the best reason to watch the CW in years.
Oct. 8 2014 11:38 AMIt’s the Freakiest ShowAmerican Horror Story continues to be like nothing else on television.
Oct. 2 2014 2:24 PMThe Rise of Bummer TVGracepoint, Broadchurch, and the epidemic of sad television.
Sept. 29 2014 2:57 PMSee MeTransparent is the fall’s only great new show.
Sept. 24 2014 2:10 PMSay It LoudBlack-ish is proud, politically incorrect, and the fall’s best new sitcom.
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PMAttractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic ThingsDon’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
Sept. 18 2014 8:53 AMThe Other Huxtable EffectThirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.
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.
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AMThe Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
Oct. 9 2014 2:05 PMWhich One of These Stories Do You Believe?The Affair brings Rashomon-style storytelling to television.
Oct. 3 2014 12:57 PMBizarro JerryMulaney is just like Seinfeld, except it’s not funny.
Oct. 1 2014 12:19 PMHomeland Is Good AgainFor now, at least.
Sept. 25 2014 12:41 PMHow to Get Away With HyperdramaThe new TV genre invented by Shonda Rhimes.
Sept. 22 2014 2:12 PMCrusader, Sans CapeThe superhero trappings of Gotham are just a clever disguise.
Sept. 18 2014 1:41 PMTelevision for AdultsThe Good Wife is cynical, thrilling, and grown-up. It’s also TV’s best drama.
Sept. 16 2014 12:05 PMSlim Pickings at the Network TV BazaarThree talented actresses in three terrible shows.
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.

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