Willa Paskin
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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

Brow Beat
Dec. 27 2016 4:08 PMHow Carrie Fisher Helped Give 30 Rock One of Its Greatest Episodes
TV Club
Dec. 22 2016 7:00 AMThe TV Club, 2016The one scene this year that left me with tears—literally—streaming down my face.
TV Club
Dec. 20 2016 5:45 AMThe TV Club, 2016Whither the TV comedy?
Television
Dec. 14 2016 10:42 AMStarLee Daniels’ new show is a music business soap opera that wants to help heal our country’s racial divide.
Television
Dec. 6 2016 8:15 AMThese Two Shows Have Been My Ideal Postelection Escapist TVThey have one thing in common: a lot of flirting.
Brow Beat
Nov. 28 2016 5:45 AMWe Finally Know What Gilmore Girls’ “Last Four Words” Are, and They Are a Disappointment
Brow Beat
Nov. 10 2016 8:02 AMWhy I’ve Spent the Past 24 Hours Thinking About, of All People, Friday Night Lights’ Buddy Garrity
Television
Nov. 2 2016 12:35 PMThe CrownNetflix’s sumptuous $100 million drama about the British monarchy delivers exactly what it promises. That isn’t enough.
Television
Oct. 27 2016 4:52 PM“It’s Network TV” Shouldn’t Excuse Pure GeniusCBS doesn’t deserve a pass for making idiotic tech propaganda that’s one-tenth as curious about the issues it raises as it should be.
Television
Oct. 20 2016 9:45 AMThe Prestige-ification of ProceduralsWith Goliath and Chance, networks are trying to update legal and cop shows for the age of peak TV. But did the form really need fixing?
Television
Oct. 7 2016 3:28 PMDivorce Sarah Jessica Parker’s new HBO show tries so hard to prove it’s not Sex and the City that it almost plays as a rebuke.
Television
Sept. 30 2016 5:54 PMAmanda KnoxThis new Netflix true-crime documentary is a lot more interested in dissecting the miscarriage of justice than the murder.
Television
Sept. 29 2016 9:30 AMWestworldHBO makes a grasp for another vast, gory, sexy drama with this show about a futuristic theme park.
Brow Beat
Sept. 22 2016 12:24 PMSurvivor: Millennials vs. Gen X Is As Cartoonish a Battle of the Generations As You’d Imagine
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 20 2016 1:47 PMThe Culture Gabfest Reacts to Brangelina’s BreakupHear their unedited reaction from the moment the story broke.
TV Club
Dec. 23 2016 10:06 AMThe TV Club, 2016What we need from television in 2017.
TV Club
Dec. 21 2016 5:50 AMThe TV Club, 2016The shows that achieved peak TV escape velocity and became inescapable were mysteries.
TV Club
Dec. 18 2016 9:00 PMThe TV Club, 2016How Trump’s win completely re-contextualized certain TV trends.
Television
Dec. 9 2016 11:12 AMThe Top 10 TV Shows of 2016Two Russian spies, one empowered prostitute, and one very likable weed dealer.
Brow Beat
Dec. 5 2016 12:23 PMThe Westworld Finale Highlighted the Problem With This Show’s Twist Addiction
Television
Nov. 21 2016 12:18 PMThe Return of Gilmore GirlsDespite the rocky start, it feels so good to be back in Stars Hollow.
Brow Beat
Nov. 4 2016 1:40 PMWestworld Is Coining a New Genre Altogether: The TV Show as Multiplayer Game
Television
Oct. 31 2016 8:29 AMTrump Tower Live Does Not Bode Well for Trump TVThe Trump campaign’s new Facebook Live show is missing the key ingredient of good cable news.
Television
Oct. 20 2016 6:27 PMThe New Season of Black Mirror Is the Bleakest YetBut it’s still so wildly imaginative that you can’t look away.
Brow Beat
Oct. 17 2016 1:08 PMWhy Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump Rankles Trump More Than Other SNL Impressions of Him
Television
Oct. 6 2016 11:31 AMInsecureIssa Rae’s HBO show is the most honest look at the anxiety and exhilaration of dating that we’ve seen in a very long time.
Television
Sept. 30 2016 9:14 AMWoody Allen Meets AmazonAnd a bloated, oblivious TV show ensues.
The Next 20
Sept. 26 2016 12:28 PM110 Million Open HousesZillow, House Hunters, and how real estate became entertainment.
Culturebox
Sept. 22 2016 9:45 AMThe Transcendence of Transparent Somehow, three seasons in, this show keeps finding new ways to get better.
Television
Sept. 19 2016 9:02 AMThe Rotten Cheese of This Is UsNBC’s new drama is emotional uplift at its most oppressive.

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