Willa Paskin
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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

Television
April 14 2016 11:53 AMConfirmationHBO’s series about the Anita Hill–Clarence Thomas hearings proves that scandal plus time equals riveting TV.
Brow Beat
April 6 2016 11:10 PMThe Americans Pulled Off a Devastating Plot Shocker With Just the Right Amount of Misdirection
Television
March 31 2016 12:33 PMThe PathHulu’s new series about a Scientology-esque cult is a uniquely measured, nuanced take on religious extremism.
Television
March 28 2016 8:44 AMThe RanchNetflix’s new multicamera sitcom is engineered to compete with network TV. And it’s good.
Television
March 11 2016 9:30 AMFlakedNetflix’s new show crystallizes the key problem with today’s prestige comedies: how seriously they insist on taking their protagonists’ plights.
Brow Beat
March 7 2016 8:02 AMEven House of Cards Can’t Keep Up With Our Deranged Political Reality
Brow Beat
Feb. 29 2016 2:14 AMChris Rock Couldn’t Have Done a Better Job Hosting the Oscars Amid #OscarsSoWhite
Television
Feb. 24 2016 5:30 AMFuller HouseNetflix’s sitcom is a pitch-perfect reboot of the original. But who is this show for?
Television
Feb. 19 2016 4:31 PMLoveNetflix’s new comedy, created by Girls writer Lesley Arfin and produced by Judd Apatow, is extraordinarily bingeable. That doesn’t mean it’s good.
Television
Feb. 11 2016 4:17 PMBetter Call Saul Keeps Getting BetterSeason 2 of AMC’s series is a case study in how to make a truly original reboot.
Television
Feb. 9 2016 1:30 AMFull Frontal With Samantha BeeIn her debut, Bee at once embraced and impaled the gendered expectations around her show. It’s hard to imagine a better start.
Cover Story
Jan. 24 2016 8:02 PMWhy Are Americans Ignoring Trevor Noah?This crazy campaign should be his coming-out party. Instead, it’s our first election since 2000 where The Daily Show might as well not exist.
Television
Jan. 20 2016 7:30 AMThe Perverse Pathos of Zach GalifianakisFX’s Baskets is moving and deeply sad. Too bad it’s framed as a comedy.
Television
Jan. 14 2016 10:42 AMWhy I Became a TV CriticAs a kid, I wanted to be an anthropologist. Then I started watching ’90s sitcoms.
Television
Jan. 6 2016 2:50 PMShades of BlueIn Jennifer Lopez’s new cop drama, an unarmed black man gets shot. But a network drama proves to be the worst possible place to deal with police brutality.
Television
April 11 2016 12:30 PMThe Girlfriend ExperienceA show based on Steven Soderbergh’s movie tries to tell a new kind of story about sex and female empowerment.
Brow Beat
April 6 2016 7:02 AMSure, the People v. O.J. Simpson Finale Was Clumsy—but It Was Exactly the Ending This Series Needed
Brow Beat
March 28 2016 3:30 PMWhy That Lovely Marnie-Centric Episode of Girls Was Exactly What the Show Needed
DoubleX Gabfest
March 24 2016 3:32 PMDoubleX Gabfest: The Lady Bits EditionListen to the DoubleX Gabfest discuss period feminism, the rehabilitation of Marcia Clark, and body image with Blackish star Tracee Ellis Ross.
Television
March 9 2016 8:00 AMUndergroundThis could’ve been a great serious-minded drama about escaping slaves. Instead, it’s obsessed with trying to entertain us.
Television
March 2 2016 9:30 AMHap and LeonardSundance’s charming, baggy new series shows exactly why the small screen has gotten too big for its own good.
Brow Beat
Feb. 26 2016 10:14 AMWatch All Eight of Slate’s Video Essays on This Year’s Best Picture Nominees
The Oscars
Feb. 22 2016 10:56 AMBrooklyn Is the Best Picture of the YearDon't let its subtlety convince you otherwise.
Television
Feb. 16 2016 2:32 PM11.22.63Hulu’s series about the JFK assassination, starring James Franco, tries hard to rise above the original-content fray—but it’s so much less electrifying than it should be.
Television
Feb. 9 2016 1:42 PMVinylMartin Scorsese’s HBO show about ’70s rock ’n’ roll has prestige everything—sets, talent, camera work, visuals—but an ersatz essence.
Television
Jan. 29 2016 3:15 PMThe People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime StoryFX’s mini-series feels as urgent and compelling today as the trial did in 1995.
Television
Jan. 22 2016 10:51 AMThe X-Files RebootIs uneven, unnecessary—and promising.
Television
Jan. 14 2016 4:47 PMBillionsTrashy, enticing, morally questionable—Showtime’s new series is the Page Six of TV shows.
Brow Beat
Jan. 11 2016 12:56 AMThe 2016 Golden Globes Tried So Hard to Pretend That They Don’t Take Themselves Seriously at All
Brow Beat
Jan. 5 2016 8:02 AMWhat the Decline of New Girl Reveals About How Hard It Is for Sitcom Characters to Evolve

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