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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

Television
Sept. 6 2016 8:00 AMQueen SugarAva DuVernay’s TV show strikes the perfect balance of prestige-y gravitas and fun.
DoubleX Gabfest
Aug. 17 2016 2:38 PMNBC’s Olympics Reporters Are Biased and Sexist. Here’s Why.The DoubleX Gabfest chats about hidden biases against female athletes.
Television
Aug. 11 2016 4:07 PMThe Wine ShowThe trailer was the stuff of the internet’s dreams. But the show itself is a nightmare.
Five-Ring Circus
Aug. 9 2016 1:48 PMHow NBC Spun the Phelps–le Clos Poolside Psychodrama Into TV Gold
Five-ring Circus
Aug. 6 2016 12:02 AMA Journey Through National Trauma Via Cirque du Soleil–Style Performance ArtThe odd spectacle of the Rio Olympics’ austere, exuberant, didactic opening ceremony.
Brow Beat
July 26 2016 12:01 PMSarah Silverman Singlehandedly Proved Why Celebs Are Useful at Political Conventions
Television
July 15 2016 12:14 PMHBO’s Vice Principals Is ShockingBut it won’t make you laugh.
Brow Beat
July 13 2016 1:07 PMIn Season 2, Mr. Robot Has Become a Critique of Itself
Television
July 7 2016 11:21 AMMaking a PrisonerHBO’s new crime drama The Night Of is just remarkably good.
Culture Gabfest
June 30 2016 11:13 AMWhat’s Brexit Got to Do With Game of Thrones?The Culture Gabfest says the show’s finale is more timely than ever.
Brow Beat
June 27 2016 1:55 AMIn Its Hugely Satisfying Season Finale, Game of Thrones Became the Show It's Always Tried Not to Be
Television
June 13 2016 2:40 PMBrainDeadThe satirical D.C. zombie comedy from the creators of The Good Wife would be funny if it felt like satire at all.
TV Club Podcast
June 6 2016 1:34 PMGame of Thrones PodcastJoin our members-only TV Club to listen to a spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 7.
Culturebox
May 31 2016 5:45 AMWhat Makes Facebook Live Videos So Mind-Blowingly BadWith occasional glimmers of transcendence.
Television
May 20 2016 9:43 AMJulian Fellowes Presents Downton Abbey IIJust kidding: Doctor Thorne.
The XX Factor
Aug. 22 2016 10:38 AMThe Troubling Contradiction at the Heart of the Nate Parker Controversy
Television
Aug. 16 2016 5:45 AMI Love DickAmazon’s new Jill Soloway show affirms exactly why she is so good at making TV.
DoubleX Gabfest
Aug. 11 2016 10:46 AMThe Olympics Extravaganza EditionListen to the DoubleX Gabfest’s show about gymnastics, intersex athletes, and swimming at the Olympics.
Television
Aug. 9 2016 11:16 AMThe Get DownBaz Luhrmann’s Netflix series is peak Luhrmann: a glittery, grandiose, captivating mess.
Five-ring Circus
Aug. 5 2016 9:29 AMDestroyer of Souls, Earner of EndorsementsA maniac in the pool and adorable on land, Katie Ledecky is the prototype of an American Olympian starlet.
Brow Beat
July 21 2016 1:05 PMHow the Televisual Disaster That Is the RNC Reveals the Limits of Trump’s Showmanship
Brow Beat
July 14 2016 2:28 PMThe Emmys Have a Knack for Being Both Stodgy and Trailblazing at Once
Television
July 12 2016 10:01 AMStranger ThingsThis new Netflix series is an homage to and pastiche of all things Spielberg that misunderstands a key element of Spielberg’s work.
Culture Gabfest
July 6 2016 12:35 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Steve Is a Mocap Golden Retriever” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The BFG, Animal Kingdom, and Facebook’s new algorithm.
Year of Great Books
June 27 2016 2:01 PMAbout My ÁntoniaWhat we made of Willa Cather’s masterpiece.
Brow Beat
June 17 2016 8:02 AMThe Excellent New Season of Orange Is the New Black Couldn’t Feel More Timely
Television
June 13 2016 5:45 AMFriend-Zone TVGame of Thrones isn’t very good anymore. But here’s why we still stick by it.
Television
June 2 2016 10:56 AM“The First Black Suitor! We’re Gonna Make History!”UnReal’s second season is just as brilliant and twisted as its first—but it tackles even bigger questions.
Television
May 27 2016 10:56 AMRootsThe History Channel’s new version of the trailblazing ’70s miniseries is as necessary today as it was nearly 40 years ago.
Television
May 19 2016 12:25 PMPreacherAMC’s stylish, wry, blasphemous new series deserves to become as big a hit as The Walking Dead.

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