Willa Paskin
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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

Brow Beat
Nov. 8 2015 12:31 PMHow SNL’s Jokes About Trump’s Racism Actually Made Him Stronger
Brow Beat
Nov. 6 2015 10:28 AMFlesh and Bone Compares Ballet to War. Why Does So Much Prestige TV Masculinize its Violence?
Television
Oct. 29 2015 9:00 AMThe Indispensable Project GreenlightReality TV’s heyday may have passed, but this show is single-handedly making the case for the genre’s importance. 
Television
Oct. 27 2015 7:00 AMThe True Detective of Network TVWicked City features a necrophiliac serial killer and plenty of shocking violence and sex—but somehow makes it all seem tame.
Brow Beat
Oct. 19 2015 12:54 PMAmy Schumer’s HBO Special Live at the Apollo Was Funny—but Frustrating
Brow Beat
Oct. 15 2015 3:10 PMAn Interview With the Graffiti Artist Who Snuck Anti-Homeland Graffiti Onto the Homeland Set
Television
Oct. 12 2015 2:20 PMYou BetchaThe second season of Fargo adds some fresh ingredients to the first season’s monotonous Minnesota menu.
Television
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. 
Television
Oct. 2 2015 1:15 PMThe Affair Should Be a Sexy, Irresistible StunnerBut something’s holding the Showtime series back.
Brow Beat
Sept. 29 2015 1:05 AMTrevor Noah’s First Daily Show Was a Jon Stewart Impression—But With Glimpses of Something New
Television
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.
Television
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.
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2015 1:27 PMNeil Patrick Harris’ New Variety Show Takes “Live TV” to a Frenetic Extreme
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 9 2015 2:01 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Binocular G” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on #peakTV, Documentary Now, and the new Google logo.
Brow Beat
Sept. 9 2015 10:03 AMLate Show Host Stephen Colbert Is Not So Different From “Stephen Colbert” After All
TV Club Podcast
Nov. 6 2015 4:23 PMThe Empire Podcast, Episode 6Slate’s TV Club covers what might be Empire’s worst episode.
Television
Nov. 4 2015 10:30 AMMaster of NoneAziz Ansari’s Netflix series is a canny social satire—and a truly great sitcom. 
Brow Beat
Oct. 28 2015 8:02 AMBam, Crash, Snooze: TV Fight Scenes Have Never Been Less Fun to Watch
Television
Oct. 22 2015 2:36 PMSupergirlIt’s a procedural in a cape.
Television
Oct. 16 2015 1:01 PMInsanity DefenseIn its third season, Nathan for You is even more delightfully deranged—and ingenious.
Brow Beat
Oct. 15 2015 8:03 AMIt’s Time to Kill “Fall TV”  
Television
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.
TV Club Podcast
Oct. 2 2015 4:29 PMThe Empire Podcast: The Second Season Is HereHear Slate’s complete commentary on the newest Empire episodes.
Television
Oct. 1 2015 3:58 PMYou Should Be Watching The Leftovers In Season 2, HBO’s series gets hauntingly good.
TV Club Podcast
Sept. 25 2015 11:15 AMThe Empire Podcast, Episode 1Slate’s TV Club recaps the second season’s premiere, “The Devils Are Here.”
Television
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.
Brow Beat
Sept. 21 2015 1:19 AMThe 2015 Emmys Reminded Us That the Emmys Can Be Good TV
Television
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.
Television
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.
Television
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.

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