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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

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.
Brow Beat
May 13 2016 9:01 AMNashville Was Never a Great Show, but I’m Still Sad to See It Go
Brow Beat
May 9 2016 8:35 AMThe Good Wife’s Powerful Finale Was Exactly the Ending This Great Series Needed
Books
May 4 2016 10:00 AMSpeak, MotherhoodHow parenting can birth great writing.
Brow Beat
April 25 2016 12:07 AMGame of Thrones Finally Breaks Free of the Books, and It’s Kind of Thrilling
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.
Television
May 18 2016 5:52 AMLady DynamiteMaria Bamford’s new Netflix show is part sharp showbiz satire, part plaintive character sketch, and entirely unique. 
Brow Beat
May 12 2016 2:33 PMChelsea Handler’s New Netflix “Late-Night Show” Is Neither on Late Nor Much of a Show
Year of Great Books
May 5 2016 1:37 PMWhat Should We Read Next?Help us choose the next book in a Year of Great Books.
TV Club Podcast
May 2 2016 3:41 PMGame of Thrones PodcastJoin our members-only TV Club to listen to spoiler-filled discussions of every episode.
Television
April 19 2016 6:45 PMThe Euro Thriller, Tinkered With and Tailored to Our TimeIn The Night Manager and The Last Panthers, the violence of Europe’s past spills over into the present.

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