Willa Paskin
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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

Television
Oct. 16 2018 2:18 PMThe Conners Is the Roseanne Revival We Should Have HadInstead of making hay of culture war flashpoints, the spinoff stays focused on the family’s bleakly circumscribed reality.
Decoder Ring
Oct. 1 2018 2:00 AMDecoder Ring: Hotel ArtHotel art has vastly improved—but can it ever be good?
Television
Sept. 21 2018 9:00 AMManiacWhat kind of series gets young movie stars to TV? One that’s like a bunch of movies at once.
Television
Sept. 17 2018 5:55 AMThe Creators of Forever Don’t Want You to Know What It’s Actually AboutBut “spoiling” this Amazon series means revealing it’s not nearly as surprising or adventurous as it thinks it is.
Television
Sept. 6 2018 12:21 PMKiddingJim Carrey stars as a sad Mr. Rogers who’s struggling to carry on.
Wide Angle
Aug. 27 2018 5:55 AMThe Hidden Queer History of Paper DollsInfinitely adaptable and easy to conceal, these toys were surprisingly appealing to gay men in the 1950s.
Television
July 31 2018 1:59 PMThe Hosts Make Making ItThis new reality show about crafting benefits from the best hosts you could ask for: Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.
Decoder Ring
July 30 2018 12:08 PMDecoder Ring: The Basement AffairMaking love and performance art on a VH1 dating show.
Television
July 12 2018 3:24 PMNetflix Broke HBO’s 18-Year Emmy Nominations Streak. What Does That Mean for the Future of TV?In the game of Emmys, you grow or you die.
Brow Beat
June 29 2018 12:40 PMDid Anyone Understand Westworld?Four critics discuss Westworld’s Season 2  in spoiler-filled detail.
Wide Angle
June 25 2018 7:00 AMHow Did Clowns Become Scary?Blame the circus and television.
Television
June 19 2018 10:21 AMThe Proposal Is the Perfect Reality Show for Our Stupid Times
Television
June 4 2018 5:50 AMThe Case of the Fractured FandomFans say Holmes and Watson are a couple in the BBC’s Sherlock. The creators deny it. Who’s right?
Television
May 31 2018 12:46 PMPoseRyan Murphy’s new series is an admirable model of representation. It’s not yet a great TV show.
Brow Beat
May 29 2018 3:29 PMIn Roseanne’s Cancellation, Morality Won Out Over the Status Quo
Television
Oct. 11 2018 2:23 PMThe Romanoffs Is Prestige TV at Movie LengthSome episodes merit Mad Men–style dissection, but others are just bloated and lethargic.
Television
Sept. 26 2018 4:33 PMMurphy Brown ReturnsFake news, or old news?
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2018 1:07 AMThe Emmys Were an Island of Boredom in a Sea of ChaosA ceremony that touted the TV industry’s diversity largely failed to reward it.
Television
Sept. 13 2018 5:55 AMThe FirstSean Penn’s space drama may take place in zero gravity, but it’s obsessed with gravitas.
Decoder Ring
Aug. 27 2018 6:00 AMDecoder Ring: The Paper Doll ClubWho still plays with paper dolls?
Television
Aug. 2 2018 11:27 AMWatch Succession NowI didn’t get HBO’s genre-bending drama at first. Now I realize it’s amazing.
Television
July 30 2018 12:09 PMReality TV as Performance ArtWhy would a sane person want to appear on a TV dating competition?
Television
July 15 2018 10:30 PMWho Is America? Gives Pro-Gun Zealots the Borat Treatment
Television
July 5 2018 11:55 AMSharp Objects Tries to Redefine Prestige TVMore women, still grim.
Television
June 28 2018 5:57 AMA Ring of Their OwnThe wacky, warm, estrogen-heavy family of GLOW.
Decoder Ring
June 25 2018 6:00 AMClown PanicDecoder Ring investigates the history of clowns, phantom-clown panics, and the rise of the horror clown.
Television
June 4 2018 6:08 PMThe TV Show We Need Right NowDietland and Succession show it’s surprisingly hard to develop an urgently relevant show in the age of the lightning-fast news cycle.
Decoder Ring
June 4 2018 5:49 AMDecoder Ring: The Johnlock ConspiracyThe BBC insisted that John Watson and Sherlock Holmes aren’t gay lovers. Fans disagreed.
Television
May 30 2018 11:30 PMThe End of The AmericansWhat did it mean to root for these murderous antiheroes, whose moral struggles were so like our own?
Brow Beat
May 29 2018 12:41 PMMichelle Wolf’s Netflix Show Is Funniest When She’s ViciousWhen she’s not, it suggests Netflix isn’t as revolutionary as it likes to think it is.

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