Willa Paskin
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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

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.
Television
May 10 2018 9:13 AMPatrick Melrose and the Long Afterburn of TraumaBenedict Cumberbatch stars in an adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn’s novels.
Television
April 30 2018 10:00 AMThe Man Who Perfected the Laugh TrackCharlie Douglass changed the way TV viewers watch comedies.
Television
April 24 2018 2:38 PMThe New Episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale Suggest It Should Have Ended After Its First SeasonBut it’s still as good as ever at making you feel bad.
Television
April 18 2018 5:50 AMPlayed OutWestworld, the game, undermines Westworld, the TV show.
Television
April 10 2018 12:41 PMKilling Eve Makes Murder Dangerously FunPhoebe Waller-Bridge’s BBC America series tracks the hunt for a gleeful contract killer, but underestimate her, and it, at your peril.
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
Brow Beat
May 23 2018 4:02 PMAsymmetry Is About As Loving a Eulogy As You’ll Find for Philip RothLisa Halliday’s novel did more to make me fond of him than his books.
Family
May 3 2018 5:57 AMArt or Babies?In extolling the limitlessness of a life without children, Sheila Heti ends up making the case for writerly limits.
Decoder Ring
April 30 2018 8:00 AMDecoder Ring: The Laff BoxWhat happened to the laugh track?
Television
April 20 2018 1:58 PMThe Long Shadow of ScandalOver seven seasons, the show sometimes lost the (insanely complicated) plot, but it changed TV for good.
Culture Gabfest
April 11 2018 11:25 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Neo-Maxi-Zoom-Dweebie” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Roseanne, Kacey Musgraves, and The Breakfast Club.
Television
April 5 2018 4:27 PMBack to the ShoreJersey Shore Family Vacation finds reality stars trying to mature without changing their bankable personas.

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