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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

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.
Television
April 3 2018 11:49 AMRoseanne Is More Than Just Its PoliticsLike most good art, it cannot be reduced to a single message.
Television
March 26 2018 12:03 AMBelieve This WomanStormy Daniels did wonders for her credibility on 60 Minutes.
Television
March 21 2018 9:30 AMWell-Funded FearWealth makes people fascinating targets in a miniseries about the John Paul Getty III kidnapping.
Brow Beat
March 6 2018 1:09 PMThe Bachelor Finale Achieved New Heights in the Art of Commodifying SufferingThe show brought a cruel and unusual new innovation to the field of amazingly awful television.
Television
March 1 2018 5:55 AMAtlanta Isn’t Afraid to Be ArtThe second season of Donald Glover’s FX series settles on you like an uneasy dream.
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.
The Goods
April 4 2018 2:59 PMI Tried to Re-Create That Miraculous Needle-Threading Video From Twitter and Guess What: It’s Not So Miraculous
Television
March 27 2018 11:04 AMThe New Roseanne Proves It’s Still the Ultimate White, Working-Class SitcomBut what that means, two decades later, is much more complicated.
Television
March 23 2018 9:30 AMAnd SceneA hit man takes up acting—and takes on TV’s antihero fixation—in Barry.
Television
March 13 2018 4:10 PMThe Musical Drama Rise Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps BackIt’s not blind, but it can’t quite see.
Brow Beat
March 5 2018 2:10 AMThe 2018 Academy Awards Made Unexciting HistoryThe most unpredictable Oscars in years somehow ended up the least surprising.
Life
Feb. 26 2018 5:55 AM“We Had Four Kids, Then We Went to Alaska, and Darned if We Didn’t Come Back With Another One”Meet Elva P. Higgins, age 96, from eastern Kansas.

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