Willa Paskin
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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

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.
Television
April 14 2016 11:53 AMConfirmationHBO’s series about the Anita Hill–Clarence Thomas hearings proves that scandal plus time equals riveting TV.
Brow Beat
April 6 2016 11:10 PMThe Americans Pulled Off a Devastating Plot Shocker With Just the Right Amount of Misdirection
Television
March 31 2016 12:33 PMThe PathHulu’s new series about a Scientology-esque cult is a uniquely measured, nuanced take on religious extremism.
Television
March 28 2016 8:44 AMThe RanchNetflix’s new multicamera sitcom is engineered to compete with network TV. And it’s good.
Television
March 11 2016 9:30 AMFlakedNetflix’s new show crystallizes the key problem with today’s prestige comedies: how seriously they insist on taking their protagonists’ plights.
Brow Beat
March 7 2016 8:02 AMEven House of Cards Can’t Keep Up With Our Deranged Political Reality
Brow Beat
Feb. 29 2016 2:14 AMChris Rock Couldn’t Have Done a Better Job Hosting the Oscars Amid #OscarsSoWhite
Television
Feb. 24 2016 5:30 AMFuller HouseNetflix’s sitcom is a pitch-perfect reboot of the original. But who is this show for?
Television
Feb. 19 2016 4:31 PMLoveNetflix’s new comedy, created by Girls writer Lesley Arfin and produced by Judd Apatow, is extraordinarily bingeable. That doesn’t mean it’s good.
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
Television
April 15 2016 10:34 AMUnbreakable Kimmy SchmidtTina Fey’s sitcom is short on nuance but dense with great jokes. 
Television
April 11 2016 12:30 PMThe Girlfriend ExperienceA show based on Steven Soderbergh’s movie tries to tell a new kind of story about sex and female empowerment.
Brow Beat
April 6 2016 7:02 AMSure, the People v. O.J. Simpson Finale Was Clumsy—but It Was Exactly the Ending This Series Needed
Brow Beat
March 28 2016 3:30 PMWhy That Lovely Marnie-Centric Episode of Girls Was Exactly What the Show Needed
DoubleX Gabfest
March 24 2016 3:32 PMDoubleX Gabfest: The Lady Bits EditionListen to the DoubleX Gabfest discuss period feminism, the rehabilitation of Marcia Clark, and body image with Blackish star Tracee Ellis Ross.
Television
March 9 2016 8:00 AMUndergroundThis could’ve been a great serious-minded drama about escaping slaves. Instead, it’s obsessed with trying to entertain us.
Television
March 2 2016 9:30 AMHap and LeonardSundance’s charming, baggy new series shows exactly why the small screen has gotten too big for its own good.
Brow Beat
Feb. 26 2016 10:14 AMWatch All Eight of Slate’s Video Essays on This Year’s Best Picture Nominees
The Oscars
Feb. 22 2016 10:56 AMBrooklyn Is the Best Picture of the YearDon't let its subtlety convince you otherwise.
Television
Feb. 16 2016 2:32 PM11.22.63Hulu’s series about the JFK assassination, starring James Franco, tries hard to rise above the original-content fray—but it’s so much less electrifying than it should be.

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