Willa Paskin
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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

Television
Oct. 17 2017 4:04 PMThe New Man ShowJimmy Kimmel—mouthy, mean, and quick to cry—is the perfect foil for Donald Trump. But how long can he play the hero?
Brow Beat
Oct. 3 2017 1:25 AMDid Anyone Make Better Driving Music Than Tom Petty?
Television
Sept. 26 2017 7:30 AMLaw & Order Tries to Get RealWith The Menendez Murders, the august franchise can’t quite pull off its own splashy true-crime story.
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2017 1:58 AMThe First Emmys of the Trump Era Spoke More Loudly With Its Actions Than Its Words
Television
Sept. 13 2017 1:22 PMBetter Things Gets Even BetterSeason 2 of a family sitcom that really understands how messy parenting can feel.
Brow Beat
Sept. 6 2017 7:33 AMAmerican Horror Story: Cult’s Scary Clowns Are a Relief From the Much Scarier Real World
Television
May 3 2017 8:00 PMDiane, Remind Me to Tell You How Twin Peaks Changed TV ForeverBefore Special Agent Dale Cooper, you could just watch a show. Now you have to solve it.
Brow Beat
April 17 2017 12:40 AMThe Ending of Girls Was Not Particularly Satisfying. But This Show Didn’t Need a Great Finale.
Television
April 11 2017 12:10 PMLife Imitates VeepThe new season is a portrait of a defeated female politician in exile, and it has more pathos than punchlines.
Brow Beat
April 2 2017 10:00 PMThe Big Little Lies Finale Was the Perfect Ending for a Show That Excelled at Artful Misdirection
Television
March 23 2017 4:26 PMMust-Suffer TVShots Fired, American Crime, and the challenge of making grim, issue-driven shows that are somehow still fun to watch.
Brow Beat
March 20 2017 8:02 AMAmid a Slew of Lackluster Amazon Pilots, Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Is a Knockout
Television
March 2 2017 7:17 AMWhere’s the Beef?Ryan Murphy’s Feud takes one of history’s juiciest catfights and reduces it to a dry lecture about Hollywood sexism.
Brow Beat
Feb. 24 2017 12:29 PMGirls’ Episode With Matthew Rhys Proves This Show Is Still Brilliant at Stoking Controversy
Television
Feb. 16 2017 3:13 PMThe Return of Tracy FlickThe thrilling new HBO drama Big Little Lies lets Reese Witherspoon do exactly what she does best.
Culturebox
Oct. 9 2017 5:55 AMThe Couple WhispererEsther Perel’s irresistible new podcast puts you in the room with couples in therapy.
Television
Sept. 28 2017 5:50 AMWill & Grace Is Still a Show America NeedsBecause now it’s a sharp comedy about white, moneyed, liberal hypocrisy.
Brow Beat
Sept. 25 2017 2:12 PMOn Today, Megyn Kelly Might Be Done With Politics, But Politics Aren’t Done With Her
Culturebox
Sept. 15 2017 2:45 PMUnsolved MysteriesCan a documentary answer every question? Should it even try?
Brow Beat
Sept. 8 2017 2:38 PMTop of the Lake's Second Season Feels Like a Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale
Culturebox
June 8 2017 3:00 PMIn Defense of Lusty Movie ReviewsWe trust that other physical responses, like tears and nausea, are trying to tell us something about what we just saw. Our libidos are too.
Television
April 21 2017 12:09 PMThe Handmaid’s TaleIt’s a terrifying dystopian drama about systemic murder and rape. It’s also somehow a pleasure to watch.
Television
April 14 2017 2:41 PMThe Gonzo New Season of The LeftoversThe show has entered full-blown mania. It’s thrilling.
Brow Beat
April 2 2017 11:00 PMIs Hannah Horvath’s Pregnancy a Narrative Dead End—or a Stroke of Dunham-ian Genius?
Culture Gabfest
March 29 2017 12:59 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Beast, Brontës, and Broadway” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Beauty and the Beast, To Walk Invisible, and an interview with Alison Wright.
Culture Gabfest
March 22 2017 12:12 PMThe Culture Gabfest “[Chuck Berry Guitar Lick]” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Personal Shopper, Chuck Berry, and the sale of Us Weekly.
Brow Beat
March 15 2017 12:35 AMRachel Maddow Turned a Scoop on Donald Trump’s Taxes Into a Cynical, Self-Defeating Spectacle
Brow Beat
Feb. 27 2017 3:13 AMThe 2017 Oscars Transformed From a Tepid Rejoinder to Trump Into a Full-Fledged Liberal Fantasy
Culturebox
Feb. 24 2017 5:50 AMWhat’s a Celebrity to Do in the Age of Trump?The rich and famous get mocked relentlessly for speaking up about politics. But they may not have a choice.
Brow Beat
Feb. 13 2017 2:51 PMRicky Gervais’ New Netflix Series Is So Bad That It Shows Exactly What Made The Office Great

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