Willa Paskin
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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

The Next 20
Sept. 26 2016 12:28 PM110 Million Open HousesZillow, House Hunters, and how real estate became entertainment.
Culturebox
Sept. 22 2016 9:45 AMThe Transcendence of Transparent Somehow, three seasons in, this show keeps finding new ways to get better.
Television
Sept. 19 2016 9:02 AMThe Rotten Cheese of This Is UsNBC’s new drama is emotional uplift at its most oppressive.
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2016 12:42 PMJimmy Fallon Mussing Donald Trump’s Hair Is the Point of No Return
Culturebox
Sept. 14 2016 9:15 AMGood News, High Maintenance FansThe HBO version of the acclaimed web series doesn’t harsh the show’s mellow.
Books
Sept. 8 2016 6:00 AMDiary of a Binge-WatcherIn the ’80s, Clive James said TV would never be more than “mediocre.” Then, devouring endless hours of television changed his mind.
Television
Sept. 6 2016 8:00 AMQueen SugarAva DuVernay’s TV show strikes the perfect balance of prestige-y gravitas and fun.
DoubleX Gabfest
Aug. 17 2016 2:38 PMNBC’s Olympics Reporters Are Biased and Sexist. Here’s Why.The DoubleX Gabfest chats about hidden biases against female athletes.
Television
Aug. 11 2016 4:07 PMThe Wine ShowThe trailer was the stuff of the internet’s dreams. But the show itself is a nightmare.
Five-Ring Circus
Aug. 9 2016 1:48 PMHow NBC Spun the Phelps–le Clos Poolside Psychodrama Into TV Gold
Five-ring Circus
Aug. 6 2016 12:02 AMA Journey Through National Trauma Via Cirque du Soleil–Style Performance ArtThe odd spectacle of the Rio Olympics’ austere, exuberant, didactic opening ceremony.
Brow Beat
July 26 2016 12:01 PMSarah Silverman Singlehandedly Proved Why Celebs Are Useful at Political Conventions
Television
July 15 2016 12:14 PMHBO’s Vice Principals Is ShockingBut it won’t make you laugh.
Brow Beat
July 13 2016 1:07 PMIn Season 2, Mr. Robot Has Become a Critique of Itself
Television
July 7 2016 11:21 AMMaking a PrisonerHBO’s new crime drama The Night Of is just remarkably good.
Brow Beat
Sept. 22 2016 12:24 PMSurvivor: Millennials vs. Gen X Is As Cartoonish a Battle of the Generations As You’d Imagine
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 20 2016 1:47 PMThe Culture Gabfest Reacts to Brangelina’s BreakupHear their unedited reaction from the moment the story broke.
Television
Sept. 19 2016 1:00 AMThe 2016 Emmys Were a TriumphOf diversity, good jokes, and good taste.
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 16 2016 11:08 AMWhat TV Shows Should We Be Paying Attention to This Fall?Slate’s Culture Gabfest discusses what not to miss this season.
Television
Sept. 8 2016 7:55 PMBetter ThingsPamela Adlon’s new show is like a brasher, more confident, female-driven Louie.
Television
Sept. 7 2016 2:14 PMAtlantaDonald Glover has more natural charisma than almost any actor working today. Why does his new show insist on suppressing it?
The XX Factor
Aug. 22 2016 10:38 AMThe Troubling Contradiction at the Heart of the Nate Parker Controversy
Television
Aug. 16 2016 5:45 AMI Love DickAmazon’s new Jill Soloway show affirms exactly why she is so good at making TV.
DoubleX Gabfest
Aug. 11 2016 10:46 AMThe Olympics Extravaganza EditionListen to the DoubleX Gabfest’s show about gymnastics, intersex athletes, and swimming at the Olympics.
Television
Aug. 9 2016 11:16 AMThe Get DownBaz Luhrmann’s Netflix series is peak Luhrmann: a glittery, grandiose, captivating mess.
Five-ring Circus
Aug. 5 2016 9:29 AMDestroyer of Souls, Earner of EndorsementsA maniac in the pool and adorable on land, Katie Ledecky is the prototype of an American Olympian starlet.
Brow Beat
July 21 2016 1:05 PMHow the Televisual Disaster That Is the RNC Reveals the Limits of Trump’s Showmanship
Brow Beat
July 14 2016 2:28 PMThe Emmys Have a Knack for Being Both Stodgy and Trailblazing at Once
Television
July 12 2016 10:01 AMStranger ThingsThis new Netflix series is an homage to and pastiche of all things Spielberg that misunderstands a key element of Spielberg’s work.
Culture Gabfest
July 6 2016 12:35 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Steve Is a Mocap Golden Retriever” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The BFG, Animal Kingdom, and Facebook’s new algorithm.

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