Willa Paskin
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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

Television
Dec. 14 2017 5:55 AMThe 10 Best TV Shows of 2017In an unbelievably long year, great shows burst the bounds of TV and delivered brutal honesty and hope.
Television
Nov. 29 2017 10:26 AMComedy TonightAmy Sherman-Palladino’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a fizzy, funny series about a housewife turned comedienne.
Television
Nov. 21 2017 10:55 AMShe’s Gotta Have ItSpike Lee’s buoyant comedy features a heroine who’s a work in progress.
Brow Beat
Nov. 10 2017 12:56 AMLouie Was Propaganda for Louis C.K.’s Decency. How Does It Look Now?
Television
Nov. 2 2017 10:05 AMThe WhydunnitIn Netflix’s Margaret Atwood adaptation Alias Grace, a maybe murderer spins a tale.
Television
Oct. 26 2017 11:27 AMStranger Things, Season 2Netflix’s ’80s adventure was already the perfect sequel. Season 2 is, happily, more of the same.
Brow Beat
Oct. 20 2017 7:33 AMDid Halt and Catch Fire Get Such a Great Final Season Because No One Was Watching?
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.
Television
Dec. 6 2017 10:56 AMLong Live the QueenThank God for The Crown and its fantasy of the benevolent authoritarian.
Television
Nov. 22 2017 9:09 AMSuperheroes Have Parents, TooSometimes, as in Hulu’s Runaways, they’re murderous supervillains.
Brow Beat
Nov. 20 2017 1:47 PMWhat Would Transparent Look Like Without Jeffrey Tambor?
Brow Beat
Nov. 9 2017 5:30 AMMr. Robot’s Flashy One-Take Episode Suggests This Gimmick Has Gone on Too Long
Television
Oct. 29 2017 11:37 PMCareless LoveThe season finale of The Deuce shows why David Simon’s new series is just as smart as, but more fun than, The Wire.
Television
Oct. 20 2017 11:04 AMStylin’ and Profilin’Mindhunter follows the first FBI agents to try to get inside the head of a serial killer.
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.

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