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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

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.
Five-ring Circus
Feb. 23 2018 1:18 PMThe Essence of a Sport That’s Not Just a SportThe frustrating, transfixing gold-medal battle between Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva.
Culture Gabfest
Feb. 21 2018 12:01 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Redneck Margarita” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Black Panther, Queer Eye, and the New York Times op-ed page.
Five-ring Circus
Feb. 20 2018 9:00 AMCatty Olympics Fans RejoiceThe figure skating showdown between Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova is upon us.
Five-ring Circus
Feb. 8 2018 2:10 PMWinnie the Pooh and a Red TutuEverything you need to know about the figure skaters at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
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.
Television
Feb. 23 2018 10:00 AMUnReal Gets Back in the SaddleAfter a disastrous second season, the Bachelor satire recovers in its third.
Five-ring Circus
Feb. 21 2018 11:56 AMThe Sadness of Watching Evgenia Medvedeva Get Overtaken by Her Younger Rival
Five-ring Circus
Feb. 14 2018 6:59 PMWhy Does Mike Tirico Exist?NBC’s Olympics anchor has done nothing memorable in his first week on the job. The network must be thrilled.
Television
Feb. 6 2018 9:00 AMQueer Eye Returns, Aiming for Acceptance, Not Just ToleranceThe new Fab Five visit Trump country in Netflix’s reboot.

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