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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 6:39 PMIs Transparent Fall’s Best New Show? Or Is Even That Praise Too Faint?
Sept. 29 2014 2:57 PMSee MeTransparent is the fall’s only great new show.
Sept. 24 2014 2:10 PMSay It LoudBlack-ish is proud, politically incorrect, and the fall’s best new sitcom.
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PMAttractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic ThingsDon’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 3:55 PMWhy Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now
Sept. 16 2014 12:05 PMSlim Pickings at the Network TV BazaarThree talented actresses in three terrible shows.
Sept. 2 2014 2:34 PMA Tween Is BornThe legacy of Saved by the Bell.
Brow Beat
Aug. 26 2014 1:05 AMThere Were No Disasters at the Emmys. That’s Why They Were So Boring.
Aug. 21 2014 5:31 PMThis Never HappenedThe first film by the creator of Mad Men plummets to Earth.
Brow Beat
Aug. 11 2014 11:08 PMMork & Mindy and the Tireless Dervish That Was Robin Williams
Aug. 7 2014 11:19 AMThe KnickSteven Soderbergh’s medical drama looks better than anything on TV, but otherwise resembles every medical drama on TV.
July 31 2014 12:49 PMThe Honorable WomanA complex, turgid, worthwhile mystery about the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Tv Club
July 30 2014 11:25 AMWhy Are Straight Girls Obsessed With Big Boo?
July 28 2014 2:05 PMFull BloomThe complicated, endearing maturity of Blossom. Yes, Blossom.
July 17 2014 11:49 AM“I Just Hate My Life, and My Life Is You”FX takes on the relationship sitcom, with sharp results.
Oct. 1 2014 12:19 PMHomeland Is Good AgainFor now, at least.
Sept. 25 2014 12:41 PMHow to Get Away With HyperdramaThe new TV genre invented by Shonda Rhimes.
Sept. 22 2014 2:12 PMCrusader, Sans CapeThe superhero trappings of Gotham are just a clever disguise.
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 1:39 PMShonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman,” New York Times. Neither Are Her Characters.
Sept. 18 2014 1:41 PMTelevision for AdultsThe Good Wife is cynical, thrilling, and grown-up. It’s also TV’s best drama.
Sept. 10 2014 3:02 PMThese People Will Not Create a Perfect SocietyBut they do reflect our own.
Aug. 28 2014 1:50 PMWhit Stillman’s New TV Show Is Almost As Good As His Old MoviesAnd Amazon can really do comedy. Drama, on the other hand …
Aug. 22 2014 9:54 AMThe Longest FaceBoJack Horseman is a bleak, brilliant comedy about a talking horse.
Aug. 20 2014 7:29 AMOne Tough Female Detective and Hardly Any GunsIf you like Prime Suspect and The Fall, watch Happy Valley.
Aug. 8 2014 8:14 AMOutlanderIt’s a great feminist adventure. I wish it were a little more of a cheesy romance.
Brow Beat
Aug. 4 2014 9:41 AMHalt and Catch Fire’s Surprising Finale: The Show Was the Opposite of What We Thought
The XX Factor
July 30 2014 1:36 PMWhen Bachelors Talk About Sex, The Bachelorette Gets Blamed
July 29 2014 9:44 AMJohn Oliver’s #LongrantsThree months in, Last Week Tonight is the perfect news show for now.
July 25 2014 10:33 AMLittle Networks, Big ShowsDramas on WGN and WE epitomize the flood of totally decent television.
Tv Club
July 16 2014 11:56 AMRace and Gender on Orange Is the New BlackWilla Paskin and Zerlina Maxwell talk Season 2.




The World’s Politest Protesters

The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.

The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:58 PM The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

How Did the Royals Win Despite Bunting So Many Times? Bunting Is a Terrible Strategy.

Federal Law Enforcement Has Declared War on Encryption

Justice and the FBI really do not like Apple’s and Google’s new privacy measures.

Homeland Is Good Again! For Now.


Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.


How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

  News & Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Oct. 1 2014 2:16 PM Wall Street Tackles Chat Services, Shies Away From Diversity Issues 
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 6:39 PM Spoiler Special: Transparent
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?