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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

Television
Aug. 25 2015 2:35 PMHello, FriendMr. Robot represents a new, increasingly common TV archetype: the alienated hero—a stranger to society and to himself.
Television
Aug. 13 2015 4:24 PMShow Me a HeroDavid Simon made a wonky procedural about affordable-housing policy. It’s utterly thrilling.
Brow Beat
Aug. 10 2015 10:37 AMWhat Exactly Happened in True Detective’s Season 2 Finale? An Excruciatingly Clear Plot Breakdown.
Brow Beat
Aug. 3 2015 2:31 PMWhat Exactly Is Going On in True Detective Season 2? An Excruciatingly Clear Plot Breakdown.
Brow Beat
July 28 2015 12:18 PMThe Bachelorette Found the Lamest Possible Way to Accommodate Casual Sex
Television
July 22 2015 5:06 PMI Am CaitCaitlyn Jenner’s E! series is not invasive or insensitive or crass. But it is something far more surprising: a terrible reality show.
Brow Beat
July 16 2015 1:56 PMStop Complaining About Who the Emmys Snubbed This Year. They Pretty Much Nailed It.
Brow Beat
July 13 2015 12:58 PMLast Night’s True Detective Showcased Exactly Why This Season Is a Total Dud
Brow Beat
July 8 2015 12:17 PMHow Brody Jenner Made Hypersexed Bro-ness Into a Brand
Brow Beat
June 26 2015 3:10 PMThis Is How Fox News Tried to Come to Terms With the Gay Marriage Decision
Brow Beat
June 23 2015 1:05 PMThe Bachelorette Is Finally a Make-Out Bandit. Does This Count as Progress?
Television
June 17 2015 2:27 PMAngry at the WorldThe second season of True Detective feels like a direct retort to Nic Pizzolatto’s critics.
Television
June 11 2015 10:18 AMPrison as PlaygroundDarkness has always been key to what makes Orange Is the New Black great. Why is the new season so upbeat?
Brow Beat
March 10 2015 2:56 PMThe Problem With Last Night’s Crazy Bachelorette “Twist”
Brow Beat
March 5 2015 2:00 PMSpoiler Special: House of Cards Season 3
Television
Aug. 19 2015 4:59 PMFear the Walking DeadThe new spinoff of AMC’s The Walking Dead is a zombie parable that scarily mirrors our own age.
Brow Beat
Aug. 11 2015 4:23 PMSpoiler Special: True Detective Season 2
Brow Beat
Aug. 7 2015 1:52 AMThe Daily Show Finale Showcased Exactly Why Stewart Was the Political Satirist We Needed
Television
July 29 2015 6:26 PMWet Hot American Summer: First Day of CampNetflix’s revival of the cult classic is TV’s reboot boom at its best.
Television
July 27 2015 5:05 PMIf a Sadistic Ringmaster Ran the Olympics  You’d get American Ninja Warrior, one of broadcast TV’s fastest-growing hits. What’s the source of its hypnotic appeal?  
Brow Beat
July 21 2015 3:41 PMWhy White People Should Not Watch the MTV Documentary White People
Television
July 15 2015 4:29 PMSex & Drugs & Middle-Aged White Guys FX’s Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll proves that the ghosts of rock ’n’ roll past are a lot less cool than we think they are.
Brow Beat
July 9 2015 12:22 PMHannibal Buress Is Like No One Else on TV. Why Did He Get a Boilerplate News Satire Show?
Television
June 29 2015 2:45 PMReality CheckLifetime’s UnReal is the first antihero show that is created by women, stars women, and at times brutally satirizes women. It’s irresistible.
Brow Beat
June 25 2015 10:49 AMAmazon’s Catastrophe Blows Up All of the Sitcom’s Lamest Romantic Clichés
Television
June 18 2015 5:04 PMStuffy British Period Miniseries Are My Comfort TelevisionAnd that’s why PBS’s Poldark is so frustrating.
Brow Beat
June 14 2015 11:14 PMThis Season of Game of Thrones Was Packed With Murder and Rape. It Was Also So, So Boring.
Television
May 28 2015 9:54 AMThe Perfect PivotIn its second season, Halt and Catch Fire has swiveled to become a different, better show.
Television
March 5 2015 4:58 PMUnbreakable Kimmy SchmidtNetflix’s new Tina Fey comedy may be the new 30 Rock—with an even bigger heart.  
Television
March 4 2015 9:39 AMAmerican CrimeThis new ABC drama is the most nuanced, intelligent take on race relations we’ve seen in years.

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Aug. 26 2015 12:11 PM Slate Voice: “Space Invaders” Never, ever use two spaces after a period: Listen to Mike Vuolo read Farhad Manjoo’s classic takedown of an enduring typographic sin.