Willa Paskin
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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

Brow Beat
April 25 2016 12:07 AMGame of Thrones Finally Breaks Free of the Books, and It’s Kind of Thrilling
Television
April 15 2016 10:34 AMUnbreakable Kimmy SchmidtTina Fey’s sitcom is short on nuance but dense with great jokes. 
Television
April 11 2016 12:30 PMThe Girlfriend ExperienceA show based on Steven Soderbergh’s movie tries to tell a new kind of story about sex and female empowerment.
Brow Beat
April 6 2016 7:02 AMSure, the People v. O.J. Simpson Finale Was Clumsy—but It Was Exactly the Ending This Series Needed
Brow Beat
March 28 2016 3:30 PMWhy That Lovely Marnie-Centric Episode of Girls Was Exactly What the Show Needed
DoubleX Gabfest
March 24 2016 3:32 PMDoubleX Gabfest: The Lady Bits EditionListen to the DoubleX Gabfest discuss period feminism, the rehabilitation of Marcia Clark, and body image with Blackish star Tracee Ellis Ross.
Television
March 9 2016 8:00 AMUndergroundThis could’ve been a great serious-minded drama about escaping slaves. Instead, it’s obsessed with trying to entertain us.
Television
March 2 2016 9:30 AMHap and LeonardSundance’s charming, baggy new series shows exactly why the small screen has gotten too big for its own good.
Brow Beat
Feb. 26 2016 10:14 AMWatch All Eight of Slate’s Video Essays on This Year’s Best Picture Nominees
The Oscars
Feb. 22 2016 10:56 AMBrooklyn Is the Best Picture of the YearDon't let its subtlety convince you otherwise.
Television
Feb. 16 2016 2:32 PM11.22.63Hulu’s series about the JFK assassination, starring James Franco, tries hard to rise above the original-content fray—but it’s so much less electrifying than it should be.
Television
Feb. 9 2016 1:42 PMVinylMartin Scorsese’s HBO show about ’70s rock ’n’ roll has prestige everything—sets, talent, camera work, visuals—but an ersatz essence.
Television
Jan. 29 2016 3:15 PMThe People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime StoryFX’s mini-series feels as urgent and compelling today as the trial did in 1995.
Television
Jan. 22 2016 10:51 AMThe X-Files RebootIs uneven, unnecessary—and promising.
Television
Jan. 14 2016 4:47 PMBillionsTrashy, enticing, morally questionable—Showtime’s new series is the Page Six of TV shows.
Television
April 19 2016 6:45 PMThe Euro Thriller, Tinkered With and Tailored to Our TimeIn The Night Manager and The Last Panthers, the violence of Europe’s past spills over into the present.
Television
April 14 2016 11:53 AMConfirmationHBO’s series about the Anita Hill–Clarence Thomas hearings proves that scandal plus time equals riveting TV.
Brow Beat
April 6 2016 11:10 PMThe Americans Pulled Off a Devastating Plot Shocker With Just the Right Amount of Misdirection
Television
March 31 2016 12:33 PMThe PathHulu’s new series about a Scientology-esque cult is a uniquely measured, nuanced take on religious extremism.
Television
March 28 2016 8:44 AMThe RanchNetflix’s new multicamera sitcom is engineered to compete with network TV. And it’s good.
Television
March 11 2016 9:30 AMFlakedNetflix’s new show crystallizes the key problem with today’s prestige comedies: how seriously they insist on taking their protagonists’ plights.
Brow Beat
March 7 2016 8:02 AMEven House of Cards Can’t Keep Up With Our Deranged Political Reality
Brow Beat
Feb. 29 2016 2:14 AMChris Rock Couldn’t Have Done a Better Job Hosting the Oscars Amid #OscarsSoWhite
Television
Feb. 24 2016 5:30 AMFuller HouseNetflix’s sitcom is a pitch-perfect reboot of the original. But who is this show for?
Television
Feb. 19 2016 4:31 PMLoveNetflix’s new comedy, created by Girls writer Lesley Arfin and produced by Judd Apatow, is extraordinarily bingeable. That doesn’t mean it’s good.
Television
Feb. 11 2016 4:17 PMBetter Call Saul Keeps Getting BetterSeason 2 of AMC’s series is a case study in how to make a truly original reboot.
Television
Feb. 9 2016 1:30 AMFull Frontal With Samantha BeeIn her debut, Bee at once embraced and impaled the gendered expectations around her show. It’s hard to imagine a better start.
Cover Story
Jan. 24 2016 8:02 PMWhy Are Americans Ignoring Trevor Noah?This crazy campaign should be his coming-out party. Instead, it’s our first election since 2000 where The Daily Show might as well not exist.
Television
Jan. 20 2016 7:30 AMThe Perverse Pathos of Zach GalifianakisFX’s Baskets is moving and deeply sad. Too bad it’s framed as a comedy.
Television
Jan. 14 2016 10:42 AMWhy I Became a TV CriticAs a kid, I wanted to be an anthropologist. Then I started watching ’90s sitcoms.

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