Willa Paskin
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Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

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.
Television
Jan. 6 2016 2:50 PMShades of BlueIn Jennifer Lopez’s new cop drama, an unarmed black man gets shot. But a network drama proves to be the worst possible place to deal with police brutality.
TV Club
Dec. 30 2015 8:38 AMThe TV Club, 2015Get ready for next year’s deluge of reboots.
TV Club
Dec. 25 2015 9:00 AMThe TV Club, 2015Some of the year’s best shows used identity and diversity to riff on and spiff up familiar genres.
TV Club
Dec. 23 2015 5:00 AMThe TV Club, 2015What does “peak TV” really mean?
TV Club Podcast
Dec. 11 2015 1:52 PMSpoiler Special: Transparent Season 2Join our members-only TV Club to listen to a spoiler-filled discussion of Season 2 of Amazon’s hit show Transparent.
Television
Dec. 10 2015 5:52 AMThe Top 10 TV Shows of 2015From raunchy pregnant sex to a burping serial killer.
Brow Beat
Dec. 4 2015 10:47 AMThe Wiz Live! Was So Good it Made NBC's Other Live Musicals Look Like Dopey Dress Rehearsals
Television
Dec. 1 2015 4:35 PMJust Being HonestIn the new season of Transparent, the Pfeffermans are more loathsome—and captivating—than ever.
Brow Beat
Nov. 19 2015 1:31 PMYou’re the Worst Is the Best Dramatization of Depression We’ve Seen on TV
Television
Nov. 13 2015 7:33 AMInto the BadlandsAMC’s new martial arts series has such deeply cool fight scenes that it hardly needs anything else.
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.
Brow Beat
Jan. 11 2016 12:56 AMThe 2016 Golden Globes Tried So Hard to Pretend That They Don’t Take Themselves Seriously at All
Brow Beat
Jan. 5 2016 8:02 AMWhat the Decline of New Girl Reveals About How Hard It Is for Sitcom Characters to Evolve
TV Club
Dec. 29 2015 5:45 AMThe TV Club, 2015Colin Farrell didn’t get enough credit for his stellar performance in True Detective Season 2. 
TV Club
Dec. 24 2015 6:30 AMThe TV Club, 2015How binge-watching steamrolls flaws in television shows.
Brow Beat
Dec. 21 2015 10:55 AMThis Season of Homeland Proved It Doesn’t Need Carrie’s Mental Illness to Be Interesting
The Drift
Dec. 11 2015 9:31 AMWatching People Live Stream Themselves Sleeping Can Be Dull, Creepy, and Strangely Sweet
Television
Dec. 8 2015 5:31 AMThe Late Show With Stephen Colbert Has Become the Best Late-Night Show on TVStep aside, Jimmys.
Brow Beat
Dec. 2 2015 10:20 AMThanks, Ryan Murphy! One of the Killers on Scream Queens Dreams of Working at “Slate.com”
Brow Beat
Nov. 20 2015 8:02 AMThe Villain in Jessica Jones Is the Most Terrifying Bad Guy on Television
Television
Nov. 17 2015 5:51 PMThe Man in the High CastleIt’s the second best show Amazon has ever made.
Television
Nov. 12 2015 9:00 AMNothing’s a Hit AnymoreIn the streaming age, the way we calculate ratings has become nearly meaningless. But they matter more than ever.

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