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According to “The D’Amelio Show,” Being Famous on TikTok Sucks
In the Hulu reality series, Charli and Dixie D’Amelio live in a constant state of fear, overwhelmed by social-media hate and plagued by stress-induced psychosomatic pains.
By Naomi FrySeptember 10, 2021
The Raw Triumph of Jennifer Coolidge in “The White Lotus”
Her wealthy, wounded character in Mike White’s HBO series could easily have come off as a caricature. Instead, it was the greatest role of her career.
By Rachel SymeAugust 16, 2021
“The Pursuit of Love” Is a Scathing Satire of the British Upper Classes
In a new adaptation of the novel, two cousins navigate family, marriage, and their complicated friendship.
By Anna RussellJuly 27, 2021
“I Think You Should Leave” Is a Love Language
Tim Robinson’s zany Netflix sketch comedy gets stuck in your head like pop hooks. Among fans, quoting lines is a form of communication.
By Rachel SymeJuly 26, 2021
“Inside,” Reviewed: Bo Burnham’s Virtuosic Portrait of a Mediated Mind
The comedian’s new Netflix special, filmed during the pandemic year, explores what it means to be a performer when you are stuck to a screen but also stuck inside your head.
By Rachel SymeJune 5, 2021
The Low-Key Carter-Era Pleasures of “The Muppet Show”
On the original show, which is now streaming for the first time on Disney+, bits of fabric and glue and yarn become complexly real.
By Naomi FryApril 17, 2021
How “Bridgerton” and “The Bachelor” Coupled Romance with Race
In Netflix’s period drama, the racial element was cannily calibrated; in the reality-TV series, it threw the love story off course.
By Lauren Michele JacksonMarch 16, 2021
The Rigorous Empathy of “Oprah with Meghan and Harry”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Family exit interview, an instantly iconic artifact of pop culture, could not have been without Oprah.
By Doreen St. FélixMarch 8, 2021
“Fake Famous” and the Tedium of Influencer Culture
The HBO documentary follows three nobodies who are trying to become social-media famous—a pursuit that involves buying followers, unboxing products, and staging photo shoots in a plastic kiddie pool.
By Naomi FryFebruary 20, 2021
“Search Party” ’s Brilliant, Twisted Portrait of a New Lost Generation
The show’s latest season is an ingeniously structured psychological horror, in which the characters perform ever more alienated versions of themselves.
By Rachel SymeFebruary 9, 2021
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