On Television
April 5, 2021 Issue
Michelle Obama’s Lesson to Kids: You Are What You Watch
According to “Waffles + Mochi,” Obama’s food-travelogue series for kids, being good means absorbing good, organic things, like fresh mushrooms and politically astute children’s programming.
By Doreen St. FélixMarch 29, 2021
March 29, 2021 Issue
The Haredi Jewish Family of “Shtisel” Returns for a Third Season
The runaway-hit series from Israel delivers pleasures similar to those of an expansive nineteenth-century novel.
By Alexandra SchwartzMarch 22, 2021
March 15, 2021 Issue
Queen Latifah Obliterates Trumps n’ Musks in “The Equalizer”
The CBS crime procedural is a gimme for an audience who’d die to have this therapeutic queen dismantle racial capitalism in one fell girl-boss swoop.
By Doreen St. FélixMarch 8, 2021
March 8, 2021 Issue
The Dizzying Hairpin Turns of “Behind Her Eyes”
It is hard to tell who is warden and who is prisoner, who is crazy and who is sane, and the Netflix show revels in this uncertainty.
By Naomi FryMarch 1, 2021
February 15 & 22, 2021 Issue
“The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Is Culturally Sensitive Trash
The tenth iteration of the “Housewives” franchise frequently nails a difficult art: incorporating racial politics into the sketchy morality of a guilty pleasure.
By Doreen St. FélixFebruary 8, 2021
February 8, 2021 Issue
When Work Becomes Life in “Call My Agent!” and “The Bureau”
Two French series grapple with the fierce bonds of office life and the seductive thrills of performance.
By Alexandra SchwartzFebruary 1, 2021
January 25, 2021 Issue
The Delights of New York, Fran Lebowitz, and Martin Scorsese’s Laugh
The documentary series “Pretend It’s a City,” now streaming on Netflix, feels like a balm in a wildly shifting world.
By Naomi FryJanuary 18, 2021
January 4 & 11, 2021 Issue
A Hot Mess Caught in a Caper in “The Flight Attendant”
The HBO Max miniseries is like a clever pop song; the thrill is in its juxtaposition of a rowdy rhythm with a lyrical portrait of tragedy and grief.
By Doreen St. FélixDecember 28, 2020
December 28, 2020 Issue
“Big Mouth” Is Still Changing—For the Better
In its fourth season, the Netflix cartoon doubles down on the idea that identity is something that cannot be neatly defined, and confronts criticisms of the show’s racial politics by turning them into plot points.
By Naomi FryDecember 21, 2020
December 21, 2020 Issue
“How To with John Wilson” Offers a Martian’s-Eye View of Homo Sapiens’ Habits
The oddball, comic show about New York City is the perfect documentary for our documentary-obsessed culture.
By Alexandra SchwartzDecember 14, 2020
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