On Television
December 14, 2020 Issue
“A Teacher”: A Series Best Saved for Fourth-Period Health Class
Depicting a relationship between a high-school teacher and her student, the show takes aim at a permitted perversion, a subject of memes and giddy Post headlines.
By Doreen St. FélixDecember 7, 2020
December 7, 2020 Issue
“Roadkill” Offers the Fantasy of Politics as Usual
The British political thriller, full of small-bore scandals and Victorian twists, can hardly compete with reality.
By Alexandra SchwartzNovember 30, 2020
November 30, 2020 Issue
The Sensuality and Brutality of Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe”
In his new film series, the director wants to vanquish any idea that British racism is somehow more repressed and less violent than the American kind.
By Doreen St. FélixNovember 23, 2020
November 23, 2020 Issue
Royal Competition in “The Crown”
The show depicts not only how the Empire has crumbled but its descent into a kind of domestic crumminess.
By Hilton AlsNovember 15, 2020
November 16, 2020 Issue
“The Undoing” Is Empty Life-style Porn
And, like most porn, the HBO drama, which stars Nicole Kidman, isn’t really about the plot.
By Naomi FryNovember 9, 2020
November 2, 2020 Issue
The Mischievous Irreverence of “The Good Lord Bird”
Showtime’s miniseries about the militant abolitionist John Brown has no time for hagiography.
By Doreen St. FélixOctober 26, 2020
October 5, 2020 Issue
The Search for Kindred Spirits in “We Are Who We Are,” on HBO
Luca Guadagnino’s series is set on a military base that is charmed, foreboding, and thrumming with sex—a metaphor for the lives of the teen-agers who live there.
By Doreen St. FélixSeptember 28, 2020
September 28, 2020 Issue
The Giddily Twisted Action of “The Boys”
Like HBO’s “Watchmen,” this comic adaptation makes a point of deconstructing its own genre, but without a maverick savior. The show is outlandish, pessimistic, and brutally funny.
By Doreen St. FélixSeptember 21, 2020
August 31, 2020 Issue
Rewatching “Black Journal” Five Decades On
The pioneering news show, launched in 1968 and now available to stream, had soul and an insider energy.
By Doreen St. FélixAugust 24, 2020
July 6 & 13, 2020 Issue
Michaela Coel’s Chaos and Charisma in “I May Destroy You”
The HBO series about the aftermath of sexual assault is a hangout vehicle, a detective story, and a comic bildungsroman.
By Doreen St. FélixJune 29, 2020
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