On Television
December 9, 2019 Issue
The Incendiary Aims of HBO’s “Watchmen”
Damon Lindelof’s update to Alan Moore’s graphic novel is a bombshell, reordering the fictional universe and writing buried racial trauma back into comic-book mythology.
By Emily NussbaumDecember 2, 2019
November 25, 2019 Issue
Mixed Débuts on Apple TV+ in “The Morning Show” and “Dickinson”
Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell’s depiction of a #MeToo crisis is a pricey, glum misfire, while Emily Dickinson’s makeover is a sweet and original surprise.
By Emily NussbaumNovember 18, 2019
November 11, 2019 Issue
“Evil,” “9-1-1,” and the Appeal of the Network Procedural
In the era of cable and streaming, there’s still life in old-school formats.
By Emily NussbaumNovember 4, 2019
September 23, 2019 Issue
“Our Boys” and the Economics of Empathy
The galvanic new series, set in Israel, emphasizes how easily dehumanizing rhetoric can sway vulnerable minds, a theme that should feel uncomfortably relevant to American viewers.
By Emily NussbaumSeptember 16, 2019
September 9, 2019 Issue
The Niche Celebrity Satire of “BH90210”
A sweet meta-reboot of the hit nineties teen soap opera is just smart enough to feel clever, just silly enough to feel relaxing, a guilty pleasure by design.
By Emily NussbaumSeptember 2, 2019
August 19, 2019 Issue
“Sherman’s Showcase” Celebrates a Lost TV Genre
Each episode is a loving homage to a fake “Soul Train”-like show and its iconic host.
By Emily NussbaumAugust 12, 2019
July 29, 2019 Issue
“Years and Years” Forces Us Into the Future
The dystopian-realist series is meant to serve as an alarm, an alert to what’s going on in front of our eyes and where it might lead.
By Emily NussbaumJuly 22, 2019
July 8 & 15, 2019 Issue
Off-Kilter Humor on “Los Espookys” and “Alternatino”
The surreal, absurdist aesthetics of the silly and satisfying new series can be loose and healthily illogical, with plenty of big laughs.
By Emily NussbaumJuly 1, 2019
June 24, 2019 Issue
How “When They See Us” and “Chernobyl” Make Us Look
These new true-story series manage to make depressing, traumatic material not merely watchable but mesmerizing.
By Emily NussbaumJune 17, 2019
June 3, 2019 Issue
TV’s Reckoning with #MeToo
Many creators are visibly struggling to adjust to the changing landscape, rejecting the “very special episode” path and seeking something more honest and original.
By Emily NussbaumMay 27, 2019
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