Laura Bennett
Staff Writer

It’s Time to Stop Pageant Shaming
June 17, 2013

After Sunday night’s Miss USA pageant, the internet reliably piled on the clip in which Miss Utah bungled the answer to her top-five interview question.

Betty White Is Not a Sex Machine
Our culture’s cruel obsession with dirty old women
June 16, 2013

Our culture’s cruel obsession with dirty old women.

The TV Shows That Prepared Us for the NSA Scandal
Assessing a decade of surveillance television
June 13, 2013

If the details of the NSA scandal have seemed eerily familiar, perhaps it’s because TV drama has been playing out similar scenarios for years.

John Oliver is Still an Outsider
And that's just what the increasingly insidery, decreasingly funny 'Daily Show' needs
June 06, 2013

As “The Daily Show” has become increasingly rooted in the umbrage of Jon Stewart, card-carrying member of the media elite, it has also become less funny. Goofy outsider John Oliver can change that. 

Arrested Development, Indeed
It's time to say it: The Netflix format just isn't working.
May 31, 2013

Why the show's new season struggles with the Netflix format.

The Oklahoma Tornado Is Proof That Local TV News Can Still Be Powerful
May 21, 2013

Amid all the expensive camerawork and sharp matching windbreakers on the major TV networks’ coverage of Monday's tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, the best dispatches largely came from local TV news.

Christopher Guest Was Not Made for TV
What makes his films so good is what hurts 'Family Tree'
May 10, 2013

Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries are small, perceptive oddities, so unblinkingly committed to the worlds they investigate that the comedy can seem almost accidental.

Marc Maron's Self-Sabotage
May 03, 2013

Marc Maron is obsessed with intimacy. His own compulsive oversharing is the engine of his successful, four-year-old podcast, “WTF”—structured around candid, raw interviews with comedians that take place in Maron’s garage.

Conan O'Brien’s WHCD Jokes Were A Missed Opportunity
The comedian couldn't help making himself, not the media, the butt of his jokes
April 29, 2013

The comedian couldn't help making himself, not the media, the butt of his jokes.

The Sneaky Feminism of 'Veep'
Selina Meyer and the problem with female characters in political comedies
April 29, 2013

Selina Meyer and the problem with female characters in political comedies.

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