The Sopranos

David Chase Speaks About ‘The Sopranos’ Ending
And offers nothing but more darkness
May 01, 2014

David Chase spoke at a "Sopranos" screening Wednesday night. Yes, he addressed the final scene.

Matthew Weiner Is Overrated
The 'Mad Men' auteur's false advertising
April 12, 2014

 It’s not that “Mad Men” is bad. It’s just not nearly as good as most people say it is. 

'Masters of Sex' Is The Best New Drama on TV
September 30, 2013

There’s a scene toward the end of the first episode of Showtime’s new drama “Masters of Sex” in which two test subjects embrace on a bed in a hospital laboratory. Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson, the real-life sex researchers from St.

The True Anti-Hero of 'Breaking Bad' Isn't Walter White
Sexual politics and the bad wife
August 08, 2013

Breaking Bad's exhilarating sexual politics.

The Hidden Secrets of TV Posters
July 18, 2013

The TV poster has evolved from marketing tool into artistic enterprise.

James Gandolfini Will Always Be Tony Soprano, and That's Okay
June 19, 2013

The closest Tony Soprano ever comes to saving his appalling soul is late in Season 1 of “The Sopranos.” His daughter Meadow’s friend has become depressed to the point of cutting herself (“a suicidal gesture,” Dr.

The Showrunner Fallacy
TV's auteurs matter much less than you think
June 13, 2013

Veneration of TV's auteurs does not explain TV's greatness.

'Mad Men' Mondays: 'The Summer Man'
September 13, 2010

This is the new column in TNR’s weekly series of "Mad Men" episode recaps. Caution: It contains spoilers. Click here for last week's review. Except for the lamentable absence of Roger Sterling, "The Summer Man" was one of just two true ensemble episodes this season (the debut was the other). Characters that are usually locked into their own narrative boxes broke free and roamed through one another's territory; the show even managed to integrate Don and Betty's worlds, previously as rigidly demarcated as North and South Korea.