David Chase Speaks About ‘The Sopranos’ Ending
May 01, 2014
David Chase spoke at a "Sopranos" screening Wednesday night. Yes, he addressed the final scene.
Matthew Weiner Is Overrated
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
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.
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
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.