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The Reality TV Family Tree
Breaking down America's favorite television genre, in all its twisted glory
May 11, 2013

Breaking down America's favorite television genre, in all its twisted glory.

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.

Not That Kind of Girl
Liz Meriwether is the anti-Lena Dunham
May 10, 2013

While everyone was fawning over Lena Dunham, Liz Meriwether made a show that's funnier and more true to life. 

Dear TV: 'Mad Men' Season Six: Episode 6, Post 2
Was this the jokiest episode of 'Mad Men' yet?
May 06, 2013

The episode lacked the anxious heavy-handedness that so often plagues “Mad Men.”

Dear TV: 'Mad Men' Season Six: Episode 6, Post 1
The Great Man Theory
May 06, 2013

This episode also signals a renewed questioning of the centrality of Great Men.

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.

Dear TV: 'Mad Men' Season Six: Episode 5, Post 2
The awful over-sympathizers of 'Mad Men'
April 29, 2013

Characters grope their way through the no man's land between empathy and sympathy. 

Why I'm (Almost) Glad 'Crossfire' Is Coming Back
The original CNN show was better than the cable slugfests it inspired. The revived version might not be.
April 29, 2013

The original CNN show was better than the cable slugfests it inspired. The revived version might not be.

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.

Dear TV: 'Mad Men' Season Six: Episode 5
History hits home
April 29, 2013

So many phone calls, so little communication. 

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