Our culture’s cruel obsession with dirty old women
Our culture’s cruel obsession with dirty old women.
Assessing a decade of surveillance television
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. The past decade has seen a flood of national-security related TV shows that refract our anxieties du jour and offer different spins on the hazards of big data and the assorted ways we justify privacy invasion in the name of national security. In recent years technology has morphed from a snazzy instrument in the game of taking out enemies, as it was in most Cold-War-era spy shows, into a threat in and of itself. Elsewhere, PRISM-esque technology serves as a deus ex machina, a quick and justified way to solve crimes and thwart terrorism. If you want to fuel your paranoia about the national security apparatus, here’s what to watch—and how they stack up against the real thing.
TV's auteurs matter much less than you think
Veneration of TV's auteurs does not explain TV's greatness.
'Mad Men' channels Freud
The sour little boys of "Mad Men" don't know how to love.
Sally is the secret protagonist of 'Mad Men'
She knows where all of this is headed.
And that's just what the increasingly insidery, decreasingly funny 'Daily Show' needs
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.
And the rise of the penultimate episode
The big guns now come out in the penultimate episode.
The children of 'Mad Men'
Dear Television is Jane Hu, Evan Kindley, Lili Loofbourow, and Phillip Maciak. This season, they'll be posting weekly letters about AMC's "Mad Men." While this is not a full recap, there are still plenty of spoilers. Read the last installment here.
'Mad Men' does Joan Didion
In this season's California episode, 'Mad Men' does Joan Didion.
It's time to say it: The Netflix format just isn't working.
Why the show's new season struggles with the Netflix format.