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  1. close reads
    Unbelievable Is the Most Feminist Crime Show I’ve Ever SeenThe quiet but sturdy feminism of Netflix’s remarkable true-crime drama.
  2. remembrances
    Remembering Ric Ocasek, the Magic Man of American New WaveOcasek’s songwriting and oddball frontman style gave the band its boundless appeal.
  3. friends anniversary
    Friends Is a Gen X Show. Why Don’t We Ever Call It That?Baby boomers created it. Millennials and Gen Y kept it popular. But Friends will always be about Gen X.
  4. backstories
    The Hardest, Strangest, Most Unforgettable Jobs In HollywoodTV and movie craftspeople share their stories (and a great dip recipe).
  5. tv review
    The Transparent Musicale Finale Is the Best and Worst of Transparent All in OneThe series concludes with a musical that teeters between self-parody and daring celebration, without ever fully falling on either side.
  6. tv review
    Undone Is a Fascinating Head TripIt’s never quite clear where this new animated series from Bojack Horseman’s Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy will jump to next.
  7. tv review
    Unbelievable Is a Radical, Exceptional Crime SeriesThe Netflix drama starring Merritt Wever and Toni Collette is less about finding the bad guy than it is about the value of understanding the victim.
  8. movie review
    Downton Abbey Cordially Invites You to Fall in Love With It AgainThe movie is basically a bigger, grander episode of the TV show. In a good way.
  9. backstories
    The Hardest Costume I Ever Designed11 costume designers on meeting the excruciating demands of Hollywood.
  10. best of 2019
    The Best TV Shows of 2019 (So Far)Mindhunter, Fleabag, Euphoria, and more of TV’s latest and greatest standouts.
  11. fall preview 2019
    The Best and Biggest TV Shows to Watch This FallThe Morning Show, Watchmen, Nancy Drew, and more.
  12. angry face emoji
    How Ready or Not’s Nicky Guadagni Landed on This Face for Aunt Helene“I had no idea how grotesque I looked until I saw the trailer.”
  13. emmy insider
    Chernobyl Was the Easiest Thing Craig Mazin Has Ever Written“I’ll probably never write that freely again, because now every time I write something, I’ve got to think, ‘Well, it’s no Chernobyl …’”
  14. tv review
    13 Reasons Why I Couldn’t Stand 13 Reasons Why Season 3The latest season of the Netflix teen drama strikes more wrong notes than we can count. Wait, sorry — we actually can count them.
  15. chat room
    Mindhunter’s Holt McCallany Unpacks Two of This Season’s Biggest ScenesYes, one of them involves Charles Manson.
  16. tv review
    The Affair: Once More Into the OceanMaura Tierney’s performance anchors the Showtime drama as it navigates its fifth and final season.
  17. tv review
    Mindhunter Season Two Is Questioning Us, TooNetflix’s serial killer drama will immediately worm its way back into your head, but not without sparking a bout of self-examination.
  18. tv review
    The Righteous Gemstones Doesn’t Quite Get a HallelujahDespite a strong cast, Danny McBride’s HBO comedy about preaching doesn’t know who its choir is.
  19. tv review
    Diagnosis Is Not Your Typical Medical Mystery ShowThe moving and nuanced Netflix docuseries, based on the New York Times Magazine column, is a mix of genres: reality, detective, and emotional drama.
  20. tv review
    The Family Puts a Secret Group In the Spotlight, But Needs Stronger WattageThe Netflix docuseries connects some dots regarding the religious right and American politics, but it doesn’t add up to more than a basic outline.
  21. close reads
    On the Troubling Subtext of Once Upon a Time in HollywoodYes, that ending is part of it.
  22. tv review
    GLOW Goes Deeper and Gets Even Better in Season ThreeThere’s more introspection than spandex in the new season. But don’t worry: There’s definitely still spandex.
  23. tv review
    BH90210 Has Its Nostalgia Both WaysThe weird, compulsively watchable reboot earnestly indulges viewers’ affection for the original series with a highly meta wink.
  24. tv review
    Euphoria’s Finale Was Visually Stunning, But What’s Beneath the Sheen?The first season of HBO’s messy teen drama ends on an ambiguous but compelling note.
  25. tv review
    A Black Lady Sketch Show Is Pure, Funny FireRobin Thede’s new HBO comedy half-hour is hilarious and surprising.
  26. tv review
    Four Weddings and a Funeral, I Think I Don’t Love YouThe new Hulu series inspired by the film seems more interested in tipping its hat to rom-coms past than building a unique love story of its own.
  27. cancellations
    A Wake for Tuca & Bertie, Which Should Not Have Been CanceledCan’t two bird-women have more of a moment, Netflix?
  28. the mueller hearings
    Robert Mueller Is Not Your TV Hero or VillainThe former FBI director may have been the protagonist of The Mueller Hearings, but he conducted himself more like a respectable side character.
  29. summer tv
    Holey Moley and Blown Away Should Be Your Go-to Summer Reality CompetitionsFinally, reality TV has made room for miniature golf and glassblowing.
  30. follow-ups
    What to Expect From Hannah Gadsby’s New Show, DouglasHer meta-comedy is still very meta, and it’s still working beautifully.
  31. vulture tv awards
    The Best Show on TV Is FleabagNo movie or TV show is perfect. But then along comes something like season two of Fleabag.
  32. vulture tv awards
    The Best Writing on TV Is on BoJack HorsemanNo other show managed the same tricky combination of comedy, drama, and #MeToo commentary.
  33. tv review
    How Big Little Lies Lost Its Way in Season TwoAfter a promising start, season two’s increased focus on Celeste’s custody battle ended up undermining what made the first season so compelling.
  34. vulture tv awards
    The Best Supporting Actor on TV Is One Day at a Time’s Rita MorenoShe’s such a pro that she makes what she’s doing look easy. It isn’t.
  35. close reads
    Stranger Things 3 Is Basically One Big Back to the Future HomageWhat the many allusions to the 1985 blockbuster tell us about this season — and what hints they might provide about the series’ future.
  36. star market
    Who Won Game of Thrones (the Pop Culture Phenomenon)?The fantasy series was gold for nearly every person, place, and broadcaster involved. But who came out on top?
  37. 2019 emmy awards
    Emmy Nominations 2019: The 24 Biggest Surprises and SnubsYay, Fleabag! But really, no Rhea Seehorn?
  38. chat room
    Michaela Watkins on Improvising Alongside Marc Maron in Sword of Trust“This was kind of fun to turn my brain over and try to cook the other side and just be totally free to improvise.”
  39. close reads
    Why Is Hopper Such a Jerk-Ass in Stranger Things 3?So. Much. Yelling. But is there a reason for it?
  40. chat room
    Stranger Things 3’s Priah Ferguson on Erica’s Expanded Role and Salty Language“I was like, Oh wow, I get to cuss?
  41. tv review
    In Stranger Things 3 the Horror Is Messier, But the Thrills Are FamiliarThe highly anticipated season edges into some new territory, but mostly leans hard on what’s worked before.
  42. tv review
    The Loudest Voice Is All Bluster and Little InsightRussell Crowe plays Fox News mastermind Roger Ailes with zeal (and awkward prosthetics) in a Showtime series that’s more about the what than the why.
  43. close reads
    Toy Story 4 Is a Movie About Getting Older and Getting Out of the WayYou see another nice Pixar movie about sentient playthings. We see a story about baby boomers and presidential candidates.
  44. emmy insider
    Our 2019 Emmy-Nomination PredictionsIt’s gotten harder than ever to forecast the field of nominees, but that’s not going to stop us from trying!
  45. tv review
    Euphoria Review: Freaks and DicksThe bleak, nudity-filled HBO teen series is no-holds-barred, for better and for worse.
  46. chat room
    Rhea Seehorn Talks Better Call Saul, Veep, and Kim Wexler’s Ponytail Secrecy“It still makes my heart beat out of my chest because I’m just like, What is happening? What is she thinking?
  47. tv review
    Younger Is Still a Fizzy, Guiltless Pleasure in Season 6The TV Land series may have lost some urgency around the matter of Liza’s Big Secret, but it’s still as smart and fun as ever.
  48. close reads
    The Rise of the Female Buddy DramedyDead to Me, Booksmart, Tuca & Bertie, and other recent movies and TV shows prove that this is a golden era for female duos.
  49. 2019 tony awards
    The Highs and Lows of the 2019 Tony AwardsCynthia Erivo!!!!
  50. tv review
    Big Little Lies Season Two Is Worth the WaitI thought a second season might be overkill. I was very wrong.
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