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An Appreciation of the Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart

Quick Warning: This article spoils a minor plot point from the first episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Reading this won’t ruin your enjoyment of the show, but you’re (probably) a good person, so you deserve a heads-up.

By Ramsey Ess

A Hard Look at the Original Modelizer

Revisiting our 1988 profile of Elite Model Management founder John Casablancas, whose inappropriate behavior was no secret in the fashion industry.

By Christopher Bonanos

Dave Foley Gets Into the Holiday Special Spirit

Holiday specials, for the most part, are a family affair. In general, they are (at best) sweet adventures or (at worst) cloying cash-grabs. There is a sweet spot for holiday specials, however, that make them entertaining for every member of the [...]

By Ramsey Ess

How the Late-Night Monologue Got Topical

A short history featuring Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert.

By Christopher Bonanos

Take a Good Look at Ernie Kovacs’ Incredibly Strange Game Show

Ernie Kovacs was a genius. There’s no way around that. Carson, Letterman, and Conan have all cited him as an influence, and there have been hundreds of tributes, articles, PBS clips shows, and even two, very well done DVD retrospectives of his [...]

By Ramsey Ess