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    Looking Back at Robert Smigel’s Saturday TV Funhouse PilotFeaturing a young Stephen Colbert as Grimy the Talking Outhouse.
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    The Long, Intertwined History of Paul Simon, Lorne Michaels, and SNLPaul Simon and Lorne Michaels go way back.
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    Looking Back at I, Martin Short, Goes HollywoodShort’s 1989 special is one of the closest things there is to an episode of SCTV after that series ended in 1984.
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    Revisiting Some of the Most Memorable Homes Wendy Goodman Ever ScoutedOn the occasion of her memoir, our design editor recalls a few of her greatest hits.
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    The Forgotten Film From The Dick Van Dyke Show’s Morey Amsterdam and Rose MarieA look back on the cameo-packed 1966 comedy Don’t Worry, We’ll Think of a Title.
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    Looking for Lost Monty Python Material? Look No FurtherLooking back at the group’s Hastily Cobbled Together for a Fast Buck Album.
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    Looking Back at Jerry Seinfeld: Comedian (Without the Cars and Coffee)Revisiting the 2002 documentary featuring Seinfeld and Orny Adams.
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    The George Carlin Show Introduces Carlin to Television (Briefly)Remembering George Carlin and Sam Simon’s short-lived Fox sitcom.
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    Sarah Jessica Parker Would Like a Few Words With Carrie BradshawRevisiting New York’s 2008 profile of the Sex and the City star.
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    The Making of Tom Wolfe’s ‘Radical Chic’Remembering the story that helped put New York on the map.
  11. Before ‘Rick and Morty,’ Dan Harmon Tried to Reinvent Acceptable […]The idea of entertainment as an entity separate from the internet is one that is for the most part dead. Every movie must have social media […]
  12. The Subway Crisis We’ve Been Writing About for 48 YearsThe intensity of the subway’s troubles is new, but the problems themselves are not.
  13. Revisiting New York Magazine’s First IssueFeaturing Rita Moreno’s ropa vieja recipe, Tom Wolfe on New York accents, Gloria Steinem on Ho Chi Minh, and more.
  14. Remembering New York’s Great Illustrator Robert GrossmanA celebration of one of our early contributors.
  15. An Appreciation of the Button-Down Mind of Bob NewhartQuick Warning: This article spoils a minor plot point from the first episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Reading this won’t ruin your […]
  16. O.J. Simpson Interview Promoting His Scrapped If I Did It Book Will Finally AirThe controversial interview detailed how Simpson would have killed Nicole Brown Simpson — if he had actually committed the crime.
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    A Hard Look at the Original ModelizerRevisiting our 1988 profile of Elite Model Management founder John Casablancas, whose inappropriate behavior was no secret in the fashion industry.
  18. Looking Back at Alan Partridge’s First Show: 25 Years of Alan Partridge […]There is a chance, especially if you are living in America, that you may not know who Alan Partridge is. Played by Steve Coogan, Partridge is […]
  19. Dave Foley Gets Into the Holiday Special SpiritHoliday specials, for the most part, are a family affair. In general, they are (at best) sweet adventures or (at worst) cloying cash-grabs. […]
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    You Could Learn a Lot at a Restaurant Table With Liz SmithWhat most people misunderstood about the veteran tabloid gossip columnist.
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    The ’70s Feminist Manifesto That’s Still a Must-Read TodayJudy Brady Syfers wrote ‘I Want a Wife’ in 1971. It holds up.
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    The Hottest Fashion Show of 1987 Took Place a Week After the Market CrashedRevisiting Julie Baumgold’s report on the opulent spectacle of Christian Lacroix’s first New York show.
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    How the Late-Night Monologue Got TopicalA short history featuring Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert.
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    Remembering When Christie Hefner Took Over PlayboyLally Weymouth profiled Hugh Hefner’s then-29-year-old daughter, the newly appointed president of Playboy Enterprises, in a 1982 New York cover story.
  25. Take a Good Look at Ernie Kovacs’ Incredibly Strange Game ShowErnie 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 […]
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    Looking Back at 40 Years of New York’s Fertility JournalismThe millennial baby-boom, in vitro fertilization, later-in-life pregnancies, and more.
  27. Looking Back at Long Island City’s Slow SizzleThe last time we called the neighborhood hot, we might have been a little ahead of schedule.
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    Revisiting Nora Ephron on the Artifice of the ‘Battle of the Sexes’Ephron’s 1973 New York piece, “Bobby Riggs, the Lady-Killer,” displays her deadly aim and clear-eyed skepticism.
  29. A Lost Script from the Files of the ‘Police Squad!’Airplane! The Naked Gun. Kentucky Fried Movie. When it comes to the classics of modern comedy, Zucker, Abrahams & Zucker were kings. After […]
  30. Remembering When City Hippies Left New York for Country LifeSome found “Back to the Earth” backbreaking. Others took root and blossomed.
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    3 Bill Cosby Accusers on His Mistrial and What Comes Next“This was just the dress rehearsal. Round two is coming up.”
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    What Happened When a Female Film Critic Offered to Take Porn SeriouslyIn the 1970s, Molly Haskell tried to look at a wave of explicit movies as a new avenue for interesting art. They didn’t perform on demand.
  33. Satirizing Two Birds with One Bush: Looking Back at ‘That’s My Bush!’Anthony Atamanuik’s The President Show is unlike anything else on television right now. It takes a current-day public figure and satirizes him […]
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    From the Archives: A 31-Year-Old Mother of Four Reinvents Herself in New YorkRevisiting a New York Magazine cover story from 1972.
  35. How Much New Yorkers Make, Then and NowLooking back at the nosiest issues New York ever published.
  36. Why Is America So Fascinated With Twin Peaks?Revisiting a 1990 New York magazine cover story.
  37. ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Local TV OriginsGuys, there’s so much TV now. There are a million channels, with new ones launching constantly, and then tons of streaming platforms, with new […]
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    12 Famous Brides Who Wore Statement-Making Wedding DressesThe memorable gowns of Lucille Ball, Eleanor Roosevelt, Carrie Fisher, Mariah Carey, and more.
  39. What New York’s Homelessness Crisis Looked Like in the 1980sAs institutions closed and pushed thousands of people onto the streets, the desire to help them evolved into a fearful wariness.
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    Revisiting David Letterman’s 1987 Writers RoomThe relatively normal bunch of guys behind what was perhaps the creative peak of Late Night.
  41. What It’s Like to Live in a Trump BuildingThe protesters, the new frisson, and the extremely clean floors.
  42. When Feig, Apatow, Cross, and Hodgson Spun the ‘TV Wheel’ What innovations are there in television? Multi-camera filming, laugh tracks, color, the variety show, cable, reality TV, HD, digital […]
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    A Disco-Era Cover Girl Reflects on Modeling at 13“I had the time of my life; I traveled the world. It’s a tricky, dangerous business, but for me it worked out.”
  44. Celebrate Awards Season ‘98 with ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ We are once again firmly entrenched in Hollywood’s favorite time of year: award season. As a nation we will thrill and speculate who will […]
  45. Remembering When Gerald Ford Seemed Like the Worst Problem We Could HaveCovering Washington’s big power shifts, then and now.
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    The Year New York Almost Lost the Right to ChoosePolitics and service journalism from the early era of legal abortion.
  47. There’s Never Been a Better Time to Revisit ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’ I generally try not to timestamp these articles, because who knows? Someday somebody’s going to be searching for information about Woody […]
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    Remembering China Machado’s Fascinating Life“I didn’t think of myself as good-looking at all.”
  49. A History of Waiting for the Second Avenue SubwayNow arriving. (Really!)
  50. Unearthing a Rare 1971 Monty Python Film All About Peas Let’s say you suddenly found yourself in charge of a major corporation. If you’re good at your job, imagine you’d probably try to steer the […]
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