Emily Nussbaum

  1. It’s Different for ‘Girls’Lena Dunham’s new show is like nothing else on TV.
  2. The Rebirth of the Feminist ManifestoCome for the Lady Gaga, stay for the empowerment.
  3. Shock ValueAmerican Horror Story is an allegory of worst-case scenarios, all visceral enough to work.
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    Breaking Bad Postmortem: Discussing Last Night’s Episode and the Show’s FutureEmily Nussbaum and Logan Hill hash it out.
  5. 76 Minutes With Marlo ThomasBackstage and out on the town with the feminist TV pioneer, now in the limelight again, as a “dumb blonde.”
  6. Under the BoardwalkWhy does HBO’s mob period drama often feel like a beautifully tailored empty suit?
  7. What to Feed Your DVRPilot-surfing through the latest network offerings. (Don’t get too attached.)
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    Novelist Laura Lippman on Her New Book and Morbid Imagination“I think I’m part of a generation of crime writers, all of whom woke up independently and recoiled with horror at the fact that we’d chosen this very conservative genre.”
  9. Television NewsThe last days of intermediation.
  10. Sex and the CityWas it still okay to drink cosmos?
  11. She-RunnersAn encouraging wave of chick-created comedies.
  12. My ‘Breaking Bad’ BenderAnd the cold hard truths of the morning after.
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    Why You Should Have Been Watching Treme Instead of The Killing’The Killing’ claims to be a “holistic journey” that doesn’t “tie things up in a bow,” but ‘Treme’ really is.
  14. What Was She Thinking?The irresistable inscrutability of the betrayed political wife.
  15. Emily Nussbaum on the New Interactive Showrunner“You don’t have to love the work of every showrunner to see what they have in common: When you watch their shows, you know who set their stamp on it.”
  16. One-Man ShowNo, really. Profane comic Louis C.K.’s unique experiment in television making.
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    Nussbaum on Watching the Original Reality Show, An American FamilyThe show that inspired HBO’s forthcoming ‘Cinema Verite.’
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    TV Review: Is United States of Tara the New Dexter?’Tara’ has many of the strengths of ‘Dexter,’ not so many of its weaknesses.
  19. Depression ModernTodd Haynes’s Mildred Pierce is a visually luscious tale of obsession—a mother’s with her daughter.
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    Nussbaum: 30 Rock Takes On the ‘Women in Comedy’ IssueUnsurprisingly, things got meta.
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    Community’s Chevy Chase ProblemCan the show find a satisfying way to deal with his — and his character’s — unlikablity?
  22. Don’t Write Off ‘Skins’ Just YetIt’s got greasy, amoral potential.
  23. Falling in Love AgainThe grown-up charm of Episodes.
  24. Constant CravingsMen behaving badly on Lights Out, Shameless, and Californication.
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    Nussbaum: An Ode to Cop Rock, TV’s Unsung Procedural (and Glee’s Secret Sauce)I’ve always thought back fondly on the 1990 Steven Bochco attempt at a musical procedural. It makes me wonder at the TV experiments we haven’t seen yet.
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    Nussbaum: Betrayed by DexterSeason five of the show had lots of things that made no sense, and, worse, felt exploitative — something I’d rarely thought about the show.
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    Nussbaum: The Office Christmas Episode Made Me Love the Show AgainUntil “Classy Christmas,” I’d thought that, with a few exceptions, this season had gone off the rails.
  28. 15. Because We Keep Finding New Ways to Make Our Big, Anonymous Metropolis Feel Like a Lost-Bunny-Finding Small TownTo listen to the doomsday pundits, one might assume that social networking is the death of the neighborhood: so cold, so virtual, so alienating! […]
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    Nussbaum: A Fantastically Strange Magazine About TVThe beautiful television issue of ‘Esopus’ could be the first designed for people who never watch television.
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    Nussbaum: Children’s Hospital Will Fill the Police Squad!–Size Hole in Your HeartThe spirit of the late Leslie Nielsen’s 1982 cult comedy lives on at Adult Swim.
  31. The Year in TVI t’s conventional wisdom that the antenna of a TV top ten—the selection that gets the fat print and the pretty illustration—should be a drama. […]
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    Nussbaum: Giving Thanks for Parenthood’Parenthood’ could easily be condemned for its yuppie navel-gazing. I say, bring on the navels. Let us gaze.
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    Nussbaum Flashes Back to a Very Special, Very Molester-y Diff’rent StrokesIt has the Very Special Episode’s uniquely cringe-worthy meld of earnest edutainment and laugh-track yuks.
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    Nussbaum’s Critical Speed Round: Men of a Certain Age, Dexter, HIMYM, and MoreI’m a longtime fan of ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ but this season is bumming me out.
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    Nussbaum: The Good Wife’s Bait and Switch’The Good Wife’ is the first show about politics on a psychological level.
  36. Special Victims UnitWhat does it mean to dramatize rape on television?
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    Nussbaum: Reconsidering Two and a Half Men’Two and a Half Men’ isn’t dirty ha-ha, it’s dirty depressing.
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    Nussbaum on Last Night’s Private Practice Rape Episode“They pulled it off — mostly. In the terms of the show, anyway.”
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    Nussbaum: Some Après-Election Cheer, Courtesy of Dwayne WayneMy favorite clip from that highly political (yes, highly political!) eighties sitcom ‘A Different World.’
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    Nussbaum: Is Anyone Still Watching Desperate Housewives? Talk to MeThe show is a cascade of increasingly nutso plot twists.
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    Why Is Hawaii Five-0 So Inexplicably Popular?I can just sum this up in one line: Please watcher ‘Terriers’ on FX instead.
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    The New Age of the Family Sitcom (and Where Louis C.K. Is Taking It)If all the best parenting sitcoms have ‘Roseanne’ DNA, ‘Louis’ has it the most purely.
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    TV Review: In Treatment Is Back on the CouchRomantic and agitating in turns, the HBO drama has, in its stealthy way, become one of the most experimental series on television.
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    Nussbaum: Do We Want Too Much From TV’s Creators?The Just Jealous! thesis and the I’m Rubber, You’re Glue school of thought.
  45. All EarsHow Gabriel Byrne turns listening into eloquence on HBO’s In Treatment.
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    Our Recapper and Critic Debate the Mad Men Finale“That was like one of those situations where you’ve been hoping for a sex scene between two characters and then it finally happens.”
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    Why do the Mad Men Writers Make Betty Draper Such a Monster?While the ladies around her bloom, Betty hardens, her character getting ever icier, vainer, more alien.
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    Don’t Be Afraid of Dexter, He’s Killing in Season FiveShowtime’s drama about a serial killer is disturbing, sure, but also one of the most brilliant dramas on TV.
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    TV Review: The Stealthy, Noir-y Charms of Terriers’Terriers’ has pulled off a neat trick: looking like a procedural, then sneaking in something much more interesting.
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    Emily Nussbaum on the Curse of the Ghost TV FanWhy even bother falling in love with a TV show when there’s a good chance it will be canceled?
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