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  1. tv review
    The Queen’s Gambit Makes Chess Kind of SexyThe Netflix limited series starring Anya Taylor-Joy serves up satisfying chess action, and chases it with a painful addiction story.
  2. tv review
    The Frigid Allure of The UndoingWelcome to your next HBO obsession.
  3. tv review
    Grand Army Is at Its Best When It Lets Its Teens Lead the WayEven when the new Netflix high-school show stumbles, strong performances from its cast of newcomers help keep it steady.
  4. twist endings
    Let’s Discuss That The Haunting of Bly Manor EndingLots of spoilers, obviously.
  5. movie review
    American Utopia Speaks to the Recent Past and, Even More, the PresentIn a way, even the Spike Lee–directed version of David Byrne’s Broadway show, streaming on HBO, allows us to “leave our homes.”
  6. tv review
    The Right Stuff Has the Halfway Decent StuffDisney+ and Nat Geo’s glossy new series is a traditionally presented space drama that chips away at our traditional notions about the space program.
  7. videology
    The Stories Behind Two of the Best Animated Music Videos of All TimeA-ha’s “Take On Me” and Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” illustrate two vastly different yet equally groundbreaking animation styles.
  8. everybody wants some!!
    Eddie Van Halen Could Even Turn a Burger Into a Rock GodOn that surreal scene from Better Off Dead and the power of the late guitarist’s gift.
  9. cancellations
    A Fond and Frustrated Farewell to GLOWA show about women who refused to be bullied into submission was, ultimately, taken down by the biggest bully of them all.
  10. emily in paris
    We Couldn’t Help But Wonder: How Does Darren Star Define a Darren Star Show?The veteran writer and producer on the dots that connect Beverly Hills, 90210 to Emily in Paris.
  11. best of 2020
    The Best TV of the Year (So Far)PEN15, We Are Who We Are, and P-Valley are some of the brightest bright spots among 2020’s televisual offerings.
  12. movie review
    The Glorias Only Does Gloria Steinem Partial JusticeBy jumping through time and four different performances, the movie paints a portrait that is fractured instead of illuminating.
  13. tv review
    Emily in Paris Is Going to Seduce YouYou will binge Darren Star’s latest in an entire evening, and any shame you feel about that will disappear when you binge it again.
  14. tv review
    The Comey Rule Shows the Scarier Side of Donald TrumpYes, the flawed docuseries is a rehash of recent history, but it’s a history that’s repeating itself right now.
  15. middle school stuff
    Talking Mom Fights and Theater Kids With PEN15’s Anna Konkle and Maya ErskineA Zoom conversation about season two of the Hulu middle-school dramedy gets real, then real glitchy.
  16. chat room
    The Love Fraud Creators Have Some Post-Finale Rick Scott Smith Updates for YouRachel Grady and Heidi Ewing discuss their docuseries’s finale and the con artist who tried to mansplain success while wearing a prison jumpsuit.
  17. tv review
    The 2020 Emmys ParadoxNormalcy was invited to this year’s Emmys, but its plus-one was a pervasive sense of abnormality.
  18. predictions
    What Will Win and What Should Win at the 2020 EmmysYou can bet on these predictions … probably!
  19. tv review
    PEN15 Goes Deeper in Season 2Maya Erskine’s and Anna Konkle’s adolescent alter egos are still hilarious, but this time around they’re also going to break your heart.
  20. where it started at
    An Oral History of the Very First Episode of Yo! MTV RapsOn August 6, 1988, MTV finally, officially, embraced a genre that was born in New York.
  21. tv review
    Challenger: The Final Flight Unpacks a Moment of American Hope and HeartbreakIn revisiting the tragedy of 1986’s space shuttle explosion, the new Netflix docuseries draws out some compelling parallels to our present.
  22. emmys 2020
    Animated Series, Variety, Docuseries, & More: Our Creative Arts Emmy PredictionsPrepare for a five-day onslaught of TV trophy distribution with our guesses for who will win (and who should win) in 16 key categories.
  23. tv review
    We Are Who We Are Is Coming-of-Age PoetryLuca Guadagnino’s leisurely aesthetic translates beautifully to television, where it can spread out and just be.
  24. movie review
    Class Action Park Forces Us to Wrestle With Toxic NostalgiaThe HBO Max documentary starts out a fun flashback to a recklessly operated theme park, but it says something deeper about America’s nature.
  25. tv review
    Away Is on a Low-Key Mission to MarsHilary Swank and Josh Charles lead this new Netflix drama, in which the stakes are low and the threat of space schmaltz is high.
  26. fall preview 2020
    47 New and Returning Shows to Watch This FallAnd here you thought there would be no new TV to watch …
  27. tv review
    Once You Start Watching Love Fraud, You Can’t StopShowtime’s true crime-meets-revenge thriller about a con artist/bigamist plays like a wild mix of Kill Bill, Dirty John, and Catfish.
  28. phineas and ferb
    In the New Phineas and Ferb Movie, There Is Justice for CandaceThe Disney+ movie based on the animated series is a fun trip that is both familiar and a little bit new.
  29. connective tissue
    I May Destroy You, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, and the Therapeutic Power of StoryThough markedly different, the two series are complementary voices in the ongoing conversation about sexual assault and its aftermath.
  30. close reads
    At the DNC, Nostalgia Went Backward and ForwardThe four-night virtual political event sought to take us, in the words of Don Draper, “back home again to a place where we know we are loved.”
  31. tv review
    The Vow Takes a Deep, Compelling Dive Into the NXIVM CultThe HBO docuseries gives viewers an insider’s view of the so-called sex cult as it’s in the midst of falling apart.
  32. chat room
    Robin Thede Wore a Beyoncé Hoodie for Emmy Luck, ObviouslyShe also has a lot to say about season two of A Black Lady Sketch Show and Black Lives Matter.
  33. tv review
    Hoops Is a @#%ing MissThe Netflix animated comedy starring Jake Johnson as a disgruntled coach hits the same note over and over, and that note is “gleeful profanity.”
  34. a long talk
    Mike Schur Talks Morality and Ethics in The Good Place — and Everywhere ElseIt feels right that a chat about the show’s Emmy-nominated finale would lead to a philosophical discourse on bad tweets, blackface, and wearing masks.
  35. close reads
    About That ‘Controversial’ Black-ish Episode …Watching the newly resurfaced episode “Please, Baby, Please” today, it seems even more ridiculous that ABC wouldn’t air it back in 2018.
  36. movie review
    God Bless the Go-Go’s and This Documentary About the Go-Go’sThe Go-Go’s, debuting on Showtime, is a rollicking portrait of a seminal band, and an acute examination of female ambition.
  37. tv review
    Muppets Now Brings the Golden Age of Muppetry Into the YouTube EraUnlike other recent attempts to update the felty franchise, the Disney+ series is a smart, broadly appealing blend of the classic and contemporary.
  38. emmys 2020
    An Extraordinary 2020 Gave Us Some Extraordinary Emmy NominationsThough marked, as always, by notable oversights, this year’s nominations reflect the cultural moment in a mostly positive way.
  39. tv review
    In My Skin Is Another British Coming-of-age Winner for HuluA breakout performance from Gabrielle Creevy is just one reason to watch this BBC dramedy about a teen coping with parents incapable of raising her.
  40. close reads
    I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Makes Us Ponder Our Own True-Crime FixationsBy making writer Michelle McNamara its protagonist, the HBO docuseries compels viewers to reexamine their own relationship with true crime.
  41. obits
    Regis Philbin Was a TV Personality in the Truest SenseWhen Regis Philbin was on television — which was very, very frequently — he came to play and seemed to absolutely relish it.
  42. tv review
    Little Voice Wears Its Heart on Its SleeveThe new Apple TV+ series, featuring original songs by Sara Bareilles, is achingly, sometimes cloyingly earnest, but also inviting in its own way.
  43. emmy insider
    How James Marsden Became Dead to Me’s ‘Semi-Identical’ TwinsThe journey from Steve the douchebag to Ben the nice guy.
  44. friday night movie club
    Clueless Is a Great Teen Movie. It’s Also a Satire About the White and Wealthy.We go back to this movie over and over because it’s fun. But we don’t talk enough about how it cleverly critiques Cher’s obliviousness.
  45. tv review
    Search Party Is Back, and Its Knives Are OutDespite a two-year delay, season three’s focus on privileged, white millennials winding their way through the justice system feels of the moment.
  46. tv review
    Meet the New Perry Mason, Not Much Like the Old Perry MasonHBO’s loose interpretation of the classic CBS procedural is a gorgeous, gritty, and sometimes gory period piece filled with fine performances.
  47. tv review
    13 Reasons Why Was Always Teen Torture PornIn its final season, the coming-of-age drama is as dark, traumatic, and utterly ridiculous as ever.
  48. tv review
    Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story Offers a Careful Study of a Woman ScornedAmanda Peet sinks every one of her teeth into the role of the famous housewife turned murderer.
  49. tv review
    You Should Watch Quiz and That’s Our Final AnswerThe AMC series about the British Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? scandal is smart, entertaining, and just three hours long.
  50. tv review
    Space Force Is a Massive MisfireDespite its strong cast, Netflix’s new political workplace comedy from Greg Daniels and Steve Carell just can’t get off the ground.
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