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It’s Insane, This Guy’s Sketch

Halfway into With Bob and David, the too-brief sketch reunion series that has just debuted on Netflix, there’s a clunker of a joke saved by who is telling it. A laundromat owner, played by Bob Odenkirk, is receiving an award for a musical about a house’s magical singing rooms. Show More Summary

Into the Badlands

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about how boring television fight scenes are. Such an opinion might reasonably lead one to predict that I would dislike AMC’s Into the Badlands, a new martial arts series that’s raison d’être is the fight scene, and which features two extended Hong Kong–style kung fu sequences in every episode. Show More Summary

Nothing’s a Hit Anymore

A hit TV show, never easy to make, at least used to be easy to identify. Through the end of the 20 th century, a hit was a show watched by tens of millions of people, if not many more. You know what happened next. The explosion of content,...Show More Summary

Charge It to the Race Card

There’s a moment in the first episode of Master of None when Dev (Aziz Ansari) and Arnold (Eric Wareheim) are in a boutique toy store, seeking a gift for a friend’s child. One of Dev’s ex-girlfriends strolls in, and the two begin to chat. Show More Summary

Master of None

Master of None begins with sex gone awry. Dev Shah (Aziz Ansari), a working actor, is humping and pumping over a woman named Rachel (Noël Wells), whom he has just met, when the condom breaks. For a moment, it seems we are in the familiar...Show More Summary

The Indispensable Project Greenlight

At the dawn of the 21 st century, Netflix was a small company mailing out red envelopes, The Sopranos was new, AMC was short for American Movie Classics, and reality TV was going to steamroll every other form of television. Survivor debuted in 2000. Show More Summary

The True Detective of Network TV

In the past few years, the networks, chasing anything that might bring them buzz and ratings, have frequently tried to copy cable by importing large amounts of sex and violence into their shows, as though what was good about The Sopranos were the wackings and the strippers. Show More Summary

Supergirl

After eating dog food for a month, a hamburger, any hamburger, would taste pretty good. That’s what CBS’s Supergirl, which premieres Monday night, has going for it: It’s a competent and cute drama that benefits from being served up after...Show More Summary

How I Turned My Love of The Simpsons Into a Freelance Gig

In the fall of 1990, when I was 7, my parents barred me from watching The Simpsons. Less than a year removed from its premiere, the show was a phenomenon. Most of my classmates were wearing Bart Simpson T-shirts over their Z. Cavariccis,...Show More Summary

Insanity Defense

Nathan for You, Comedy Central’s brilliant, fascinating, and uncomfortable interrogation of manners, capitalism, and the manners of capitalism, returned for its third season Thursday night. In it, as he has so many times before, the unassuming Nathan Fielder attempted to help a struggling small business with a scheme both logical and ridiculous. Show More Summary

The Knick Reinvented the Period Drama

Steven Soderbergh’s gothic hospital drama The Knick, which returns for its second season on Cinemax this Friday night, is an amazing television show in the purest sense of that most overused word. It is dismaying, awe-inspring, terrifying, and habitually breathtaking. Show More Summary

You Betcha

In the history of cinematic mustaches, few have been as disgusting as that of Rye Gerhardt (Kieran Culkin), the youngest scion of North Dakota’s reigning crime family and the stray spark that sets off the powder-keg second season of Fargo. Show More Summary

The Walking Dead Podcast: Recapping the Season 6 Premiere

The return of Slate’s Walking Dead Podcast—welcome back! Your hosts for this members-only TV Club: Mike Vuolo, senior producer and host of Lexicon Valley, and Laura Bradley, an editorial assistant on Slate’s Culture team. For more info on how to subscribe to the Slate Plus podcast feed, go here.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Is Peak #PeakTV

The burst of mediocrity that is the fall TV season is winding down, like a passing meteor shower of gigantic, gooberish rubber cement balls. And just as we are preparing to cast our eyes back to Earth, having nothing to show for ourShow More Summary

American Horror Story: Hotel

As the cliché has it, we each have a devil and an angel sitting on our shoulders. Ryan Murphy, the prolific creator of outsize entertainments including Glee, The New Normal, Scream Queens, and American Horror Story, in all five of its iterations, has a raging bitch and an animate Hallmark card sitting on his. Show More Summary

Homeland Didn’t Need More Nuance

Something is missing from the fifth season of Homeland, the Showtime thriller starring Claire Danes as a bipolar-savant CIA analyst that has lost and regained its footing more times than a gymnast with a charley horse. It’s not justShow More Summary

The Affair Should Be a Sexy, Irresistible Stunner

In the late ’90s and early aughts, there might as well only have been two cable networks creating original content: HBO and its perpetual runner-up, Showtime. As the number of original content creators has swelled, HBO has maintained...Show More Summary

You Should Be Watching The Leftovers

The first season of HBO’s The Leftovers was like television S&M—daring, painful for its characters, painful for its audience, immensely satisfying to a particular niche. No show has ever investigated anguish, in all its permutations, so relentlessly. Show More Summary

The Frustrating Fate of Ken Jeong

It’s a bit of a letdown for ABC’s Dr. Ken to announce itself as the third Asian American family sitcom in history, especially when there’s only a one-year gap between the most recent two. But all the air in the room was taken up by Fresh...Show More Summary

Empire Is the Most Important Show on TV

Empire, the most important show on television, returns for its second season Wednesday night, a world champ about to make another run at the title, surrounded by all the attendant excitement and expectation. Since debuting last January,...Show More Summary

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