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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

Scream Queens

Creating a hit TV show is so difficult that the networks keep turning to proven talents for help. The Muppets, John Stamos, Rob Lowe, Limitless, and Minority Report are some of the known, successful quantities that have been asked to re-work their magic this fall. Show More Summary

The Muppets Reboot Ruined Miss Piggy

The Muppets, Jim Henson’s beloved felt creations, are 60 years old, but feelings for them still run high. The canny publicity campaign for their latest venture, ABC’s sitcom The Muppets, “leaked” “news” to the tabloids that Kermit and...Show More Summary

Moonbeam City

There are moments in Moonbeam City—an ’80s-themed cop cartoon premiering Wednesday night on Comedy Central and starring the voices of Kate Mara, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte, and Rob Lowe—that next-level the art of the dumb joke. In one, moron detective Dazzle Novak falls for an exotic singer who performs at the local mall. Show More Summary

The Bastard Executioner

Garbage comes in different odors. Rotting milk does not smell like vomit; fish does not stink like skunk; sewage does not reek like moldy leftovers. Bad television, a common form of garbage, exudes a wide range of malodorous stenches. Show More Summary

Babies and Bomb Squads and Bradley Cooper

In a span of 10 days, the four major networks will premiere almost all of their new drama series. Doctors, FBI agents, amnesiacs, gamblers, Wesley Snipes, Marcia Gay Harden, healthy French fries, oil rigs, corpses, car crashes, and terrorism will all vie for your attention. Show More Summary

Must-Please TV

The fall TV season, in which the networks shower audiences with a storm of new shows, puts me in mind of a parade that has fallen on hard times. Years ago, every September, the networks would roll out dozens of gleaming series to cheering throngs eager to watch all the new sitcoms roll by on fancy floats. Show More Summary

Hello, Friend

The unreliable narrator is commonplace in fiction, but not in television. On TV, narration is often used to pull viewers into a familiar blandness, a genre and tone they’ve experienced before. (See Grey’s Anatomy, Revenge, Burn Notice,...Show More Summary

Fear the Walking Dead

Fear the Walking Dead, the new spinoff of AMC’s monstrously popular The Walking Dead, put a pit in my stomach, made me jumpy and jangly, and generally filled me with anxiety and dread—which, really, is all you can ask of a zombie show. Show More Summary

Show Me a Hero

I recently told a friend that I had just watched and liked Show Me a Hero, the new series from David Simon that premieres this Sunday on HBO. “Oh, what’s it about?” he asked. “It’s about desegregating housing in Yonkers, starring Oscar Isaac,” I said. Show More Summary

How the Press Fell in Love With The Daily Show

In a space that was more walk-in closet than office, the man was seated atop the metal-boxed heating unit, smoking a cigarette and wearing a rubber rain slicker. The smell was a mix of airport lounge and New York downpour. The words he spoke still make me laugh nearly 20 years later: “Man, this show is never going to make it. Show More Summary

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

“The end” does not mean what it used to. Which is to say, it does not mean the end. Once, Veronica Mars, Arrested Development, Full House, Coach, The X-Files, Heroes, 24, Roots, Twin Peaks, and The Muppets had all ended. Now, they have not. Show More Summary

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