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A Tween Is Born

For adults of a certain age, Saved By the Bell, NBC’s endlessly syndicated sitcom about the high jinks of six high school students, is a nostalgia object par excellence, exerting a special, long-lasting grip on the heartstrings ofShow More Summary

These People Will Not Create a Perfect Society

Whatever utopia is, we can all agree it is not a reality TV show. But this has not stopped Fox from launching Utopia, an ambitious reality series similar in its fundamentals to Big Brother, but framed nonetheless as a grand, well-meaning social experiment. Show More Summary

Slim Pickings at the Network TV Bazaar

This week marks the beginning of that annual expense of resources that is the networks’ fall premiere season. For the rest of September and early October, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and perpetual hanger-on the CW will unveil dozens of new...Show More Summary

The Other Huxtable Effect

In the days and weeks following the 2008 election of Barack Obama, there was much discussion of what writer Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez dubbed “The Huxtable Effect.” The theory, in a nutshell, held that the tremendous popularity of The...Show More Summary

Television for Adults

CBS’s The Good Wife begins its sixth season on Sunday night in almost unheard of shape for a drama heading into the latter stages of middle age. By Seasons 7 or 8, most series are thinking about retirement, or ought to be. Typically they’ve been flagging for years, the vim and vigor of their youth long since mellowed. Show More Summary

Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things

Twenty years ago this week, Friends premiered. The show about six pals who hang out all the time debuted to middling reviews and OK ratings before becoming a gargantuan hit and phenomenon. Friends was a top-10 series for its entire run, and a top-five series if you discount the first season. Show More Summary

Crusader, Sans Cape

Superheroes: beacons of hope, of inspiration, and of cold, hard cash. Having reliably raked it in for movie studios for years now, brand-name superheroes are being drafted by television networks who are looking for the audiences and the advertisers that come along with boldface names in tights. Show More Summary

Say It Loud

Early in Black-ish, ABC’s new sitcom about an affluent black family, Andre “Dre” Johnson (Anthony Anderson), a happily married father of four ensconced in a big house, tells the audience that, though he has more or less achieved...Show More Summary

How to Get Away With Hyperdrama

How gonzo does a show have to be to live up to Scandal? This is a question that hangs over How to Get Away With Murder, starting on ABC tonight, a fast-paced, high-plot drama created and written by Peter Nowalk, a longtime writer and producer on Shonda Rhimes’ shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Show More Summary

See Me

As if there was not enough to watch already; as if you were not paying for enough TV-dispensing services already; as if you were not borrowing enough passwords to avail yourself of TV-dispensing services already; it is time to figure out how to get Amazon Prime. Show More Summary

Homeland Is Good Again

If watching a television show is like being in a relationship, Homeland has done everything it can to make you regret dating it. The show, which begins its fourth season on Sunday night, seemed, initially, like a true catch. The first...Show More Summary

The Rise of Bummer TV

Television has never been more depressing than it is right now. That’s not a snide comment about the fall’s mediocre slate of new network shows—it’s an observation about the rise of Bummer TV. Bummer TV describes dramas that want to make pain, grief, and hurt a major part of the viewing experience. Show More Summary

Bizarro Jerry

Mulaney, a bland new Fox sitcom from former-SNL writer and stand-up comedian John Mulaney, has a laugh track. This is, by far, the most interesting thing about it. The show stars Mulaney as a young comedian and assistant to a game show host named Lou Cannon (Martin Short). Show More Summary

It’s the Freakiest Show

Ryan Murphy’s work starkly juxtaposes cruelty and triumph, the possibility of real degradation and of real victory. His shows—Glee, The New Normal, Popular, Nip/Tuck—have a mean streak, a willingness to humiliate and tease their characters, when those characters are not getting put through emotionally debilitating, melodramatic paces. Show More Summary

Which One of These Stories Do You Believe?

Television, generally speaking, communicates in the close, reliable third person. There may be first-person narration, personal fantasy sequences, and dramatized individual delusions—and still, television is, for the most part, a third-person business. Show More Summary


When The WB and UPN folded themselves into one network, the CW, in 2006, it was a kind of capitulation, an admission that despite a decade of trying, neither fledgling network had succeeded in becoming a major one. Why did the two mini-networks fail to grow like Fox had a decade prior? It wasn’t because of me. Show More Summary

Can TV Get the Rom-Com Right?

How long does it take to fall in love? How long does it take to declare that love? How long does it take to get married? Even the most optimistic estimates tell us that—Vegas misadventures notwithstanding—these things tend to take a while. Show More Summary

A Difficult Woman

Like its heroine, Olive Kitteridge, the four-hour miniseries airing this Sunday and Monday on HBO, is quietly indomitable, more admirable than easily loveable, more likely to get under your skin than send a shock through your system....Show More Summary

The Comeback

HBO’s The Comeback aired its first, and, for nearly a decade, what looked to be its only season, in 2005. The show starred Lisa Kudrow, exact and quirky, as Valerie Cherish, the former star of a middling network sitcom, so desperate to recapture her fame she signs on to make a reality show about her new job on an even more awful network sitcom. Show More Summary

Green, Green Grass of Home

New episodes of High Maintenance, the precise and perfect Web series about affluent New York City stoners, arrive today and immediately grant entry to the best small town in serialized fiction: the one in Brooklyn linked together by the affable weed dealer known only as The Guy. Show More Summary

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