The Authenticity Factor: “The Chi” Shows That Violence Isn’t Chicago’s Only Story

The Chi shows the dimensions of Chicago’s South Side and its people.

Scully, the Victim: The Legacy of Gendered Violence on The X-Files

Has The X-Files finally gone too far with its incisive, sometimes morbid preoccupation with the intimate harms inflicted on women? Read more »

How TV Finally Got Realistic About Abortions

Getting abortion right matters more than ever. Read more »

5 Episodes of "Black Mirror" to Kickstart Your Obsession

These are the best five episodes to get you started on the show that’s shaping up to be the new Twilight Zone. Read more »

Nova, Nola, and Annalise: Queer Black Women and the Arc of Representation

Nola, Nova, and Annalise are the queer-coded villains of their own stories. Read more »

BitchWatch: 15 Bitch Approved TV Shows You Should Watch This Winter

We’re in for several months of quality TV. Read more »

The Fragility of Safety: Beyond the Promise of #MeToo

We find ourselves at an impasse. Who, anymore, is safe? Read more »

An Old Story in a Neo Hat: In Neo Yokio, futuristic capitalism looks very familiar

If a show doesn’t provide the framework to critically address what it purports to satirize, can it truly be satire? Read more »

The “Scandal” Effect: The Rise of Flawed Black Female Protagonists

As Scandal takes its final bow to make room for the peak TV content that has sprung up in its wake, it’s clear that the desire for more diverse stories has not abated. Read more »

Warrior To Wallflower: “Stranger Things” Shrinks Nancy Wheeler

Nancy doesn’t need Jonathan or Steve to get out of Hawkins. Read more »

This World Looks Familiar: Steven Universe's Anticolonial Critique

Breaking down Steven Universe’s power dynamics, like interrogating the worlds of the Hunger Games or Harry Potter, offers a pop-culture framework for all... Read more »

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Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »

Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream

Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream. Read more »

The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

Long before Peggy Olson fought to be a copywriter on Mad Men, women were pioneering advertisers in the new age of mass media.... Read more »