Douchebag Decree: The No-Host Oscars

Why didn’t the Academy ask us who should host?

Every Rose Has Its Thorn: How "Schitt’s Creek" Mastered the Sharp Sitcom

It’s an honest depiction of a family employing productive optimism and pessimistic humor to survive. Read more »

Platonic Ideal: In "My Brilliant Friend," Companionship and Survival are Forever Linked

Safety in any manifestation is a luxury for Elena and Lila, as is liberty. Read more »

“You” and the Excuses We Make for Traumatized Men

Joe Goldberg, with all his deadbeat dad-inflicted burns and memories of living on the streets of New York, is a special kind of fiction, but he has real-life brethren the world over.  Read more »

#MeToonys: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and the Challenge of Making Harassment Hilarious

Kimmy Schmidt’s handling of Titus’ #MeToo storyline feels clumsy. Read more »

Bonged For Glory: “Broad City’s” Final Season is Ballsy and Bittersweet

It’s hard to maintain characters so strongly identified with their real-life creators when those creators have firmly and successfully individuated. Read more »

“She-Ra’s” Nuanced Take on Abuse and Trauma Is Its Real Power

The show understands that acknowledging how hard things have always been for Catra doesn’t invalidate Adora’s suffering. Read more »

There Will Be Blood: The Precarious Politics of Representing Abortion Onscreen

In reality, abortion is a simple, fast, safe medical procedure.  Read more »

How TV Finally Got Realistic About Abortions

Getting abortion right matters more than ever. Read more »

“On the Basis of Sex” is the Glossy, Imperfect Love Story We Need Right Now

The love between Ruth and Marty Ginsburg is palpable, and brilliantly illuminates the battles Ruth takes on in her professional life. Read more »

Hide or Fight: “Cam” Volleys Effortlessly between Terror, Fascination, and Righteous Anger

Alice’s struggles highlight the isolating nature of sex work, and it’s harrowing to witness her try to defend herself and protect her career.  Read more »

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

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

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

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

One-Sentence Reviews of the Lesbian Netflix Canon

Lez face it: when you’re a ladygay like myself, cruising the internet for something to watch, you realize very quickly that there are a whole... Read more »