teens

Can “The Baby-Sitters Club” Reboot Hang with Today’s Teen Shows?

The spirit of the books is still present.

Never Have I Ever Watched a Better Comedy about Grief

Saying goodbye to those we love when they pass on is the hardest thing we’ll ever do; it is also the most necessary. Read more »

Sex Re-Education: Netflix Offers a New Spin on Teen Virginity

Though teen dramas claim to empower girls, toxic patterns prevent their characters from fulfilling their potential. Read more »

Backtalk: OK Meme-er

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the meme that’s the perfect digital eye roll. Read more »

Girl Watchers: The Uneasy Female Gaze of “Black Conflux” and “The Other Lamb”

Two new films challenge sexist coming-of-age tales where teen girls are master manipulators. Read more »

Finding Power: In Netflix’s “Trinkets,” Young Women Steal Their Way to Autonomy

The young women of Netflix’s “Trinkets” break laws, but build each other. Read more »

Teenage Kicks: “Booksmart” is an Earnest, Affirming Fantasy of Feelings

Booksmart devotes itself more to the strange, transcendent kind of intimacy that can develop between teens during a singular night. Read more »

(Un)smart Buddies: “Booksmart” Is an Adorably Gawky Entry into the High School Comedy Canon

If “Booksmart” endeavors to make an argument for what youthfulness can be, and for all the messy hope entangled in it, then it must unearth the muck, too. Read more »

It’s My Party: How Conspicuous Consumption Became the Theme of Sweet Sixteens

Today’s Sweet Sixteener isn’t an exact replica of the debutante, but she reflects the same narrow view of womanhood.  Read more »

Only White Kids Find Treasure: “On My Block’s” Fantastical Coming of Age Story

None of the kids have delusions of grandeur; all they want is to buy their way out of historical cycles of violence. 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 »