TV

“Yellowjackets” and the Disturbing Reality of Social Contract

With Yellowjackets, the so-called “puzzle-box show” achieves a kind of maturity by doing away with the conspiratorially furrowed brow of the masculine heroes who are obsessed with, and eventually resolve, whatever metaphysical conundrum that has made life unlivable.

13 Shows and Movies We Loved in 2021

From the unexpected buzz around Squid Game’s horrifying meditation on the problem of debt in South Korea to the catharsis of Mayday’s feminist revenge. Read more »

9 Shows and Movies We Hated in 2021

These are some of the biggest disappointments we saw this year. Read more »

“Harlem” Could’ve Offered Escapism. Instead, its Black Characters Are Woefully Unoriginal

The new show makes confusing choices that deliver woefully unoriginal Black characters.  Read more »

White Christmas: Can Holiday Movies Add Diversity and Ignore Politics?

The challenge of diversifying holiday movies is about more than representation.  Read more »

Double Down: "King Richard" Is an Ode to the Power of Believing in Black Girls

“King Richard” succeeds in drawing us to root for the Williams family to beat the odds against them—the specter of both genteel and bloody racism, the gang violence that threatens their neighborhood. Read more »

Rare Delight: : "Sort Of" Is a Refreshingly Complex Take on Nonbinary Life

What makes Sort Of work is its exploration of a nesting series of communities; one is diverse and queer, featuring people of a variety of genders and sexualities who move fluidly through each other’s lives in a way that highlights the rapid diversification of the LGBQT community... Read more »

Crimeless Victims: What Is the True-Crime Takeover Doing to Us?

 The emergence of “highbrow” true crime allows listeners to recast spectatorship as objective critical analysis. Read more »

Feminist-ish : The Straw Feminist Trope

Welcome to Feminist-ish: a video series deconstructing the feminist-adjacent tropes that we love to hate. Read more »

A Love Scorned: What “You” Season 3 Says about Fans’ Obsession with Male Killers

Despite viewers’ desire to “fix” the fictional male serial killer, Love Quinn’s murderous heel turn didn’t get the same reaction from fans after Season 2. Read more »

Wynonna Earp Reimagines the Old, Male West

Instead of celebrating hypermasculine cowboys who terrorize Indigenous peo-ple and abuse women, Emily Andras’s dramedy made a complicated woman the unlikely hero tasked with saving her town. Read more »

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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 »

What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

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