TV

A Season in Hell: Amazon’s New Series “Paatal Lok” Is a Cop Drama for Our Times

The show is singularly unsparing in its depiction of modern Indian life. Read more »

Consent Creator: “I May Destroy You” Takes on the Messy Realities of Rape

The 12-episode series is an exploration of rape culture that leans into its gray areas. Read more »

Queerness Shines in “She-Ra” and Other Animated Shows

The message out there for young people was that straights get to have fulfilling personal growth and relationships—and queers and queer romance don’t exist. Read more »

Like Kat Edison, Many Black Women in Media Can’t Catch a Break

The Bold Type isn’t so bold when it comes to Kat, its Black, queer protagonist.  Read more »

Bro-ey Ribaldry: Zac Efron’s “Down to Earth” is Merely Colonialist Fantasy

Though fun, “Down to Earth” largely whitewashes sustainability, and misses the mark. Read more »

Julie Plec Continues “The Vampire Diaries” Tradition of Black Women Saving White Women

It’s not the first time Julie Plec has put vile demands on the shoulders of Black women. Read more »

Naya Rivera Built a TV Legacy for Queer, Latinx People

“Santana validated me, and was the beginning of what led me out of the closet.” Read more »

Feeling Sapphic: How Velma Shaped Lesbian Culture

“I always felt like Velma was sapphic.” Read more »

“Athlete A” Reveals How Police Fail Sexual Assault Victims

Athlete A neglects to mention that the police misconduct apparent in the handling of the Larry Nassar case is indicative of a disease infecting all of law enforcement. Read more »

The Fires This Time: “Little Fires Everywhere” Is an Indictment of Colorblind Whiteness

The show pinpoints the dissonance between white fantasies of colorblindness and the realities of white supremacy and privilege. 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 »