TV

Screenshot: Katey Sagal got jobbed!

Katey Sagal's created not one, not two, but three iconic and indelible characters on TV. And she's nowhere near the Golden Globes tomorrow. Read more »

Race Card: Oprah

Egypt. India. The Ukraine. Oprah tried to show viewers what life’s like for married women in these places via her “Marriage around the World” show Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Queen of Talk came up short,... Read more »

Screenshot: Tina Fey, avatar of ambivalence

Can we talk about the food thing? It wasn't particularly cute when Aaron Sorkin made Republican blonde Ainsley Hayes' thing her prodigious appetite, and it's sort of unsettling how Liz's unhealthy and emotional relationship with food is played as hysterical now. Read more »

Date Night vs. The Bounty Hunter

I might be a little late to the party on this one, since this trailer’s been out for a while, but I think Tina Fey’s upcoming movie Date Night looks like a lot of fun. And (judging only by this trailer) it seems to avoid many of the rom... Read more »

Screenshot: Why it may not matter whether a woman ever hosts Late Night

This whole late-night kerfluffle is an odd relic of a dying age. Maybe, the next TV institution won't be as much of a boys' club as late night turned out to be. Read more »

Screenshot: Reality TV hitting close to home

Talk about a case of reality TV hitting close to home: students at a beauty college in Alameda, California, found out that the owners of the college had been shopping around the following reality TV proposal: "The students are mostly inner-city, unwed mothers taking advantage of government... Read more »

Screenshot: Surprise! I don't hate "What I hate about myself"

Is this show really another iteration in the genre of mainstream women's "service" entertainment, where "service" is defined as "we will have a lot of contempt for you unless you conform to these commercial norms?" Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Hate Show with Dave Letterman

As you may know already,... Read more »

Screenshot: Rachel Maddow, meet Lizz Winstead. Or, um, not.

Rachel Maddow is calmly comfortable with her intellect and her journalistic instincts, and she's not really going to apologize if her competence threatens a viewer. In terms of female talking heads, she is sui generis. Read more »

Screenshot: the egalitarian lure of late-night TV commercials

I don't know about you, but I see being a stay-at-home parent as a job, and it's sort of insane that it's one of the few workplaces where you get on-the-job critiques from total strangers via a talking box. Sure, you can turn off the TV, but why should you have to? 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 »

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 »