Category: Television

In Defense of the Title Sequence

Netflix began phasing in the “skip intro” button in March of 2017. As its name implies, the skip intro button allows Netflix users to fast forward through the title sequences of all of their favorite shows, saving them from the relentlessly tiring task of watching a minute-long clip set to music. Social media and my… Read more »

Jane the Virgin Knows How to Talk About Sex

Note: This article contains spoilers for all four seasons of Jane the Virgin. In season four, episode ten of Jane the Virgin, protagonist Jane and her grandmother walk into a sex shop. As Alba (Jane’s grandmother, played by Puerto Rican actress Ivonne Coll) glances from the handcuffs to the edible underwear on display, the look… Read more »

Why The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Should Be the Next Big Thing in Television

On the rainy night before Yom Kippur, Midge Maisel stumbles onto the stage of a dinky Greenwich Village comedy club, the Gaslight Theatre, drunk off of Manischewitz wine, wearing only a frilly slip below her bell coat. Midge, emboldened by drink and rage, rants about her husband, Joel, an advertiser who moonlights as a stand-up… Read more »

Riverdale and the High Art of Commercialization

Over the last year, following the success of Riverdale, the CW has being doing everything in its promotional power to establish the show as Gossip Girl for the new generation. For better or worse, this approach has worked. The absence of the crown jewel that was Gossip Girl left a vacuum in the heart of… Read more »

What Hulu Gets Wrong About “The Handmaid’s Tale”

In our first glimpse of June as a Handmaid—as Offred—she is sitting on the window-sill of a stark, sunlit room, wearing the distinctive red habit of the new class of women to which she belongs. Her eyes are closed, her hands are folded on her lap, and she is still. “My name is Offred. I… Read more »

“The Simpsons” and Me

There’s this one episode of “The Simpsons” where Bart, Milhouse, Nelson, and Ralph are recruited by a record producer named L. T. Smash to join a boy band named “Party Posse.” It turns out that the record producer’s real name is actually Lt. L.T. Smash and he’s using Bart and his friends’ boy band music… Read more »

Hastings’ Empire

The showrunners for HBO’s Game of Thrones made headlines recently when they announced that President Obama had requested and received an advance copy of the sixth season. Out of context, the situation sounds a little funny: the president of the United States specifically requested early access to the sixth season of a TV fantasy series… Read more »