I got hooked on Devious Maidswhen it premiered last year a for good reason: I was excited to see so many Latina actresses in their 30s and 40s engaging issues of race, class, and gender within the soap opera formula. As part of the Lifetime Network brand, I didn’t expect deep and subtle storytelling, I expected fun, sexy, romantic, sentimental and overly dramatic camp. And I got it. While there was much to like about the women in the initial episodes, I became quickly disillusioned with the show.
Witches of East End is one of many current TV shows about supernatural phenomena. But unlike other shows that deal with otherworldly forces, Witches of East End—which is currently airing its second season on Lifetime—illustrates an important real-life history lesson: how one of society’s favorite ways to persecute women and justify violence against them has historically been to brand them as witches. The series reminds us how patriarchal cultures vilify women who are considered too capable or independent.
Saved by the Bell premiered 25 years ago this summer. We're sure to be seeing a lot of loving retrospectives of the sitcom about six friends in an upper-middle class high school, so I'm here to say that nostalgia has not made the show any more digestible. Instead, watching the show today feels like consuming a television relic.
Anyone who grew up with an Arab father knows how tyrannical Middle Eastern men can be: they talk louder than anyone else in the room, make inappropriate jokes at the dinner table, and their flatulence will clear a room with after eating too much lamb (but only after all the guests have left). That’s my dad, at least.
The Big Bang Theory is currently the most popular TV show on Thursday nights—and it's the only sitcom that tosses Schrödinger’s Cat into casual conversation. During its seven seasons, the show has grown from revolving around the tired tribulations of geek boys trying to get laid into a genuinely funny sitcom that includes robust and original female characters.
In the second season of Orange is the New Black, Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren (Uzo Aduba) gains surprising depth.
Recently on Tumblr, I came across pictures of pregnant women who were in prison. In these photos, women nursed babies, gave birth, and cared for their children, despite their prison sentence. One woman was handcuffed to a bed while giving birth. When I showed the pictures to a friend, he commented: “I wonder what they did to get in there.” Then he walked away. His response really struck me.
It's the end! But not really! But it could have been! With a death, a moon landing, a winnning Burger Chef pitch, and a whole lot of closure, "Waterloo" gave us a lot to both satisfy and whet our narrative appetite for the final season's second half, which begins in 2015. Join us as we puzzle out the meanings, moods, and unexpected musical numbers of Mad Men's mid-season finale.