Sex and sexuality can be deadly. This message is one of the main undercurrents of The Americans, the fast-paced, highly intellectual drama featuring Soviet spies posing as a boring married couple in the Washington, D.C. area during the Reagan Administration.
Television has changed a lot since 2005. For one, social media and online streaming have changed the way TV is made and consumed, allowing underrated shows to sometimes find a cult following online. That’s the case of The Comeback, the satirical HBO comedy starring Lisa Kudrow that was revived from the dead last fall nine years after it was axed.
I have been absolutely bereft without Scandal. I have been so bereft that I have taken to drinking red wine on Thursdays in tribute to the one show I actually record on my DVR and make sure that I’m perched on the couch to watch live.
Detective drama The Killing is part of a new wave of "grimdark" TV shows.
In 2006, something bloody came to Showtime. Dexterexploded into the popular consciousness with a splat, giving us a lovable serial killer—the old trope of the antihero taken to an extreme—as the main protagonist of a strangely beautiful series that showed his violence in stark, nearly cinematic composition.
Taraji Henson stars as Cookie, a woman determined to get back on top of the world.
While we absorb the news of the distressingly white Oscar nominations, it’s worth taking a minute to recognize that the small screen is currently an amazing spot for women of color. For African Americans in particular, Shonda Rhimes changed the game with two back-to-back shows, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder, that feature complex starring roles for Black women. This month, Fox’s Empire has arrived, with its drama centering on an African American family that owns a successful record label.
If you're not the type to pay close attention to entertainment news, you could be forgiven for thinking that HBO's Girls is the only comedy on TV about what it means to be a woman in your early twenties.