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    ‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Why Beth is Not a “Strong Female Character” and Why That’s Great

    (This review was previously published on our sister site ScreenRadar.com). It’s easy to be cynical in the golden age of streaming. You watch a trailer for The Queen’s Gambit, and you see yet another love letter to the ‘60s (but here’s the kicker: it’s about chess!). Yet another elfin white woman with an intense stare, yet another slew […] More

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    ‘Hannibal’ is the Ultimate Expression of Halloween

    (This article was previously published on our sister site ScreenRadar.com). Halloween’s going to be weird this year. If it were any other time, we might be brainstorming costume ideas, and toying with the idea of trying on a new identity for a night. Once a year, we can masquerade as evil, sadistic, macabre. Once a year, […] More

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    Do We Still Need Saturday Night Live?

    It seems like the general consensus around last weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live was a bit of a bust, with much of the criticism surrounding Jim Carrey’s… less than stellar impression of Vice President Joe Biden (because I guess we’ve all just accepted that Lorne Michaels will not let go of Alec Baldwin’s lackluster […] More

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    TV REVIEW: Hulu’s ‘PEN15’ is a Reminder that “You Never Really Leave 13”

    (This review was previously published on our sister site ScreenRadar.com). Recollections of seventh grade can be foggy and buried in the back of one’s mind with the other mildly traumatic memories. But the feelings of seventh grade left behind remain, frustratingly, in bits and pieces. Pen15 captures this feeling perfectly, starring show creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle as 13-year old versions […] More

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    Series Review: ‘Deaf U’ Is An Eye-Opener

    The deaf community has been unfairly painted with the same brush for far too long. Frustratingly, most portrayals never look beyond their deafness to see the dynamic stories they have to offer. The new Netflix coming-of-age documentary series, Deaf U, abandons that approach, painting a rich, unfiltered portrait of a community that remains misunderstood, and, […] More

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    TV Review: ‘Watchmen’ is a Powerful Show for Our Reality

    Watchmen manages to be quality science fiction, cutting social commentary, and marvelous entertainment all at the same time. This nine-episode series provides a remarkable mirror of our own society disguised as a dystopian reality.   Expectations were certainly high when HBO first announced the series back in 2017. Alan Moore’s graphic novel, first published in […] More

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    Save Room for ‘Pen15’ at the 2021 Emmys

    Middle school may have only gotten worse, but Pen15 continues to get better. The seven-episode second season doubles down on cringe, but it makes viewers squirm out of relatability. Creators Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle and Sam Zvibleman have managed to generate empathy from the lowest moments of middle school. Our central duo must navigate bullies, […] More

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    ‘Ted Lasso’ is the Ultimate Quarantine Salve

    Times are tough. Between a worldwide pandemic, police brutality, natural disasters, and a contentious election, it takes a lot to keep one sane. For 30-minutes every Friday, Apple TV+’s new comedy Ted Lasso provides the perfect salve for the 2020 blues. The fish-out-of-water comedy uses positivity in the face of obstacles to soothe and delight, […] More

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    TV Review: ‘Tehran’ is a High-Octane Foreign Thriller

    If there’s one thing this pandemic has given us, it’s the opportunity to experience more international television. Streaming services have been importing a tremendous amount of content from other countries and bringing it to American audiences. One of the latest high-profile premieres is Tehran, an Israeli series whose creative team includes Fauda writer Moshe Zonder. […] More

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    Emmy Analysis: Outstanding Comedy Series

    There hasn’t been much variety to the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy category in almost a decade. Starting in 2007, Tina Fey’s 30 Rock won the top comedy prize three years in a row, followed by a five-year streak by Modern Family. HBO’s Veep put an end to the Modern Family reign, taking the trophy in […] More

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