The Longevity of ‘Scooby-Doo’: 50 Year Retrospective

Ghosts and goblins and ghouls, like Zoinks! This sounds like a case for our favorite gang of mystery-solving teens: Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy, and their talking Great Dane Scooby-Doo. On September 13th 1969 the first episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, was released as a Saturday morning…

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The Lasting Relatability of ‘Freaks and Geeks’ 20 Years Later

There are very few TV shows that depict the awkwardness and confusion of being a teenager quite like Freaks and Geeks. Although it premiered in 1999 and only ended up running for one season, it has since gained a following of loyal fans thanks to word-of-mouth praise, and the ability to stream the show on…

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REVIEW: “Giving voice to the victim” – Unbelievable (2019)

“A stifling retelling of a story that should have never been thought to be a lie.” This article contains spoilers for Unbelievable. Raw and revealing, Unbelievable is the slow story of a series of rapes crawling out of the woodwork of Washington and Colorado from 2008 to 2011. Covering the same subject matter as what…

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Six of the Most Important Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century

The last nineteen years have been amazing for television. With us now living in the “Platinum Age of Television”, we saw groundbreaking shows from The Sopranos, The Shield, and The Wire in the early 2000s to Mad Men and Breaking Bad in the mid-2000s and beyond. These shows experimented with the visual language and narrative…

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REVIEW: “Manages to end with the message it started with” – ‘Orange Is the New Black’ (Season 7)

“in equal parts uplifting and upsetting, but ultimately satisfying, conclusion to one of Netflix’s flagship pieces of original programming.” If there’s one thing that ‘Orange Is the New Black’ has taught us, it’s that not everybody gets a happy ending. Throughout the six previous seasons of this iconic, sometimes ground-breaking, sometimes controversial show, we’ve seen…

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Ten Years of ‘Archer’: How the Comedy Managed to Stay Fresh

Around season nine, The Simpsons could no longer be called one of the greatest shows on television. Cheers peaked in its second season, and while it introduced characters such as Frasier Crane and Woody Harrelson’s Woody Boyd in later seasons, the series gradually started to diminish despite having a solid cast. Futurama probably should have…

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INTERVIEW: A Chat with April Washko about ‘Chair Gang’

Chair Gang is a web series set in a hair salon. The first two seasons of the show are available for free on Facebook, with new episodes premiering weekly. It’s filled with confessionals, co-worker dynamics and catty customers. The series is realistic and hilarious and brings the mockumentary-style workplace comedy into a new venue: the…

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No More Mister Nice Guy: Why We Should Stop Rooting For Sitcom’s ‘Nice Guys’

We all know the guy. Kind of shy and unlucky in love, conventionally attractive but not the one everyone goes for. A stable career and a clear future ahead of him: filled with marriage, kids and a comfortable lifestyle. He’s completely average in every way, and honestly, he’s nice. He’s the one we’re meant to…

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“Stranger and More Complicated Than You Know”: Storytelling as Communion and Experimentation in ‘The OA’

A puzzle box of a series, The OA arrived on Netflix in 2016. Its sixteen episodes span two seasons, and it has recently emerged that the streaming service has lamentably chosen not to renew it for the anticipated further installments. Created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, The OA primarily revolves around Prairie Johnson (also…

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‘Killing Eve”s Villanelle: A Girl Gone Bad (And It’s So Good)

“Killing Eve”‘s Villanelle (Jodie Comer) ushers in a new era of bad girls that don’t apologize, even for the most heinous of deeds.

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