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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In ‘Big Little Lies’, Belief and Faith is Reserved for White Women 

While Big Little Lies has executed one of the most empathetic and nuanced portrayals of sexual trauma, its poor grasp on racial dynamics leaves much to be desired.

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Flipping The Script Upside Down: Women And Girls With Agency In Stranger Things Season Three

“Forget “strong female character.” Aim for: “Woman or girl with agency.” One who makes decisions, affects the story, pushes the plot.” – Chuck Wendig I came across this excellent quote from Chuck Wendig the other day, and it gave me pause due to the truth it holds when it comes to challenging our perspective on…

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REVIEW: “Short, Sweet and Deliciously Hammy” – Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein

★ ★ ★ ★ “If you enjoy a bit of tongue in cheek humour, this special keeps the tongue securely clamped down.” Netflix has slapped down a thirty-two-minute-long special in which the content is as ludicrous as the notion that they would even consider funding it. And thank God they did. Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein is…

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San Junipero: On Seeing Yourself, Loving Someone Else, and Letting Go

An exhale. That is what the inexplicable fourth episode of Black Mirror’s third season starts with, released dreamily as the heady rush of an ocean at night cascades into view. In its waves, there are reflections of a coastal town, drenched in neon and darkness. The concentration of lights almost looks like colored stars from…

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‘Looking for Alaska’ Preview: Who is the Adaptation for in 2019?

Over the weekend, we received our first real glimpse of Hulu’s upcoming limited series based on John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska. In the heavily color graded, minute long teaser trailer, the main characters are introduced at a glance, with voice-over dialogue of some of their popular quotes from the book. It’s appropriate that…

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