Supergirl Is Straight-Up a Show about Women Tearing Each Other Down

When Supergirl isn’t about competing with the absentee Superman (whose dreamlike cameos represent a vision of heroism that is so iconic, it can only be seen via abstraction, or synecdoche), it seems to be a show about women who show affection by criticizing and belittling each other. And weirdly, the show makes this… »11/17/15 8:45pm11/17/15 8:45pm

Good Girls Revolt Surprisingly Made Me Want To

On the one hand, as woman writing on the website you’re reading right now, I couldn’t be more of a prime target for a television show about women at a newspaper in the 1960s and ’70s rising up and saying “Fuck you!” to all their oppressive male coworkers and bosses than myself. On the other, there’s something about… »11/12/15 4:35pm11/12/15 4:35pm

Watch Jane the Virgin's Rogelio Finally Confront His Nemesis Britney Spears

Monday night’s episode of Jane the Virgin was pretty intense: Jane, Michael and Rafael continued to play their relatively boring game of “who will get Jane even though she’s like a month out from having a baby and would probably be too exhausted to even think about getting into a relationship,” Petra dealt with her… »11/10/15 10:10am11/10/15 10:10am

Flesh and Bone Is Another Starz Show About Dark, Complex Women

For a certain generation, it might be difficult to watch Starz’s Flesh and Bone without thinking of the 2000 film Center Stage. Yet the former quickly makes it very clear that this is not a fun, light-hearted romp where the underdog rises through the ranks, but a rough journey filled with abuse, drug use and potential… »11/09/15 3:20pm11/09/15 3:20pm

Netflix Greenlights New Show From Selena Gomez Called 13 Reasons Why

Selena Gomez is set to receive her first major exec producing credit with a new Netflix series called 13 Reasons Why, based on a 2007 young adult novel by Jay Asher. The 13-episode series is about a high school student named Hannah Baker who commits suicide and leaves a box of cassette tapes to a classmate.
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Supergirl Proves That Dorky Cuteness Can Still Pack One Hell of a Punch

It’s hard not to read Supergirl in the context of our ongoing culture war over what kind of heroes we’re allowed to value. And no, I’m not referring to gender issues (although Supergirl has plenty to say about them too) but the all-important grimdark-vs-fun schism in hero narratives. »10/27/15 11:30am10/27/15 11:30am

Add The Leftovers to Your Checklist of TV Shows Depicting Actual Rape 

This season of HBO’s The Leftovers is three episodes in and unequivocally great. The taut pain and tightly wound mystery of Season 1 has given way to new characters, and, with new storylines, its existing characters have a chance to spread out a bit. The show skips around its own timeline, a device currently used to… »10/19/15 5:50pm10/19/15 5:50pm