I Saw The Supergirl Pilot, And It’s Actually Pretty Super

The pilot for this fall’s Supergirl TV series has appeared online, and here’s our spoiler-free review! If you were put off by the show’s six-minute preview from last week, I can assure you the show is significantly better than that. It still some of the same issues, but it’s far more charming than problematic. » 5/22/15 1:25pm Yesterday 1:25pm

Bigots Are Already So Mad About Dan Savage's Mild-Looking Sitcom

The exceptionally handwringy Media Research Center—a conservative organization devoted to being professionally shocked, just shocked—is already exceptionally upset about The Real O’Neals, a forthcoming ABC show loosely based on sex columnist Dan Savage’s childhood. I’m sorry: sex columnist and “pro-gay bully Dan… » 5/14/15 5:10pm 5/14/15 5:10pm

The Real Housewives of Orange County Trailer Is a Biblical Disaster

Andy Cohen has blessed us with the trailer for TENTH season of the Real Housewives of Orange County. Yes, that’s TEN seasons. When this show premiered, I was just a budding high school student who had no idea that one day she would be paid to write about the train wreck lives of rich white ladies on reality television… » 5/12/15 6:10pm 5/12/15 6:10pm

Mad Men Who Cannot Function on Their Own: 'Jesus, What Am I Gonna Do?'

A single episode of Mad Men remains and things are, as they say, getting really real. The feeling that most of the main characters are careening towards a spiritual finality has only gotten more acute, but not necessarily because the series is ending; more so because they can finally see twilight from this vantage… » 5/11/15 12:15pm 5/11/15 12:15pm

Break Your DVRs, Because a Sandra Lee Lifestyle Show Is Coming To ABC

Sandra Lee, America’s patron saint of not going the extra mile, has been appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America quite a bit lately, and Page Six reports that it’s no accident. The former host of Food Network’s Semi-Homemade Meals and current purveyor of a line of margaritas called Cocktail Time is “about to launch a… » 5/08/15 9:30am 5/08/15 9:30am

This Star-Studded 1959 TV Episode Is What All Advertising Should Be


In a 1959 installment of the anthology series Playhouse 90 entitled “The Big Party,” “some of the most glamorous names in show business” were invited to a black tie affair hosted by, who else, Rock Hudson and Tallulah Bankhead. The show is smartly written and surprisingly funny, even today. Just watch the opening… » 4/27/15 6:40pm 4/27/15 6:40pm

Mad Men: The Women Just Have More to Lose

I can’t really recall another Mad Men episode with as bald and obvious an overarching theme as the one in Sunday night’s “Time and Life”—the preservation of legacies, and the uncertainty therein. With plotlines revolving around children, parents, work, and the continuation of the characters’ good names, the focus on… » 4/27/15 1:30pm 4/27/15 1:30pm

So, Let's Discuss McDreamy

Grey’s Anatomy is a show that really likes to take it there, again and again. No storyline is too absurd. A cliffhanger about performing delicate surgery on a deer? Sure. Fave character happens to get a rare form of cancer? Why not. Everyone boning everyone boning everyone else boning your best friend in a closet or… » 4/24/15 10:05am 4/24/15 10:05am

From Metropolis To Ex Machina: Why Are So Many Robots Female?

The new movie Ex Machina has been pushing people’s buttons. It features a seemingly vulnerable robot named Ava, who’s as beautiful as she is mysterious. But Ava’s just the latest in a long line of artificial seductresses, girlfriends and mothers. Why are so many thinking machines female? » 4/21/15 4:27pm 4/21/15 4:27pm

Mad Men: Viva la Sally Draper! 

Should we have a craft meet-up to make “Free Sally Draper” t-shirts, or what? As Hazel Cills observed last month, “for the rest of Mad Men’s run, Sally Draper will be forced to essentially live atop the grave site of a very different sort of death: that of her parents’ failed marriage.” More than that, though, last… » 4/20/15 2:10pm 4/20/15 2:10pm

Love Her/Hate Her: Welcome to Nurse Jackie's Final Season

It’s impossible to love Jackie Peyton; but then it’s impossible to hate her, too. And unlike many characters on television, the viewer’s perception of her changes not from season to season but from moment to moment, as she performs heroics but then destroys her own life and the lives of others. So let’s discuss what… » 4/13/15 6:30pm 4/13/15 6:30pm

Mad Men: Don's Coterie of Women, All Mirrors for His Sad Existence

It's so satisfying, as we wrap up the final episodes of Mad Men, to realize that Don was simply the moral barometer, and the show was about its women all along: Joan, Peggy, Megan, Dawn, even Caroline, Roger Sterling's nerdy secretary. The '50s and early '60s crawled by, entrenched power moving tectonically—so slow… » 4/13/15 1:00pm 4/13/15 1:00pm

Why the Hell Can't I Watch Murphy Brown Online?

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says that without the 1990s TV series Murphy Brown to inspire her, she wouldn’t have gotten where she is today. The show was so influential that Vice President Dan Quayle turned the main character, played by Candice Bergen, into a political meme. And yet this series isn’t available anywhere… » 4/10/15 3:14pm 4/10/15 3:14pm