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 Yesterday 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 Tuesday 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 Monday 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

Lip Sync Battle Should Not Be a Show


By now you may have heard about a new show on the Spike called Lip Sync Battle, where celebrities pretend they’re singing along to songs in sort of bogus competition. While there are a great many programs airing on television that probably shouldn’t be, let’s take a moment to cover why this one specifically needs to… » 4/10/15 1:50pm 4/10/15 1:50pm

Real Housewives of New York, aka 'Bethenny Getting Everything,' Is Back

“I’m not a housewife, but I am real,” is Bethenny Frankel’s new tagline for her return to the Real Housewives of New York, the show she left when she got everything she wanted. Now she’s lost some of it, and has come back to the brand that made her famous, bruised, and battered. But she’s still determined to be on… » 4/08/15 12:45pm 4/08/15 12:45pm

Mad Men: Joan Would Like To Burn Shit Down, & Other Feminist Concerns

The primary goal of the miniskirt was never about tempting men: designer Mary Quant, mother of the mini, always said its construction was meant for woman's lib, literally. "I liked my skirts short because I wanted to run and catch the bus to get to work," she told the Scotland Herald last year. "It was that feeling of… » 4/06/15 12:35pm 4/06/15 12:35pm

An Interview With Stacy Beverly, Costume Designer for Black-ish

On ABC's hit series Black-ish, about an extended upper-middle-class family going through typical suburban family motions with a gimlet eye towards race, characters have an incredible sense of style that sets the tone for the show. Colors are bright, styles are simultaneously nuanced and over the top, while the… » 4/01/15 5:10pm 4/01/15 5:10pm

Fall in Love With Elisha Cuthbert in This New Little Brutes Video

"Make Our Own Way" by Los Angeles duo Little Brutes has been on heavy personal rotation since their Desire EP dropped in January: it's gumption and self-determination interpreted through simple pop lines, minimal handclaps and tambourines. It's also on heavy TV rotation, as the theme song for the new NBC sitcom One… » 3/30/15 10:10am 3/30/15 10:10am

5 Game Of Thrones Book Plots We're Glad The TV Show Is Skipping

The Game of Thrones TV series has been a remarkably faithful adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy series so far, but that will change when season 5 debuts on April 12th. But not every alteration from the books is a bad thing! Here are five storylines from the novels we won't miss at all. » 3/16/15 3:26pm 3/16/15 3:26pm

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Is Basically a '90s Tween Disney Sitcom

Because I don't live under a rock, but rather a pile of blankets and empty Ben & Jerry's containers, I, like many others, spent last weekend watching the entirety of Netflix's new Tina Fey-penned show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. From the start, I felt there was something deeply familiar about this show, aside from… » 3/14/15 1:30pm 3/14/15 1:30pm

Mad Men's 'Secret' History: January Jones Auditioned to Play Peggy

The Hollywood Reporter has published an oral history of sorts on the phenomenon that is Mad Men as we approach the final seven (THAT'S IT?) episodes of the series. "The Uncensored, Epic, Never-Told Story Behind 'Mad Men'" follows the show from conception through its growth as arguably one of the best shows on… » 3/11/15 7:50pm 3/11/15 7:50pm

Last Week Tonight Is Right About the Bullshit That Is Daylight Savings

It starts with a bang: you're out at the club on Saturday night and suddenly it's not 2 am—it's 3 am, and you're rushing to get in a cab because you're fucking exhausted and it's way too late to be out. Except everyone else is doing the same thing and it's a minor miracle that you even get one. And then you wake up at… » 3/09/15 9:50am 3/09/15 9:50am