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On TV, It’s Raining Men: An Alienist and a Versace

Two recent shows were grim and stomach-turning. Why am I bored and ambivalent?

Crystal-Gazing Arts-Politics: What Do Psychics See for 2018?

"Trump will be ousted from office by a woman with a brilliant man taking over." And other juicy bits.

The “Black Gown” Golden Globes Inspired Only the Stars Wearing Them

Spare us the delusional white liberal feminist who takes a woman of colour to the Golden Globes red carpet like a Swarovski clutch.

No, Claire Berlinski: #MeToo Isn’t Going Too Far

Not when there are restaurant rape rooms and Louis C.K. is just fine.

All Hail “The Crown” (and the Queen)

Peter Morgan's Netflix series offers catharsis for uneasy times.

How Kids TV Made Playwright Matt Hoverman a Star

Broadway producers disappointed him twice. Winning an Emmy for "Arthur" let his spirits rise again.

8 Situations When You May Show Coworkers Your Penis

Navigating a post-#MeToo workplace can be confusing. Fortunately, the CFR is here to help.

Challenging Theater to Treat Children as Intelligent Beings

I used to roll my eyes at theme park shows. Then I saw the merit is in their theatricality.

Gay Representation: Rising on TV, Not Musical Theater?

You can usually spot them a mile off, good for only quick quips and a "sashay away."

With “Vacationland,” Comic Liar John Hodgman Spills Truth

The onetime "Daily Show" player turns serious in a new collection of personal essays.

► In “Bulldozer,” Constantine Maroulis Brings Rock to Urban Planning

The "American Idol" and Broadway vet discusses playing NYC's notorious master builder in a new Off-Broadway musical.

When Will Janet Jackson Get The Respect She Deserves?

A sincere apology to Janet Jackson would be a step in the right direction and a move towards righting a wrong that should never have occurred.

“Downton Abbey” Star Does Double Time on Broadway

The playwright bounces time on his knee.

► Martín Zimmerman on “Ozark” and How Money Lures Us to...

A podcast with the playwright and story editor for Netflix's Ozark

Why Do We Love Guilty TV? Three Women Explain Everything

Why watching trashy, guilty TV provides comfort in today's world.

Certified Fresh?: A Call to Review Our Review Aggregators

Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic are valuable tools, but they're in need of improvement.

How Did “GoT” Get So Damned Popular? A Fan Explains.

The show abounds in families. Be it toxic or supportive, we all have them.

For Medieval Scholars, “Game of Thrones” is Bittersweet

GoT has drawn new interest to medieval times while also furthering misconceptions.
comics

Comics in ’70s LA: “I’m Dying Up Here” Just Misses the...

Struggling stand-up comics in LA in the early 1970s? Should be a surefire hit, right?

► Sarah Gubbins Kindles a Dramedy of Desire with “I Love...

In this podcast, Sarah Gubbins discusses her bold new Amazon series "I Love Dick."
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