The McConnaissance: An Alternate Reading

Dear Television, IN EPISODE TWO of HBO’s stunning new series True Detective, the laconic Rust Cohle, played by Matthew McConaughey, …

Truthers and Darers

WHEN I WAS A KID, every girl I know played Truth or Dare. It’s a girl sleepover rite of passage, …

The Christmas Movie: A Hate/Need Relationship

Dear Television, HERE’S THE THING no one wants to admit about televised Christmas movies: they’re all horrible. Don’t get me …

How to Make a Music Video About Nothing: Ke$ha, Pitbull, & “Timber”

Dear Television, WE WATCH MUSIC VIDEOS for three overarching and often related reasons: hotness, dancing, and story. You might not …

Good, Giving, and Game: Towards a Theory of SNL Hosting

Dear Television, WHEN PHIL FIRST emailed to ask if we wanted to cover this week’s Saturday Night Live, he was …

In Praise of Quitting

Dear Television, I’VE QUIT ONE JOB, I’ve quit two sports, I quit one (very ill-advised) diet. I finish all my …

There Will Be Peplum: On the Television Uniform

Dear Television, WHEN I WAS YOUNG, my favorite show was Star Trek: The Next Generation. There are many reasons for this …