Criticwire

As TV's Fortunes Rise, Diversity Plummets

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 6, 2014 10:18 AM
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  • 2 Comments
The stats on premium cable's commitment to women and people of color are even worse than you think.

Why "The Yellow King Theory" Is Great "True Detective" Criticism

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 5, 2014 4:53 PM
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  • 5 Comments
The hilarious viral video that took the Internet by storm also works as a subtle, funny critique of the way we watch TV as a whole.

At Last, Definitive Proof of the Identity of "True Detective"'s Yellow King

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 5, 2014 12:43 PM
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  • 7 Comments
Looking back, it's hard to see how we missed it.

The Bar Is Closed: Bad Reviews Like "Mixology"'s Come Along Once in a Generation

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 27, 2014 2:52 PM
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  • 11 Comments
Critics don't just hate ABC's dating comedy, which traffics in rape humor and slut-shaming. They want to wipe it off the face of the earth.

As Season 2 Starts, "The Americans"' Deception Is All in the Family

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 26, 2014 3:50 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Escalating to one of the best shows on TV, the deep-cover drama examines the cost Elizabeth and Phillip's lifelong lie takes on the ones they love.

Female Bodies and the Philbrosophy of "True Detective"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 24, 2014 11:19 AM
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  • 14 Comments
Does "True Detective" treat women badly, or is it about men who do?

The Comic Books Behind 'True Detective'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 21, 2014 4:51 PM
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  • 3 Comments
We know all about 'True Detective's reference to supernatural horror fiction. What about comics?

Why 'House of Cards' Binge-Watching Disposability is a Feature, Not a Bug

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 18, 2014 3:59 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Critics complain Netflix's all-at-once strategy doesn't leave time to discuss individual episodes. But maybe that's the point.

'True Detective's "Secret Fate": Stories May Change, But Bodies Don't Lie

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 17, 2014 11:40 AM
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  • 0 Comments
As the serial-killer investigation grows to encompass metafiction and theoretical physics, some things remain fact.

'True Detective' Is TV's Most Stylish Show. Does That Make It One of Its Best?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 11, 2014 3:31 PM
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  • 36 Comments
Critics and viewers were stunned by the elaborate tracking shot in Sunday's episode. But does that make it effective, or distracting?

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