Stranger Things was nostalgia incarnate, and it worked. Another made-for-streaming show, Good Girls Revolt, was a disaster. What happened?
My experience of film and television versus books is radically different, though I adore all three art forms. Do other people experience the same actor/observer dichotomy I do?
Last year, a series of troubling allegations and disturbing news arose around the Duggars, the infamous Quiverfull family that had been entertaining reality television fans for many seasons. There was a kind of morbid fascination that surrounded the family — people watched them because they found them laughable or weird, and this was very much […]
The funeral is an everpresent force in pop culture, particularly on television, where in long-running serial storytelling, people at some point have to die—from a cynical perspective, to drive the plot forward, but also from a purely practical one, to accommodate actors who want to leave programmes before the end. This means that we tend to […]
Of late, we have seen diversity explode onto the pop culture scene. While the concept of ‘diversity’ has always been a lurking buzzword, the establishment is finally starting to take it seriously in response to consumer pressure — and to be clear here, when I talk about ‘diversity,’ I mean representation across all minorities, not […]
When I first heard about Amazon Instant’s Transparent, I was rather excited. Web-exclusive series are definitely the new face of television, and as established in Orange is the New Black, they’re becoming a place for trans talent to shine, and a career incubator for actors who might otherwise struggle to break into Hollywood and the popular consciousness. They’re […]
In January, I worked on a piece for Bitch Magazine about the trend of grimdark television. It was a fascinating and interesting piece to research, and one of the most intriguing conversations I had while pulling the story together was an interview with television critic Alyssa Rosenberg, who always has interesting insights on TV from both an […]
There’s so much to delve into with The West Wing, whether we’re talking the treatment of women, the structure of scripts and storylines, the aesthetics of the show (sadly, lighting and sets were not its strong suits) and more, but one thing I’m particularly interested in is the message it sends about the White House, and politics […]
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about television as a narrative form, while I ponder various creators and their degrees of success and failure with the medium. Television is simultaneously ripe with opportunity and challenge and it’s clear not everyone is up to the task. What television provides is an opportunity for long form storytelling, […]