Identity in all its mystifying and splintered forms

MAD TV: TV’s Most Modern Family

October 31, 2014 • 0
“Transparent”, a new dramedy from Amazon, stars Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman, the transgender patriarch of an upper-middle-class Jewish family who is in the midst of her male-to-female transition.
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More Mulaney, Less “Mulaney”

October 10, 2014 • 0
John Mulaney seems like a very nice boy. That might be a strange thing to say about a 32-year-old established comedian, but it’s a role Mulaney himself embraces. Being a thirtysomething comedian who looks like he’s 12 is kind of his shtick.
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The Best Wing

September 26, 2014 • 0
Americans are always yearning for the Good Old Days. For TV critics, both professional and armchair, this often translates to three little words: “The West Wing.”
Ah, yes. Utopia.

Plato’s Favorite Reality Show

September 12, 2014 • 0
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a television network in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a new concept for a reality show. But sometimes, when all the decent concepts have been exhausted, you just have to go with the first vaguely intellectual-sounding theme that comes to mind. This, I have to assume, is how we ended up with “Utopia,” Fox’s latest televised offering to humankind, which premiered last Sunday (presumably airing on the Lord’s day so that viewers and producers alike might immediately beg for forgiveness).
Mr. Burns went to Yale, d'ohhh.

For God, For Country, and For Fake Yales

August 29, 2014 • 0
Nowadays, real-world applicants to Yale have about a 6% chance of getting in. But the acceptance rate for the one nerd in every high school drama seems to hover around 100% (See: “Boy Meets World,” “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” “Beverley Hills 90210,” etc.).