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Category Archives: TV

What The Bachelor Says About Hysteria and Feminine Subjectivity

Over the last few weeks, Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum has held a series of lectures on the historical context of hysteria and the often bizarre treatment of hysterical patients. In her first talk, Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris, described in fascinating detail the transformation that hysteria underwent as a result […]

On Black Mirror, Stephen Hawking and the Future Freaking Us Out

The sci-fi lite anthology series Black Mirror has come to be characterized primarily by its paranoiac treatment of the ever-impending near future, particularly focusing on the accelerating technologicalization of our everyday existence. Whether it be the insular hamster wheel of the office cubicle and the severely diminishing returns of “reality” based entertainment, or our tenacious […]

Ain’t Nothing Like It: CMT’s Party Down South

For those of you who haven’t had the extreme pleasure of watching Party Down South, Season 1, let me begin by saying this is NOT your average reality show.  At first glance, PDS is nothing more than an exact replica of “Jersey Shore” relocated in Murrels Inlet, a quiet community within Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. […]

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, Season 2

 First Impressions takes a look at new and returning TV shows, just as they’re kicking off. We fill you in, spoiler-free. Last weekend, Netflix’s best show came back for its second season. I’ve eagerly but reservedly anticipated the show’s return, hoping it could maintain the humor, humanism, and narrative polish that so characterized its first season. After House of Cards, […]

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Mad Men Season 7

First Impressions takes a look at new and returning TV shows, just as they’re kicking off. We fill you in, spoiler-free.   Mad Men has always been a show about the small moments that reveal character. From the very first episode we were trained to expect the worst in these moments– infidelity, alcoholism, drug use, physical […]

The Graphic Novel True Detective Fans Will Love

  This Sunday is the finale to HBO’s True Detective. For those who watch the show, this possibly means finding out who (what) the Yellow King is, who really killed Dora Lange, and how Pizzolatto and Fukunaga are going to top their now-legendary six minute continuous take. For those who do not watch the show, […]

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Netflix’s House of Cards, Season 2

First Impressions takes a look at new and returning TV shows, just as they’re kicking off. We fill you in, spoiler-free. It’s been roughly one week (and two weekends) since Netflix dropped season two of its flagship title House of Cards. That means that some of us have started it, some of us are saving it […]

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: E!’s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills

  First Impressions takes a look at new and returning TV shows, just as they’re kicking off. We fill you in, spoiler-free. Although Jersey Shore ended just over a year ago, it has felt like an eternity to some of us. The conclusion of that hallmark entry in reality television history has left a gaping chasm in lowbrow […]

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: HBO’s True Detective

First Impressions takes a look at new and returning TV shows, just as they’re kicking off. We fill you in, spoiler-free. Guest Commentary by theroaring20s  Beginning a new TV series is a serious commitment. This is especially true if, like me, you already have a full-time academic schedule, part-time job, and serious boyfriend…sort of (apologies Danny […]