whoever you want to be…

Spies and sex work: Homeland, The Americans, and is it maybe OK to be a prostitute?

This will spoil: the first five episodes of The Americans, and season two of Homeland (both of which you should have watched already, I mean, really). If you haven’t seen … Continue reading

June 25, 2013

House of Cards is an overhyped, overrated, patriarchal nightmare of a show (and I’m obsessed with it)

DANGER, WILL ROBINSON! This post contains spoilers. Enter at your own risk. Before I watched it, it seemed like everything I saw and heard about the Netflix remake of House … Continue reading

March 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Closer and The Killing: Two different female detectives, two different disappointing downfalls

Caveat reader: Contains huge spoilers for the last season of The Closer and the whole of Forbrydelsen/The Killing. As I’ve written before, from the first moment I saw Deputy Chief … Continue reading

February 25, 2013

Bitches Be Cray: The Good, The Bad, and The Pretty Little Liars of Mental Health on TV. (Or: why I thought everyone had it wrong about Carrie on Homeland but now I’m not so sure)

Danger, Will Robinson: this post contains spoilers for season one/early season two of Homeland, plus mild spoilers for season three of Pretty Little Liars and season two of Revenge. Good … Continue reading

October 25, 2012 · 16 Comments

Mindy Kaling’s new show, what I love and hate about rom-coms, and why single —> married isn’t a redemption story

Not that Mindy Kaling needs my approval, but I’ve seen the pilot episode of the new sitcom she created and stars in, The Mindy Project, which premieres in the US … Continue reading

September 25, 2012 · 8 Comments

Frankie v. Debra, Roe v. Wade: Patricia Heaton’s two famous moms, and can you still be a feminist if you’re anti-abortion?

(2016 update: After reading this excellent Shakesville post about valid reasons straight women might change their name when they get married, I completely changed my mind on that issue. It’s … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · 200 Comments

Talk about a “Scandal”: Bunheads, the whitey-whiteness of TV, and why Shonda Rhimes is a goddamn hero

I love Scandal. The first season was only seven episodes, but they’re some of the most sharp, fast-paced, thrilling hours of TV I’ve ever sat through. Sure, it was improbable … Continue reading

July 25, 2012 · 13 Comments

How do you feel about “girls”? Plus bitches, liars, housewives, and TV’s other names for women, by Diane Shipley

Girls are everywhere on TV these days, comprising the title of Lena Denham’s much-hyped HBO show: popping up in the names of new and returning programmes like New Girl, 2 … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · 15 Comments
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