January 28, 2013 With the departure of Ben & Kate, television loses one of its few comedies whose characters — gasp! — like one another.
October 17, 2012 As The X Factor whittles its contestants down to the top 16, one type of song has become triumphant: the slow, sad ballad.
October 16, 2012 A new DVD celebrates the kids' sketch show You Can't Do That On Television. But can a documentary work without looking directly at its subject?
October 12, 2012 With the increasing prevalence in criticism that sets down arbitrary rules for cultural consumption, a look at the unnecessary tunnel vision of "You're Doing It Wrong."
October 12, 2012 What do the Mythbusters crew, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Salon television critic Willa Paskin have in common? They're all reminding us of the importance of a recognizable reality in fiction.
October 10, 2012 A recent reassessment of Prince's Batman album prompts the question: Why has "Batdance," a No. 1 hit, seemingly vanished from his history?
August 26, 2012 On the eve of its first-season finale, some bold predictions about how the journalists on HBO's The Newsroom will lean on their fortuitously-placed friends and family for future stories.
August 1, 2012 Faced with a new reissue of Sam Phillips's 1994 album Martinis & Bikinis, a critic reveals his inability to write about the music that seems to be made with him in mind.
June 29, 2012 Can you look forward to a record so much that you can't make yourself listen to it? Perhaps you can, if you're determined to have just the right listening experience.
May 14, 2012 Commentator Marc Hirsh considers the viewer investment required to let an uneven pilot develop as a series, and how that process went very differently for two of this season's most hyped shows.
May 11, 2012 NBC has renewed several of its critically-acclaimed but low-rated comedies, including 30 Rock, Community and Parks And Recreation, with shortened orders. Rather than spelling their demise, this could be exactly what saves them.
May 10, 2012 Director James Cameron recently claimed that he was no longer interested in making movies unless they were based on his 2009 hit Avatar. Two others have fallen into similar traps, with problematic results.
May 9, 2012 As we near the finale of the current season of American Idol, a look at some of the show's annoyances, great and small.
May 8, 2012 On the passing of Maurice Sendak, a look at Really Rosie, his collaboration with Carole King and one of the greatest children's albums ever.