Linda Holmes Linda Holmes is a pop culture correspondent for NPR and the host of Pop Culture Happy Hour.
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Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See.

Linda Holmes

Host, Pop Culture Happy Hour

Linda Holmes is a pop culture correspondent for NPR and the host of Pop Culture Happy Hour. She began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture, and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living room space to DVD sets of The Wire, and never looked back.

Holmes was a writer and editor at Television Without Pity, where she recapped several hundred hours of programming — including both High School Musical movies, for which she did not receive hazard pay. Her first novel, Evvie Drake Starts Over, was published in the summer of 2019.

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Steve Lacy performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring in Maryland on Oct. 15, 2022. Kyle Gustafson/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Paul Dano, Mateo Zoryan Francis-DeFord, and Michelle Williams in a scene from The Fabelmans. Merie Weismiller Wallace/Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment hide caption

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Amy Adams returns as Giselle in Disenchanted on Disney Plus. Disney Enterprises, Inc. hide caption

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Edward Norton as Miles, Madelyn Cline as Whiskey, and Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. John Wilson/Netflix hide caption

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Lindsay Lohan and Chord Overstreet star in Netflix's Falling for Christmas. Scott Everett White/Netflix hide caption

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Kevin Costner as John Dutton in Yellowstone Paramount Pictures hide caption

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In Mood, Nicôle Lecky plays Sasha Clayton, a young woman who gets pulled into the worlds of social media and sex work. Natalie Seery/BBC Studios/Bonafi hide caption

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The Crown has long sparked complaints over its accuracy (or lack thereof) — but those concerns have turned into high profile condemnations in the show's fifth season. Above, Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II. Netflix hide caption

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'The Crown' is back — and more controversial than ever before

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Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the world premiere of Black Panther in 2018. Valerie Macon/Getty Images hide caption

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The second season of The White Lotus brings a new location and new guests — including two college buddies and their wives, Theo James and Meghann Fahy (left) as Cameron and Daphne Sullivan and Will Sharpe and Aubrey Plaza as Ethan and Harper Spiller. HBO hide caption

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Julia Roberts and George Clooney reunite in the romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise. Vince Valitutti/Universal Studios hide caption

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