The ludicrous charms of Downton Abbey, TV’s reigning aristo-soap
The Comedy Central star brings the Colosseum to your couch.
What the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon says about the modern sexual condition
With his latest reality show, Chef Gordon Ramsay extends his patented froth from the kitchen to the hotel business at large.
How a new 14-DVD box set turned me on to the Dead
Don’t cry for the former Fox star—he’s building a 24/7 media empire in his loopy image.
How the comedian Louis C.K. became America’s unlikely conscience
HBO’s Game of Thrones, based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, represents a triumph of storytelling.
How Goosebumps outlasted Harry Potter by terrifying fourth-graders and mocking their parents
The Atlantic's entertainment columnist makes his predictions for 2012
How R.E.M.’s almost-utterances allowed listeners to find their own meaning
A new film adaptation of John leCarré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy prompts a look at the various incarnations of his greatest character, George Smiley.
The secret of Modern Family’s runaway success: it’s just a sitcom.
Our obsession with musical nostalgia is strangling pop.
It’s the rare star who can withstand the predatory cameras of TMZ on TV.
The godless charm of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm
The secret formula of Animal Planet: it’s all about us.
A dispatch from the Violent Torpedo of Truth tour