Competition shows used to revolve around simmering sadism. Recently, though, they’ve gotten noticeably nicer.
Embraces—in victory, defeat, and everything in between—are the best part of the Olympics, and they come in many varieties.
Director David Mackenzie’s extraordinary neo-Western is a showcase for Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, and Ben Foster.
For his last summer in office, the president delivers a more eclectic, more interesting, and more seductive set of musical selections.
Reader M.J. has a wonderful find for the new series: As a PhD researcher…
The hit USA drama had a stellar first year, but its second season is riddled with problems the show has proven it can avoid.
Chance the Rapper, Sia, and others bring their inspirational A-Games.
Jared Leto’s turn in Suicide Squad is the latest reminder that the technique has become more about ego and marketing than good performances.
This fantastic nonfiction from 2015 is still worth discovering and pondering today.
Yesterday—in attempt to get a new TotD series going, centered on songs that are great to listen to…
For both the men and women’s teams, the USA’s expected dominance in Rio means their goal isn’t so much to win: It’s to prove they can’t lose.
The much-hyped new video game offers an entire universe for the player to explore. Can it live up to its immense promise?
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, the antics outside the pool have rivaled the events themselves.
She’ll soon be hosting a VH1 cooking show with Snoop Dogg—but that’s just one more way that the “domestic diva” has transformed her brand to be at home in the age of irony.
It’s not a “female version” of baseball, but the sport’s inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Games is a victory for gender equality in athletics.
Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah, and Jon Rudnitsky have been fired from the venerable sketch show, which has failed to find its feet with a new cast.
The finale of the Bachelor satire cut away some of the distracting villains of the show, demonstrating that its core appeal remains intact.
Lemonade and The Life of Pablo showcase surprisingly conservative ideals about the seriousness and irreversibility of wedlock.
Few Reconstruction-era residences from communities of former slaves are still standing today. The Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture will feature the reassembled structure of one.
Jessica Mendoza, a former athlete and MLB’s first female TV analyst, brings a player’s sensibility to her job. But she’s still subject to the routine abuse directed at women in sports journalism.