How Donald Trump’s favorite news source became a language
The Handmaid’s Tale showed the ease with which the unthinkable can become ordinary—a lesson crucial in the age of the Big Lie.
Reconsidering the meaning of Maverick
The new Disney film could have embraced villainy, in all its complications. Instead, it opts for a cheaper sort of sympathy.
The long-awaited reunion special is an uneasy continuation of the sitcom’s easy fantasies.
The final frontier, as a setting, has long channeled giddy dreams of human communion. A new group of cultural works explores the opposite possibility.
American culture is becoming more and more preoccupied with nature. What if all the celebrations of the wild world are actually manifestations of grief?
Television turns to magical realism to explore the trials of early adolescence.
In October, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a book-length ode to his leadership style. It has not aged well.
The nation’s politics is in dire need of earnestness. Can its culture meet the moment?
Donald Trump ended his term in office the way he began it: by invoking a perverse vision of manliness.
Watching the insurrectionists, I felt outrage and horror and heartbreak. What some of them seemed to feel was boredom.
Viewers didn’t care about “good” or “bad” television this year. Maybe the distinction never mattered.
In a time of rampant lies, a KFC-Lifetime rom-com is about as refreshingly blunt as you can get.
The year’s most distinct and worthwhile series
Even works of escapism are reckoning with waning national myths.
The most-watched news network in America is choosing to mislead its viewers about the state of the election.
At a time when uncertainty may be the election’s only immediate result, Americans have an opportunity to rethink the way stories are told.
When The Office originally aired, its resident fool made for easy comedy. Fifteen years later, it’s hard to watch Dwight without seeing tragedy.
Donald Trump has steadily turned masks into symbols—not of government overreach, but of governmental impunity.
By talking plainly about her qualifications, Harris embodies progress. Will it work?