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The never-ending suffering of the legacyquel

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Stop canceling normal people who go viral

Cheer shows how fame changes everything

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One Good Thing: Nothing in Criminal Minds makes sense and it’s perfect

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The M&Ms are different now

Wordle is a deceptively easy game for burnt-out pandemic shut-ins

Microsoft is buying one of the biggest names in games — if Washington lets it

Is confidence a cult? These sociologists think so.

One Good Thing: ABC’s Abbott Elementary breathes new life into the mockumentary

TV’s buzziest shows aren’t trying to trick viewers anymore

The intimacy of the TV star death

A syllabus for a new world

Virtual reality is reality, too

The misery of the Hype House

In Station Eleven, the end of the world is a vibrant, lush green

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Colors: Where did they go? An investigation.

The most interesting thing Don’t Look Up has to say about the apocalypse

Close reading the fleshy, obsessive internet of No One Is Talking About This

Yellowjackets is prestige Pretty Little Liars. Hear me out.

The Golden Globes are this weekend, but they won’t be on TV

Untangling Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter

And Just Like That finds the demented comedy in life’s humiliations

The thirst for Jack Harlow, Gen Z’s breakout white rapper, explained

The Elizabeth Holmes saga is far from over

Diet messaging is everywhere right now. Here’s how to tune it out.

22 things we think will happen in 2022

One Good Thing: The impish joy of the board game Sushi Go Party!

The very best TV show of 2021

Why so much Obama-era pop culture feels so cringe now

Insecure’s final season was about legacy. The show will leave a lasting one.

What do moviegoers want from the movies now?

Too many movies right now are “about trauma.” The Matrix Resurrections actually does the work.

The best documentaries of 2021 and how to watch them

Remembering Joan Didion’s reserved, masterful style

The 12 Days of Christmas: The story behind the holiday’s most annoying carol

Sex and the City said it would stand for friendship over men. It didn’t.

One Good Thing: The only Christmas music playlist you’ll ever need is (almost) 8 days long

The Matrix: Refresher

Hanging out with the Beatles in Get Back

Why The Matrix never stopped being relevant

5 big questions about Spider-Man: No Way Home’s game-changing ending 

Is Jeremy Strong the bad art friend?

In Fake Accounts, we lie and lie and lie all over the internet 

One Good Thing: Get lost in the gorgeous fantasy of the Daevabad trilogy, based on Islamic legends