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  • July 20, 2017

    Netflix’s most overlooked series is a real-life Friday Night Lights

    Like FNL, Last Chance U is a football show that’s about so much more than that.

  • January 4, 2017

    Stranger Things, La La Land, and Donald Trump: empty nostalgia dominated 2016

    Our popular and political cultures kept returning to the idea that the past was somehow better.

  • December 31, 2016

    The 21 best movies of 2016

    From The Witch and Silence to The Fits and La La Land, it was a great year at the movies.

  • December 30, 2016

    One of 2016’s best shows and one of its best books both used surrealism to explore the black experience

    Both Atlanta and The Underground Railroad aim to make the black American experience visceral.

  • December 29, 2016

    From Game of Thrones to The Witch, 2016 was packed with hypercompetent teen girl antiheroes

    TV and movies were packed full of young women taking charge of their lives — often bloodily.

  • December 29, 2016

    5 words that explain 2016

  • December 29, 2016

    2016 in box office winners (Disney!) and losers (Warcraft)

    Thanks to international sales, even some of this year’s losers were winners.

  • December 28, 2016

    How 2016's movies and TV reflected Americans’ changing relationship with religion

    From Sausage Party to Silence, it was a banner year for religion onscreen.

  • December 28, 2016

    The best and brightest performances of 2016

    The actors, musicians, and athletes who made this an entertainment year to remember.

  • December 28, 2016

    The best comic books of 2016

    Stop what you’re doing and pick up The Flintstones.

  • December 26, 2016

    ABC’s Speechless dodged family sitcom clichés to become one of 2016’s best new comedies

    The DiMeos are messy, flawed, and very funny.

  • December 22, 2016

    The 33 best TV episodes of 2016

    From Game of Thrones to Atlanta, Black Mirror to Beyoncé, this year had some great TV.

  • December 22, 2016

    If you liked these 11 popular 2016 albums, here are 11 lesser-known ones you'll love

    The 11 best albums you might have missed this year.

  • December 22, 2016

    The best books we read in 2016

    From Hitler’s biography to Zadie Smith’s White Teeth to advice on the craft of writing.

  • December 21, 2016

    The 21 best TV shows of 2016

    Including everything from O.J. to Atlanta to Samantha Bee.

  • December 21, 2016

    The 7 best new comics of 2016

    The Flintstones, Shade, the Changing Girl, Wonder Woman, and more…

  • December 20, 2016

    15 songs that prove there was still goodness to be found in 2016

    Amid the garbage fire that was this year, music thrived.

  • December 19, 2016

    The 13 best novels of 2016

    The Underground Railroad, The Unseen World, and more.

  • December 19, 2016

    The 39 best TV moments of 2016

    From devastating surprises to hilarious lines, and everything in between.

  • December 15, 2016

    Rectify is one of the most emotionally acute shows in TV history

    Sundance’s lovely, little seen drama wrapped its four-season run with beauty and forgiveness.

  • December 9, 2016

    TV’s 2 best performances in 2016 shared a surprising common trait

    Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood and Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge used artifice to get at deeper truths.

  • December 8, 2016

    Trevante Rhodes's Moonlight performance is multilayered and heartbreakingly vulnerable

    It might be the best of the year.

  • December 7, 2016

    Syfy flailed after Battlestar Galactica ended. In 2016, the network was TV’s comeback kid.

    Turning good books into good TV turns out to be a winning strategy. Who knew?

  • December 5, 2016

    Why Orange Is the New Black deserves even more respect than it already gets

    It's the biggest TV drama trendsetter since The Sopranos.

  • December 2, 2016

    Online theorizing ruined too many TV shows in 2016

    Trying to predict twists on your favorite series used to be a fun guessing game. Now, it’s become an industry.

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