8 things I love about the TV series Dietland

There are television shows that I watch, enjoy immensely, and then forget almost immediately. Then there are shows that stay with me, that give me something to chew on for days or weeks. I think AMC's Dietland is one of those. Certainly the book Dietland is, and the TV series is fairly faithful to the spirit… Continue reading 8 things I love about the TV series Dietland

An Unnumbered List of Things I Love About Gone Girl

Another day, another think piece about Gone Girl--but this New Yorker article is the first I've read that almost exactly nails what I like about the movie and book, especially the book: they show us what happens if we take a story we already know to its furthest logical outcome. Comparing Gone Girl to Lionel Shriver's We… Continue reading An Unnumbered List of Things I Love About Gone Girl

8 Things I Love about Orange is the New Black

It's not an unproblematic love. I'm well aware that as a privileged television viewer--one who has never been incarcerated and most likely never will be--there's necessarily something lopsided about my enjoyment of a prison drama. A prison dramedy, even, as this show can be very funny. But I think it's a well-made show that does some valuable things,… Continue reading 8 Things I Love about Orange is the New Black

11 Things I love about Scandal

This weekend, I re-watched some episodes of Scandal with a visiting friend who is halfway through Season 2. I binge-watched the first two seasons on Netflix last month, and for weeks I suspected everyone around me of bluffing and conspiring. It is a delicious show, smart but easy to eat up. There are so many things I love about… Continue reading 11 Things I love about Scandal

11 Things I love about Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23

On the surface--starting with its inauspicious title--Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 is a sitcom I should hate. The entire premise is that the titular "B," Chloe, has no respect for boundaries: she attempts to swindle her roommate June, lies to June and everyone else repeatedly, interrupts June's privacy while keeping herself inaccessible, and… Continue reading 11 Things I love about Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23