Television

From ‘Spaceballs’ to ‘The Orville’, the reason why so many interstellar sitcoms fail to raise a smile

By Tom Morton

From The Walking Dead to Stranger Things, frightening revivals ‘captured a bit of lost magic in a disenchanted world’ 

By Ian Bourland

‘Generation Q’ is as implausible as the original series, but complaining about the show’s lack of nuance is missing the point

By Rosanna McLaughlin

From parafactual entertainment to teen TV and the ‘flood’ of content

By Timotheus Vermeulen

Matt Wolf’s new film, ‘Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project’, is an astonishing portrait of an almost incomprehensible endeavour

By Dan Fox

A new spirit of bleak realism and self-questioning has infiltrated comic adaptations everywhere

By Tom Morton

A new wave of stand-up specials, sketch shows and comedy-dramas are dismantling Hollywood’s white monolith, one gag at a time

By Candice Frederick

The rising star’s stand-up special My Favorite Shapes and show Los Espookys, both on HBO, filter the politics of immigration through magical realism

By Olivia Rodrigues

Season 2 of Ryan Murphy’s campy television series mixes magical realism and conventional melodrama to radical effect

By Jacolby Satterwhite

The cooperatively run Means TV, behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s viral campaign ad, promises to empower the working class

By Liz Pelly

A timely documentary about the backslide into dictatorship reveals some uncomfortable home truths in the US

By Jack McGrath

50 years after it first aired, remembering the television show’s progressive foundational values

By Figgy Guyver