Television

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

US comedian Tim Robinson is changing comedy – a few minutes at a time

By Olivia Rodrigues

The disaster was not a ‘uniquely’ Soviet problem

By Andrew Durbin

The fantasy series’ nihilistic refusal of meaning is the bravest TV finale since ‘The Sopranos’

By Gerry Canavan
Edward Kienholz, The Eleventh Hour Final, 1968, multi-media. Copyright Kienholz. Courtesy: © the artist and L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

‘Past is prologue’ in two shows at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, following the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive

By Ian Bourland
Armando Iannucci, Veep, 2012 - 9. Courtesy: Colleen Hayes and HBO

In its final season, ‘Veep’ satirizes the heartless ambition driving US politics

By Andrew Durbin