Television

Mike, 1980, black and white photograph. Courtesy: the artist and Greene Naftali, New York; photograph: General Idea

‘It embodies the qualities of enthusiasm, enquiry and toe-curling earnestness that art can’t exist without’

By Dan Fox

For all the camp and capering, Eddie and Patsy’s antics also have a plaintive, even existential tinge

By Matthew McLean

A recent spate of TV shows set in Missouri show the state as a cultural imaginary on the fault line of US political debate

By Ian Bourland

Landing only months before the US midterm elections, it’s impossible not to understand the show foremost in the context of the Trumps and Kushners of the world

By Ian Bourland

Author George Pendle on his biography of Jack Parsons, the scientist, mysticist and follower of Aleister Crowley, now dramatized on CBS

By Dan Fox

Jörg Heiser on memes, memory and Errol Morris's Wormwood

By Jörg Heiser

This new docu-series on a cult established in Oregon in the 1980s is a timely exercise in tolerance and a fascinating insight into extremism

By Ross Simonini

From Better Things to Motherhood and SMILF: Michelle Orange charts the turn towards nuanced representations of women in film and TV

By Michelle Orange

US true crime series Unsolved takes two formative pop cultural events to explore their concealed human stories and systemic narratives

By Ian Bourland

The new television series invokes violence and fear as defining forces of civilization, just like the Kenneth Clark original

By Nathaniel Budzinski

From The X-Files to The Orville to Black Mirror: what role does sci-fi play in our age of fake news?

By Ian Bourland

Transcending the sentimental falsehood that makes nostalgia problematic, on David Simon’s 1970s New York drama

By Saul Anton