The best TV of 2018 so far

Disappointing season of your favorite prestige drama got you down? Let down by the big sitcom revival that promised to open up a dialogue, but just wound up taking potshots at easy (and vulnerable) targets while setting up a runway for Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing over at Old Man Murdoch’s place? A thousand Netflix…

There's a lot to unpack in Childish Gambino’s dense, disturbing new video

Following a stellar performance as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live, Donald Glover capped off the weekend by dropping a surprise Childish Gambino track that pretty much guaranteed he’d be dominating the trending topics on Twitter. The Hiro Murai-directed video for “This Is America” is a…

Justin Simien says some people are still “triggered” by Dear White People’s title

When Netflix first announced Justin Simien would adapt his thoughtful and stylish satire, Dear White People, for the streaming service, the reactions were mixed, to say the least. Fans of his 2014 film looked forward to a more extensive discussion of race, while some (white) people on the so-called “alt-right” called…

Netflix users were more interested in American Vandal’s dicks than The Confession Tapes

Even though Netflix is loath to tell us exactly how many of its subscribers are watching what, the streaming platform does release its own year-end list of superlatives like any good media company. And the original series that users couldn’t get enough of, that they binged at a rate of 2+ hours of viewing per day,…

Dear White People’s Justin Simien is making a horror satire about an evil hair weave

Dear White People director Justin Simien is getting back into making films, with Entertainment Weekly reporting that he’s currently developing a new horror satire about a woman whose hair weave turns out to be evil. Bad Hair will be Simien’s first film since his 2014 debut; in the meantime, he’s been working on the Dear…

The best TV of 2017 so far

From a business prospective, the forecast for TV in 2017 isn’t the brightest: While ratings continue to erode for the broadcast networks, several cable outlets that joined the original-programming gold rush are now backing out, with cash-flush digital competitors like Facebook and Snap poised to stake those abandoned…

In the aftermath of the police incident, Dear White People’s love triangle takes shape

The image above is technically from the fifth episode of Dear White People, but the armed confrontation between Reggie and an overzealous campus cop looms large over “Chapter VI,” which shows the characters trying to cope after the harrowing ordeal. The cold open doesn’t provide backstory for one of the characters or…

Dear White People’s best-yet police brutality episode devastates without a drop of blood

Winchester University needed a palate cleanser after the Pastiche party, and so did Dear White People, which has been frozen in that moment since the pilot. Instead, in “Chapter V,” the campus gets a mouthful of poison in the form of a harrowing confrontation between an armed officer and a black student. It’s a tragic…

Dear White People attempts to peer behind pretty boy Troy’s hot, dead eyes

For most students at Winchester, including the black ones, the backlash against the Dear Black People party is a campus cause they’ve opted into. Troy Fairbanks is a unique case. As the son of a prominent dean at Winchester and the frontrunner for student body president, Troy is expected to respond to controversial…

Lionel breaks his most personal story in Dear White People’s deft second episode

Like the best stories about college life, Dear White People leans hard into the idea of a university as an identity incubator. Though the practical value of higher education is an evergreen debate, almost no one questions the value of introducing young people to new ideas and granting them the freedom and autonomy to…

Dear White People welcomes viewers back to its world of Ivy League microaggressions

Even if Dear White People didn’t work in practice, it would be exciting in principle. The concept for Justin Simien’s 2014 film is one that was always better suited to a long format because it’s more about a community at a certain point in history than it is about the individual characters and their storylines. Simien…