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Let’s start again: 12 resolutions for pop culture in 2018

It’s a New Year, and with it comes the opportunity for a fresh start—to take a hard and unflinching look at the areas in our lives that could stand to be improved, then to immediately give up on that and start thinking about how pop culture can better distract us from our problems. In what has become an annual…

Lady Dynamite’s season premiere manages to have its cake and eat it too

Lady Dynamite’s second-season premiere wants to have its cake and eat it, too. That’s not a complaint; that’s a theme woven through “Wet Raccoon” right from the jump—the actual jump, when Maria jumps in and out of the shower in the opening scene. (I’ll use “Maria” to speak of the fictionalized character and “Bamford”…

Lady Dynamite’s 2nd season proves you don’t have to suffer for your art

At a time when anxiety is running especially high across the country—or, at the very least, people are more open about those feelings—the return of Lady Dynamite couldn’t be more welcome. Actor-comedian Maria Bamford stars as herself in this comedy from Pam Brady and Mitch Hurwitz, which is equal parts surreal comedy…

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Today’s Netflix bounty also includes renewals, premiere dates, and new series

The Television Critics Association’s press tour got underway today with panels dedicated to Netflix’s programming, including the Gilmore Girls revival and the new season of Black Mirror. That days-long West Coast event is what you can thank for all the Netflix-related news that’s come streaming in this afternoon, like …