The Affair to become the far-flung future dystopia it was always meant to be

Following in the footsteps of such hard-hitting glimpses of our grimly darkening future as The Handmaid’s Tale, Fringe, and the final episode of Mad About You, Showtime has announced that the last season of The Affair will jump several decades forward in time, cataloging Earth’s big, messy breakup with the human race. …

Shameless says goodbye to its first Gallagher sibling in a fitting yet frustrating farewell

B-

When a main character exits a long-running series, it’s typically a time for reflection: for more than eight seasons, Ian Gallagher has been a critical part of Shameless, and one of the longest-running primetime explorations of homosexuality in the past decade. There are fans of the show who were drawn in by Ian’s…

Shameless hits a major milestone, but remains mired in dead-end storytelling

C

It’s hard to imagine a more politically fraught environment than our current unending news cycle in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election, and this weekend has been no exception, as across the dial Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh’s respective testimonies dominate the airwaves and social media feeds. We…

Frank gets political, sending Shameless stumbling through an ideological minefield

C+

Frank Gallagher is, at his core, ideologically opportunistic. He will be whatever he needs to be in order to get ahead, shifting his beliefs in whichever direction is necessary to scam a place to stay or scratch together a few bucks. We’re meant to find this kind of behavior abhorrent, I think, but at the same time …

A decent premiere can’t escape the shadow cast over Shameless’ future

B-

If you’re reading this review, there’s a good chance that you’re the type of person who consistently reads about the television show Shameless on the internet. As a result, I feel like it would be disingenuous if I pretended as though the Showtime series’ ninth season doesn’t have a recent piece of news hanging over…

Showtime still really wants Sacha Baron Cohen to explain who America is 

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series Who Is America? ended by turning a Trumper into a terrorist and Sarah Palin into a cheap punchline, but that wasn’t enough for the premium cable network. Baron Cohen has said that the show is done and that he won’t be coming back for more, but Showtime itself isn’t quite so ready to…

Well, at least Sarah Palin made it into the credits of Who Is America? 

Sacha Baron Cohen’s style of prank-based comedy isn’t usually very subtle—at least to the audience watching at home—but the whole Sarah Palin saga surrounding his Showtime series Who Is America? may be one of his most delightfully low-key burns ever. In order to make Sarah Palin look like a dummy, he didn’t need very…

Sacha Baron Cohen turns a MAGA chud into a terrorist as Who Is America? comes to a close

B

Who Is America?, the Sacha Baron Cohen series Showtime called “the most dangerous TV show ever,” anchored its season finale with a terrorist attack. A fictional one, sure, but the man involved, a man who one might assume knew he was being filmed, pressed a button that he was told would result in the death of a…

Underground co-creator teams up with Doctor Strange's Scott Derrickson for horror series

A few months after his involvement in TNT’s Snowpiercer went off the rails (yes, we used that same joke in the original headline), Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson is ready to give his whole TV thing another shot. According to Deadline, he and Underground co-creator and showrunner Misha Green are developing an…

Watch Sacha Baron Cohen feed a food critic a filet of "Chinese dissident"

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America? didn’t put forth its best effort last night, but it did feature one of the series’ most memorable stunts to date. Ex-con Rick Sherman, a character that’s only gotten better and better with each appearance, reemerged last night as a budding chef bringing what he learned in prison…

Who Is America? nabs Jill Stein and Howard Dean, but its biggest laughs have nothing to do with politics

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Who Is America? shot itself in the foot a bit, yeah? Its first several episodes featured astounding stunts that cunningly nudged figures of immense power into stunning displays of irresponsibility, racism, and moral corruption, setting up an expectation that, along with Showtime’s claim of the series being “the most…

Catch up on all of the most preposterous Who Is America? stunts in one place

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series Who Is America? can be something of a mixed bag, but it’s nothing short of transcendent when the comedian gets his marks right where he wants them. The above video compilation from Vulture captures several of those moments, many of which find our country’s most renowned bigots…

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