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…

Tig Notaro finds the upside to Louis CK allegations: "Victims were not told they're lying"

Vindication is bittersweet for Tig Notaro. That much was clear yesterday, when Notaro was asked about her former collaborator Louis CK’s sexual misconduct at Vulture Festival LA. Notaro publicly distanced herself from CK months before his public reckoning, calling for CK to “handle” what were then “rumors” about him…

Yes, that storyline in Tig Notaro’s Amazon series was about Louis CK

When the second season of Tig Notaro’s Amazon series One Mississippi premiered this past September, much attention was drawn to a scene in its fifth episode, “Can’t Fight This Feeling”: A powerful man (played by Timm Sharp) masturbates in front of a woman (played by Stephanie Allynne) whose career he’s just given a…

One Mississippi makes good on its promise to move forward

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Throughout its run, One Mississippi has shared its protagonist’s forthrightness, and yet the season two finale has more than a few feints in it. But the rug isn’t pulled out from under the viewer—it’s yanked from below Tig, who gradually realizes she isn’t quite as far along in her trauma recovery as she thought.…

One Mississippi’s “Louis CK episode” addresses real-world allegations via a fictional jerk

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One Mississippi is not documentary. One Mississippi isn’t even strict autobiography: Though the lives of Tig Notaro and Tig Bovaro share some significant overlaps, the show purposely puts space between art and artist. These are not representations of events as they happened. They’re reflections, reinterpretations, and…

Have big fun on the bayou with this exclusive playlist from One Mississippi season 2

Music plays a major role on Tig Notaro’s Amazon series, One Mississippi, whether its punctuating the stories told on the radio by Notaro’s onscreen alter ego or articulating her pent-up emotions in a fantasy sequence. But not every song that influenced the show’s second season is actually heard in its six episodes:…

It’s back to Bay Saint Lucille in a rich but didactic One Mississippi premiere

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A lot of Tig Notaro’s talent lies in what a disarming performer she is. She has a knack for making the monologue of stand-up comedy feel like a dialogue, and it’s in her relaxed manner, the casual feel of her writing, her tendency to emphasize through repetition. (“I’m just a person”; “It’s serious, it’s serious, it’s…

Tig Notaro wants Louis CK to come clean about his alleged sexual misconduct

Louis CK’s name may be in the credits of her Amazon series One Mississippi, but comedian Tig Notaro remains firm that CK has nothing to do with the show in a new interview with The Daily Beast. “He’s never been involved,” she says. “His name is on it. But we are writing the show, the writers’ room. We’re sitting in…

Tig Notaro chooses to be straight in this teaser for season 2 of One Mississippi

Tig Notaro’s Amazon series One Mississippi returns in September, and though this short clip isn’t much of a trailer, it does present a some good jokes and a fairly complete scene all in just 30 seconds. There’s a fast montage of other things from the show at the end, but you don’t really need that to get a sense of…

Tig Notaro calls out Louis CK and SNL for copying her party clown short

Saturday Night Live went weird last week, letting host Louis CK stretch his darker urges with sketches about damaged couch salesmen, lazy social activists, and, most notably, a guy who hires a party clown just for himself. But as delightful as Bobby Moynihan’s increasingly worried performance as “Dodo” was, it’s…