Interested in the Real Housewives but don’t know which franchise is for you?

I can help! Launching into established and long-running TV shows can be daunting, but I'm here to help you find the Housewives franchise that's best for you! You could take this quiz or that quiz on Buzzfeed to find out which housewife suits you. Or, Jezebel writer Madeleine Davies put together a really useful google doc that … Continue reading Interested in the Real Housewives but don’t know which franchise is for you?

Guest: What Swells is watching/reading/listening to this week

Not to steal Christina's thing, but I wanted to share mine this week. I'm alone in a new country and so my cultural consumption has been an important way I have comforted myself, reveled in my alienation, and clung to America. Listening: "O Superman" by Laurie Anderson A few weeks ago on the Still Processing podcast, … Continue reading Guest: What Swells is watching/reading/listening to this week

Divorce: The 1980 Oscars

Historian Elaine Tyler May has argued that preoccupation with the family--political cries for family values and the like--is usually a response to political changes, rather than demographic ones. Panic about the family is often a conservative response to perceived threats to the American nation. In the U.S., you see focus on the family particularly in the 1950s … Continue reading Divorce: The 1980 Oscars

Fatness and Other

I like Noah Hawley. His shows are beautiful and interesting and I'm excited he's creating television. I really enjoy Fargo (especially season 2), and I'm intrigued enough to keep watching Legion. When I saw that there was an interview between Noah Hawley and Andy Greenwald on The Watch podcast feed, I was excited. I made sure to catch … Continue reading Fatness and Other

A Superhero Show I Can Get Behind: Sweet/Vicious

Like many people, the saturated market of superhero franchises on TV and movies has all but turned me off of the genre. In particular, I object to the way that in these worlds superheroes are allowed to subvert criminal justice systems--as broken as they are--to commit vigilante violence. I'm no expert but I think in … Continue reading A Superhero Show I Can Get Behind: Sweet/Vicious

Bad Choices and Women’s Sexual Agency: The 1989 Oscars

As we've seen already, the 80s were not a time when the Academy rewarded movies for visual artistry or innovative storytelling. Many of the movies nominated were not great. Yet a subset of these nominees (if not winners) had some interesting things to say about women's sexuality, and the way white women have used it in … Continue reading Bad Choices and Women’s Sexual Agency: The 1989 Oscars

Love Triangles and Change Over Time

∆ Delta. Change. Math. I got halfway through my binge of season one of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend before I realized that it has the same love triangle as Broadcast News. They both feature an intelligent female protagonist who is great at her job but also high-strung. She is torn between a sarcastic, smart guy who is into her but also … Continue reading Love Triangles and Change Over Time