Category Archives: Television

Fargo: The End

Tomorrow is the finale – Fargo is leaving us. I’m leaving too, so while I’m gone, just listen to this music over and over. The use of music is so integral to the plot that each character has a separate … Continue reading

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Fargo again

The blizzard sequence is reason alone to start watching if you’re not already. And just a note: I’ve been putting off writing about what happened in Santa Barbara because the meta analyses are so confusing and I’m having a hard … Continue reading

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The Americans

It’s not often that a TV series finale ties up all the loose ends, even the ones that seemed like they were going nowhere, and leaves us with an even better plot for the next season. Without giving anything away, … Continue reading

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Jon Stewart versus Fox News (again)

We met a woman on vacation a year or so ago who seemed quite reasonable (especially since she was from Manhattan) until one day she said the only people who know the truth about Benghazi are the ones who watch … Continue reading

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Fargo, redux

I just took a test to find out if I was an “intolerable intellectual.” I came out a little more intolerable than my friend Curt, who posted this quiz on Facebook where I guard my privacy too highly to let … Continue reading

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Non ridete

In my Italian class the other day we talked about different forms of mass media – and yes, “mass media” is the Italian word for mass media – and what our primary source of news was. I should have said … Continue reading

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Who is Stephen Colbert?

The first time I ever worked in a campaign office I thought everyone there knew a whole lot more about politics than I did, until one day a young field operations manager started talking about Stephen Colbert. “He’s very right-wing,” … Continue reading

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“Last Call”

I’m not sure any TV program has ever spent an entire episode mourning the departure of one of its actors. For Josh Charles, last night’s episode of The Good Wife must have been like going to your own funeral. All … Continue reading

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Why True Detective was so hard to understand

This is hilarious. If only we had put the closed captions on, maybe I wouldn’t have had to write my snarky letter to Pizzolatto. (Sorry, no airplane coverage today. When CNN starts speculating about the supernatural, it’s time to take … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. Pizzolatto:

Listen: what about those five men? The beer can men Rust spent hours making. The five surrounding Marty’s daughter’s naked Barbie doll. The masked ones on horses; the ones on the videotape. And what about the daughter’s porno drawings, and … Continue reading

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