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Mad Men season 6 premiere captures moral dichotomy


It is the winter of 1967, just months before the My Lai massacre and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the characters of AMC’s Mad Men are haunted by death. Sunday’s two hour season six premiere sent audiences right back into the height of the Vietnam War. Don Draper, who during Korea […]

Modern audiences gravitate to television storytelling format


Have we reached a point where television is more influential to popular culture than film?   That’s what Vanity Fair seems to argue, at least. The lifestyle magazine made a point to say that television, rather than film, “enriches the iconography and collective lore of pop culture,” as culture critic James Wolcott was quoted as […]

Walking Dead serves as metaphor for reality


When it comes to the subject of supernatural phenomena, producers have moved in quite a few different directions. There are the romantic, sexualized vampires that seem more interested in finding potential mates than sucking blood, which supposedly is their natural instinct. And there are glamorized witches and wizards from series such as Sabrina, the Teenage […]

Bad sex in Bushwick


Before I got around to finishing season two of the notorious HBO dramedy Girls, I had already read detailed analyses of the “rape scene” on all the major blogs. And yet the scene (which in my opinion only vaguely resembles rape) didn’t interest me. After all, Girls has desensitized me to watching terrible sex. In […]

Queer TV characters grow into their own


USC’s decision to host a Visions and Voices panel Thursday on queer television just goes to show that more people today are discussing queer characters and their impact on television. Over the past 50 years, television has taken large strides to portray more LGBTQ characters. But though queer television is no longer a niche topic, […]

Shows demand fresh look at rating system


There are certain shows that you just need to watch live — shows with extreme cliffhangers or addicting dramatic moments where DVR-ing them or waiting for the episodes to go on Hulu simply is not an option. However, it is possible — normal even — for people to be fans of shows that they do […]