If two female characters have scenes together, are they talking about something other than their love lives? It's amazing how few movies (only two of the Academy Award nominated pictures this year) and TV series pass this test. Pretty Little Liars, however, would pass this test with flying colors.
Instead of ignoring a character's irritating attributes, sometimes shows just turn right into the skid. When the narrative acknowledges flaws, those same flaws can become endearing parts of what make a character great.
Women's friendships can be some the most abiding and intimate relationships they will ever forge. So where are all the nuanced, honest depictions of female friendships on TV?
Even as Romney continues to bring out his rotating cast of high profile endorsers like Christie, John McCain and Tim Pawlenty, Ann is still his best surrogate.
This week, as I watched some of network television's most popular comedies -- and I recognize that "popular" is judged on a sliding scale here -- I realized that even if I never get to see the Party Down catering company serve cheap wine at another Hollywood bat mitzvah, that show's legacy is as alive as it's ever been.
For more than half a century, TV hipsters have had a profound effect on American culture. These characters taught many of us the importance of oddball tastes, wardrobe thrifting and (perhaps more importantly) the ever-lasting power of snark.
2011 gave us the best season of Parks & Recreation to date, a somewhat miraculous 4th season of Fringe, and Eric and Sookie finally hooked up on True Blood, so all in all, not too shabby. But I think we can all agree, there's certainly room for improvement.
It is without further adieu that I share my Top Five Holiday Moments From the 2011 Television Season. Grab some eggnog and enjoy.
Looking at HBO's recent move -- the canceling of male-driven shows "Hung," "How to Make it in America," and "Bored to Death" and the renewal of the Laura Dern-fronted "Enlightened" -- it's become even more apparent: TV is now the land of women. And that's not a bad thing.
The weirdest thing about my list of the best television shows of the year is that "Mad Men" is not on it. This December, it feels odd not to be writing about the exploits of Don Draper and his fellow ad men and women. But the good news is that 2011 was a very good year for television, even without Roger Sterling's witticisms and Don's flings and existential crises.
You learn two things as soon as you become a television critic: First, everyone thinks you have an awesome job. Second, almost everyone thinks they can do your job.
Can a film about an immigrant father struggling to start a gardening business be a defining work of 2011? Yes. Who was best at amplifying workers' voi...
Saturday's combination of wet, heavy snow, leafy trees and high winds was the perfect storm. Close to 400 acres, half of Central Park, were affected...
It's September, which means the new fall TV season is upon us. Before you sign your life away to hours of life-shortening couch time, watch previews ...