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Herman writes about culture in general and television in specific. When not fighting a losing battle against Peak TV, she tweets at @aherman2006.

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‘Winning Time’ Looks Like ‘Friday Night Lights’ and Acts Like ‘The Crown’

HBO’s new sports drama is a lavish period piece unafraid to tell its story with painstakingly gradual detail

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Welcome to the Age of Peak Tech TV

Starting this Sunday, three series centered on three infamous tech companies arrive to streaming services within three weeks of each other. It marks a new wave in television, and perhaps the end of another for startup culture.

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How Does ‘Euphoria’ Keep Doing It?

The teen drama has always been a bumpy ride, both for viewers and behind the scenes. But its latest episode perfectly encapsulates the stronger side of its eternal highs and lows.

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‘Severance’ Offers a Surreal, Allegorical Twist on Work-Life Balance

At first blush, the titular concept of the new Apple TV+ series is "work-life balance" taken to the extreme. Yet the further ‘Severance’ goes, the more resonance it acquires.

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How Couples Watch TV: A Valentine’s Day Investigation

As trivial as it may seem, TV plays a significant role in romantic partnerships, and not always a frictionless one. This is a story about how our choices around what to watch can be about so much more than entertainment.

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‘Inventing Anna’ Buries the Lede—and Its Actual Subject

Shonda Rhimes’s first created Netflix series is something of a bait-and-switch. Anna Delvey may be the title character, but she isn’t the protagonist.

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‘Pam & Tommy’ and the Obsession With ’90s Revisionism

Beginning with a pair of high-profile O.J. Simpson series in 2016, pop culture at large has transformed into a revolving door of public figures misconstrued by the mass media of a quarter-century prior

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‘The Afterparty’ and the Rise of the TV Comedy-Mystery

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s return to television adds to an upswing of series centered on the humorous side of crime

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‘The Gilded Age’ Brings ‘Downton Abbey’ to New York With Flair and Familiarity

Infiltrating a caste, as opposed to inheriting one’s membership, is a new premise for ‘Downton Abbey’ creator Julian Fellowes, and an intriguing one

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The TV Rom-com Has Evolved and Left ‘How I Met Your Father’ Behind

In the eight years since ‘How I Met Your Mother’ concluded, television has expanded the scope and ambition of romantic stories. The result is a spinoff that feels frozen in time.