The ideology of gossip: Scandal, 2012-2017
Showrunner: Shonda Rhimes
So much of United States political life takes place in public, television viewers outside the Beltway fishbowl cannot help but wonder what it is we do not see. We've been given several answers since 1999, starting with The West Wing.
Getting better all the time
The Good Wife
The best TV drama series can change the way we look at society. The Good Wife forces us to take a different look not just at politics and the law as a practice but also at women's sexual life, and at family values (in the non-political sense) as a tyrannical tool of personal power.
A Suitable Case for Treatment
What happened to crime?
Luther, 2013 (series 3)
The most puzzling aspect of Luther's third season is its sudden descent into macho aggression and masochism.
Reliving the American lie
Mad Men, series 7
In recent episodes, Mad Men has come off as if should have been named Peyton Plaza
Pigs, worms and guns
Under the Skin