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    Watchmen review: an alternative fantasy for surreal times

    Blending Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ dystopian comic novel with a distillation of true historical race violence in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Damon Lindelof’s breathlessly off-kilter superhero series is unsettling and essential, says Gaylene Gould.

    Gaylene Gould
    Tuesday 11 February 2020

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    Television to watch in 2020

    Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of television shows competing for your attention? Scott Bryan can help to guide you through the maze.

    Scott Bryan
    Wednesday 5 February 2020

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    Unbelievable review: an exemplary depiction of how to investigate sexual assault

    Netflix’s true detective series is an object lesson in how to turn journalism into drama – and make drama with a message, says Sheila O’Malley.

    Sheila O’Malley
    Wednesday 5 February 2020

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    Twenty per cent less hope: the very English satire of Succession

    The jostling for position among the maladjusted offspring of a billionaire media magnate in New York provides the fuel for Jesse Armstrong’s bleakly comic portrait of corrupt power, which somehow manages to combine sympathy and ridicule for the one per cent. Hannah Mackay explores its secrets.

    Hannah Mackay
    Monday 13 January 2020

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  • Breaking Bad and the secret life of Walter White

    With the feature-film spin-off El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie now coming to Netflix, we revisit John Wrathall’s essay from our archives about one of the most discussed and revered shows on television – a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions, centred on the unlikely figure of a 50-year-old chemistry teacher in suburban New Mexico.

    John Wrathall
    Monday 7 October 2019

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  • Ring theory: GLOW grapples with the arrival fallacy

    In the third season of the Netflix show about female wrestlers in the 1980s, the characters throw down the American dream by getting to grips with the illusion that success brings infinite happiness, writes Ella Kemp.

    Ella Kemp
    Friday 9 August 2019

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  • TV we can believe in: hope, growth and change in The Good Place and Steven Universe

    In Michael Schur and Rebecca Sugar’s twin pop-ethical trips through the plastic-fantastic cosmos, hells can become paradises when met with love and elective labour, says So Mayer.

    So Mayer
    Saturday 3 August 2019

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  • Too Old to Die Young first look: Nicolas Winding Refn depopulates the small screen

    The Danish dean of neo-noir shifts down a gear or three with an excursion in slow TV that etches Los Angeles’s human absences. To judge by two episodes at Cannes, it’s not a pulse-racing prospect, finds Rebecca Harrison.

    Rebecca Harrison
    Saturday 18 May 2019

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  • The Little Drummer Girl first look: Park Chan-wook finesses a John le Carré thriller

    Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon and Alexander Skårsgard star in this intricate charade of theatrical deceptions and embellished reality, which on the basis of the first three episodes suggests the South Korean director is quite at ease on the small screen, writes Beth Webb.

    Beth Webb
    Thursday 1 November 2018

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  • Sanity is not enough: Jack Ryan versus the world’s hotheads

    With John Kracinski now assuming the role in Amazon’s new streaming thriller series, Tom Clancy’s crisis-averting CIA analyst-spy has been passed through five different Hollywood leads since the end of the Cold War. In a world of rising temperatures and screen bombast, is he too rational for the job, asks Tim Hayes.

    Tim Hayes
    Friday 12 October 2018

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