Amazon’s latest challenge to Netflix’s killer original programing is Transparent, staring Jeffrey Tambor as a trangender woman coming out to her family and community. This show, from writer-director Jill Soloway, promises to be an incredibly nuanced family drama, and is a made possible by the exciting new era of bingewatching television.


Before the last week in August, I was in a bind. My sleeping potion for some time has been episodes of Bob’s Burgers. I even got a Hulu subscription so I could watch Season Four and get my chuckles in before I relinquished my consciousness every night. It had come to rewatching Bob’s Burgers, and wondering if I had taken enough time off from Parks & Recreation to put that back in rotation. In a pinch, I’ve always got The Larry Sanders Show on DVD, one of my favorites of all time, but I find the DVD player too tedious for my pre-bedtime rituals. Thankfully, FXX’s The Simpsons marathon and Netflix’ BoJack Horseman came to rescue me.


There is popular lore that Leaving Las Vegas was author John O’Brien’s “suicide note,” and that he killed himself upon learning that his book would be made into a movie. The idea of Leaving Las Vegas being a suicide note unintentionally originated with a letter O’Brien’s sister Erin wrote to Nicolas Cage after John O’Brien’s death, and with a New York Times article that claims his father also called the book his suicide note. It’s an poetic idea, but it seems to oversimplify the life and literary ambitions of John O’Brien.


I’m still not really over the death of Amy Winehouse, or James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, or Kurt Cobain, for that matter. People we don’t know die all the time, but when someone we don’t know who created art that touched us in some profound way dies, we mourn them almost as if they were family. It’s like we lost a part of ourselves, and very, very important part. When an artist dies who touched us, we mourn them fiercely… Read more »


Louise Belcher is a force of a little girl. She insidiously smart and unapologetically selfish. She thrives on drama and conflict and manipulating others just to manipulate them. She has affection for her family, mostly her father, but her tender feelings are dormant and have to be forced out by acts of terrible uncomfortableness. Her antics are relentless, ruthless, and just shy of pure evil. And that’s why we love her.

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Dylan knew something was terribly wrong with the world in a way she could not fathom. As a child she had just trusted that things would work out and adults would show her the way. Everything had seemed inevitable and settled until then, but that summer she got acquainted with a new curl of doom that started her belly and spread to her fingers and toes and kept a constant white buzz in the back of her head.