Arts & Culture :: Television

Sex & violence on the Lavender Tube

Sex & violence on the Lavender Tube

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Jan 29, 2019

We have been enjoying Netflix series we should have watched a year or more ago, like the superb British crime series "Paranoid," "The Five" and "Happy Valley."

New production of a classic musical

New production of a classic musical

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jan 22, 2019

Fox will air a new, live production of the classic musical "Rent" on Sun., Jan. 27.

Seeing in the new year with Jazz Jennings

Seeing in the new year with Jazz Jennings

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Jan 15, 2019

We try to give TV series three episodes before we decide a show is irredeemable. We're trying to give 2019 at least a month before we make the same decision, but this new year doesn't look so shiny and fresh.

The Lavender Tube: 2019 preview

The Lavender Tube: 2019 preview

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Jan 1, 2019

We will still need lots and lots of scripted TV to distract and amuse us from the DC reality show in 2019.

Queer rebellion hits India

Queer rebellion hits India

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 25, 2018

Filmmaker Jayan Cherian and his cast throw caution to the wind with the tale of a gay artist and a feminist who rebel against the societal norms of their conservative Indian city in "Ka Bodyscapes."

Best books of the year, 2018

Best books of the year, 2018

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Dec 18, 2018

Gay literary fiction devotees await a new novel by Alan Hollinghurst the way fans of George R.R. Martin await his latest, if more politely.

Prince of Broadway

Prince of Broadway

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 18, 2018

"Harold Prince: The Director's Life" premiered on PBS' Great Performances series at the end of November, and is available for free streaming until the end of December.

Year's best (& some worst) on the Lavender Tube

Year's best (& some worst) on the Lavender Tube

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Dec 18, 2018

As awful as the year was in politics, it was pretty fabulous for TV, no matter what some critics will tell you. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime all added to the joys of cable, and even network had some good offerings.

Press violations on 'Murphy Brown'

Press violations on 'Murphy Brown'

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Dec 4, 2018

CBS' Nov. 29 episode of "Murphy Brown" took a cinema verité approach to Trump's "enemy of the people" mantra.

Exposing the charlatans

Exposing the charlatans

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 4, 2018

James "The Amazing" Randi's life and mission are profiled in the entertaining documentary "An Honest Liar."

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Nov 27, 2018

Amazon Prime's new TV series "Homecoming," which started streaming Nov. 2, with its circuitous intrigue, puzzling twists, and Hitchcockian suspense, is tailor-made for our times.

Queer eye for gay TV representation

Queer eye for gay TV representation

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Nov 20, 2018

Re the "Queer Eye" re-boot: We didn't think it was possible to re-imagine a show that seemed perfect the first time, but Netflix created a new Fab Five a decade after the initial show in both a delight and a revelation.

GLAAD report counts LGBT characters

GLAAD report counts LGBT characters

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Nov 6, 2018

GLAAD's new "Where We Are on TV" report is out, and the numbers are up, which is great. But those numbers are also deceptive, because they don't tell the whole story.

Scandalous behavior in gay England

Scandalous behavior in gay England

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Oct 30, 2018

Created by BBC and now available on Amazon Prime, "A Very English Scandal," a three-part/three-hour series, is a breezy dissection of hypocritical British attitudes toward homosexuality and insular homophobia.