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Anthony Bourdain, the anti-foodie foodie

Did anyone see it coming? Did Anthony Bourdain himself? How did a man who made his name with a book that largely glamourised the swinging-dick bro culture of professional kitchens—a book whose cover showed him and a couple of other

Seeing both sides in Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’

The Vietnam War begins like so many Ken Burns films before it: by listing, in the inimitable voice of Burns’ go-to narrator Peter Coyote, a series of dichotomies that the ten-part, eighteen-hour behemoth will inevitably toggle between, and struggle with, for the

‘Bojack Horseman’s fourth season spins its wheels

In its four seasons on the air—or at least online, where the best stuff increasingly resides—Bojack Horseman has cemented itself as one of the best shows on television, animated or otherwise. There is almost too much that can be said for

In praise of ‘Deep Water’ and Yael Stone

The new Australian crime series Deep Water premiered on SBS last night and showed a lot of promise. The first half hour was a little rote—procedural to a fault, it seemed to me, a sensation that was the more pronounced

Meta TV: Fox’s ‘Grandfathered’ and ‘The Grinder’

Two freshmen series will wrap up their US runs this week, both with question marks lingering over their futures. This is a shame: Grandfathered and The Grinder, both on Fox, have proven to be surprisingly nimble, surprisingly meta and, in

‘House of Cards’ is dark and brutal but no match for Washington now

Beloved of idealistic young things everywhere, The West Wing was always famous for the way in which it sought to imagine an alternative or counter presidency to that of George W. Bush, who came to power during the show’s second

Another audacious TV venture into mental health

One of television’s best new shows began airing on Eleven recently, a little over half-a-season behind its US run. Created by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna—the minds behind the Hugo Award-winning ‘Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury’ and The Devil Wears

How exactly do you sanitise ‘Game of Thrones’? Find out in Vietnam

This time last year, I wrote a short piece about the hoops through which expats on the South Atlantic island of Saint Helena were forced to jump in order to watch Game of Thrones‘ fourth season. There, where cable television