Daniel Klain is a junior assistant arts editor who has not yet declared a major. Daniel can be reached at daniel.klain@tufts.edu.

Why is comedy TV obsessed with the afterlife?

For the longest time, comedy television was the way to take a load off. Americans would come home from work tired and turn on the television to hang out with their friends on the screen. With the innovation of the workplace comedy, viewers got to feel included as they watched a group go through their […]

Netflix’s ‘High Flying Bird’ soars, experiments with new media

Netflix’s attempt to control every second of our attention and free time continued this weekend with the release of Steven Soderbergh’s “High Flying Bird” (2019). The film takes place over a span of 72 hours as super sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) attempts to help end a labor dispute between professional basketball owners and their players. […]

‘True Detective’ continues to struggle with pace

After some wild ups and downs, the hyped third season of HBO’s “True Detective” (2014–) came back down to earth. Starring Mahershala Ali, this season focuses on two detectives attempting to solve the kidnapping and murder of two children in 1980 over the span of two and a half decades. The story sticks to three […]

Fyre Festival documentaries show different sides to the same disaster

Fyre Festival is one of the greatest failures of the social media era. Marketed as a luxury music festival, the idea was to take something like Coachella and up the level of wealth and opulence. The original promotional video showed famous Instagram models such as Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber enjoying themselves and indicated that perhaps […]

Top five TV shows of 2018

This year was an absurd one for television. Thanks to streaming platforms, our seasonally-based conceptions of when shows should air have broken. Just when it felt like TV was dying down, it came back strong. As the year now draws to a close, it is time to rank the top five shows of 2018. Without further ado: 5. “Salt, Fat, […]

With Oscars approaching, Netflix aims for wins with winter releases

December typically signifies the time of year when most ‘Oscar-worthy’ films are released. Whether it is to keep films fresh in the minds of Oscar voters, who largely receive these films on DVD and can watch them at anytime, or to give us something to talk about with our family members over the holidays, movie award […]

With ‘Patriot Act,’ Hasan Minhaj tries his hand at late night television

In this era of post-peak television, the late night/sketch comedy television market has become quite oversaturated, like most other television genres. There’s Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, James Corden and Seth Meyers, all competing for our attention every night. That’s not to mention the shows that put a topical political or pop-cultural spin on […]

‘Minding the Gap’ provides subjects with opportunity for reflection, redemption

Content warning: This article discusses child abuse and domestic abuse. 2018 may be shaping up to be the year of the documentary. With films like “RBG,” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and “Three Identical Strangers” released in theaters, the documentary has seen a surge in quality output. While these theatrical releases have dominated the media spotlight […]

Despite initial appeal, ‘The Romanoffs’ fails to connect with viewers

The Romanovs are a mystery. After the Russian Revolution, the immediate members of the royal Romanov family were executed, while the rest of the extended family went into exile. Since then, many have claimed to be part of this royal lineage, with some even claiming to be direct heirs to the royal throne. The obscurity […]

Third season of ‘The Good Place’ proves promising, but implosion lurks just around the corner

Only four episodes into its third season, “The Good Place” (2016–) already feels back in form. Despite the setting change to Earth, the gang of Chidi, Eleanor, Jason and Tahani all seem to be their normal, albeit idiosyncratic, selves. Our protagonists have a number of short-term and long-term obstacles they have to overcome. In the season […]