Vidya Srinivasan

Vidya Srinivasan is a senior majoring in international relations. She can be reached at or on Twitter @vidyals.

Don’t you cry

Only four months in, I’ve encountered a serious contender for the best episode of television I’ll watch in 2016. This week, my world was rocked by a cinematic, heartbreaking script brought to life by two beautiful, extraordinary actors — each of them less than half my age. I don’t much care for kids on TV; young […]

‘Let’s touch God’

For the show that inspired me to apply for this column slot in the first place, it’s sure proved difficult to write about “Friday Night Lights” (2006-2011). Seriously — I put it off for months, hoping I’d eventually be able to pinpoint just what makes this show so damn great. But here I am at […]

What are “pipe dreams?”

In one of my earlier columns this semester, I may have mentioned a certain fondness for competition. It should, therefore, come as little surprise that in late January, I was among 70,000 intrepid know-it-alls who subjected themselves to the “Jeopardy!” Online Test. What I didn’t expect was being one of the 3,000 whose scores landed them […]

Screen Time: They’re just that perfect

An AV Club commenter has recently taken to keeping a running tally: number of “Jane the Virgin” (2014-present) episodes to date and number of bad or average episodes. Given that one of these numbers hasn’t budged past zero, I’m clearly not the only one who thinks this plucky, earnest CW standout has the best writers on television right now. The […]

Screen Time: The Mascot

Over spring break, the CW did a thing. Characters on both “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgin,” which air back-to-back on Monday nights, explicitly interrogated whether their women-led stories pass the Bechdel test. Each show’s writers could’ve strung together an episode’s worth of suitably passing moments to present their “progressive” approaches to gender — after […]

Tell me you’re seeing this too

Of all my millennial idiosyncrasies, the most think piece worthy is undoubtedly my penchant for watching TV alone, but not really alone. From the childhood friend who traded play-by-play TextEdits with me for at least two seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy” (2005-present) to my now-housemate, who put up with strings of incoherent iMessages the summer I […]

Reshop, Heda

Writer’s note: massive “The 100″ spoilers ahead. Plan to start? A couple weeks behind? Open this in a new tab and come back to me after 3.07. You guys, I’m in mourning. This week, I lost someone who spent Thursday nights on my screen and the rest of the week in my heart — and […]

Screen Time: Monsters next door

Sometimes, TV can be a bit like pizza. Bear with me here. Everyone likes it. But, really, have you ever met anyone who likes exactly what you like? For exactly the same reasons? No, which gives rise to one mutually applicable cardinal rule: don’t yuck someone else’s yum. This week, I’m letting you in on […]

Screen Time: On your marks, get set, bake

The three great loves of my life — in no particular order — are competitions, British baking and my grandma. Incorporate any of these elements into your show, and you’ll probably win my ardent and undying favor. Incorporate all three, and you’ll ruin me. Enter: “The Great British Bake Off” (2010-present). I used to think […]

Screen Time: Pilot

I’m at my grandfather’s old flat tucked within a sprawling hospital complex in the heart of Chennai. It’s 3 a.m., and everyone else has kicked their jetlag and figured out how to sleep through the air conditioner, which keeps things at a balmy 5ºC. I’m GChatting a friend stateside about how bored I am when […]