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Reviews of politics-centered TV series about White House politicians, cybersecurity, history, controversies and more.

Paul Levinson19 days ago
Review of 'The Loudest Voice' 1.5
The fifth episode of The Loudest Voice makes clear what the series has been more than hinting at all along: it was Ailes more than anyone else who put Trump in the White House. Or, at least, the comin...
Paul Levinsona month ago
Review of 'The Loudest Voice' 1.4
Another powerful episode of The Loudest Voice last night—1.4—in which Roger Ailes lays bare the basis of fake news: "we create the news'. I should say, the basis of real fake news—that is, news that i...
Grant Pattersona month ago
There's a Little Chernobyl in Us All
It was a beautiful sunny day today. But I found myself inside, watching TV. Ordinarily, I wouldn't, but I'd been dying to see the new HBO Miniseries Chernobyl, and I knew it wasn't anything the rest o...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
Review of 'The Loudest Voice' 1.1
The Loudest Voice just launched on Showtime last night, with an episode about the launch of Fox News. Or, more specifically, about how Roger Ailes (stunningly portrayed by Russell Crowe) launched Fox ...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
First Democratic Presidential Debate, Part 2 of 2
I thought the second part of the first 2020 Democratic Presidential debate was better than the first part, in that more of the ten on stage had standout moments. My assessment follows, in descending o...
Paul Levinson2 months ago
First Democratic Presidential Debate, Part 1 of 2
I thought the first Democratic debate—the first of two—was excellent and inspiring. Here are my thoughts on the winners and losers: There were no outright gaffs by anyone—the closest was Ryan saying t...
Matthew Kresal8 months ago
Revisiting 'Washington: Behind Closed Doors'
Before House of Cards, before The West Wing, there was Washington: Behind Closed Doors. Broadcast in six parts on the ABC network in 1977, it followed hot on the heels of its source novel, former Nixo...
Matt Richards10 months ago
CNN Commentators That Actually Make Politics Enjoyable
America is in a tumultuous stage in its history. The reality of the political sphere is a fascinating beast, and you are missing out if you don't stay updated. If you are not politically inclined or d...
Matthew Trundlea year ago
I Don't Know Why Everyone Isn't Talking About 'The Americans'
Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (real names Mischa and Nadezhda respectively) are an enigmatic television couple that in their marital situation seem unlike any other romantically involved pair in their...
Karen Goldfarba year ago
I Wish I Knew How to Quit You
In the last sequence that ends the haunting finale of The Americans, the car carrying former Soviet spies Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, who have fled back to their homeland after years of posing and ...
Paul Levinsona year ago
Review of 'The Americans' Finale
An exquisite, satisfyingly restrained, even beautiful finale to The Americans last night—a series which only in this, its sixth and final season, has become, in my view, one of the finest series ever ...
Paul Levinsona year ago
Review of 'The Americans' Penultimate
Well, the next-to-last episode of The Americans on FX last night was really something. Keri Russell has been outstanding throughout the six-season series, but she put on an off-the-chart performance a...
Paul Levinsona year ago
Review of 'The Americans' 6.8
With only two episodes left to go in The Americans, episode 6.8 this week mapped out a profound change in Elizabeth. Till now, in this season and earlier, Elizabeth has been nothing but coldly homicid...
Paul Levinsona year ago
Review of 'Babylon Berlin'
I can't think of a better time -- or maybe worse time -- to watch a 16-episode German series (streaming on Netflix) about the police in the Weimar Republic in 1929, just a few years before the Nazis w...
Paul Levinsona year ago
Review of 'The Americans' 6.7
Throughout previous seasons of The Americans, I've wondered why Stan, looking at the sketches of Philip and Elizabeth in disguise, didn't recognize them as his nextdoor neighbors. I mean, the disguise...
Paul Levinsona year ago
Review of 'The Americans' 6.6
In The Americans 6.6, Jackson — a new mark Elizabeth is working on, as a conduit to Senator Sam Nunn (of earlier Watergate fame, in case the name sounds familiar) — anyway, Jackson says Rififi (a 1955...
Paul Levinsona year ago
Review of 'The Americans' 6.5
The common denominator in last night’s episode 6.5 of The Americans, another perfectly powerful episode, was...sex. It not only was the subject of the delightfully drunken conversation between Claudia...
Paul Levinsona year ago
Review of 'The Americans' 6.4
The Americans 6.4 last night was about as stark as this series gets—which is to say dire, for everyone concerned. It's hard not to feel at least a little bad even for Elizabeth—hard because she surely...