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

Matthew Kresal6 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...
Grayson Avery7 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 Trundle9 months 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...
Paul Levinsona year ago
Review of 'The Americans' 6.3
For some reason, the scene that most is still playing in my head in The Americans 6.3—a moody episode, which little action until the end—is the one with Stan and Oleg. Stan repeatedly pleads to Oleg t...
Paul Levinsona year ago
Review of 'The Americans' 6.2
I thought The Americans 6.2 was rather pro forma, even lackluster, until the very end, which was...brutal. That's the latest chapter in the eduction of Paige. The brains of an American general all ove...
Paul Levinsona year ago
Review of 'The Americans' 6.1
Well, The Americans, never more relevant to the current news than it is today, was back last night with the first episode of its final season. And the story it set in motion was relevant indeed. It's ...
Sean Patricka year ago
TV Review: Hulu's 'The Looming Tower'
The Looming Tower is a terrific bit of potboiler television. That it also happens to hue very closely to the historic record prior to and immediately after September 11th makes it all the more compell...
Donald Graya year ago
Best History Channel Original Series to Watch Right Now
As interesting as it can be boring, history has its moments. Thanks to the History Channel, a host of these most memorable and historical moments have been reimagined and catalogued in various origina...
'Designated Survivor' Losing More Than Just A Senator — And Twitter Is Mourning The Loss
Any fan of ABC political drama Designated Survivor will tell you that Speaker of the House Kimble Hookstraten owned her role as the designated survivor of the Republican party. A formidable opponent f...