television

I Was the First Out Trans Man on ‘Naked and Afraid’

“It’s a weird life being a publicly naked guy,” Quince Mountain tells me.  Mountain is a recently victorious contestant on Naked and Afraid, in which…

An Oral History of Showtime’s ‘Red Shoe Diaries’

In the late 1980s, Showtime was in a bind. The rise of VHS rentals had slowed the steady growth of premium cable networks for both…

‘Vanderpump Rules’ and Why Guys Rip Off Their Shirts Before Fighting

I think about the Las Vegas trip on season one of Vanderpump Rules a lot.  The cast of Bravo’s reality show about the waitstaff at…

The Only Way to Watch Peak TV Is to Binge on It a Decade After It’s Peaked

Watching TV with my dad is a fairly unfocused experience. He’s the classic channel-flipper, always searching for some unexpected gem among the 500 cable channels…