TV

Is Caviar Natural Viagra? Fishing for the Sexy Truth on ‘Bling Empire’

The odd claim about caviar and sex on Netflix’s new reality show sent me on the hunt for the truth about aphrodisiacs

The Inside Story of the $10 Banana on ‘Arrested Development’

The nearly 20-year-old bit — ‘It’s one banana, Michael. What could it cost, $10?’ — has become a battle cry in the pandemic. The show’s creators tell us how Lucille’s famous line came to be

Why Sick Patients Are So Drawn to Cable News

Battling leukemia, my mom kept turning to CNN and Chris Cuomo. It turns out that cable news has a positive effect on some hospitalized people — even though it can make healthy folks feel like trash

WandaVision’s Lazy Nostalgia Isn’t as Smart as It Thinks

The MCU’s first television series wants to point out that picket-fence America isn’t as innocent as it appears. But it’s not so much an indictment of nostalgia as a cynical exploitation of it