Alison Herman

Editorial Assistant

Alison Herman spends almost as much time on Netflix as she does on HBOGo. A California transplant, she currently studies history at Columbia University. Her writing has also appeared in Eater, First We Feast, and The Eye magazine.

Features

This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Greased Lightning

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There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, the live musical continues to gain territory, while Louis CK and Ryan Murphy each had a surprise up their sleeves.
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‘Animals’ Is More Pun-Heavy Indie Dramedy Than the Next ‘Bojack Horseman’

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A sweet, awkward beta male has trouble meeting girls. A sweet, awkward beta male has anxiety about his best friend outgrowing their relationship. A sweet, awkward beta male experiments with his sexuality. All three sound like standard plot lines of a certain kind of small-scale Sundance dramedy — the kind with tiny box office redeemed by an even tinier budget, a promising future as something to stream during a cozy night in, and a name like Swanberg or Duplass attached to it. And that’s exactly what Animals is, with just a few minor tweaks.
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Samantha Bee’s New Show Will Be On-the-Ground, Feminist, and Very Canadian

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The classic image of the American late-night show is a host in a suit, strolling out on stage to confidently lob one-liners at an adoring studio audience. In some ways, Samantha Bee fits this image perfectly; with over a decade as one of the star players on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show under her belt, she’s a seasoned and self-assured performer, able to establish a rapport with guests and viewers alike.
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‘The Magicians’ Recap: “Consequences of Advanced Spellcasting”

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With its two-hour premiere behind it, there’s only so much more time The Magicians can spend establishing Quentin’s depression turned fish-out-of-water desperation, or Julia’s downward spiral into black market magic. Episodes like “Consequences of Advance Spellcasting” are all about building out the supporting players, and Brakebills’ Sorting-like process of assigning its pupils to their disciplines gives the show the perfect opportunity to do so.
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Louis C.K. May Have Just Revolutionized Entertainment All Over Again With ‘Horace and Pete’

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This Saturday, Louis C.K. did something he’s done before. In fact, the last time he did it was almost exactly a year ago, when the comedian made up for disappointing a few thousand fans (myself, as it turned out, among them) with tickets to a canceled Madison Square Garden show by surprising a few million with a brand-new hourlong special filmed at LA’s Comedy Store, a venue considerably more intimate than the Garden. 
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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: The Truth Is Out There, Again

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There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, election madness takes a delightfully trollish turn and high-profile revivals and adaptations bring genre nerds out in spades.
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