Like religion, TV shows must understand how to tell stories over time if they hope to endure. The Simpsons gets it. Downton Abbey doesn’t.
The nebbish is the bumbling caricature of a Jewish male, embodied by figures like Woody Allen and George Costanza. Where did he come from?
Sarah Silverman seemed poised to usher in a new generation of secure, sexual, and powerful female comics. Instead, she went for empty shocks and cheap laughs.
Patti Stanger, host of the Bravo reality show Millionaire Matchmaker, is the iconic antidote to the bloated expectations and self-delusion of our times
A show about intermarriage, Mad About You never once mentioned religion. It’s a monument to the comedic dangers of ethnic cleansing.
‘Jewish al Jazeera’ set to launch, broadcasting in English to the Middle East
Rescue Me, ending a seven-year run on FX, was the best artistic engagement with Sept. 11, and with the wounds New York sustained that day
The new Lifetime reality show Russian Dolls portrays the Russian-American Jews of Brighton Beach as celebrating neither America nor their Judaism but the freedom to be stereotypically Russian
Phineas and Ferb, a smart and fantastically frenetic Disney animated show, features two kids who are curious, inventive, polite, community-minded—everything Jewish parents want their kids to be
Like this week’s parasha, TV’s fall lineup—with shows about Playboy bunnies, sultry stewardesses, and pretty P.I.s in tight pants—offers women nothing but humiliation
This week’s parasha, a discussion of the sabbatical year, should serve as a reminder that the most precious thing we have is free time. And it’s time we stopped wasting it in front of the television.
The period between Passover and Shavuot is traditionally a time for reflection; parents would do well to reflect on just how awful most live-action TV programming for kids is
The Promise, a British miniseries about Israel at its founding and today, has been criticized by some Jewish groups as biased propaganda. But it’s a fair and compelling dramatization that deserves to be widely seen, not demonized.
What are Jewish parents to do when every show on television drips with Christmas cheer? Here are four strategies for managing your children’s expectations in this most un-Jewish time of year.
A hit Israeli reality-TV show makes something smart, layered, and truthful from a genre’s usual mush
Fred Flintstone, who turned 50 last week, was voiced by a New York Jew who modeled his delivery on the immigrants he grew up among
When fast-food-induced hallucinations of Chelsea Clinton precede Yom Kippur, extreme measures must be taken
‘Survivor’ meets ‘E.R.’ meets Jerusalem
Gosselin tells parenting blog he loves Jews, shops at Zabar’s
Seth MacFarlane’s Fox series just got a lot Jewier
Jewish Journal has questions; Baltimore Sun has answers
Jewish-themed ‘Sesame Street’ is back, now with Gyllenhaal and Messing
Our parenting columnist tunes in to the world of TV
Disgraced Israeli TV star found hanged in prison cell
Modest ‘Blossom’, cups of Israeli Joe, and more
Why? Because…why not!
Democrat Ethan Berkowitz considers an Alaska run
An appreciation of Norman Lear
And—who knew?—gay, too
The Golem migrates from Prague to Springfield