A thorough new biography chronicles the rise and fall of the big, Jewish self-destructive funnyman
Another Tattler prediction come true: AMC’s 1960s New York drama series returns—full of ascendant Jews
As HBO’s medieval fantasy Game of Thrones returns, imagining a Jewish version of the Seven Kingdoms
The hit period-specific PBS drama glosses over a crucial detail of 1920s England: anti-Semitism
Is the free-associating tour guide and hipster icon, star of a Hulu original series, the hidden saint of our times?
The Rankin-Bass animated specials are yuletide staples, so why do they look Jewish and sound gay?
A series airing during Ramadan traffics in anti-Semitic themes but may show an evolving attitude toward Israel
How the cancer victim at the center of the AMC series justifies my skepticism of Holocaust survivors
Bravo’s talk-show host, author of the new memoir Most Talkative, is heir to a gossipy tradition in television
The Julia Louis-Dreyfus series takes a religious approach to comedy, which makes it both funny and profound
The born-again ABC show offers Kristin Chenoweth, camp, and TV that doesn’t require Talmudic analysis
Egypt’s famous comic actor was on trial this week for offending Islam. But for Israeli kids, he was a beloved face on state TV’s weekly Arab Movie.
Mad Men, whose sixth season premiered Sunday, revives the 1960s, an era when Jewish culture and American pop began to meld
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