Tag Archives: television

Supercontext: Steven Universe

Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar has developed a warm, well thought out approach to family cartoons. We look at her goals, Cartoon Network’s business plans and the fight in fandom over how this show represents diverse identities. 

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Supercontext: The West Wing, Season 1

With a comparison of their staff rosters, we try imagining a television show that idolizes the White House today, the way The West Wing did in 1999. Believe it or not, Aaron Sorkin’s fantasy of public service let some people admire civics again.

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Supercontext: Who Killed Mulaney?

What went wrong with comedian John Mulaney’s debut sitcom? Was it network interference? Formatting? Or did the creator just take on too much? We discuss the differences between irony and sincerity in television humor to try to understand this show’s cancellation.

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Supercontext: Mr. Robot, Season One

This episode we try to understand how a television show about anti-capitalism was distributed by a corporate network. Did tapping into the “angry young man” archetype allow Mr. Robot to predict Donald Trump’s presidency?

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