One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

Netflix’s revival of the ‘70s series is TV’s warmest, most welcoming family comedy. Netflix’s One Day at a Time probably shouldn’t be as good as it is. The 1970s sitcom it’s based on was one of the less creatively successful shows made under the auspices of legendary TV producer Norman Lear, and recent TV history is littered with remakes and reboots that struggle to prove they have a reason to exist. What a relief, then,…

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German regulators tell Tesla to drop ‘gas savings’ from pricing

German regulators tell Tesla to drop ‘gas savings’ from pricing

Tesla will stop factoring estimated fuel savings into the price of its cars in Germany, according to Reuters. The German Centre for Protection against Unfair Competition said Wednesday that Tesla agreed to be more straightforward with pricing on its website by March 20th. The order pages of Tesla’s website currently feature multiple prices for each car, including ones that include “incentives and gas savings.” These adjusted prices show up next to the pictures of the…

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PEN15

PEN15

Hulu goes back to middle school and back to the year 2000 for a terrific coming-of-age comedy. There are so many ways that Hulu’s PEN15 could have gone wrong. For one thing, the series stars creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle — two women in their 30s — as 13-year-olds. And even though Erskine and Konkle look younger than their actual age (especially in costumes and makeup designed to make them look younger), they in…

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Russian Doll

Russian Doll

Netflix’s new dramedy is a beautiful, darkly funny journey through spiritual healing. Netflix’s Russian Doll is one of those out-of-nowhere success stories the streaming service seems to occasionally stumble upon — an almost perfect, beautifully constructed season of television you’ll struggle to not devour in one big gulp. It’s also a brilliant showcase for Natasha Lyonne, its co-creator and star, who also wrote and directed episodes across the eight-episode first season. She plays Nadia, a…

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The House easily passed Democrats’ anti-hate resolution, with some Republicans dissenting

The House easily passed Democrats’ anti-hate resolution, with some Republicans dissenting

Democrats passed the resolution at the end of a fraught week. It came after Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments last weekend. The House of Representatives passed a broad resolution on Thursday to condemn hateful speech and expression, including both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. The vote comes after first-term member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) sparked controversy with her comments on Israel. The initial resolution, which some senior Democrats began drafting in the wake of her latest comments over…

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Miracle Workers

Miracle Workers

TBS’s goofy comedy makes genial fun of heavenly bureaucracy. There are times when Miracle Workers, a new limited series comedy on TBS, feels a little like those Twitter threads where God designs animals and the angels react in horror — but reimagined as a workplace comedy. And then there are times when the show captures some of the loopy, bittersweet vibe of creator Simon Rich’s previous series, the three-season FXX sketch rom-com Man Seeking Woman….

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Better Things

Better Things

FX and Pamela Adlon offer a tremendously insightful comedy. Pamela Adlon has long been one of TV’s secret weapons. Her mere presence has lent everything from King of the Hill to Louie a welcome shot of acidic wit. But the hazy, lovely FX comedy Better Things demonstrates just how much Adlon has always been one of the medium’s sharpest, wittiest minds. The actress, who also created and directed every episode in seasons two and three,…

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Documentary Now!

Documentary Now!

IFC’s hyper-specific documentary parody still exists. Thank goodness. It’s easy to appreciate the ferocity with which IFC’s gleefully silly Documentary Now!, now in its third season, takes on nonfiction filmmaking. Every episode mocks a different famous documentary, with Saturday Night Live vets Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers (who all co-created the series) making gleeful hash of everything from The War Room to Stop Making Sense to (in a brilliant recent episode) the documentary about…

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