The quarter-life crisis is the first adult crossroads we come to in our lives… but are we really even adults when we get to it? In recent years we’ve seen a lot of attention given to quarter-life crisis stories, like Girls, Mood, We Are Lady Parts, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, High Fidelity, and Chewing Gum, as well as movies like Frances Ha, Shiva Baby, and Tiny Furniture.
Ron Swanson, the scotch-drinking libertarian walrus, is beloved by audiences of Parks and Recreation and beyond. But what makes him so appealing, even to viewers who probably wouldn’t agree with much of what he says in real life?
Delving into the world of Black characters, Black stories, Black musicians, and Black creators, the Black Voices Series looks at everything from Get Out to Lizzo to Ava DuVernay.
The Tropes, Explained
Who is the Cool Girl, the Woman-Child, the Nice Guy? Why do we love Bad Boys, Mean Girls, and Femme Fatales? All The Tropes examines some of pop culture’s most common archetypes and narratives, from the Geek to the Strong Black Woman to the Girl Next Door, to better understand the kinds of stories we tell.
Iconic Female Characters
Did you know Mean Girls’ Regina George can tell us a lot about dictators? Or that criticism of Cinderella is actually a form of victim-blaming? The Iconic Female Characters series explores the fictional women we love and what they have to say about ourselves.
At the end of Breaking Bad, did Walter White win or lose? Why did the finales of How I Met Your Mother and Dexter garner such controversy? Endings, Explained breaks down the most iconic, ambiguous, and downright baffling film and TV endings ever.