PHILLIP MACIAK

I’m a writer, editor, and teacher living in St. Louis.

I edit the TV section at The Los Angeles Review of Books.

My book, Avidly Reads Screen Time, will be out in May 2023 from New York University Press.

I’m represented by Akin Akinwumi at Willenfield Literary Agency.

I keep a semi-regular newsletter about television and the other art forms (film, the novel) it has allegedly killed. It’s called City Chicken, and you can subscribe here.

Selected Criticism

“Close Magic: Derek DelGaudio’s Illusions of Other People”The Los Angeles Review of Books / 4.1.21.

“Dance Yourself Clean: Lovers Rock The Crown” / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 12.29.20.

“On Not Seeing Tenet”Slate / 8.31.20.

“L.A. Hallucinations: The Spiritualism of Better Things / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 8.26.20.

Frog & Toad & Me”Slate / 7.3.20.

“Process Stories, or Who Loves the Sixers?” / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 4.13.20.

“Dear Television vs. the Psychometric Personality Quiz” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 4.7.20.

“The Year in Yelling: Catastrophe / Marriage Story / MoonstruckThe Los Angeles Review of Books / 12.31.19.

“The Good Internet is History”The Week / 11.6.19

“Why I’m a Dernie Bro” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 6.25.19.

“Themes Are For Book Reports: On Game of Thrones / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 5.13.19.

“Deep Dad: The End of The AmericansThe Los Angeles Review of Books / 6.1.18.

“Let’s All Binge-Watch Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” / Slate / 5.23.17.

“Bottle-Fed: The Girls Finale” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 4.24.17.

“Gotta Hear Both Sides: On The Handmaid’s Tale / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 5.12.17.

Westworld is Getting Old” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 12.5.16

“Who’s Afraid of Serial TV?” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 9.15.16.

“400 Blowies: Girls‘ Coming of Age, Finally” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 4.22.16.

“High Fidelity: The Marriages of Billions and The Americans” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 4.14.16.

“Are We Not Kardashians? On The People v. OJ Simpson / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 2.3.16.

Post-Cringe: The Leftovers and the Rise of Endurance TV”The New Republic / 10.14.15.

“Original Programming: On Mr. RobotThe Los Angeles Review of Books / 9.8.15.

“Gods and Bachelors: On Lifetime’s UnREALThe Los Angeles Review of Books / 7.15.15.

“The Waste Land” / Dear Television on Mad Men: The FinaleThe Los Angeles Review of Books / 5.18.15.

“Age of Olson” / Dear Television on Mad MenThe Los Angeles Review of Books / 5.4.15.

“Not Safe For Work: Mad Men‘s Art of Cursing” / Dear Television on Mad Men The Los Angeles Review of Books / 4.27.15.

“Space Station Getzinger” / Dear Television on Mad Men The Los Angeles Review of Books / 4.20.15.

“Deep Cuts: Rachel in Furs” / Dear Television on Mad Men / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 4.7.15.

“Parenthood’s End: On Television’s Children”The Los Angeles Review of Books / 2.10.15

“Dear TV on Broad City” / The Slice / January – March 2015

“Is Beyonce the Future of Digital Cinema?”Slate / 11.24.14.

“Necro-streaming: Notes on Watching a Dead Show”The Los Angeles Review of Books / 11.17.14.

“Open Concept: Why Do So Many People Watch HGTV?”Pacific Standard / 9.29.14.

“That’s Not the Way it Feels: Transparent‘s Ensemble” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 9.26.14.

“The Fall and Rise of Joan Rivers”Slate / 9.4.14.

“Get Lost: Why You Should Be Watching The Leftovers / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 8.8.14.

The Big Chill and the Quarter-Life Crisis Film” / Slate / 7.29.14.

“She’s an Astronaut: On Mad Men 7.7″ / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 5.27.14.

“Saturday Night Lost: On Maya Rudolph and SNL Nostalgia” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 5.22.14.

“Only Mothers Left Alive: On Mad Men 7.5″ / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 5.15.14.

“Plane in Vain: On Mad Men 7.1″ / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 4.15.14.

“Life After TV Death”The Daily Beast / 4.14.14.

“Arya Stark, FTW: On Game of Thrones / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 4.7.14.

“Drinking and Dancing the Night Away: On Letterman’s Retirement”Slate / 4.3.14.

“Theses on the Dance Moves of Ilana Glazer: On Broad City / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 4.2.14.

“Darkness, Yeah: On True Detective” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 3.16.14.

“Where I’m Calling From: Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1967-2014”Avidly / 2.3.14.

“Sketchy Comedy: On Broad City” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 1.27.14.

“Heavenly Creatures: On True Detective / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 1.23.14.

“Disenchantment Artists: On the Anatomy of an Actor”Slate / 1.8.14.

“No Future: The Sing-Off and the Art of A Cappella” / with Jane Hu / The Hairpin / 12.16.13.

“3 Ways of Looking at Arcade Fire” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 12.4.13.

“Trust Fumes: On Staying with Homeland / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 11.20.13.

“The Fastest Show on TV: On The Good Wife / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 11.4.13.

“Greetings from Hellmouth, U.S.A.” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 10.22.13.

“The Good Bros of Fox” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 10.16.13.

“Streaming Pam Beesly” / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 10.9.13.

“Exposing Yourself on Television: Masters of Sex / Dear Television / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 9.30.13.

“Monica Potter’s Field: On the Emmys”Press Play @ Indiewire / 9.17.13.

“Kill The Leading Man: Two Histories of 21st Century Television” / The Los Angeles Review of Books (Syndicated at Salon) / 8.14.13.

“On The Art of Rabble-Rousing: On Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth / The Los Angeles Review of Books (syndicated at Bookforum)/ 8.11.13.

“Your Urine-Soaked Life” / Dear Television on Girls, Season 3 The Los Angeles Review of Books / 1.16.14.

Dear Television on AMC’s Mad Men / Season 6

“What Sally Sees” / The New Republic / 6.24.13.

“Draper / Nixon” / The New Republic / 6.10.13.

“Status Quo Ante Bellum” / The New Republic / 5.27.13.

“The Great Man Theory” / The New Republic / 5.6.13.

“Just a Couple of Young Secretaries” / The New Republic / 4.22.12.

Matthew Weiner’s Death Obsession” / The New Republic / 4.8.13.

Dear Television on HBO’s Girls / Season 2

Girls Is Not fun.”   / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 3.20.13.

Shit Together, or The Coming of Natalia” / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 3.12.13.

Scatology/Eschatology”  / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 2.26.13

Grace Notes” / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 2.11.13.

You Probably Think This Show Is About You” / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 1.30.13.

Black Men, Republicans, et al.” / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 1.22.13.

You Wanted This, and Now You’re Getting It” / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 1.14.13.

Dear Television on FOX’s New Girl and The Mindy Project

How to Crush It” / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 10.12.12.

Groove Is In The Heart” / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 9.26.12.

Selected Earlier Criticism

Slapstick Sexposition: Girls vs. the Body Politics of HBO” / In Media Res / 1.9.13.

The Passion of the Critic: J. Hoberman, Siegfried Kracauer, and the Future of Film” / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 11.7.12.

Serial Killer: On American Horror Story & Anthology Series” / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 10.15.12.
Syndicated at Salon

The New Normal (review) / Slant Magazine / 9.10.12.

Old Media: On Aaron Sorkin” / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 7.8.12.

Everything Happened: On AMC’s Mad Men” / The Los Angeles Review of Books / 3.25.12.

Luck (review) / Slant Magazine / 1.27.12.

On Ted Danson’s White Period” / Salon / 9.21.11.

The Nina Garcia Project” / The House Next Door / 8.31.11.

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