Olivier.Olson

In addition to my academic work, I am a freelance television and film critic and co-founder—with Jane Hu, Evan Kindley, and Lili Loofbourow—of the TV criticism blog Dear Television, which has been syndicated at The New Republic and The Slice, and now provides regular, broad-ranging television coverage for The Los Angeles Review of Books. (We regularly update here: DEAR TELEVISION!) Below are a selection of my publications from Dear Television and elsewhere.

Selected Recent Criticism

“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.

“AnTENNA, UnREALAntenna Symposium on UnREAL / ed. Jason Mittell / 8.17.15.

“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 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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