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20 Years Later, ‘Legally Blonde’ Remains a Benchmark for Revenge Fantasy

The 2001 classic endures not just because of its satisfying payback story, but also its deeper, therapeutic lesson of self-acceptance

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What Will Happen to the Summer Camp Movie?

The subgenre is one of our richest resources for adolescent fantasy—but reality may now render it obsolete

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Every Party on ‘Friends,’ Ranked

A clean and easy way to get everyone in the same room, there were plenty of parties on ‘Friends.’ But some—e.g., the one where Monica and Ross’s parents fooled around in the bathroom—were not as good as others.

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For a Time, the Story of Culture Was Told Through ‘The Real World’

In the late ’90s and early ’00s, the MTV reality show was so prevalent that countless other shows and movies—from ‘Reality Bites’ to ‘Chappelle’s Show’ to ‘Scrubs’—used it as a reference point

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How Did “Barracuda” Become the Go-To Song for Scenes of Female Power?

With the needle drop of that familiar, crunchy guitar riff, ‘Birds of Prey’ became the latest to use Heart’s song, joining ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ ‘Jessica Jones,’ and … Sarah Palin

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What’s the Worst Thing About the Bad Place?

As ‘The Good Place’ comes to an end, here is a taxonomy of demons, butthole spiders, Kars4Kids jingles, and penis flatteners

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In Defense of Amy March, the Once-Derided Sister of ‘Little Women’

Thanks to Greta Gerwig’s new film, the Amy March–aissance is here

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A Ranking of All the Characters in TV’s “History, but Hot” Genre

Last Friday, Hailee Steinfeld joined illustrious company as a teen version of Emily Dickinson who slanders Henry David Thoreau and does opium at house parties. But where does she rank among the other historical figures who’ve been spiced up for television?

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An Ode to Jess Jordan, Kendall’s Tireless Assistant on ‘Succession’

Who is she? Does she sleep enough? Is she technically Kendall’s best and only friend? Does she properly hydrate? Does she get PTO?

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How VH1’s ‘I Love the…’ Created a Generation of Culture Students

In 2002, VH1 introduced the ‘I Love the…’ franchise and changed how we talk about culture, injecting entertainment into the discourse around entertainment