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Everyone’s a Smurfhole or a Smurfdamned Idiot on This Smurfed-Up Smurfs Episode

Although they’re usually considered jokes nowadays, the tiny Smurfs are titans of pop culture. I’m not talking about those three live-action/CG movies that came out last decade, although they made a cool billion collectively. I’m talking about the ‘80s cartoon that ran from 1981-89, had 272 episodes, and has been distributed in more than 100 countries. The Smurfs are beloved around the world – a feat that only gets more impressive when you remember how bewilderingly terrible the cartoon could be. Read More >>

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Apple’s Best Show is an Alt-History Cold War Epic about Moon Missions with Women

For the last month, I’ve been struck with a problem I fear far too few people have been struck with. I’ve been confusing my sharply written sci-fi shows that use alternative history to explore the ways we marginalise whole groups of people. Watchmen has explored the travesties America has committed against black people, while Apple TV+’s For All Mankind explores the absurdity of sexism. Read More >>