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Editors' Pop Culture Picks

The things we watched, listened to and streamed while enjoying the crisp autumn weather


Although "Game of Thrones" will undoubtedly continue to be HBO's crown jewel, newcomer "Westworld" is poised to be the network's next great hit. The sci-fi drama has stunning visuals of otherworldly technology and sweeping wild west landscapes, not to mention the phenomenal cast that includes veterans like James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood. The strange premise of a fantasy world designed to satisfy human desires is explained well by the end of the pilot, so don't worry about feeling lost in the writers' imaginations. Although the show is only two episodes in, I'm already hooked -- HBO has done it again. (Abbey Gingras, Magazine Editor and Social Media Coordinator)


Over the past few years, television has seen the rise of the half-hour dramedy -- shows that, while set up like traditional sitcoms, break ground by deftly balancing witty humor with devastating emotional drama (see "Casual," "Catastrophe," "Transparent," etc.). While most of these are brilliant in the way they subvert traditional genre boundaries, Stephen Falk's "You're the Worst" is without a doubt the best of the lot. The show received critical acclaim last season for its brutally accurate depiction of depression, and it's continuing its exploration of mental illness this season by delving into Edgar's PTSD, a storyline they've held on the back burner since the pilot. The dazzling fifth episode thrusts us into Edgar's point of view, showing us the horrors he must confront everyday. The show's clever writing and masterful acting combine to create what has gradually become one of the best and most honest shows on television. (Devon Shuman, Culture Editor)


After Sunday's debate, I knew exactly what I would be listening to on my walk to class the next day -- the lastest episode of the NPR Politics Podcast. The show, in which some of NPR's top reporters offer commentary on the week's events in politics, is exactly what it purports itself to be -- reporters talking to listeners like they talk to each other. It's an election season essential. (Emily Williams, Managing Editor)