James C. Loftis, University of North Texas
After several changes and updates, the sci-fi game about exploring alien worlds is finally delivering on what it originally promised its fans.
Emma Smith, Wesleyan University
Hulu’s ‘Love, Simon’ spin-off, with its complex story about sexuality and understanding oneself, is just what the teenage high school television canon needs.
Imani Benberry, Columbia University
Social media stars exhibit grand houses representing an ideal, home ownership, that is increasingly hard to come by for the average millennial. Millennials might not want it anyway.
Chase Cutarelli, Columbia University
So-called ‘portal fantasy’ reveals the awe, fear and transformative power of traveling to another world — one that might be appealing in our present dystopia.
Abigail Campos, University of Texas at San Antonio
Just because the author has revealed her transphobia doesn’t mean fans have to completely abandon the the franchise. Instead, they can reclaim it.
Mitchell Tanaka, Chapman University
Alan Moore’s comics explored a character’s psyche that continues to resonate with contemporary politics, albeit for the wrong reasons.
Caleb Mullenneaux, St. Olaf College
The acclaimed director has consistently probed difficult questions throughout his career. His latest feature is no exception.
Chris Dang, University of California, Riverside
New Spider-Men? New villains? There’s loads of potential in the upcoming follow-up to the web-slinger’s 2018 smash hit.
Kaitlyn Nuebel, University of Pittsburgh
Apple TV+’s latest series uses letters from people all over the world to demonstrate the impact one person can have.
Madalyn Watson, Baylor University
Journalists must confront the controversies and mistakes of past reporters in order to do right by their subjects and their organizations.
Megan Stager, University of Pittsburgh
Famous vloggers romanticize traveling alone, but it’s not everything it’s made out to be.
Ailun Shi, UC Berkeley
By focusing on inequities and double standards in gender, race, relationships and family, this standup is proving herself to be one of the most timely comedic voices today.
It isn’t safe to host parades and parties this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some LGBTQ pride in your living room.
Luke Gair, Sewanee: The University of the South
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? A gay sponge, according to Twitter speculation. The ocean eccentric is helping to normalize the LGBT community on TV.
Anna Swenson, Butler University
The Hulu miniseries uses everyday scenes to take on an all too persistent problem in the fight for racial equality.
Brian Xi, University of California, Berkeley
Traveling often feels expensive and out of reach. However, these two show viewers that seeing the world doesn’t have to be difficult.
Hannah Reynoso, University of Iowa
Incorporating a more racially diverse cast on the reality show is long overdue, and necessary to combat the program’s racial exclusivity.
Emma Tavangari, UC Berkeley
Previously focused on top-of-the-line ingredients and complex recipes, chefs and magazine editors have switched to pantry staples and cooking with just a few people.
Nora Markey, Wesleyan University
Netflix’s original series seeks to introduce its audience to a firsthand view of the challenges facing Black university students.
Olivia Dimond, Bates College
A departure from the lighthearted comedy you might normally expect from Judd Apatow, this film is engaging, heartfelt and real.
The protagonist of Insomniac Games’ brand-new title is leaving comic enthusiasts even more excited about the franchise’s newest installment.
Reem Farhat, Fordham University
Here’s a starting point for educating yourself about the history and effects of racial inequality in the United States.
Not everyone has the time or money to really pursue fitness. This YouTuber is making it easier for anyone to get into a solid workout routine, all without going to a gym.
Alicia Furlan, University of Pittsburgh
The trend is attractive because it promises freedom and simplicity. But even in a tiny house, life can still be pretty complex.
Mia Kellner, University of St Andrews
Almost everything magical in the fantasy series relies on the use of animals in some shape or form. Is it even possible for a vegan to live in this world, and would they even want to?
With quarantine keeping us idle in front of the TV, taking the time to instead record ourselves will reinvigorate our lives despite an uncertain future.
Elias Khoury, University of Michigan
Despite his smaller following than many, the progressive talk show host has repeatedly proven his skill in the YouTube debate arena.
Celebrate the SpaceX launch by exploring the vastness of the cosmos from the comfort of your own home.
Gabrielle Pascal, Hofstra University
American pop culture has been defined by black excellence for decades. From Gordon Parks to Aaliyah, black artists continue to influence the new generation.
Breakups are hard. These five films will make crying, self-reflection and moving on easier than a tub of ice cream can.
The Mason family left an imprint on the West Hollywood queer scene with their shop. Years later, members of the community talk of its unwavering relevance.
Robert Pattinson (Battinson?) takes over for Batfleck, leading a new trilogy of movies about everyone’s favorite Caped Crusader.
Juliana Fujii, Biola University
Although the movie wants to inspire teens to ‘find themselves,’ the shallow plot instead leaves viewers looking for someone else to change their lives.
The new docuseries for Apple TV+ emphasizes the importance of the LGBTQ community and its appearance on television.
Katherine Brand, University of Michigan
Protagonists Mae and George must learn to navigate their evolving romance while dealing with insecurities about sexuality and addiction.
The ‘Star Wars’ actor expected backlash for his support of Black Lives Matter, but what he found was just the opposite. Here are some parts that would suit him in the future.
Jackie Sizing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The competition is fierce. Who’s going to take home the crown?
Farah Javed, CUNY Baruch College
Digital classes bleed into the summer as companies like MasterClass and CourseHorse continue to educate people from the comfort of home.
Srishti Tyagi, Cornell University
The Black Lives Matter movement contextualizes and highlights the botched themes of the sequel to the beloved ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’
Aubrey Doerr, Chapman University
During times like these, creatives have way too much time on their hands. One result: killer web comics with deadly serious undertones.
Emilia Chavez, Rice University
Visit Paris, Machu Picchu and the International Space Station — no physical travel required.
Strong lead performances from Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae make up for the weaknesses in this rom-com murder caper’s script.
Enduring trials and tribulations while on the air, creator Dan Harmon’s show has finally garnered some long overdue popularity.
For fans who just finished the series, leaving the world they’ve come to love just isn’t an option. Fortunately, they don’t have to.
Danielle Kuzel, Florida State University
Steve Carrell is working with ‘The Office’ producer Greg Daniels and a few other big names on this warm, satirical Netflix series.
This French detective series, which has evoked comparisons to ‘Twin Peaks,’ will have viewers obsessed with a small town in France where nothing is at it seems.
Yasmeen Ludy, University of Michigan
In an interview with Jada Pinkett-Smith, the actress tries to come to terms with the death of Nipsey Hussle and shares the impact that gang violence has had on her life.
Though the nine-film saga is complete, a whole galaxy of potential new storylines and characters awaits for fans to discover in upcoming projects being developed.
Amazon Prime’s new series updates the afterlife to Heaven 2.0.
The new Netflix documentary sheds light on the women who accused Epstein and the failures of the justice system that delayed his prosecution.
Starr Shapiro, Columbia University
The solution to Broadway’s struggles during the pandemic might be the solution to theater’s accessibility issues even when social distancing ends.
Amidst recent injustices and unrest, Instagram illustrators are using their works to support activists and to call attention to Black victims of racist violence.
The best Starfleet captain is back, but the franchise’s futuristic techno-utopia is a little more complicated now.
Audrey Martin, Boston University
Can shows about the police foster discussion, or do even well-intentioned cop shows ultimately provide ideological cover for police violence?
People are watching illegally recorded videos of Broadway shows now more than ever. Will this lead to larger audiences after the pandemic? Or will it lead to the demise of theater?
Abigail Adeleke, University of Miami
The Netflix miniseries covers the 1993 siege and highlights the tremendous power David Koresh had over his followers.
Hannah Docter-Loeb, Wesleyan University
John Krasinski’s new web series on YouTube promotes a more optimistic outlook even in these trying times.
Anna Barnard, St. Olaf College
Because of the virus, many theater companies have closed indefinitely — with these platforms, however, you won’t have to miss a thing.
The movie isn’t just a musical. It tells a story of injustice and revolt that parallels our modern political climate.
Your online presence is an important tool for demonstrating support for black voices.
Although the 2011 thriller seems startlingly prescient in our current situation, the film fails to capture how people socially adapt during a global outbreak.
Madelyn Haasken, Bemidji State University
With popular trends like the ‘back profile challenge’ and ‘what I eat in a day’ videos, the social media app is encouraging body image negativity.
COVID-19 has postponed Cannes and Tribeca, making room for internet-only alternatives. Can these newcomers match what made their in-person predecessors so great?
Kayla Johnson, Bradley University
Using the small publishing platform, the ‘After’ author was able to make a name for herself — and at the same time, raise the possibility that others could do the same.
S. T. Perez, Texas A&M University, San Antonio
Arriving in October, the trailer for the film almost guarantees it will please fans with the director’s trademark visual style and cast of quirky characters.
Angel Lin, University of California, Santa Barbara
Twitter extends beyond news about celebrities; it’s the perfect platform for microfiction, micropoetry and other creative writing.
Kaelani Ramirez, Arizona State University
Despite airing 15 years ago, this program’s return to the streaming platform proves its status as a groundbreaking piece of art.
Alyssa Alexander, SUNY Buffalo State
The fourth season of the HBO comedy-drama focuses on Issa and Molly’s friendship, as well as important issues like toxic masculinity and postpartum depression. Let’s discuss.
The impact of the virus is changing everything in its wake.
Nanda Illahi, Okayama University
This action movie examines the discontent boiling beneath the surface of the Korean economic powerhouse.
Lisa Lilianstrom, Northern Illinois University
The villain from the iconic ’80s movie is all grown up and looking for redemption in this new YouTube Premium series.
Kayla Placide, University at Buffalo
Will this new indie video game surpass the popularity of the long-running EA franchise?
Nina Dutta, Occidental College
Pawnee’s Parks and Recreation Department reminds viewers about the importance of laughter and supporting one another during quarantine.
Here are some hints for getting more views to get your channel running along.
Simple puzzle games have been shown to increase focus, so why not try to win something at the same time?
The Hulu show examines the dark side of the perfect suburban existence.
Brian Anderson Gil, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
The French New Wave director who practically became a genre unto himself has inspired countless filmmakers, including the likes of Quentin Tarantino.
If you’re running a business or side hustle, those followers don’t mean anything if they’re not buying something.
Janani Mangai Srinivasan, Wake Forest University
The 6-year-old lead character of the long-running manga and anime not only investigates crimes, but the culture of his native land as well.
Lauren Buchko, Michigan State University
The actor uses social media to highlight important causes, as well as push back against people who romanticize his starring role as a sociopath.
Liberty High will hopefully find some closure in this controversial Netflix series.
Set against the backdrop of Malaysia’s infamous 1969 race riots, this young adult novel and webtoon deals with the horrors of prejudice and trauma.
Katherine McLaughlin, The New School
In a world where entertainment used to be about fantasy, these web series simply present the everyday existence of regular people.
Desiree Jaime, Hofstra University
The latest iteration of the long-running reality show franchise mixes song and romance.
You might think the Netflix original just provides a twist on the love triangle trope, but you don’t know the half of it.
The rapper and comedian, real name Dave Burd, opens up on his autobiographical FXX television show.
Three years after leaving his original comedy channel, the YouTuber is branching out while still staying true to his hilarious roots.
Sarah Stager, University of Pittsburgh
The famous YouTuber has stirred up his fair share of controversy, but how much of the ire directed his way is really because of corporate resentment for independent creators?
When does the need for entertainment turn justice into just more pop culture fodder?
The hit series provides a fascinating look into a group of teenagers navigating their own adventures off the North Carolina coast.
Michelle Young, Simon Fraser University
The new coming-of-age drama explores what it means to love one another — and yourself
Asha MacKay, Wellesley College
With their 31 year age difference, Big Ed and Rose are provoking an age-old discussion about love.
Kate Carter, Middle Tennessee State University
Kali Johnson, Gustavus Adolphus College
Instead of harsh judges and fierce competition, this program offers friendly cooperation and the fun of working together.
Janella Tibbetts, Framingham State University
The anime will leave you with an endless amount of questions that you’ll be begging to have answered.
The app can help you memorize phrases, but you probably won’t be able to carry a conversation with a native speaker.
The digital symbols have had a huge impact on the way we communicate, whether we like it or not.
The K-pop group’s loyal fan base, known as the BTS ARMY, has run into some pushback in their quest to pump up views on platforms like YouTube.
While she plays a supporting role in the series, this working-class single mother combines tenderness and a strong moral center to anchor the show.
The second video game based off of the popular anime series ‘My Hero Academia’ has been released, but what have they improved?
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