Los Angeles Times

Mary McNamara

Columnist

Mary McNamara is a television critic for the Los Angeles Times. A Pulitzer Prize winner in 2015 and finalist for criticism in 2013 and 2014, she has won various awards for criticism and feature writing. She is the author of the Hollywood mysteries “Oscar Season” and “The Starlet.” She lives in La Crescenta with her husband, three children, two dogs and a hamster.

Recent Articles

  • Sorry, Ryan Lochte and Nate Parker. The talk show apology tour has collapsed

    Sorry, Ryan Lochte and Nate Parker. The talk show apology tour has collapsed

    The day after it was revealed that he and three teammates had not been randomly robbed at gunpoint during the Olympic Games in Rio, swimmer and gold medalist Ryan Lochte offered the world an apology via Instagram. It was quickly derided by many, in media mainstream and social, as shallow, boilerplate...

  • Italy's most popular TV show, 'Gomorrah,' gets imported courtesy of Sundance

    Italy's most popular TV show, 'Gomorrah,' gets imported courtesy of Sundance

    Danish, French, German, Spanish and now Italian — subtitled foreign dramas aren’t just for art-house theaters anymore. In the last few years, American television has taken on Rosetta Stone tendencies with multilingual originals (Netflix’s “Narcos,” USA’s “Queen of the South”) and artisanal imports...

  • The hug that will go down in history

    The hug that will go down in history

    On Tuesday night, former President Bill Clinton spent more than 40 minutes, and covered four decades, attempting to humanize his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. A day later, President Obama did it in three seconds, with a hug that will go down in history. Addressing the Democratic...

  • Back stories and mannerisms help Tatiana Maslany keep her many characters clearly defined

    Back stories and mannerisms help Tatiana Maslany keep her many characters clearly defined

    For four seasons of the BBC America hit “Orphan Black,” Tatiana Maslany had done the seemingly impossible: Play an ever-expanding cast of clones to disparate and desperate perfection. Raised separately and long unaware of each other, each woman — up to 12 at this point — may bear an essential similarity...

  • Republican convention notes from The Times' TV critic

    Republican convention notes from The Times' TV critic

    Hillary Clinton selects Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate July 22, 2016, 7:25 p.m. • Hillary Clinton picks Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her No. 2• How did people respond to Donald Trump's convention? Watch our daily tracking poll• Watch and read Trump's full speech, annotated by usAnd sign...

  • Trump's hop-scotching speech offers the perfect end to a bizarre race

    Trump's hop-scotching speech offers the perfect end to a bizarre race

    “The system is rigged; Bernie Sanders never had a chance.” No, that wasn’t a Bernie bro protesting outside the Democratic National Convention, it was Donald Trump finally officially accepting his party’s nomination on the final night of the Republican National Convention. Veering from chant-prompting...

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