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Resistance and representation on demand: The TV landscape for summer 2019

(L-R) Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern in a scene from Se
Shailene Woodley from left, Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern in a scene from Season 2 of “Big Little Lies.”
(Jennifer Clasen / HBO)

The revolution is being televised after all.

On streaming platforms, a rebellion against powerful political, social and cultural forces is growing stronger than ever.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is eerily channeling American women’s fears over the future of reproductive rights. The four-part series “When They See Us is powerfully capturing the racial bias and inequities in the criminal justice system.

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Netflx, Hulu and other platforms are also challenging the old rules of the casting game and increasing the visibility of communities vastly underrepresented on screen.

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And on cable, women across the socioeconomic divide are making trouble and challenging the patriarchy in both “Big Little Lies” and “Claws.”

‘Big Little Lies’ cast wants Season 2 to encourage women to unite and ‘make mistakes together’ »

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On this week’s episode, The Reel explores the shows that have sprung forth from the cracks where network executives have feared to tread.

Guest hosts Lorraine Ali (@LorraineAli,) The Times’ TV critic, and Jen Yamato (@JenYamato,) a Times film reporter, sit in for Mark Olsen (@IndieFocus.)

Later on, Olsen is back to dive deeper into “Big Little Lies.” The HBO hit was originally envisioned as a one-off, single-season series, but fans demanded more from the Monterey Five.


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