Craig Mathieson

Craig Mathieson
Craig Mathieson is a television critic for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, an author, and the creator of the Binge-r streaming newsletter.



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A lot to be desired: ‘Normal People’

Culture

The screen adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel is a piercing portrayal of young lovers

A nation’s convulsions: ‘The Plot Against America’

Culture

HBO’s adaptation of the Philip Roth novel is a contemporary allegory with a terrifying slow burn

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‘Stateless’: ABC

Culture

A probing drama about Australia’s mandatory detention regime focuses on the dehumanisation experienced on both sides of the razor wire

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Party of three: ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’

Culture

Australian comedian Josh Thomas brings his unique brand of comedy to the classic American sitcom format

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Streaming highlights: November 2019

Culture

‘The Crown’, ‘For All Mankind’ and ‘Dickinson’ offer new perspectives on history, and pragmatism meets pyramid schemes in ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’

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War for attention

Culture

The launch of Apple TV+ and Disney+ raises the stakes in the streaming wars

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Streaming highlights: October 2019

Culture

The anthology makes a comeback with ‘Modern Love’ and ‘Criminal’; new ‘Harlots’; and ‘Living with Yourself’ delivers low-key high-tech farce

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Streaming highlights: September 2019

Culture

‘Unbelievable’ and ‘Murder in the Bayou’ expose cultures that devalue women; ‘Shrill’ warmly challenges prejudice; and ‘The Politician’ takes student politics to another level

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Streaming highlights: August 2019

Culture

Heroes and villains take many forms in ‘Mindhunter’, ‘The Boys’ and ‘Bosch’, and the Obamas make their Netflix debut with ‘American Factory’

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