Tara Kenny


14 ENTRIES Tara Kenny is a culture writer and The Monthly’s television critic. Online, she is @slurpette.


Scene from ‘The Curse’


‘The Curse’

Nathan Fielder directs and co-stars in an erratic comedy about the performative benevolence of a couple creating a social housing reality TV show

Image of a Korean woman whose face is being clasped by a dark shadowy figure behind her.


Korean folklore comes to Western Sydney in ‘Night Bloomers’

Plus, the infamous 1970s London haunting is recreated in ‘The Enfield Poltergeist’, queer ghost hunters unite in ‘Living for the Dead’, and more

A woman wearing a gold mask, blonde wig and skimpy clothes is seen dancing. A mirror in the background shows her reflection.


K-drama ‘Mask Girl’ is a camp thriller about the need to feel seen

Plus, docuseries ‘The Super Models’ delves into nostalgic glamour, satirical comedy ‘C*A*U*G*H*T’ features local talent alongside Hollywood stars, and Australian mystery ‘One Night’ examines messy female friendships

Two young people are seen sitting next to each other on a bench at what looks like a bus stop. One looks down at their hands while the other is looking off into the middle distance.


‘Reservation Dogs’ is energising and utterly fresh television

Plus, the delightful queer romance ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’, gothic horror ‘The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart’, and ‘Only Murders in the Building’ returns for a third season

Two women sit opposite each other at a restaurant, smiling.


Midlife amiss: ‘And Just Like That’ season two

Plus, Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Full Circle’, the complex and compassionate ‘The Last Daughter’, and ‘The Real Housewives of New York’ returns for a 14th season

Lily-Rose Depp and Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye are seen in character in The Idol. They are both wearing sunglasses and sitting together on the red leather seats of what looks like a vintage car, with Tesfaye’s arm around Depp.


Sex doesn’t always sell: ‘The Idol’

Plus, Sarah Snook shines in ‘Run Rabbit Run’, the second season of so-bad-it’s-almost-good ‘And Just Like That’, and ‘I’m a Virgo’ delivers social commentary with absurd humour

Aisha Dee as Cecilia looks at her phone with a distressed expression


Horror-comedy ‘Sissy’ takes a stab at influencers

Plus, ‘Safe Home’ examines family violence, ‘The Clearing’ imagines life inside notorious cult The Family, and the hit Regency romance series Bridgerton sees a spin-off in ‘Queen Charlotte’

Raquel Leviss, Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix sit together at a table with plastic cups on it


The intoxicating chaos of ‘Vanderpump Rules’

Plus, road rage escalates in ‘Beef’, patriarchy is upended in sci-fi drama ‘The Power’, and survival show ‘Alone’ comes to Australia

Image showing Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin in Succession season four


Psychological warfare reigns in new seasons of ‘Yellowjackets’ and ‘Succession’

Plus, Aussie teenagers switch schools in ‘The Swap’, Donald Glover and Janine Nabers’ psychological horror ‘Swarm’, and more

Three girls stand looking into the camera, with vaguely menacing expressions. Two have their arms crossed. There are trees in the background.


‘Bad Behaviour’ is a lesson in adolescent cruelty

Plus, a malevolent app in ‘Red Rose’, the John Ibrahim–inspired crime drama ‘Last King of the Cross’, and a fascist who flipped sides in ‘The Walk-In’

Pamela Anderson stands on a beach with arms folded, looking determined. She is wearing a white cardigan.


‘Pamela, a Love Story’ sees the ‘Baywatch’ star reclaim the narrative

Plus, Natasha Lyonne in ‘Poker Face’, tennis docuseries ‘Break Point’ and post-apocalyptic drama ‘The Last of Us’

Image from The White Lotus season 2 Image credit: HBO / Binge


‘The White Lotus’ season two

Mike White’s satire of the vacationing class fails to hold the same appeal in its second season

Image of Ayesha Madon, Asher Yasbincek, Gemma Chua-Tran, Bryn Chapman Parish, Sherry-Lee Watson, Brodie Townsend and Josh Heuston in Heartbreak High. Image © Lisa Tomasetti / Netflix


Queen bees and eshays: ‘Heartbreak High’

Netflix’s reboot of the ‘90s teen drama is a fresh and joyful distillation of Sydney youth culture

Still from Indian Matchmaking. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022


Adjust your expectations: ‘Indian Matchmaking’

While it’s refreshing compared to other reality dating shows, the second season following matchmaker Sima from Mumbai and her clients is less satisfying than the first