Alison Herman, The Ringer

Alison Herman

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Alison:

The Year the Streaming Bubble Burst

2022 was a year that undermined some of the core assumptions driving Hollywood’s digital revolution, and one that made it clear that the salad days of streaming are firmly behind us → Read More

The Best TV Shows of 2022

From strong debuts to long-anticipated endings, these are the series that rose to the top → Read More

The Cost of Leaping Through Time in ‘House of the Dragon’

The first season of the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel was largely a success, but compressing years of conflict into 10 hours of television leaves us with vague outlines rather than cohesive characters → Read More

Sifting Through FX’s ‘The Bear,’ the Surprise Hit of the Summer

Two critics debate the show’s successes as well as some aspects of the series that should’ve been 86’d → Read More

‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Obi-Wan’, and the Rise of TV Summer Blockbusters

Search DEK: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ wasn’t the only high-profile release over Memorial Day weekend. In this age of streaming, some of the summer’s splashiest titles are experienced from the comfort of your couch. → Read More

Welcome to the Age of Peak Tech TV

Starting this Sunday, three series centered on three infamous tech companies arrive to streaming services within three weeks of each other. It marks a new wave in television, and perhaps the end of another for startup culture. → Read More

If You Can Bear It, ‘Station Eleven’ Is Exactly What We Need Right Now

Chronicling the lead-up, onset, and aftermath of a virus that decimates 99 percent of the human population, the insightful HBO series is worth the cost to, in a sense, relive the past two years → Read More

The Best TV Shows of 2021

At the end of another long, strange, uncertain year, these are the television series worth celebrating → Read More

The Search for the Next ‘Game of Thrones’ Rolls on in a ‘Wheel of Time’

In Amazon’s latest endeavor into epic-scale TV-making, one gets the sense that the company is spending billions on their "next ‘Game of Thrones’" without thinking about why ‘Game of Thrones’ became such a smash in the first place → Read More

The 2021 Emmys Got Back to Normal

After the 2020 Emmys’ unique, remote affair, the 2021 installation on Sunday night resembled the sort of ceremonies that have become tradition over the years → Read More

Maybe ‘The Morning Show’ Isn’t As Bad As We Thought It Was

Critical reception to Season 1 was lukewarm at best, but the Apple TV+ series hit its stride in the final few episodes. Season 2? That’s another story. → Read More

How Did ‘Ted Lasso’ Become Such a Lightning Rod?

For a show that’s all but synonymous with positivity, the Apple TV+ hit has bizarrely become the subject of intense criticism in its second season → Read More

‘Loki’ Shows What the Marvel Cinematic Universe Is Missing: Romance

The centrality of the romance in Loki makes it stand out within the MCU—and signals how much potential there is in this kind of storytelling, should Marvel choose to mine it → Read More

What Does “Iconic” Mean to Ziwe? Let Her Tell You

Fresh off an interview with New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, the Showtime host chats dream guests, beauty standards, and the initial response to her show after three weeks → Read More

Live Sports Are the Next Great Battle of the Streaming Wars

Sports were initially limited on streaming services due to technological and financial constraints. But as league licensing deals expire, megacorporations consolidate, and video quality improves, a new front has opened up on the streaming battlefield. → Read More

A Moment of Reckoning Arrives in ‘Search Party’

The Season 4 finale is a turning point for the show, as Alia Shawkat’s Dory finally discovers the virtue of self-reflection → Read More

The Streaming Wars Are Turning Into a Game of Catch-up

Peacock’s addition of the WWE and HBO’s green-lighting of another ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff are big splashes, ones that also underscore just how far they have to go before challenging Netflix → Read More

‘The Office’ Is Peacock’s Hail Mary

And based on the paywall, it’s clear the streaming service knows it → Read More

‘Bridgerton’ Is a Horny, Bingeable Delight

Talk about an entrance: Shonda Rhimes has officially arrived on Netflix with a series that’s part ‘Gossip Girl,’ part Regency-era melodrama → Read More

The Best TV Shows of 2020

Television continued its relentless churn this year, producing equal parts catharsis and escape. These are the series that truly delivered on those things. → Read More