Our Top Weekend Reads
A history lesson on pandemics and their aftereffects, Putin becomes Pashinyan’s playmaker, and Selina Meyer humbles Donald Trump.
Israeli TV Spy Thriller ‘Tehran’ Flouts Stereotypes About Iran
Apple TV+ premieres series by the director of “Homeland” that captivated Israelis this summer.
How Turkey’s Soft Power Conquered Pakistan
The TV drama “Ertugrul” reveals how neo-Ottoman fantasies are finding an enthusiastic audience in a country that struggles with Saudi and Western influence.
The Great Indian Streaming Wars
The battle over the country’s future is being waged one TV screen—and smartphone—at a time.
The Occupation as Entertainment
The second season of the acclaimed TV thriller “Fauda” obscures the dark realities of Israeli rule in the West Bank.
German TV Is Sanitizing History
A new wave of historical dramas is telling the wrong stories about the country’s past.
Senators Press Justice Department on Chinese State Media Outlets Registering as Foreign Agents
If Russian outlets have to file, lawmakers ask, why not Chinese ones?
A London Television Station Has Convinced Iran the Shah Was Great
Why are young Iranians demanding the return of the Pahlavi dynasty? Media-savvy exiles in Europe.
Burns and Novick’s ‘Vietnam’ 6: Macabre, mostly
The sixth episode of the series shows us where the war's bloody unwinding began.
The 1980s American Soap Opera That Explains How Russia Feels About Everything
A look at the peculiar obsession with “Santa Barbara” in the post-Soviet experience.
The Seth Rich ‘Scandal’ Shows That Fox News Is Morally Bankrupt
The network I once respected as a necessary antidote to liberal media now peddles craven lies and Russian disinformation.
The Next Must-Watch TV Show Is Russia’s Version of ‘The Americans’
If you really want to understand how Moscow sees U.S. intelligence, turn off the congressional hearings and start watching “Adaptation.”
Iceland’s Hottest New Reality TV Show Is Just a Live Stream of Cats
It's called 'Keeping Up With the Kattarshians.'
The Shallow State
Forget the conspiracy theories. Something much more dangerous is seeking to gut our government and change the character of our society.
The Wait Is Finally Over: Chechen Leader Picks New Protege in ‘The Apprentice’-style Reality TV Show Finale
Ignore the corruption or human rights abuse allegations. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov wants you to know he’s a really great guy, and he’s got a reality show to prove it.
Modeling Trump, Chechen Leader Launches His Own ‘The Apprentice’
The leader of Chechnya made two very interesting — and different — TV appearances this week.
Can Cartoons Save Pakistan’s Children From Jihad?
A bold movement of progressive publishers and artists is bringing new comic book heroes to Pakistan’s at-risk children.
North Korea Rolls Out Its Own Authoritarian-Style Netflix
North Korea has a new video streaming service for viewers to surf TV channels or re-watch documentaries about the country's leaders.