Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

Conceding reality TV’s soft-core promise

Tina and Chris in TLC’s “Buying Naked.”


Naked-centric reality TV shows have proliferated. The dating shows have gotten boring? Then have the contestants do stripteases.

Game On

// A little extra work pays off with ‘Point Perfect’

The video game is a quirky side-scrolling shoot-’em-up newly released for PC (available on Steam) by Highcastle Studios.

TV Ticket: Television

Matthew Gilbert’s picks for what to watch on TV.


// The case of ‘Masters of Sex’

Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” is a smart, methodical series, as it works to pull apart a long list of once blurred-together phenomena.

Adam Butcher documented his 13-year quest to develop “Tobias and the Dark Sceptres” in the seven-minute film “The Game That Time Forgot.”

Adam Butcher, a young game developer

Butcher documented his 13-year quest to develop “Tobias and the Dark Sceptres” in the seven-minute film “The Game That Time Forgot.”

Television REview

// Being ‘Married,’ seeking ‘Satisfaction’

When a marriage is in trouble, what should a couple do? Two new series on USA and FX pose very different solutions.

Thing Tank

From Ms. Thor to #NewEspyCategories

If it’s a trend, a clip, a comment, a moment, a meme, a tag, or a topic, it’s a thing. A review of the week in things.

Ian Ziering as Fin in a scene from “Sharknado 2: The Second One.”

‘Sharknado 2: The Second One’: Viewers react on Twitter

“Sharknado 2: The Second One” premiered on SyFy Wednesday night, and with that has come a Twitter storm of reaction.

// HBO on top at annual Television Critics Association awards

The premium network scored four of the 12 awards for two of its shows, gripping police drama “True Detective” and political comedy “Veep.”

Television REview

In ‘The Lottery,’ extinction is not just science fiction

The Lifetime show gives us a world paralyzed by infertility.

Television Review

Big Papi shines in ‘David Ortiz In the Moment’

If the Red Sox hero ever ran for mayor of Boston, the new Epix documentary could serve as his campaign film.

Television Review

‘You’re the Worst’: Cynicism run amok

For Gretchen and Jimmy in FX’s new sitcom, throwing insults at each other is a form of flirtation.

Television REview

‘The Divide’ aims high with death-row drama

The WE television show is yet another series hoping to remind us that sometimes the guilty get off scot-free.

What's on TV tonight

// Critic’s corner: What’s on TV this weekend

Sarah Rodman’s TV guide, including “David Bowie: Five Years” on Showtime.

Summer Arts Preview

special section

// The sizzling summer of arts

Transforming the Clark Art Institute, Newport Jazz Festival, plus 90 critics’ picks.