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The Pfefferman Chronicles

New season of ‘Transparent’ goes deeper, shining light on gender and Judaism in America.

09/28/2016 - 11:21
Culture Editor

A pet turtle that was lost for 30 years emerges from behind a wall on the third episode of the new season of “Transparent.” This shocks the Pfeffermans, who have all gathered to celebrate the birthday of Maura, their once patriarch named Mort, now their “Moppa.” Played by Jeffrey Tambor, she lets them know she prefers to be called “Mom.”


‘UnREAL’ Star Shiri Appleby: Jewish, Feminist Antihero

07/19/2016 - 12:58

In the world of television, Rachel Goldberg is a rare character: a Jewish, female antihero. She’s the main character in “UnREAL,” a scripted drama on Lifetime about the behind-the-scenes world of a “The Bachelor”-type reality show called “Everlasting.”

Shiri Appleby plays Rachel Goldberg on Lifetime’s “UnREAL.” Wikimedia Commons

From Groucho Marx To Seinfeld, Jewish Jokes Dominate Top 100 List

02/04/2016 - 12:08

New York Magazine’s culture section, Vulture, this week published a mega-listicle, “The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy.” With the help of comedians and historians of comedy, the magazine’s editors compiled the most important jokes ever uttered — from Charlie Chaplin making dinner rolls dance to Louis C.K. dissing his daughter.

Jerry Seinfeld speaking onstage at the 2015 Hulu Upfront Presentation at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, April 29. JTA

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: The CW’s Newest Jewish Comedy

Reminiscent of 'Seinfeld' and 'Broad City,' this musical dramedy doesn't shy away from its protagonist's MOT status.

10/28/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Vice calls CW's new show “The best TV show you’re not watching" because it "combines the ribald humor and ... of Broad City with Seinfeld's obsession with social minutiae while jacking up the pacing to 30 Rock–levels of freneticism.”

Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch, a successful New York lawyer who moves to California to try to reunite with her ex-boyfriend. CW

The Biggest Noisemaker Of Them All

From the Borsch Belt to Broadway, Mel Brooks has spent a career spotting ‘the insane in the commonplace.’
05/16/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When writing about Mel Brooks the temptation is to try and be as funny, as just plain nuts as your subject. That’s a sucker play, so even thought it might look appealing, only a mug would try to compete with the subject of Robert Trachtenberg’s long overdue PBS documentary “Mel Brooks:

Mel Brooks: From Williamsburg to international fame.  Michael Grecco

The Unlikeliest Rescue Mission

‘50 Children’ documents the improbable Shoah story of Philadelphia’s Eleanor and Gilbert Kraus.
03/27/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Growing up in the 1960s in New York City and Connecticut, Liz Perle, who later worked in the publishing industry here, heard some vague stories about her grandparents’ exploits in Europe the year before World War II broke out.

Robert Braun, right, now 84, one of the children saved by the Krauses. Photo courtesy HBO

Ben Stiller To Star in HBO Series About Jewish Family

01/25/2012 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Ben Stiller reportedly has signed on to direct, produce and star in an HBO original series about a Jewish family called “All Talk.”

The script is being written by Jonathan Safran Foer and the series, set in Washington, will co-star Alan Alda.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show is billed as “politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually and sexually irreverent.

Shooting is set to begin in the fall.

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