Philadelphia Daily News television critic Ellen Gray is one of the most thoughtful TV bloggers around. Her meditations on the intersection of television and culture make for thorough and rewarding reading. Her recent piece reflecting on violence in television was one of the most thoughtful of the glut of essays we saw on the topic in the weeks after The Following made its premiere.
Gray even turned her review of the pedestrian Army Wives into an exploration of the distance between what women want and what networks think they want.
Many critics save their cultural perspective for pieces seperate from their recapping and reviewing duties; in Gray's work, her point of view shines through, even in reviews of reality shows that feature "the early appearance of animal excrement" (from Married to the Army: Alaska, in case you were wondering).