Helen Razer
is a writer and broadcaster. She is The Saturday Paper’s television critic and gardening columnist.

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Television October 29, 2016

ABC TV’s ‘Rosehaven’

In Rosehaven, Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola have delivered a comedy comparable to Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, with the wit to reflect on life’s disappointments without eschewing laughs.

Television October 01, 2016

Australia’s best TV drama, ‘Offspring’

At the pinnacle of Australian drama, Offspring presents likeable female leads who can be enjoyed free of moral qualification.

Television June 25, 2016

ABC TV’s ‘Cleverman’

Breaking from TV's tradition of explaining Indigenous causes, the ABC’s sci-fi drama Cleverman makes no attempt to heal or instruct.

Gardening June 04, 2016

El Niño, La Niña and flowering annuals

With the Bureau of Meteorology declaring El Niño over, the time is ripe for gardeners to replant.

Television May 21, 2016

ABC TV’s ‘Comedy Showroom’

The ABC’s sitcom incubator Comedy Showroom includes those who mistakenly believe comedy is a tool to fix the world’s problems or protect our freedoms.

Television April 16, 2016

AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’

Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul offers the same luminous insights into society’s chinks as its predecessor.

Television February 27, 2016

Ascribing meaning to reality TV

Reality TV shows should be left as an enjoyable way to unwind, instead they’re treated as touchstones for debates that matter.

Television November 21, 2015

Aziz Ansari’s new TV series ‘Master of None’

Aziz Ansari’s smart and funny new show firmly focuses on the disappointment of commodities.

Television November 07, 2015

Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina adapted for ‘The Beautiful Lie’

While the brilliance of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina may be muddied in this TV adaptation, The Beautiful Lie remains a pleasure.