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The Angle: Who Had the Best TV Show of 2019?

Slate’s daily newsletter on the best TV shows of 2019, House Republicans’ Ukraine report, Scientific American’s Twitter brawl, and Sterling K. Brown’s new movie.

Overwatch: In the most recent installment of the end-of-year-roundups blitz, our TV critic Willa Paskin ranks the 10 best shows of the year, from a drama-comedy about a wealthy media empire to a glass-blowing reality competition to a story about a first-generation Muslim American, and much more.

Self-own: As the impeachment inquiry rolls on, House Republicans are still attempting to defend their president, taking the step on Monday of releasing their own report on the Ukraine goings-on to exonerate Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani. The problem? The report inadvertently supports allegations of Trump’s wrongdoing, as William Saletan shows.

Tweet tweet: What happens when the fraught world of modern scientific journalism meets the battlefield of Twitter discourse? The magazine Scientific American found out recently, when an opinion piece that criticized a Twitter-famous doctor garnered outrage—and was subsequently removed from the publication’s website for muddled reasons. Susan Matthews dived into the whole brouhaha and found a much more nuanced story afoot, one that says much about the role of journalism in the social media age.

Something different: The People v. O.J. Simpson and Black Panther star Sterling K. Brown’s new film, Waves, is a little unconventional: It’s a semi-autobiographical movie by a white director (Trey Edward Shults) but with a black family cast as a stand-in for his own. Rachelle Hampton talks to Brown about the value of the film and why he decided to take on this project.

For fun: What might Baby Yoda’s first words be? A linguist speculates.

[Whispers very softly] I actually don’t think Baby Yoda is that cute,
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