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The Sopranos ep that came closest to depicting what a dream is like

“I had the craziest dream,” we’ll often say, mostly as a disclaimer out of subconscious embarrassment over the fact that every single one of our dreams are completely bananas. Dreams are endlessly fascinating, unknowable things, but (much like smoking weed) film and television rarely get them right, often going too over the top with their depiction and/or using them as unequivocal plot devices to let you know what is preoccupying the protagonist. It’s become a trope, the character swiftly sitting up in bed in a cold sweat over what they just experienced, and the truth is messier than that; dreams are swirling maelstroms of thoughts, feelings, experiences and anxieties - sometimes mundane, sometimes profound, sometimes poetic, sometimes stupid.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer would have had her work cut out in 2017

It is 20 years since Sarah Michelle Gellar appeared as Buffy on our TV screens and the show's themes of pluralism versus tyranny resonate more than ever today. What she would make of Donald Trump in power, who is fundamentally at odds with the ethical world of Buffy?

Why 24 is going on without Jack Bauer

The 10th series of the addictive real-time thriller, which returns to our screens without Sutherland, stars Cory Hawkins as a US army sergeant who has just 24 hours to stop a terrorist outrage