Megan Basham

Megan is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine based in Charlotte, N.C. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.

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Servants and lords

Movie | Unequal station doesn’t mean unequal respect in Downton Abbey
by Megan Basham
Posted 9/20/19, 10:55 am

If you never watched Downton Abbey, the new movie is not the place to start. Those who skipped PBS’ historical drama on television will have a hard time understanding why their fellow moviegoers are so entertained by two elderly ladies bickering during a garden stroll. They’ll be utterly baffled by the eruption of cheers when a retired old butler ceases puttering in his vegetable patch and marches off to polish silver for the lady of the manor.

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On the laugh track

Television | Three broadcast sitcoms this fall range from preachy to sweet
by Megan Basham
Posted 9/12/19, 03:28 pm

These days, streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, as well as premium cable channels like HBO, are dominating watercooler conversations and sweeping up awards shows. The reign of broadcast seems well past—at least when it comes to dramas or documentaries. But sitcoms are one genre the younger outlets haven’t taken over yet. When Americans want to laugh, they still typically turn to one of the Big Four networks. Here’s a rundown of three new offerings from CBS and ABC.

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An A without an R

Movie | After the Wedding is a well-crafted, A-list drama without the expected sex scenes
by Megan Basham
Posted 8/29/19, 11:38 am

It’s strange when you realize just how much the ever-increasing levels of sex, violence, and ugliness in modern entertainment have altered our experience of watching adult-targeted dramas. Take, for instance, the new indie, After the Wedding

A gender-reversed version of a 2006 Danish film, it weaves an intriguing mystery around two powerful, dynamic women, each alpha females of a sort, though in different spheres. 

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