Horrible People I Couldn’t Stop Watching

Armond (Murray Barlett) in The White Lotus. (HBO)
Here’s to the sly satire of The White Lotus.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A lthough The White Lotus turned up in the one real prestige slot in all of television — Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on HBO — I clicked on it without much interest. Indifference turned quickly into dislike. At first I considered the characters unsympathetic, but I was way off: They’re utterly loathsome. So why did I keep watching? The six-episode show’s writer-director Mike White kept slightly modulating his tone and focus in surprising, intriguing ways. What began as an apparent satire of new-plutocracy stereotypes turned into a hilarious black comedy, then a thoughtful study of disconnection and hollowness in a

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