What is it about conspiracy theories that are so compelling and beguiling? Why do conspiracy theories continue to persist? What is the relationship between technology and conspiracy theories? Is it paranoia actually a reasonable and sensible attitude in contemporary society? Might it be the only available one? This course seeks to answer these questions by examining tropes of conspiracy and paranoia in U.S. film and television. The course has a special emphasis on conspiracy films from the 1970s, such as Three Days of the Condor and The Parallax View, but we will also analyze more recent film and television such as The Truman Show, Falling Down, Homeland, and Mr. Robot.