Daddy’s finally home: 14 deadbeat TV dads who made good

From Fresh Prince to Cheers to Dawson’s Creek, the deadbeat dad is a trope TV has gone back to time and time again. Since this Sunday is Father’s Day, we decided to put a positive spin on this depressing TV tradition: the deadbeat dad who made good. Sometimes they have perfectly good reasons for abandoning their…

Jessica Jones’ stylish, sensual debut breaks new ground for female heroes

In the 2004 Marvel Comics one-shot What If… Jessica Jones Had Joined The Avengers?, writer Brian Michael Bendis jokes about Jessica Jones’ experience as a superhero: “She had a handful of ‘adventures.’ All good and all fine… but nothing they were going to make a movie about. Not even a TV movie of the week.” Bendis is…

The ones after the Super Bowl: 10 shows that capitalized on TV’s best slot

Advertisers looking to make the biggest splash possible use the Super Bowl’s massive audience as the platform. And they do so at a hefty cost—NBC commanded $4.5 million for each half-minute of commercial time during Sunday’s upcoming Patriots-Seahawks showdown. Just as advertisers have to decide whether a Super Bowl…

The story behind the things actors pick up and hold on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Alias, and more

In entertainment, an awful lot of stuff happens behind closed doors, from canceling TV shows to organizing music festival lineups. While the public sees the end product on TVs, movie screens, or radio dials, they don’t see what it took to get there. In Expert Witness, The A.V. Club talks to industry insiders about

“ONE YEAR LATER”: 12 time jumps that changed everything

1. Battlestar Galactica (2006)
Sometimes, a TV show backs itself into a story corner and isn’t sure how to get out. Before the age of heavy serialization, this was no real problem. A new story could be booted up the very next week. But as serialization increasingly became the order of the day, it got harder and harder…