Here’s what’s coming to (and leaving from) Netflix in April

Let’s start with the bad news: Come April, the likes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and The X-Files are all leaving Netflix. So sample your favorite episodes quickly—or just go watch those shows on Hulu. As you deal with that blow, note that next month Netflix is bringing back Mystery Science Theater 3000

A slayer’s legacy: 10 pop cultural follow-ups to Buffy

A show as genre-bending and generation-defining as Buffy The Vampire Slayer was bound to have some long-lasting implications. Creator Joss Whedon quickly moved on to new series like Firefly and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., and brought his wisecrack to movies like The Avengers. Angel tried to pick up the slayer…

James Marsters on Dudes & Dragons, the end of Angel, and having fun with John Barrowman

Although he started his acting career in the theater in the ’80s and popped up in a few TV roles during the first half of the ’90s, James Marsters started down the path to proper stardom when Joss Whedon selected him to play Spike in the TV adaptation of Whedon’s 1992 film Buffy The Vampire Slayer, a gig which…

Who do you ’ship?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The late greats: 18-plus TV characters who buoyed shows midstream

Characters added in the middle of a TV show’s run get a bad rap. For every Cousin Oliver or Scrappy-Doo, there are characters who actually added something to their show, even rejuvenating a longrunning series’ later seasons. Some start as stand-ins for departed cast members, then take on expanded roles—others begin as…

Stream once and destroy: 20 great TV episodes too painful to watch twice

The prevalence of streaming video encourages television fans to re-watch their favorite episodes, poring over them for subtleties and Easter eggs they missed the first time through. But that isn’t always an option with episodes too emotionally bruising, too gory, or too awkward to watch a second time. These episodes…

Buffy / Angel: “Damage”/“You’re Welcome”

I can’t say that “Damage” is a great episode of Angel—especially in comparison to the episode that follows it—but it was a necessary one, serving to catch us up on what the rest of the Buffyverse has been up to since Spike saved the world. And if anyone’s going to tackle that assignment, it may as well be Andrew…

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