10 tolerable—even enjoyable—uses of product placement in pop culture

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What’s missing from our list of the year’s best TV shows?

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…

Chip and Dale have a massive fight on the funniest Baskets of the season

It’s sometimes easy to forget that Baskets can be very funny. Yes, it has a pervasive melancholic tone and the underlying reality of the characters’ lives can be quite gloomy, but Galifianakis has always infused the series with a specific style of humor—a cocktail of classic vaudeville, Three Stooges-esque slapstick,…

Chip and Christine visit the Reagan library on a sweet, melancholic Baskets

Baskets has such an amiable, pleasant rhythm that it can easily be mistaken for “low-energy.” Though I suppose people who would make that charge aren’t tuning in to this kind of low-key show on a weekly basis, it’s understandable that some would check their watch more than a couple times in many of the Baskets…

Baskets switches focus to Christine and Dale as they struggle with lifestyle changes

This week’s episode of Baskets moves away from Chip and his struggles on the lam and refocuses its attention to two other main characters this season: Christine and Dale, both of whom have gone through serious changes since the end of last season. For Christine, it means adjusting to her diabetes and trying to live a…

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Chip finds a family of freaks in the season premiere of Baskets

When we last left Chip Baskets, Bakersfield’s own “professional” clown, his life was in shambles, at least more than usual. He’s forced to take a job at Arby’s after the rodeo that took him in closed down. His friend Martha started sleeping with his smug brother Dale. His wife Penelope, a woman who has openly and…

What’s missing from our list of 2016’s best shows?

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…

Game Of Thrones wins more awards as the 2016 Emmys try to topple the patriarchy

Generally, it’s not very easy to tell what the overall theme of an Emmy Awards ceremony is going to be until after Game Of Thrones or Modern Family start pulling in every award, but a specific theme started to take shape early on that then turned into a rallying cry when Transparent’s Jill Soloway won a directing Emmy…