From “Kilmer” to “kitsch”: One issue of Entertainment Weekly defined “cool” in ‘95

For me, June 1995 was an emotional roller coaster. For the first time since 1966, my esteemed Detroit Red Wings reached the Stanley Cup Finals, only to be swept in four games by the New Jersey Devils. Shortly before coach Jacques Lemaire and his signature neutral-zone trap dashed the hopes of the Motor City, I…

The best animated series ever, from Adventure Time to whatever The Zeta Project is

The A.V. Club kicked off its A.V. To Z feature last month with a rundown of the best obscure Simpsons characters from chimpan-A to chimpan-Z. Now we’re back with another look at animation—albeit a broader one. This time, writers sifted through the hundreds if not thousands of animated shows that have graced the small…

“I got a beep from Kim”: 24 pop-culture windows into the world of 1992 

1. Singles accidentally mythologizes Seattle just as the rest of the world became obsessed with it
Though Nirvana’s Nevermind was released in 1991, it didn’t actually hit the top of the Billboard charts until January of 1992. The album’s ascendance also signaled the rise of grunge to national recognition, even though…