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The A.V. Club’s year in swag includes a finger and a KFC turntable

Every year The A.V. Club office is inundated with items promoting new TV shows, films, and the occasional book and video game. It’s an assortment of random stuff (mostly from TV shows—those studios must have big budgets for slapping their show’s names on crap). Here, we’ve collected some of the coolest stuff we…

Looking for the performance of the year? Watch 2 minutes of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Here is a very partial roster of people who were wonderful on TV in 2017: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Carrie Coon, Elisabeth Moss, Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan, Sarah Gadon, Aubrey Plaza, Issa Rae, Rachel Bloom, Viola Davis, Pamela Adlon, Ted Danson, Alexis Bledel, Allison Janney,…

The best TV scenes of 2017

Television provides so many units in which to appreciate the medium’s annual output. A series can leap to the forefront on the strengths of a single great season; if it’s running as part of the traditional broadcast calendar, those accolades might have two halves of separate seasons. Try as streaming services and…

In 2017, we had some bad news and some good news

No doubt you’re thinking, “How could there be anything good about the greasy roadkill stain that 2017 has left on the highway of American history?” It’s true that we spent much of this year staring shellshocked at our social media feeds, wondering how we got to a place where the revelation that an outspokenly…

This year’s list of the top 1,000 comedians has a perfectly 2017 spin to it

While some people may be satisfied with year-end lists consisting of 10 or even 20 entries— some of which are great and you should definitely go read them —others, like comedian Zach Broussard, set their sights a little higher. For the past four years, the L.A.-based comedian has been constructing his definitive list…

The 20 best films of 2017

2017 didn’t improve much on 2016. If anything, the horror and dread of last year only seemed to take root and blossom this year, as some of our worst collective fears were realized and the future seemed to grow dimmer with every bad-news bulletin and misjudged tweet. If there was a constant, at least for cinephiles,…

The best of film 2017: The ballots

Every December, when looking to survey the previous 12 months of movies, The A.V. Club consults its dream team: the writers who spent all year in the review trenches, knocking out thoughts on films of every shape, size, and pedigree. The fruit of that labor is our annual, aggregate top-20 list, composed from the…

The 20 worst films of 2017

Bad movies were the least of anyone’s problems in 2017. But at a time when art seems uniquely vital as a way to escape or at least meaningfully grapple with the misery of real life, the follies still stung. It was a year of lousy franchise films that just kept creeping into the multiplex like cockroaches; of lazy…

The best film scenes of 2017

Ryan Gosling slugging it out with Harrison Ford in a ballroom of holograms. Saoirse Ronan defiantly rolling out of a moving vehicle. Soldiers sitting like ducks on a beach as a German fighter plane dives menacingly out of the sky. All of the above moments—and a couple dozen more besides—would have made fine additions…

The A.V. Club’s 20 best TV shows of 2017

The A.V. Club’s picks for the top TV of 2017 carry with them a hint of escapism: otherworldly settings, larger-than-life characters, lavish costumes, talking horses, kitchens straight out of an interior designer’s wildest fantasies. Whatever could we be trying to escape from? And could we reasonably expect our glowing…

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The best TV of 2017: The ballots

In The A.V. Club’s attempt to carve the mountain of TV released in 2017 into a monument commemorating the year’s best programming, we took a slightly different tack than in years past: Ballots were limited to 10 shows apiece, separating the absolute favorites from the fondly remembered and the honorable mentions. Once…

Podmass' podcast superlatives of 2017

In 2016, podcasts of every stripe had a decision to make: Address the worst aspects of 2016 head-on, or create artful distractions from same. This year, that pattern holds true: Nostalgia-laden podcasts gently guide our gaze the other way while political shows unabashedly call out bullshit where…

The best albums that didn’t make our best-albums list

As we said in our list of the Best Music Of 2017—as we say every year—winnowing all the thousands of albums that are released annually down to a mere 20, based on trying to find consensus among our reviewers’ widely differing tastes, is a difficult and, ultimately, meaningless task. Music is among the most subjective…

The best music of 2017: The ballots

In a year as full of outstanding music as 2017, best-of voting can be a difficult task, and the wide variety of nominees across this year’s ballots reflects just how many great albums there were to choose from. After giving our Best Albums Of 2017 a read, dig into the individual lists our writers submitted of their…

The A.V. Club’s 20 best albums of 2017

There was too much to listen to in 2017—not just albums, of which there were once again thousands, a barrage of releases from major-label veterans and SoundCloud up-and-comers alike, all vying for your attention. There was just too much of everything: a persistent, buzzing storm of push notifications and free-floating…