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The best film performances of the ’00s

A gigolo, a cowboy, an academic, a barber, an addict, a long-strawed consumer of your milkshake—these are just a few of the indelible characters given life by our favorite performances of the ‘00s. The five core A.V. Club film writers only found universal agreement on #1, but it was not hard to coalesce around the 20…

The best books of the ’00s

Anyone looking for trends in our selection of the best books of the ’00s might have a hard time finding them amid the wizards, 19th-century serial killers, dysfunctional families and such. Narrowing down our decisions was pretty tough, and the process required a number of back-and-forths about what was significant as…

The best comics of the ’00s

The ’00s were a turbulent time for the comic-book business, as mainstream publishers like DC and Marvel suffered the sales declines affecting nearly all print-purveyors, while publishers of what used to be known as “alternative” comics saw some of their products hitting bestseller lists and turning up on the front…

The 15 best videogames of the ’00s

We keep coming back to videogames for the same reasons we always have. Or do we? Games in 2009 look considerably different now than they did in 2000, and not just because the graphics have improved. What was once a lonely pursuit has gotten social, whether by way of a party-friendly round of Rock Band or a late-night…

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The best TV series of the ’00s

1. The Wire (HBO, 2002-08)
Taking full advantage of the generous breadth of the television format—and HBO’s commitment to ambitious, form-expanding programming—The Wire unfolded like a great American novel, trusting viewers to pick up on the intricate connections between seasons, characters, and myriad details.…