Sex, cities, sock puppets, superheroes, and short skirts: 24 hours of 1998 TV

The TV of 1998 feels more like the end of something than the beginning. Dawson’s Creek and Will & Grace were pointing to a new direction for their respective networks, but pioneering comedies like Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, Living Single, and Mr. Show were closing down. Jimmy Smits was making his NYPD Blue…

“A Festivus for the rest of us”: 23 holiday TV episodes to watch online

It’s December, so it’s time to dust off those Christmas movies, those Christmas movies that aren’t really Christmas movies, or whatever side of that wall you think Die Hard falls on. But what if you’re in a holiday mood but not up for the whole two-hour jaunt to Bedford Falls? Or want something classic and familiar,…

Joss Whedon takes Giles back to school in this BTVS: Giles exclusive announcement

Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Rupert Giles has had one hell of a life. He was a bad boy that went by the name of “Ripper” in his 20s, and later in his adulthood, he helped save the world on multiple occasions as the mentor of Buffy Summers. Then he died, but death isn’t permanent in the Buffyverse. He was resurrected by…

Joss Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole says he’s a “hypocrite” for preaching feminist ideals

Whether it’s deserved or not is debatable, but Joss Whedon has a reputation for being a feminist writer/director who has a particular penchant for strong, well-rounded female characters. However, someone who probably knows Whedon better than most people has now stepped forward and declared that the perception of him…

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

Buffy’s season 7 Big Bad used a fallen preacher for the dirty work

History: Yes, The First Evil is the actual ultimate Big Bad of Buffy’s final season. But it was an incorporeal plot device—the kind of narrative one-upmanship that’s supposed to give weight to the enormity the gang faces in its final season, but doesn’t, because we’ve only seen glimpses of it before. Plus, it doesn’t…

The violent misogyny of Buffy’s 6th-season Big Bads is still familiar

History: The Trio was in some ways the most terrifying of the Big Bads. They were men, not monsters, filled with a toxic brew of entitlement, misogyny, boredom, and low self-esteem. Warren, the most violent and aggressive of the three, used magic to place his girlfriend into servitude, attempting to rape her and…

Tom Lenk recreates a classic Buffy The Vampire Slayer look on his Instagram

For almost a year now, Buffy The Vampire Slayer co-star Tom Lenk—who played sensitive, semi-murderous fanboy Andrew Wells on the Joss Whedon show—has been doing #LenkLewkForLess on his Instagram, recreating ridiculous red carpet looks with common household objects. Lenk’s budget recreations of everybody from Sarah…

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