What’s your pop-culture comfort food?

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…

Beyond will-they/won’t-they: New Girl, Mindy, and the state of the rom-sitcom

Romantic comedies have been a genre almost since movies were created, and there’s a reason for that. It’s a very simple scenario to set up: Two people meet in an undoubtedly cute fashion; they’re separated for a period of time; they get back together, and everything wraps up for posterity in two hours or less. We…

Microwave bacon and 9 seasons of Cheers: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

Watch what you read: 19 essential books about TV

Among its 100-plus lists, the 2009 Inventory book (now available for the low, low price of a penny!) contains “TV Guides: 5 essential books about TV.” The books it highlights—The Late Shift by Bill Carter, Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, Total Television by Alex McNeil, The Glass Teat by…

The late greats: 18-plus TV characters who buoyed shows midstream

Characters added in the middle of a TV show’s run get a bad rap. For every Cousin Oliver or Scrappy-Doo, there are characters who actually added something to their show, even rejuvenating a longrunning series’ later seasons. Some start as stand-ins for departed cast members, then take on expanded roles—others begin as…

What fictional boss would you want to work for?

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…

Introducing Keith Hernandez: 20 athlete cameos that aren’t totally unwatchable

Given the sheer volume of professional comedians that appear in the film—the cast list includes Bill Hader, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia, Randall Park, Colin Quinn, and of course star Amy Schumer—it comes as quite the surprise that the biggest laugh-getter in all of Trainwreck might actually be LeBron James. In his…

It’s a little-known fact that Cheers will soon be a live stage show

While many of us watch Cheers reruns from the comfort of our homes—either on Netflix, Hulu, or just about any channel above 20 on the cable listings—that isn’t enough for die-hard fans of the bar where everybody knows your name. Not since that time Gary’s Old Town Tavern pranked them but good has the Boston watering…