And now, Conan The Librarian: 8 fictional shows, games, and books we wish were real 

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…

Halfway-decent proposals: 7 TV episodes that reference the 1993 blockbuster

For a multiple Razzie winner, it’s hard to believe that Indecent Proposal was such a huge hit when it was released 25 years ago this week. It’s equally hard to believe that it somehow milked a two-hour, antiquated, sexist movie out of a guy asking another guy if he could sleep with his wife for a million dollars. The…

Former Community writer Megan Ganz calls out Dan Harmon for misconduct  

Recently, Rick And Morty co-creator Dan Harmon tweeted that 2017 was “truly the Year Of The Asshole,” alluding to some misdeeds of his own. This caught the attention of Megan Ganz, a writer who worked with Harmon on Community and was responsible for many of the best episodes in seasons two and three—not to mention the…

At least one Black Mirror episode is already coming true in China

One of the big appeals of Netflix’s techno-horror anthology Black Mirror is that it always feels borderline plausible; Charlie Brooker and his team are experts at teasing out the implications of modern technology and finding the right ways to twist them into outright horror. The series can’t always stay all the way…

“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,…

In a weak episode, The Orville tackles social media for no good reason  

Even if you haven’t already seen the Black Mirror episode “Nosedive” (or really any episode of Black Mirror), or the Community episode, “App Development and Condiments,” or had a passing, idle conversation with a friend or relative about how folks really have their noses buried in their phones these days, it’s…

“We can do it!”: 7 great ragtag team-ups from pop-culture history

Sometimes, all it takes to solve a problem is a little teamwork. But unlike sports teams or volunteer firefighters, not everyone always has the best incentive to band together and do what’s right. In fact, sometimes the people involved don’t even share the same interests or goals, but find themselves in an “enemy of…

Dr. Ken’s latest Community reunion will also feature Alison Brie

Last month we learned that Dan Harmon would be visiting Dr. Ken to play one “Dan Harmon, the creator of a new community college-set TV series.” Sound familiar? Now he’ll be joined by Alison Brie as, according to Entertainment Weekly, “Alison Brie, an actress who has been cast on Harmon’s new comedy that’s set at a…

Dan Harmon’s universal theory of storytelling gets an animated explainer

Grand, unified artistic theories don’t get much grander and unified than Dan Harmon’s storytelling process. As detailed in an article on Wired some five years ago, Harmon boiled down Joseph Campbell’s monomyth of the hero’s journey into a simple circle. And once he grasped this storytelling principle he couldn’t stop…

LeBron James and Ron Funches are working on a sitcom about gentrification

LeBron James is bringing yet another television show to Cleveland—or, in this case, he’s at least bringing the setting of the show to Cleveland. Fresh off his CNBC show Cleveland Hustles, which follows groups of the city’s fledging entrepreneurs, James has gotten a script commitment from NBC for There Goes The…

Collection-worthy vinyl, cheap coffee, and comedic commentary

My devotion to the work of Jim Henson goes beyond lengthy dissections of Henson’s greatest successes and most fascinating failures and into spaces like my record collection, which still includes the first piece of vinyl I ever spent a significant amount of time with: The Muppet Show’s 1977 spin-off album. Until…