Lose yourself in the uncanny valley that ushers Dinosaurs into Jurassic Park

Dinosaurs pretty much dominated pop culture in the ’90s, from the seismic success of Jurassic Park to the crowd-pleasing antics of ABC’s Dinosaurs to the indie rock dominance of Dinosaur Jr. All were unsettling in their own ways (anyone else remember the terrifyingly apocalyptic finale of that otherwise lighthearted…

Dinosaurs offered a scarily accurate precursor to Donald Trump

If anything, there are too many pop culture parallels to make to Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. He’s Biff Tannen from Back To The Future, Paul Rudd’s Bobby Newport in Parks And Recreation, Montgomery Burns from The Simpsons, and Mr. Potter from It’s A Wonderful Life. But YouTuber Matt Orfalea has found what he…

5 episodes to kick off your ABC throwback bingeing

In 5 To Watch, five writers from The A.V. Club look at the latest streaming TV arrivals, each making the case for a favored episode. The reasons for their picks might differ, but they can all agree that each episode is a must-watch. In this installment: ABC’s throwback, which makes its old shows available for…

Sharp-eyed hero notices Trump is eating taco bowl on top of his ex-wife

Self-obsessed xenophobe and human falafel ball Donald Trump tweeted out a picture today in celebration of Cinco De Mayo, featuring himself eating a Mexican taco bowl from Trump Café. (As Vox has already noted, a previous review from Eater calls the “tacos fiesta” meal option “so devoid of flavor, it rendered an insult…

The trying tale of a man who spent New Year’s Day watching Dinosaurs in its entirety

For some, the dawning of a new year can be a clean slate, a time of renewal and redemption. For others, it is a challenge, a call to greatness. And for Christopher Fittz, it was simply a reason to watch all 65 episodes of ABC’s prehistoric, puppet-based 1990s sitcom Dinosaurs back to back in one sitting. In defiance…

The bad dinosaurs: 14 regrettable works of dino-themed entertainment

The Good Dinosaur is the rare dinosaur movie that has managed to stir hopeful expectations among film critics (its troubled production history aside). The project’s reputation is buoyed by its prestigious studio, Pixar, and by its 20-year distance from Hollywood’s last dino craze. There was a stretch, peaking in the…

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Grammys crack down on ticket scalpers, whose very existence surprises everyone

“Music’s Biggest Night” may be an expression America uses to patronize the drunk Reese Witherspoon of awards shows, but it’s also a trademarked phrase, one the Grammys wield in much the same way that losing T-ball teams proudly display their ”Participant” trophies. That fascinating fact and others came to light…

Did you hear that new song on Bones? Me neither: 16 soundtracks to TV shows that didn’t need and/or deserve them

Like the ladies of Wisteria Lane—who tried to mask their suburban strife and murderous, adulterous, dirty laundry with manicured lawns—the soundtrack companion to Marc Cherry’s prime-time soap hides behind the dreaded “music from and inspired by” tag. The only things connecting this compilation and ABC’s Emmy-winning…

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge finds imagination in dribs and drabs

Jim Henson didn’t operate alone. There are solo-project exceptions within the staggering body of work he produced from the mid-1950s until his death in 1990—animated inserts from the early days of Sesame Street, for instance—but even an intensely personal work like the Oscar-nominated short film “Time Piece” was the…