Celebrity wine and a cuddly Gizmo: 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…

What show did you quit watching after a character you loved was killed off?

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…

A bananas Downton Abbey wrecks lives, pulls rank, and makes peace

The series finale of Downton Abbey (with the Christmas special still to come) doesn’t pull any punches: a death, a sudden ascent to nobility, a sister’s betrayal, a broken engagement, a house of ill repute, a staged photo op, a spurned lover, a meddling brother-in-law, the Dowager Countess hotfooting it back from the…

A manipulative Downton Abbey settles down, breaks up, and mends fences

This episode is transparently, cynically manipulative, and I resent how efficiently it worked on me, from the tense race scene to the cozy proposal to the puppy kisses. With talk of putting down roots, pulling up sticks, mending fences, and breaking barriers, the story’s all over the place, and I don’t mean just…

Who do you ’ship?

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…

Americans: Use this map to figure out where TV shows across the pond take place

Geography—the bane of Americans everywhere. Many U.S. residents don’t even know the lay of their own land, let alone international locations. This can be vexing on a few levels; but from a pop culture perspective, it can make it very hard to know where certain things are meant to take place. As more Americans discover…