TV dinners: 25 shows to binge-watch this Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving weekend in the United States is a four-day festival of overindulgence: Giant meals, giant balloons representing pop-culture favorites, giant savings at the big box store on Friday morning. As we did in 2013, The A.V. Club aims to contribute to this tradition of extreme consumption with a guide to some TV…

On year-end lists and the importance of pop culture completism

Year in and year out, when December rolls around, pop culture critics and fanatics find themselves neck-deep in a year-end catch up. It’s the time of year where we engage with the music, movies, TV shows, and books that we’ve missed or put off throughout the year in an effort to make our best-of lists as comprehensive…

HBO at the TCA press tour: Nothing will ever have to end again (except Enlightened and Treme)!

HBO doesn’t always deign to present an executive session at the Television Critics’ Association press tour, but every so often, in the summer, CEO Richard Plepler and president of programming Michael Lombardo can be lured out of their great money vault to appear before the unwashed masses, and, inevitably, the…

Enlightened’s cinematography deserves to break the category’s bias against half-hour shows

In 2000, the Emmys made the choice to differentiate between single-camera and multi-camera series when recognizing the work of cinematographers. It was an approach that gave comedies a chance at being recognized: In the previous decade, no comedy had garnered a nomination in the combined category. However, it was also…

Embrace the mystery: Is repeat viewing the best way to approach complex TV?

Brandon Nowalk: I didn’t like the first season of Game Of Thrones until I watched season two. It felt simplistic, especially compared to the mercenary game of Risk the show has become. Cut off the two subplots in the North and the East, which are mostly disconnected anyway give or take a raven, and the main story is a…

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