Tour De Pharmacy rides a fun but forgettable course of cycling and dick jokes

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At one point in Tour De Pharmacy, the second of Andy Samberg and company’s sports mockumentaries (following 2015’s absurdist tennis-centric 7 Days In Hell), Kevin Bacon appears as Ditmer Klerken, former head of the UCI, the world governing body responsible for overseeing the Tour De France and drug-testing all its…

With a moving series finale, Bates Motel chooses the heart over the head

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“I’m so sorry—for everything that’s happened. I know how much you loved her.” That’s Norma/n, expressing genuine sorrow for Alex Romero, but she might as well have been saying the same thing to Norman Bates. (Or the vast majority of the audience, for that matter.) Nearly every season of Bates Motel has concluded with…

Freddie Highmore shines behind and in front of the camera on Bates Motel

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Raise your glasses to Charles Hogan, a.k.a. Chick. He deserved better—well, at least a little better—than the undignified death he was bequeathed by Alex Romero. There’s something especially piteous about seeing a man cut down in the throes of his passion, carried away by the inspiration he found in the tragedy of…

Bates Motel’s Freddie Highmore lines up his next TV gig

Bates Motel is gearing up for the muderous end to its madness, with the show’s final season premiere kicking off earlier this week. Now, Variety reports that star Freddie Highmore—who’s drawn strong reviews for four years of humanizing one of film’s most famous monsters—has lined up another gig where his off-kilter…

The final season is a great time for newcomers to check in to Bates Motel

“A boy’s best friend is his mother.” For Norman Bates, that statement took on a little more weight than maybe it should have. One of the most iconic characters in American cinema is Alfred Hitchcock’s murderous man with mommy issues, as brought to life by Anthony Perkins in Psycho. (And again, to diminishing returns,…

The 35 best TV performances of 2016 (and one worst)

With more scripted television programs in production than ever before, it follows that there are now a wider range of opportunities for television actors. Looking back at the performances that caught The A.V. Club’s eyes in 2016 confirms that hypothesis: While some of our favorite character actors found new facets of…

Bates Motel reminds everyone there’s no escaping the past

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Life can change on a dime, but family rarely does. Think of all the times you’ve expressed frustration with a parent, or a sibling, or a loved one, only to have whoever you’re venting to ask (oh so reasonably), “Well, can’t you just explain it to them?” Think of your mindset at that moment. We all know our families:…

Bates Motel spends an hour exploring all the useful little lies we tell

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In his book Why We Lie, philosopher and evolutionary psychologist David Livingstone Smith examines what’s so valuable about a lie. He claims there’s a fundamental need for deception, something about the way we tell ourselves (and others) stories that adds meaning to our identities and our place in the world. Leaving…

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