Watch all 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights with clear eyes, full hearts, Hulu

Ensuring that the number of inevitable “Oh, but it’s not really about sports” conversations you’re likely to endure over the next few months is about to take a sharp uptick, Hulu announced today that it’s acquired all five seasons of Friday Night Lights for its streaming library. Fans and newcomers alike will now be…

Kyle Chandler brings his own whiskey for a particularly warming Jimmy Kimmel Live! interview

Telling Jimmy Kimmel that he was inspired by both an old booze-swilling Rat Pack appearance on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show and a bygone night of off-set drinking with Peter O’Toole (presumably on the set of their 1994's miniseries Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III), Kyle Chandler came to his interview on Jimmy…

Daddy’s finally home: 14 deadbeat TV dads who made good

From Fresh Prince to Cheers to Dawson’s Creek, the deadbeat dad is a trope TV has gone back to time and time again. Since this Sunday is Father’s Day, we decided to put a positive spin on this depressing TV tradition: the deadbeat dad who made good. Sometimes they have perfectly good reasons for abandoning their…

Celebrate National Wine Day with these TV lushes

Every day is a holiday—at least, according to the people that run those “What national day is it?” calendars. This year alone, we’ve observed such auspicious occasions as National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day and National Hug A Newsperson Day (yes, we’re mad that you forgot about it). But this day, May 25, belongs to the…

Scandal’s abortion made the show actually political

A few months ago, on the midseason finale of ABC’s Scandal, Olivia Pope had an abortion. The scene not only played out under the choir version of a Christmas carol (“Silent Night”) but overlapped with a monologue of her father proclaiming that “family does not complete you, it destroys you.” This was a shocking moment…

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…

Scott Porter to play Coach Taylor in the Friday Night Lights musical

According to Variety, the visionaries behind the O.C. musical we reported on earlier this year are back, and they’ve managed to add singing and dancing to another beloved TV show: Friday Night Lights. The team behind the production “recently got the legal go-ahead from NBC Universal,” so The Unauthorized Friday Night…

Get inspired by this supercut of film’s best motivational coach speeches

All right, everyone listen up and huddle close. Maybe it’s been a long week already, or maybe that tiring process is just about to begin. It doesn’t matter what the circumstances or the specifics are that have brought you to this brink of defeat. What matters now is that you listen to these inspirational words, get…

The late greats: 18-plus TV characters who buoyed shows midstream

Characters added in the middle of a TV show’s run get a bad rap. For every Cousin Oliver or Scrappy-Doo, there are characters who actually added something to their show, even rejuvenating a longrunning series’ later seasons. Some start as stand-ins for departed cast members, then take on expanded roles—others begin as…