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…

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…


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…

What underwhelming last lines have left you cold?

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