At least The Americans' beloved Mail Robot might survive in real life

There are no guarantees that any of the doomed souls who populate FX’s six-season espionage drama The Americans—which airs its series finale next week—are going to get out of the spy game alive. But at least one of the show’s most beloved “characters” might get some kind of post-series happy ending, with Vanity Fair reporting

Eat or be eaten: The A.V. Club reacts to the Atlanta Robbin’ Season finale

The second season of Atlanta, subtitled Robbin’ Season, ended with the stunning, tentatively optimistic “Crabs In A Barrel.” After weeks of hard truths and consequences, an embattled Earn (Donald Glover) comes perilously close to losing it all. The finale sees Earn flailing, as usual, while Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry)…

As Atlanta’s Robbin’ Season comes to an end, Earn pulls off a daring reverse heist

Of the many compliments that can be hurled at Atlanta, the highest has to do with the show’s tendency to dramatically shapeshift from week-to-week. It’s a horror anthology. It’s an indie comedy. It’s a commentary on contemporary black life. It’s a high-art after-school special about the grave consequences of fashion…

FX snaps up "This Is America" director Hiro Murai for his own development deal

Donald Glover/Childish Gambino made a resoundingly successful grab for the internet’s often-fleeting attention this weekend, compounding a great SNL performance with the release of his much-talked-about new music video, “This Is America.” The video—which features Glover cheerfully strutting through a violence-filled…

Atlanta can be anything it damn well pleases, even a coming-of-age period piece

“FUBU” has a vestigial quality, which probably sounds like an insult, but it’s not intended to. Perhaps it’s because Atlanta has acclimated its audience to ten-episode seasons, and Robbin’ Season features 11, including “FUBU,” the first episode of the show in which none of the regular cast members appear. But it feels…

Another chaotic road trip leads to a fateful confrontation in Atlanta Robbin' Season

Nine episodes into Atlanta Robbin’ Season, each of the four central characters has lived their own surreal horror movie. In “Helen,” Earn was stalked by the Schnappviecher but ultimately succumbed to his fear of commitment. Darius witnessed the bloody final confrontation between Teddy Perkins and his brother after…

Keeping it real goes wrong for Alfred in a brilliant, harrowing Atlanta

It’s hard to tell if anything will ever truly stick in the Atlanta universe. At the risk of belaboring the point, we’re now two full episodes out from “Teddy Perkins,” and that ghoul-white visage continues to haunt my dreams, and yet here is Darius looking no worse for the wear. Hell, he’s even making fresh pasta, if…

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With Darius behind the wheel, Atlanta becomes an American horror story

“Teddy Perkins” is the sixth episode of Atlanta’s second season, a point by which most television shows have become whatever they’re going to be. Even Master Of None, Atlanta’s closest auteur sitcom peer, settled into a groove by the back half of its second season, save for occasional experiments like the Emmy-winning…

Here's a brief timeline of just how damn long we've been writing about this Y: The Last Man adaptation

Fans of Brian K. Vaughan’s beloved comic series Y: The Last Man got a dose of good news today, when FX announced that it was picking up a new TV pilot based on Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s tale of a world where (nearly) all the men suddenly drop dead. You’ll forgive us, though, if we don’t immediately start jumping for…

In an underwhelming Atlanta, Alfred is subjected to the most unkindest cut of all

Atlanta goes heavy on the callbacks, which is to be expected of any sitcom that strives to build its own alternate reality. But Atlanta has never done a callback quite as overt as the moment in “Barbershop” when Alfred’s gifted-yet-troubled barber Bibby (standup comedian Robert S. Powell III) forces him to watch a…