More Lil’ Sebastian: Parks And Rec and 9 other shows we could’ve watched for eternity 

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…

Chicago, freak out with free midnight movies at the Music Box this weekend

1977’s House is a classic of what writer Chuck Stevens calls “le cinéma du WTF?!,” and it’s one of our favorites of the genre here at The A.V. Club. (We even inducted it into the New Cult Canon a few years back.) Written by director Nobuhiko Obayashi based on one of his young daughter’s nightmares, House is like an…

Dr. Ken Jeong reviews a whole slew of other television and film doctors

In a particularly infamous 1986 commercial for Vicks Formula 44, one that spawned a deathless catchphrase, actor Peter Bergman boldly declared, “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.” Ken Jeong, star of ABC’s Dr. Ken and real-life licensed physician, might be one of the few people in Hollywood who could legitimately…

Once Upon A Time’s Jennifer Morrison is a kid-zapping maniac in the new Will Butler clip

Just a couple of weeks ago, Will Butler released a new video starring Emma Stone. That clip, for the song “Anna,” was charming and whimsical, with Stone dancing manically on the Queen Mary as the song blasted in the background. Now Butler is back with a new video starring yet another lovely young gal. In the clip for…

What same-named pop culture drives you crazy?

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Altered states: What media works best when you’re a little messed up?

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Stream once and destroy: 20 great TV episodes too painful to watch twice

The prevalence of streaming video encourages television fans to re-watch their favorite episodes, poring over them for subtleties and Easter eggs they missed the first time through. But that isn’t always an option with episodes too emotionally bruising, too gory, or too awkward to watch a second time. These episodes…

The offspring of Breaking Bad and House, Battle Creek is more doctor than meth cook

Battle Creek began as a pilot script by Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan, though it technically wasn’t written by “Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan”: The tale of mismatched law-enforcement agents Milton Chamberlain (Josh Duhamel) and Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) came together while Gilligan was fresh out of The X-Files …

“But he’s my brother!” 21 pop-culture siblings from the last decade who got rather... close

The last decade, from the early ’00s to now, have been the Age Of Getting Jiggy With Your Sibling, step-, half-, secret-, or otherwise. It’s not a new taboo, but for some reason, storytellers have been transgressing this particular boundary like crazy—drawing a kind of titillating horror from watching siblings…

Sudden death: 16 shows where an actor and a series dramatically part ways

1. Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Most of the time when a character dies on TV, it’s because the series’ writers have decided it’s the right time for the character’s story to end, especially in our era of highly serialized dramas. But sometimes, a character dies not because the producers thought it best, but because it…