This Galentine’s Day, we pick our favorite episodes about female friendships

In 5 To Watch, five writers from The A.V. Club look at the latest streaming TV arrivals, each making the case for a favored episode. Alternately, they can offer up recommendations inspired by a theme. The reasons for their picks might differ, but they can all agree that each episode is a must-watch. In this…

Let’s start again: 12 resolutions for pop culture in 2018

It’s a New Year, and with it comes the opportunity for a fresh start—to take a hard and unflinching look at the areas in our lives that could stand to be improved, then to immediately give up on that and start thinking about how pop culture can better distract us from our problems. In what has become an annual…

What’s missing from our list of the year’s best TV shows?

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…

Insecure's cinematographer shares how to properly film dark skin

Back in the 1940s, Kodak tested the color accuracy of its film by using what it called “Shirley cards,” each of which featured photos of various models. Unsurprisingly, this being the ’40s, all of those models were white, and the result was the concept that, when it comes to filming the human body, caucasian skin is…

Insecure takes on different perspectives in a rushed finale

A lot of shows save the action for their penultimate episode and let things settle during the finale. Last week’s “Hella Disrespectful” felt like that. A lot went down–Molly decided to leave Dro, Issa told Daniel and Lawrence to fuck off forever, Issa destroyed her apartment. But, “Hella Perspective” doesn’t really…

Insecure holds Issa accountable in one of the season’s best episodes

“Hella Shook” is one of Insecure’s best episodes. Even though last week’s episode felt unevenly paced, Insecure has always done an incredible job of hitting emotional highs while moving the narrative forward. A lot of conflicts are finally addressed, and it sets up a lot of exciting possibilities for the rest of the…

An uneven Insecure hits on everything from open relationships to police tension

“Hella LA” is a hella weird episode of Insecure. It feels disjointed and forces together a few educational moments in a way that feels distracting. While the biggest takeaway from “Hella LA” is the reintroduction of Daniel, the episode also opens up new possibilities for Molly and gives Lawrence more of a character…

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Insecure puts on its big girl panties and sets this season into motion

Is Lawrence a good guy? While ”Hella Questions” actually provides a lot of answers––Lawrence and Issa’s 12-pump sex romp is definitively in the “fuck you fuck” column and their relationship is, at least for now, officially over––there’s still a lot of uncertainity when it comes to Lawrence’s actions. Sure, Insecure…

HBO’s putting the whole 1st season of Insecure online for free

In the first season-two teaser, Issa Rae’s Insecure swapped the “as fuck’s” for “hella’s,” as in “hella confused.” We wouldn’t expect any less of the show’s star and co-creator, who remains an Awkward Black Girl despite leading her own HBO series. Rae and her comedy made their impressive debut last fall, picking up…