What’s a great TV show with a terrible theme song?

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

Vote early, vote often: 19 rigged elections in popular culture

Steeped as we are in this election year, with dire consequences at stake, you can see how some people might consider thwarting the democratic process in favor of ensuring their desired result. Not that we would ever advocate doing that (ever!). But those looking to skew democracy can find more than a few pop-culture…

“Omar(s) comin’!”: 18 hyper-masculine gun-toting gay guys

Gay characters haven’t had a visibility problem in pop culture in years. But when it comes to minority representation, quality is more important than quantity, and there was a time when most gay male characters were portrayed as stereotypically effeminate nellies. If they weren’t obsessively coordinating weddings,…

Best TV of 2015: The ballots

The A.V. Club’s list of 2015’s best TV programming came together with the input of more than 30 staff members and contributors, who singled out 105 different shows, miniseries, specials, and telefilms as the year’s best. (A few quick words on the voting process: Participating writers were asked to make a top 15 list,…

The best TV of 2015, part 2

Yesterday, The A.V. Club began its survey of the year’s best television programming, counting down from No. 40 to No. 21. Today, we make our cases for the absolute best TV that 2015 had to offer, including fond farewells to old standbys, confident debuts from new favorites, and the latest efforts from ongoing shows…

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Dramas and reality shows kick off the 2014-15 TV Club Awards

In 2010, The A.V. Club marked the end of another year with The TV Club Awards, a roundup of the notable TV happenings that fell outside the confines of our best-shows and best-episodes lists. We did the same thing in 2011, but then—silence. The TV Club Awards were placed in mothballs, shelved alongside other defunct…