The Romanoffs tells a frightening story of ghosts and unprofessional work environments

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Part workplace farce, part creeping phantasmagoria, “House of Special Purpose” is the most interesting episode of The Romanoffs so far. But the lack of cohesiveness to the story’s assorted moods, pokey pacing that drains the tension the episode attempts to create, and an ending that essentially turns the episode into…

Matthew Weiner responds to sexual harassment allegation from former Mad Men writer

Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs hits Amazon later this month, and, while the star-studded cast and spare episode breakdowns remain tantalizing, the accusations of workplace misconduct by former Mad Men writer Kater Gordon continue to hang over the show. Late last year, Gordon came forward with a story about how, in a…

Here's our first good look at Matthew Weiner's sprawling, star-studded The Romanoffs

If you know anything about The Romanoffs, Matthew Weiner’s follow-up to Mad Men, it’s the preposterously loaded cast. In fact, the show’s only teaser trailer so far just showed an endless sea of names: Aaron Eckhart, Noah Wyle, Isabelle Huppert, Diane Lane, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Marthe…

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

This week’s question comes from our own editor, Sean O’ Neal, in honor of all the season (and series) finales we’ve sat through the last couple weeks: 

Vacation, all they ever wanted: 5 episodes about getting away

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…

Netflix's new National Lampoon movie has an extremely subtle Mad Men crossover

A Futile And Stupid Gesture, Netflix’s new biopic about National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney, is essentially a who’s who of famous entertainers from the 1970s. The long tracking shots of cocaine-fueled parties and cocaine-fueled writers rooms are jam packed with actors portraying everyone from John Belushi to Paul…

“A Festivus for the rest of us”: 23 holiday TV episodes to watch online

It’s December, so it’s time to dust off those Christmas movies, those Christmas movies that aren’t really Christmas movies, or whatever side of that wall you think Die Hard falls on. But what if you’re in a holiday mood but not up for the whole two-hour jaunt to Bedford Falls? Or want something classic and familiar,…

The first novel from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is perplexingly bad

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The Heather of Heather, The Totality is the daughter of Mark and Karen Breakstone, an unhappily married couple originally drawn together by his stability and her beauty. (She is “glaringly mismatched to his ugliness.”) Despite her parents’ loveless marriage, Heather grows up to be an intelligent and precocious child,…

The cosmic ballet goes on: 15 of our favorite pop-culture eclipses

The Simpsons has prominently featured a solar eclipse twice in its long run, but most memorably in the Season 20 episode “Gone Maggie Gone,” where Marge is stricken blind and Lisa goes undercover as a nun. Just kidding: Everyone actually remembers the eclipse from “Marge Vs. The Monorail,” in which the celestial event…