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 

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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…

What bad habit did you pick up from popular culture? 

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“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

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…

This star shines brightest: 11 shows where the main character is also the best

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Newman, meet Waluigi: 10 of our favorite “unlikable” characters

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Kiernan Shipka on mastering the French inhale and playing a bad actor for Feud

The first moments of this week’s Feud may elicit a pang of nostalgia in Mad Men devotees. After all, it’s hard to see Kiernan Shipka smoking and not think of Sally Draper puffing away in a car with her mother. In the latest installment of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series, Shipka as B.D., Bette Davis’ daughter,…

The Office, Mad Men, Parks And Rec, more get turned into hyper-detailed 3D models

We spend a lot of time absorbing the layouts of TV show sets, eventually coming to have a vague kinetic sense for where each room is in relation to the others. There’s something of a cottage industry of recreations of these sets in VR, using cutting-edge video game techniques, and as floor plans, all of which is…

Jon Hamm is Don Grouper in the trailer for SpongeBob’s Mad Men parody episode

Ever the money-hungry businessman, Mr. Krabs is expanding his burger empire with the help of Jon Hamm’s ad man. As we reported last September, Hamm guest stars in SpongeBob SquarePants’ “Goodbye, Krabby Patty?” as Don Grouper of the Grouper, Goby & Koi ad agency, mastermind behind the Krusty Krab’s expansion into the…