The best TV of 2018 so far

Disappointing season of your favorite prestige drama got you down? Let down by the big sitcom revival that promised to open up a dialogue, but just wound up taking potshots at easy (and vulnerable) targets while setting up a runway for Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing over at Old Man Murdoch’s place? A thousand Netflix…

Gael García Bernal doesn’t take on projects for the money

After the fiery events from Mozart In The Jungle’s third season finale, we’ve been hotly anticipating its return, and early reviews indicate the wait has been well worth it. In the video above, we chat with star Gael García Bernal about taking on projects he loves, like Mozart and his upcoming film Museo, and why he’s…

In its 4th season, Mozart In The Jungle remains one of TV’s most bingeable shows

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The definition of “bingeable” grows increasingly ineffable as our viewing options continue to expand and we struggle to narrow down just how many hours or episodes constitute a proper binge-watch. There are related questions about whether episodic storytelling calls for showing some restraint, even when you really…

Lola Kirke livens up AVC Sessions with the rollicking “Supposed To”

Welcome back to AVC Sessions, our series where we bring in an artist, band, musician, singer, rapper, etc. to perform three of their tracks. This round, we’re joined in the studio by Lola Kirke. Best known for her appearances in Gone Girl and The Leftovers, as well as her starring role on Mozart In The Jungle, Kirke…

Mozart In The Jungle’s Gael García Bernal says the new season will be full of surprises

While not much information about the upcoming season of Amazon’s Mozart In The Jungle is available, we’re expecting the show to delve deeper into the Hailey and Rodrigo dynamic after the fiery events from the season finale. In the video above, Mozart In The Jungle star Gael García Bernal tells us all that he can:…

Mozart In the Jungle wraps up its third season with an f’ing satisfying finale

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My goodness can you feel it? The release of three seasons of sexual tension? Well, it happened. Hailey and Rodrigo finally had sex. It’s a big moment for the series, one that it had been teasing since the characters’ kiss at the end of season one, and the circumstances surrounding the tryst make it both wonderful and…

Life is a cabaret in a jaunty Mozart In The Jungle

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For so much of Mozart In The Jungle, Hailey has been a second fiddle in her career. She’s been an assistant and a substitute, running around and doing others’ bidding. In “Creative Solutions For Creative Lives” she risks being put in this position again, during a moment that’s supposed to be all about her. The big…

Mozart In The Jungle takes a trip to Rikers in an admirable, messy episode

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“Not Yet Titled” is an ambitious episode for Mozart. Most obviously, it breaks from the usual visual style in attempting to show Bradford Sharp’s documentary about the symphony, a shaky cam attempt at verité. It’s a fun idea, not quite perfectly executed. There are too many questions at hand: For example, how many…

Mozart In The Jungle solves its lockout with a zany lock-in

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Well, that little trip to Venice was nice, but now Mozart In The Jungle is back in Manhattan and has to do the work of getting on with the series. That means solving the labor dispute that has broken up the orchestra. And—turns out—it’s not that hard. All you need to do is have Betty and Gloria get drunk in a room…

A more meditative Mozart In The Jungle tries to find its way home

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Even though they’re now half a world away from their old setting, Hailey and Rodrigo find themselves in a similar relationship/dynamic as before, with the oboist looking to her conductor for guidance and employment. Once again, she’s assumed a role that’s on the periphery of the art she wishes to make—she’s La…

More than Gilmore: 24 other TV shows to binge over Thanksgiving weekend

In what’s becoming a holiday tradition around these parts, The A.V. Club has once again combed the catalogs of the major streaming services to help guide your binge-watching over the Thanksgiving weekend. Unlike in years past, there’s a headline-grabbing Netflix premiere set for Black Friday—and while we’re plenty…