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It’ll be fine: 15 revamps that turned out better than expected

There is nothing more galling to loyal fans, more creatively bankrupt, more wholly unnecessary than the “revamp”—taking a beloved property and giving it a splashy makeover that renders it nigh-unrecognizable, all in the patently desperate hope to appeal to a new audience and extend its lifespan. Except maybe,…

5 Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes to stream on Netflix in the not-too-distant future

The original run of Mystery Science Theater 3000 spanned multiple broadcast formats (UHF and cable) and broadcasters (Twin Cities station KTMA, The Comedy Channel, Comedy Central, Syfy) for 11 seasons, totaling 197 episodes—“experiments” in the terminology of its in-show search for the worst movie ever made. Thanks to…

“We didn’t start the fire”: 10 songs to use as your presidential farewell track

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

What’s your favorite character name?

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

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The late greats: 18-plus TV characters who buoyed shows midstream

Characters added in the middle of a TV show’s run get a bad rap. For every Cousin Oliver or Scrappy-Doo, there are characters who actually added something to their show, even rejuvenating a longrunning series’ later seasons. Some start as stand-ins for departed cast members, then take on expanded roles—others begin as…

Comedy and animation wrap up the 2014-15 TV Club Awards

The A.V. Club began handing out end-of-the-TV-season superlatives yesterday, honoring the best in drama and reality TV, from Cookie Lyon’s cutting putdowns to Robert Durst’s fateful on-mic carelessness. Today, we conclude the 2014-15 TV Club Awards with picks from the season’s best comedies and animated series,…