What fictional boss would you want to work for?

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…

Windows ’95, part 1: 20 pop-culture windows into the world of 1995

Two decades later, 1995 looks like peak ’90s: the O.J. trial, Microsoft ’95, Alanis Morissette, Mr. Show, Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, and a distant world where the idea of Adam Sandler making a movie didn’t cause immediate dread. What were the pop-culture hallmarks of this time when the music industry was basically…

Stream once and destroy: 20 great TV episodes too painful to watch twice

The prevalence of streaming video encourages television fans to re-watch their favorite episodes, poring over them for subtleties and Easter eggs they missed the first time through. But that isn’t always an option with episodes too emotionally bruising, too gory, or too awkward to watch a second time. These episodes…

The best sitcom episodes of the last 25 years (part 2)

Previously on The Best Sitcom Episodes Of The Last 25 Years: Leslie Knope voted for love, Robin Sparkles went to the mall, everybody hated food stamps, and a number of merry mix-ups were avoided and/or exploited for comedic potential. Today: The best of the best, the 10 finest sitcom episodes to air since 1990.

Posthumously on… : 16 TV characters who died after their performers did

1. Will Lee, Sesame Street
With Sesame Street since its beginning in 1969, Will Lee used Mr. Hooper’s bow tie and glasses to cement his place in children’s television history, becoming easily one of the most beloved characters in the show’s early years. When Lee died of a heart attack in 1982, Sesame Street producers…

Glee: “The Quarterback” 

Brandon Nowalk: I might need a better look at Emma’s “Wait, Am I Callous?” pamphlet, because I’m happy that’s over, and not entirely for the closure, although it’s nice to address the obvious, finally. First-time viewers several decades from now aren’t going to know why everyone’s so sad at the beginning, but Finn has…