The O.C. and lunchbox snacks: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

Objects of their affection: 10 characters in love with the inanimate

The bubbling cauldron of obscure fetishes and exotic sexualities that is the internet has produced some pretty strange micro-communities over the years. One of the strangest and most difficult to understand is objectophilia, the inclination to form emotional and sexual bonds with inanimate objects. You know, like…

Ryan Murphy wrote Nip/Tuck for John Stamos, but his wife told him not to do it

Plenty of people have regrets, even John Stamos. However, while playing drums in Mike Love’s Beach Boys apparently isn’t one of them, passing on Ryan Murphy’s Nip/Tuck is. (The roles of the Miami plastic surgeons eventually went to Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon.) “Ryan wrote Nip/Tuck for me,” Stamos recently told Details…

Unless American Horror Story stops repeating itself, it should end

So much of what’s good about a television anthology is the chance to genuinely reinvent oneself, whether weekly or seasonally. Instead, with Freak Show, the fourth season of American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy has overused his own ideas to the point that it’s nearly unwatchable. The show recycles not only actors (and…

One-season what-ifs: 14 TV series that should’ve stopped after one season

FX shocked viewers in 2011 by announcing that the poor, unfortunate Harmon family was but the first in a revolving door of American Horror Story victims. It was an occasion for rejoicing, and not just because this meant the permanent shuttering of the first season’s absurdly crowded haunted house. American Horror…

“But he’s my brother!” 21 pop-culture siblings from the last decade who got rather... close

The last decade, from the early ’00s to now, have been the Age Of Getting Jiggy With Your Sibling, step-, half-, secret-, or otherwise. It’s not a new taboo, but for some reason, storytellers have been transgressing this particular boundary like crazy—drawing a kind of titillating horror from watching siblings…