What’s your most awkward family pop culture experience?

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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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,…

Always room for improvement: 17 resolutions for pop culture in 2017

As we enter a New Year, it’s time for each of us to take unflinching stock of ourselves, then reflect upon the aspects that could stand to be improved so that we might all lead lives that are happier, healthier, and more productive. But frankly, that sounds too hard. So let’s think about how pop culture can better…

Daddy’s finally home: 14 deadbeat TV dads who made good

From Fresh Prince to Cheers to Dawson’s Creek, the deadbeat dad is a trope TV has gone back to time and time again. Since this Sunday is Father’s Day, we decided to put a positive spin on this depressing TV tradition: the deadbeat dad who made good. Sometimes they have perfectly good reasons for abandoning their…

Television killed the cinema star: 16 more shows worthy of the films that inspired them

Two years ago, the A.V. Club offered a list of TV shows better than the movies that inspired them. In the time since, more stellar small-screen series have been made from big-screen stories, further shattering the conventional wisdom that cinema doesn’t translate well to episodic television. In honor of these new…

The Slap bravely exposes the dark side of parenthood (and Parenthood)

As a parent, I was fascinated just by the premise of NBC’s recent miniseries The Slap, which follows the aftermath of one parent (Zachary Quinto) slapping a bratty child who isn’t his. There’s an unofficial line at my neighborhood playground that never gets crossed: No one even reprimands someone else’s kid. I’ve…

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