What’s missing from our list of 2016’s best shows?

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…

The best TV shows of 2016: The ballots

The A.V. Club’s list of 2016’s best television came together with contributions from 25 writers, who nominated 99 separate programs from multiple genres (including one major sporting event) for the year’s top honor. The writers’ individual ballots are listed below.

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…

Meryl Streep recruits Penny Dreadful’s John Logan for her miniseries

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Meryl Streep’s J.J. Abrams miniseries now has a showrunner in the form of John Logan, late of Penny Dreadful. Logan of course has a long history in highbrow dramas and theater—all things Streep loves. He’s been nominated for three Oscars—for Hugo, The Aviator, and Gladiator—and his…

The women of Penny Dreadful rise up, but hit the glass ceiling

Nearly every episode of Penny Dreadful presents another opportunity to gush over Eva Green’s work as Vanessa Ives, and “Ebb Tide” is no exception. In doing so, however, we run the risk of overlooking some of the other fine performances by the regular cast. There’s no better time than now to show a little love for…

The pace accelerates on an eventful Penny Dreadful

The Penny Dreadful regulars aren’t reunited quite yet, but they’re all present and accounted for in “No Beast So Fierce,” following two episodes that drilled down into the backstories of isolated characters. Considering how much time was devoted to laying out the particulars of Ethan’s dilemma last week, it’s a little…

Ethan’s past is revealed in an exposition-heavy Penny Dreadful

Although it doesn’t approach the austerity of last week’s episode, “This World Is Our Hell” is another installment that narrows its focus to a handful of the regular characters, giving the rest a week off. The bad news is that the trade-off for a Vanessa-intensive outing turns out to be an hour with no Eva Green at…