The best TV of 2017 so far

From a business prospective, the forecast for TV in 2017 isn’t the brightest: While ratings continue to erode for the broadcast networks, several cable outlets that joined the original-programming gold rush are now backing out, with cash-flush digital competitors like Facebook and Snap poised to stake those abandoned…

This star shines brightest: 11 shows where the main character is also the best

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…

Asking “Who cares how many stars?” turns Review topsy-turvy

Despite his bravado about his fated place in the universe, it doesn’t take much to send Forrest MacNeil’s world topsy-turvy. “Co-host, Ass-slap, Helen Keller, Forgiveness” does it several times with breathtaking ease. But the things that should send Forrest reeling are never the things that do send him reeling.

Review leaps into its final season with confidence, joy, and lots of barf

You can’t go home again, so the saying goes. You can’t step in the same river twice… or, uh, you can’t leap into the same river, dragging your colleague and closest remaining friend with you, twice. So how does a show recover from its own spectacular season-ending (and at the time, potentially series-ending) plunge…

Watch Andy Daly’s will to live slowly fade in this 3-and-a-half hour whiskey ad

One of the great glories of Andy Daly’s Review is watching his “real life critic” realize he’s in way over his head with some new, preposterous challenge, but refuse to stop smiling. In a new video, in which Daly speaks uninterrupted about whiskey for three-and-a-half hours, you can watch that fade occur in real time.

The new credits canon: 20 recent TV title sequences as brilliant as their shows

In 2007, an A.V. Club Inventory featured 22 TV credit sequences that fit their shows perfectly, paying homage to Homicide: Life On The Streets, The Sopranos, The Andy Griffith Show, and other series where a simple montage serves as an overture for the program’s themes and aesthetic. In the near-decade since that piece…

Comedy Central’s Review to end with an abbreviated third season

It looks like Forrest MacNeil’s endlessly miserable quest to “review life” will soon be coming to an end, as The Hollywood Reporter says that Comedy Central and Andy Daly have come to the “joint decision” to end Review after an abbreviated third season. THR suggests that the reason for this is that Daly has been…

The best TV performances of 2015

When the TV critics of the The A.V. Club started discussing the year’s best television performances, it began as an informal survey of the turns we’d most enjoyed in 2015. But a handful of consensus picks soon emerged, falling together into a brief catalog of actors who’d made us laugh, cry, fear for our lives (or…