@midnight crowned a new generation of comic champions

After Comedy Central’s late-night panel game @midnight ends its 600-episode run on August 4, it’ll be remembered for clogging Twitter feeds with its endless Hashtag Wars, or for being one of approximately nine dozen television programs simultaneously hosted by Chris Hardwick. But for the show’s regular viewers, it’ll…

On Powerless, dating means sometimes you wind up with a henchman

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Dating is the pits in our universe, so imagine the added level of red flags to watch out for if you throw alter egos into the mix. That’s Emily’s problem here, as the impossibly chiseled nice guy she meets on a girls’ night out with Wendy and Jackie turns out to have a question-mark T-shirt under his normal clothes.…

Alan Tudyk’s peerless buffoonery powers an energetically silly Powerless

B

Powerless went through a more-than-usually-tumultuous retooling before it came to us in its present form, so it’s tempting to cut it even more slack than the usual new series. Luckily, the show is blessed with such a colorful toy box of unique comic talents that, so far, it’s pretty easy to just enjoy the fun, no…

Black-ish focuses on brotherhood in the midst of loss

B

In this season of Black-ish, the show has addressed some of its heaviest themes. When “I’m A Survivor” begins, it seems as though we’re going to get another difficult episode. Perhaps, one that explores the difficulty of having adulthood forced upon you when you grow up poor and black. Maybe, it would be an episode on…

In its entertaining premiere, Powerless stakes out a quirky corner of the DC universe

B+

Living in a world teeming with superheroes is something of a bummer in Powerless, the briskly fun new DC Comics TV series. The residents of the show’s Charm City are, in fact, so jaded by the constant super-smackdowns happening all around them that kids on an imperiled subway car can’t be bothered to look up from…

In season four premiere, Drunk History keeps it under control

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Drunk History’s fourth season begins with stories of escape. Duncan Trussell tells the tale of Timothy Leary, the professor and psychologist known for experimenting with LSD who broke out of prison. Steve Berg retells a rather convoluted story about an escape from Devil’s Island. And Doug Jones explains how the chief…

LeBron James and Ron Funches are working on a sitcom about gentrification

LeBron James is bringing yet another television show to Cleveland—or, in this case, he’s at least bringing the setting of the show to Cleveland. Fresh off his CNBC show Cleveland Hustles, which follows groups of the city’s fledging entrepreneurs, James has gotten a script commitment from NBC for There Goes The…

Creepy dolls try to be cute in the first trailer for Trolls

You know those terrifying little troll dolls with the neon hair that sticks straight up? Haven’t you always wanted to see a bunch of them talking, singing, and doing the Whip/Nae Nae? No? That sounds like your worst nightmare? Too bad, because the first official trailer for DreamWorks’ Trolls—a film about the origins…

Adventure Time: Stakes slays Marceline’s demons without puncturing her heart

B

Women and girls make up a significant portion of Adventure Time’s audience, and over time, the series has devoted more and more time to its female characters, turning Princess Bubblegum, Flame Princess, Lumpy Space Princess, and Marceline The Vampire Queen into complex characters with their own distinct personalities,…

Let’s remember all of 2014’s “12th questions”

For a good part of the year, The A.V. Club has used its 11 Questions feature to ask celebrities about their first jobs and worst living situations. Part of that feature—the 12th question—also asked the interviewee to come up with a question for the next interview subject without generally knowing who they were. Those…