"J.D. leaves to cut a patient," and other highlights from this machine-generated Scrubs script

God bless machine-generated prose: Sure, it’s probably just paving the way for the rise of eloquent, skull-smashing robots. But in the short-term, it’s a reliably easy way to take the familiar—like, say, every single episode of Scrubs, to pick an example entirely at random—and give it just enough inhuman weirdness to…

What pop culture do you turn off before it’s over?

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 sitcom episodes of the last 25 years: Orphans and outliers

Not all of our writers’ picks could make the final list of the best sitcom episodes of the last 25 years. Some failed to win a consensus; others were pet causes for a single writer. Sometimes, a writer just backed the wrong episode of the right show. Knowing full well that our curated catalog of the contemporary…

All the bacon and eggs: 14 characters with a passion for breakfast food

1. Leslie Knope, Parks And Recreation
“We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third,” says Leslie Knope, with her priorities clearly in order. Amy Poehler’s character is the one character in Parks And Recreation who possesses an…

Beyond True Detective: 17 TV long takes worth your attention

1. True Detective, “Who Goes There”
The fourth episode of True Detective has brought new attention to a TV necessity: the long shot, often taking the form of a tracking shot. Such shots are frequently celebrated in film—think of Martin Scorsese’s use of tracking shots over the years, or the self-parodying opening of…

Breaking Bad and beyond: TV series finales that satisfied

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