Lost In Space made you cry? 8 works of pop culture that didn't earn these reactions

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…

10 episodes of Sex And The City that showcase its dedication to enduring female friendships

It’s been a little over 14 years since the final episode of Sex And The City aired, but the weekly misadventures of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda remain one of HBO’s most influential properties. If you’re unfamiliar with the show and don’t know where to start, we’ve rounded up the 10 most representative…

How realistic are the NYC apartments in TV shows, besides “not”?

Maybe it’s because they’re clueless or maybe it’s because it’s just easier to shoot in a big, open apartment, but the TV industry has a habit of situating its financially struggling city dwellers in domiciles far beyond their means. The problem extends far beyond the Friends of this world, as even a critically…

Donald Trump is a Kingslayer, a Samantha, and a Joey from Friends

There is no psychological tool more powerful than the online “Which character are you?” quiz. Condensing the human experience into a few easily answered questions, they breeze past complicated personality indices in favor of simple, easy-to-understand outputs. (“Oh, you’re an INFJ? I’m Rainbow Dash.”) But these…

A drag queen fan’s book, a delicate man’s album, and a sex writer’s rock tweets

The popularity of RuPaul’s Drag Race has changed the drag-queen game, and now there’s actually money in strapping on a pair of heels and a lace front beyond pulling handfuls of sweaty $1 bills out of your pantyhose at the end of the night. One reflection of this changing landscape is Why Drag?, a gorgeous coffee-table…

The best love stories on TV are between two women

The best love story on Grey’s Anatomy—a TV series that is for the, most part, built on love stories—was not between romantic partners. It was between two best friends: Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Their love for each other is encapsulated in three little words: ”You’re my person.” At…

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Explore the rise and fall of the lesbian-kiss episode

This week’s installment of Vulture’s “Secret History Of Television” looks at the tired “lesbian-kiss episode” trope. As a ratings stunt, television shows used to have a heterosexual-identifying female character kiss some random lesbian or bisexual woman, only to have them disappear and let the straight girl get back…