Sex, cities, sock puppets, superheroes, and short skirts: 24 hours of 1998 TV

The TV of 1998 feels more like the end of something than the beginning. Dawson’s Creek and Will & Grace were pointing to a new direction for their respective networks, but pioneering comedies like Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, Living Single, and Mr. Show were closing down. Jimmy Smits was making his NYPD Blue…

Take a look back at the real Carrie Bradshaw, 20 years after Sex And The City

All week, people have been sharing their thoughts and remembrances of Sex And The City, the game-changing HBO show that brought female friendships to the forefront and brought a bunch of conversations about female sexuality to prime time. But rather than debate whether Carrie should have ended up with Big, what’s the…

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…

Bob’s Burgers recipes and Sex And The City are on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

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…

Keeping Up With the Kardashians embraced female archetypes and created an empire

For most of the history of television, the barrier to syndication—and to profitability—has been 100 episodes. The shows that have made it to that mark are an unusual group. Many were big hits. Some found small cult audiences. Still others just hung on as best they could and never posted numbers quite low enough to be…

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…