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David Harbour took some adorable high school senior pictures with a fan, complete with pom-poms and trombone

David Harbour’s Stranger Things character, Jim Hopper, might occasionally struggle to keep his promises, but the actor himself is apparently a man of his word. So when a California teenager asked him last year how many retweets she’d need to get him to take her high school senior photos with her—and then managed to…

Let’s start again: 12 resolutions for pop culture in 2018

It’s a New Year, and with it comes the opportunity for a fresh start—to take a hard and unflinching look at the areas in our lives that could stand to be improved, then to immediately give up on that and start thinking about how pop culture can better distract us from our problems. In what has become an annual…

What’s missing from our list of the year’s best TV shows?

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…

Big Little Lies and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri lead 2018 SAG Awards nominees

The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations are out, and the frontrunners will be familiar to anyone who’s watched premium cable, independent films, or just looked over the Golden Globes nominees this year. Big Little Lies and Three Billboards In Ebbing, Missouri lead their respective packs, with the HBO drama…

Netflix users were more interested in American Vandal’s dicks than The Confession Tapes

Even though Netflix is loath to tell us exactly how many of its subscribers are watching what, the streaming platform does release its own year-end list of superlatives like any good media company. And the original series that users couldn’t get enough of, that they binged at a rate of 2+ hours of viewing per day,…

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Marvel's Runaways hits the rewind button in its momentum-halting second episode 

The first episode of Marvel’s Runaways was intriguing but burdened with the task of delving into the personality quirks and backstories of six main characters. So, naturally, the second episode of Marvel’s Runaways...delves into the backstories and personality quirks of twelve more main characters. “Rewind”—probably…

In a slow premiere, Marvel’s Runaways feels like Degrassi meets Defenders

Ever since a bully first pointed to Peter Parker in Amazing Fantasy #15 and said, “that bookworm wouldn’t know a cha-cha from a waltz”—an absolutely devastating burn in 1962—comic book heroics and high school drama have existed in perfect harmony. After all, the selling point of comic books is that they are human…

Pete Holmes wishes the internet would stop spoiling Stranger Things 2

It’s been pretty difficult to avoid Stranger Things 2 details over the past couple of weeks, especially if you read our site. Luckily, the furor over Netflix’s hit is dying down, which is great news for Pete Holmes. Unfortunately, the Crashing star hasn’t finished the second season which has made the last few weeks…