The best animated series ever, from Adventure Time to whatever The Zeta Project is

The A.V. Club kicked off its A.V. To Z feature last month with a rundown of the best obscure Simpsons characters from chimpan-A to chimpan-Z. Now we’re back with another look at animation—albeit a broader one. This time, writers sifted through the hundreds if not thousands of animated shows that have graced the small…

“I forget who I am—who am I?”: 23-plus alter egos of sitcom characters

1. Art Vandelay (George Costanza, Seinfeld)
The average episode of Seinfeld has at least one good time-delayed punchline, a well-constructed payoff to seemingly unrelated story threads, coincidental character meetings, or the antisocial behavior of its main characters. George Costanza stepping into the identity of…

Jon Lovitz will kick your ass: 20-plus unexpectedly badass performances from established non-badasses

1. Jon Lovitz, Southland Tales (2006)
Jon Lovitz came to America’s attention as a bumbling sad-sack on Saturday Night Live, best known for running gags like the “Girl Watchers” series, where he and Tom Hanks played two atonal, self-denigrating drips who dismissed every woman they saw as “waaaaay out of our league.” He…

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