Which pop-culture depictions of sex work resonate most with actual sex workers? 

The Deuce, David Simon’s sleazy, big-hearted look at porn and prostitution in ‘70s New York City, returned for its second season last night, delivering a compelling hour reintroducing us to sprawling ensemble. Still, though the show may offer a raw, empathetic look into the era’s subculture, that doesn’t mean it…

Oh… I haven’t seen it”: 15 deep-cut Halloween costumes from 2017 pop culture

Halloween draws nigh, and with it the annual parade of ghosts and goblins, trolls and Trumps, pumpkins and David S. Pumpkins, and other, equally obvious guises drawn from the well of contemporary pop culture. But you read The A.V. Club (or, at least, you scroll past it on the way to the comments). Your refined tastes…

Maggie Gyllenhaal proves she’s the queen of The Deuce in a powerful performance

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The “Emmy for Maggie Gyllenhaal” train was already speeding its way down the tracks, and “What Kind Of Bad?” heaps a whole mountain of coal into the engine. Gyllenhaal shines in an episode that’s both a restatement and a validation of her character’s m.o., giving us Candy’s side of the story from beneath the jabbering…

The Deuce is gripping TV, but like many HBO series, it's awfully rough on its female characters

On last week’s episode of The A.V. Club Hosted By John Teti—which airs Thursday nights, only on Fusion TV—TV editor Erik Adams and host John Teti discussed the big fall TV shows of 2017. In this outtake, Adams and Teti go a little deeper on what Adams considers one of the best new series of the year. David Simon and…