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Will this season of Survivor ever take off?

Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs. Read more...

Law And Order: SVU is doing a Weinstein episode, still hasn't aired its Trump episode

The Law & Order brand used to pride itself on its “ripped from the headlines” plots, which gave its various shows countless opportunities to weigh in on hot-button topics while keeping enough distance from reality to avoid looking like it was actually exploiting real victims. Unfortunately, whatever power “ripped from… Read more...

The Gifted tries to tweak distant-dad boilerplate while under "threat of eXtinction"

No wonder Reed Strucker’s face radiates so much consternation so much of the time. In “threat of eXtinction,” we learn that he suffers from the hoariest of backstories, the father he resents for never being there. And so he then must suffer through the hoariest of resolutions to absent-father resentment: the… Read more...

A return to lightness still has Lucifer questioning facade vs. reality

In the wake of last week’s phenomenal “Off The Record,” it appeared that Lucifer would just get back to season three as usual. After all, “Off The Record” was a season two holdover and as standalone as it could possibly be. Except for the fact that the one-off character just so happened to be the ex-husband of series… Read more...

Future Man's riff on Fatal Attraction is decidedly non-lethal

Just to get this out of the way: I have not seen the film Fatal Attraction. It is entirely possible that the bulk of this episode, a farcical series of misunderstandings in Dr. Kronish’s house involving Josh wearing fishnets and chaps, a gay reverend, a dead cat, and a prostitute with excellent ’80s hair is much… Read more...

Even in the wilds of The Jungle Movie, Hey Arnold! rarely loses sight of its heart

It’s been 13 years since the last new episode of Hey Arnold!, “Phoebe’s Little Problem/Grandpa’s Packard,” aired on Nickelodeon. But the show’s true finale was “The Journal,” a two-part, story-within-a-story that told the tale of how Arnold’s absent parents met, married, and gave birth to a son in the fictional,… Read more...

Turns out it’s the perfect time to watch Wild West women take aim at marauding men in Godless

Scripted TV usually doesn’t have the luxury of timeliness. Late-night talk shows, sure, maybe the occasional animated satire. But the relevancy of a series like The Handmaid’s Tale is the result of reading the wind, sensing that something, just something, in the air has folks prepped for a cautionary tale about a… Read more...

She’s Gotta Have It is Spike Lee’s best work in decades

She’s Gotta Have It is good. If you look at Spike Lee’s career, it’s easy to fault him for his missteps: He has difficulties portraying characters outside of his male experience, his range is often harmed when his ideas get too expansive or the material is too different from his own life. All of these issues caused… Read more...

Feast your eyes: 37 TV shows to stream for Thanksgiving 2017

The time has come once again for Americans to give thanks for all they have, be it scarce (like time) or plentiful (like all the television content, produced Stateside and abroad, currently pumped into our homes via broadband). And while we wouldn’t begrudge anyone their long weekend Stranger Things marathons or their… Read more...

Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan is developing a late-night show 

According to Variety, Fox is preparing to get back in the late-night talk show game with an untitled project hosted by Neal Brennan, the co-creator of Chappelle’s Show and a former writer for Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show. Along with hosting, Brennan will also write, direct, and executive produce, with … Read more...

Future Man makes an unfortunately boring pit stop in 2017

Who would have guessed that 2017 would be the worst possible setting for a time travel show? (Besides everyone.) If your characters have access to a time travel device that will let them go to any other years, why wouldn’t they? There have been a few strong episodes sent in the present, but as it becomes increasingly… Read more...

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… Read more...

Fred Armisen to star in a Spanish-language pilot for HBO 

According to Variety, Fred Armisen has sold a Spanish-language pilot to HBO that he’ll write, executive produce, and star in. The project is a half-hour comedy called Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen, and it’s reportedly about a group of friends in a “dreamy version” of Mexico City who are “obsessed with horror… Read more...

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… Read more...

The Punisher gets lost in the woods, literally and figuratively

There’s a weird video game-like quality to how this season of The Punisher is structured. We know Frank and Micro’s overall goal is to take down Agent Orange, but the steps to actually doing so are presented like these weird, disconnected fetch quests. Case in point: After completing last episode’s mission of getting… Read more...

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Marvel’s The Punisher: B- | Future Man: A- | Lucifer: B+ | The Gifted: B- | Supergirl: B | Saturday Night Live: B+ | The Walking Dead: B | Search Party (season premiere): A-/A- | Curb Your Enthusiasm: B+  Read more...

Mon-El’s return to Supergirl comes with a timey wimey twist

“Wake Up” feels different than your average episode of Supergirl. There’s very little in the way of action and there isn’t a traditional villain for Kara to fight. It’s pretty much just a straight sci-fi character drama with a Twilight Zone-esque twist at the end. It’s an outing that easily could’ve felt like filler,… Read more...

Harley Quinn is getting her own cartoon on DC's new streaming platform

Warner Bros. is preparing to launch a new DC Comics-focused video streaming service that will have new episodes of Young Justice and a live-action Teen Titans show called Titans, but neither of those are the sort of sure-fire hit that a new streaming service needs if it’s going to make a splash out of the gate.… Read more...

8 women come forward with harassment allegations against Charlie Rose

According to a report from The Washington Post, eight women have come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Charlie Rose, accusing the TV newshost of making “unwanted sexual advances,” including “lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks, or genital… Read more...

Future Man takes a trip to The Abyss in an extended homage to visionary linguist James Cameron

There’s an odd contradiction at the heart of Future Man: The show is trying to do a plot straight out of an ’80s sci-fi movie, in a world where the characters know about and can play off of those conventions. That means that sometimes the show can have its cake and eat it too, but it also means that Future Man … Read more...

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