Frank’s Place celebrated the best of human life—and of New Orleans

As the ’80s passed its midpoint, there was an increasing sense that the multi-camera sitcom had done all it could. It’s not hard to see why this was the case. Writers who had come up on the socially conscious, workplace sitcoms of the ’70s were increasingly slotted into family comedies with cute kids, because that’s…

Soundgarden both redefined and transcended grunge on 1994’s Superunknown

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, a blatant rip-off of TV Club’s TV Roundtable feature. Here, music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. This week, we’re talking about Soundgarden’s 1994 album Superunknown, which is getting a 5-disc deluxe reissue.

A celebration of VHS, a sexy TV series, and some Shiva

Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story Of The VHS Collector
People will collect just about anything, and the idea of collecting a basically obsolete format seems just about as pointless as collecting porcelain figurines. But the obsessives in the documentary Adjust Your Tracking aren’t just grabbing anything released…

It’s Community versus The Good Wife in the Tournament Of Episodes’ final match

Welcome to the Tournament Of Episodes, an unending game of bloodsport between some of the best episodes of the 2013-14 TV season, inspired by The Morning News’ Tournament Of Books. To learn more and see the schedule, go here.

What’s your personal pop culture hell?

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…

Beyond the Wall: 23 entertainments to keep you sated until Game Of Thrones returns

1. Spartacus
Game Of Thrones has left the air for another long hiatus. The HBO fantasy series became an even bigger hit in its fourth season, and at times seemed as if it was the only TV show airing, so breathlessly did the show’s fans and pretty much everybody in the media hype every twist and turn. (We at The A.V.

“Kramer, meet Feldman”: 19 TV Bizarros

1-4. Kevin, Gene, Feldman, and Vargas, Seinfeld (1996)
Introduced to the Seinfeld universe in season eight’s “The Soul Mate,” Tim DeKay’s Kevin is depicted as a perfect match for Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Elaine. They’re introduced through a mutual skepticism toward procreation, though those convictions aren’t as strong a…