Caroll Spinney, the man behind Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch, is retiring from Sesame Street

For nearly 50 years, in thousands of episodes (the precise count is unknown), Caroll Spinney has played two of Sesame Street’s most iconic characters: The show’s 8-foot-tall spirit of childhood innocence and curiosity, Big Bird, and his trashcan-dwelling inverse, Oscar The Grouch. And though it’s been some time since…

New York: Come get creeped out with John Darnielle, Molly Ringwald, Michael Shannon, and us

It’s October, which means The A.V. Club is swept up in our annual hunt for all things thrilling, chilling, or some combination of the two. In at least one instance, the horrors have found us: On October 24, we’ll be in New York sponsoring an evening of “speculative, spooky, sensational stories” curated by AVC favorite…

Chris Gethard on his new book, his old TV show, and not taking the “cult” part of “cult hero” literally

It’s always a good time to talk to Chris Gethard. Hundreds of people regularly vie for that opportunity, waiting for him to tweet the phone number for Beautiful/Anonymous, a podcast that is built entirely of Gethard taking calls from unidentified strangers. But now seems like a particularly good time to talk to the…

Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men follow-up, The Romanoffs, is a handsome pretender to the throne

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The last (and first) time Matthew Weiner created a TV show, it was one of the great American works about a great American pastime: pretending. The characters in the Mad Men showrunner’s latest are bonded by that act as well: Each episode of the Amazon anthology series The Romanoffs features at least one character…

The Good Place, annotated:  “Everything Is Bonzer!”

In addition to being one of the best shows on TV, The Good Place is a dense knot of running jokes, visual humor, references to dense philosophy tomes, and breadcrumbs for later episodes. In order to help you keep it all straight, The A.V. Club will be annotating the show’s third season. Catch something that we didn’t?

Demi Adejuyigbe’s “September” dance is back, with a charitable bonus

Songwriter Allee Willis says there’s no real significance to the date that Maurice White reminisces upon in the first line of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September”; “the 21st night of September” just fit the towering funk jam. Little did Willis or White expect that they’d be forever circling a square on the pop-culture…