We burned down their city hall: 14 epic rivalries between fictional towns

1. Pawnee vs. Eagleton, Parks And Recreation
When Pawnee, Indiana, was founded (fictionally, of course) in 1817, a group of the town’s wealthiest and snobbiest citizens disagreed with the town’s placement and fled to form their own town, Eagleton. Situated on a hill just slightly above Pawnee, Eagleton is everything…

The very best fictional concerts

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The hole in the middle: 16 shows whose lead characters are their least interesting

1. WKRP In Cincinnati, Andy Travis
Building a television ensemble is a tricky proposition. There must be enough outsized characters to keep the laughs (or the drama) coming, but the show also has to stay grounded. To manage this balancing act, shows often end up building around a down-to-earth lead who acts as…

Killing the mood music

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Fuck! The A.V. Club staff’s favorite uses of the F-word in media

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“Got me a movie / I want you to know”: 15 musical works inspired by visual art

1. Nat King Cole, “Mona Lisa” (1950)
Most songs are inspired by songwriters’ emotions or a story that they want to tell, but some are reactions to other works of art. While that usually means other songs, visual art also sometimes serves as a catalyst for songwriters. Nat King Cole’s iconic “Mona Lisa,” written by Ray…

16 concert films (and one concert series) by famous directors

1. Stop Making Sense (1984), Jonathan Demme
The promotional efforts for Jonathan Demme’s 1984 collaboration with Talking Heads centered on a series of rhetorical questions about the film’s most esoteric moments, like “Where do the odd movements come from?” and “Why a big suit?” But none of these serve as a mission…

Re-visiting the pop culture moments of 1983

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Reaching new depths of desperation: 11 (mostly lousy) sequels released in 1983

1. Jaws 3-D
As a quick look of the following list will confirm, picking the worst sequel of 1983 is an exercise in futility. But when it comes to choosing which has the greatest disparity in quality between itself and the original, Jaws 3-D may be the undisputed winner (or loser, as it were). After flirting with the…

Separating art from its creators

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What book or series of books should be made into a TV show?

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“Those writers make a lot of money”: 12 works of unpublished or unproduced TV fiction

1. Paul Kinsey’s Star Trek script, Mad Men
Breaking Bad’s typically grim, full-throttle mid-fifth-season première allows itself at least one reprieve, during which Heisenberg associate Brandon “Badger” Mayhew details his plot for a spec Star Trek script. Matt Jones isn’t alone among AMC stars who’ve dreamed up…

What upcoming 2013 entertainment are you most anticipating?

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What have been the best movies of the year?

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“Do you ever get the feeling everything in America is completely fucked up?”: 11 anti-American sentiments in movies and TV

1. “Don’t forget what you’re celebrating, and that’s the fact that a bunch of slave-owning, aristocratic, white males didn’t want to pay their taxes,” Dazed And Confused (1993)
The high school students in Richard Linklater’s Dazed And Confused don’t care about authority figures, even when those figures are…