We asked a couple Nickelodeon stars why now is the perfect time for a Double Dare comeback

If you haven’t heard yet, Double Dare returned to Nickelodeon earlier this summer, the cable network’s second attempt at reviving the family game show. While the basic formula remains the same—two teams compete to win prizes by answering trivia questions and completing the notoriously smelly obstacle course—they’ve…

Air Bud vs. Old Yeller? The creators of HBO’Animals pit famous animals against each other

With the third season of HBO’s animated series Animals underway, The A.V. Club jumped into a swan boat on Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles with creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano to talk about the new slate of episodes. While on the lake, we played a game with the pair called “Which Animal Would Win?” where we pit…

All That’s Kel Mitchell and Lori Beth Denberg love being a part of ’90s nostalgia

Being a part of a show as beloved as Nickelodeon’s All That can have its perks, at least that’s how former cast members Kel Mitchell and Lori Beth Denberg tell it (for one, Mitchell gets free burgers pretty much everywhere he goes, provided he performs the Good Burger greeting for everyone in the restaurant). But it…

The creators of HBO’s Animals count down their 5 favorite animated shows of all time

With the third season of HBO’s animated series Animals just around the corner, The A.V. Club jumped into a swan boat on Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles with creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano to talk about the upcoming slate of episodes. While on the water, we got Matarese and Luciano to list their five favorite…

Marcia Clark returns to the courtroom, and other things we learned about Animals season 3

With the third season of HBO’s animated series Animals just around the corner, The A.V. Club jumped into a swan boat on Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles with creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano to talk about the upcoming slate of episodes. While on the water, we learned Bob Balaban loves to rap, Jameela Jamil is a…

Simon Pegg and Vaughn Stein’s new film Terminal draws influence from Blade Runner and 1984

The A.V. Club recently sat down with writer-director of the new film Terminal, Vaughn Stein (The Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes), and star Simon Pegg, to discuss the advantages of indie filmmaking versus the typical big-budget, studio fare. Additionally, they discuss the cinematic influences that informed the look of…

Here's a look back at some of Stranger Things’ most striking visual homages

Stranger Things is a show drenched in nostalgia, from its John Carpenter-inspired theme song to its constant riffing on the pop culture of the day. Its creators, sibling duo the Duffer brothers, never shy away from the era they’re trying to invoke. In honor of the second season premiering this Friday, The A.V. Club

Tom Hanks the writer is no Tom Hanks the actor, but his new book Uncommon Type is pretty good

It’s possible, but highly improbable, for one person to be so gifted they excel at everything they attempt. That’s the thing about polymaths; they’re exceedingly rare. While Tom Hanks’ debut short story collection Uncommon Type does not earn him a place next to Steve Martin or the late Sam Shepard on the dais of those…

The “impossible burger” bleeds, but does it taste good?

Earlier this year, the food scientists at Impossible Foods came up with a recipe for a meatless burger patty using wheat, potato, and soy protein. The difference between this and most other vegan patties is the inclusion of coconut oil, to help replicate the texture of beef, and a compound called heme, to replicate…

9 of our favorite Tom Petty songs

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

Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, and more albums to expect in September

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out

What are you listening to this week?

For reasons that don’t really go beyond pure serendipity, I’ve been spending a lot of time back inside Two Steps From The Blues, the essential debut album of legendary bluesman Bobby Bland. Like a lot of records from that period, it’s basically a collection of singles, and every track is an absolute belter, showcasing…

Kesha, The War On Drugs, and more music to expect in August

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out

What’s your favorite non-guitar solo?

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