A weak finale suggests Shameless wasn’t even aware it needed to redeem a wasted season

One of the central criticisms of the past few seasons of Shameless has been its attempts to rewrite its own history—the end of “Gallavich” (Ian and Mickey’s relationship) was necessary due to Noel Fisher’s exit, but the way the show reframed their relationship as purely destructive and worked to basically erase Mickey…

What’s missing from our list of the year’s best TV shows?

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

The A.V. Club’s 20 best TV shows of 2017

The A.V. Club’s picks for the top TV of 2017 carry with them a hint of escapism: otherworldly settings, larger-than-life characters, lavish costumes, talking horses, kitchens straight out of an interior designer’s wildest fantasies. Whatever could we be trying to escape from? And could we reasonably expect our glowing…

The best TV of 2017: The ballots

In The A.V. Club’s attempt to carve the mountain of TV released in 2017 into a monument commemorating the year’s best programming, we took a slightly different tack than in years past: Ballots were limited to 10 shows apiece, separating the absolute favorites from the fondly remembered and the honorable mentions. Once…

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“Skip intro”: Netflix could’ve saved TV title sequences, but now it’s killing them

GLOW opens with a dynamic and evocative introduction to the world of women’s wrestling. Set to Scandal’s “The Warrior,” the title sequence uses rotoscoped, neon imagery to visualize the distinctly feminized spectacle that the Netflix series both captures and subverts over the course of its first season. I was already…

Blood is thicker than water, maybe, but Ice beckons as Game Of Thrones closes its season (experts)

Welcome to the “Experts” reviews of Game Of Thrones here at The A.V. Club, which are written from the perspective of someone who has read George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Originally, these reviews were a necessity, creating a space where those who had read the books could freely discuss upcoming story