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Police brutality takes many different forms in the quietly powerful Monsters And Men Police brutality takes many different forms in the quietly powerful Monsters And Men

The public policy around police-involved shootings of unarmed African-Americans hasn’t progressed much since civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri pointed klieg lights at the issue four years ago. In the same period, the Black Lives Matter movement has precipitated enough scripted content to occupy its own bleak…

Ethan Hawke introduces an unsung country renegade in the intimate biopic Blaze Ethan Hawke introduces an unsung country renegade in the intimate biopic Blaze

Of the many challenges writer-director Ethan Hawke dealt himself in dramatizing the life of unsung country musician Blaze Foley, the biggest of them is simply justifying the exercise. Foley wasn’t a household name, at least for anyone who didn’t grow up behind a Texarkana dive bar, and his discography is limited to a…

Dre and Bow confront their demons in Black-ish's most challenging season finale yet Dre and Bow confront their demons in Black-ish's most challenging season finale yet

First things first: Thank God and Channing Dungey for a forthcoming fifth season of Black-ish.

As Atlanta’s Robbin’ Season comes to an end, Earn pulls off a daring reverse heist As Atlanta’s Robbin’ Season comes to an end, Earn pulls off a daring reverse heist

Of the many compliments that can be hurled at Atlanta, the highest has to do with the show’s tendency to dramatically shapeshift from week-to-week. It’s a horror anthology. It’s an indie comedy. It’s a commentary on contemporary black life. It’s a high-art after-school special about the grave consequences of fashion…

Atlanta can be anything it damn well pleases, even a coming-of-age period piece Atlanta can be anything it damn well pleases, even a coming-of-age period piece

“FUBU” has a vestigial quality, which probably sounds like an insult, but it’s not intended to. Perhaps it’s because Atlanta has acclimated its audience to ten-episode seasons, and Robbin’ Season features 11, including “FUBU,” the first episode of the show in which none of the regular cast members appear. But it feels…

Another chaotic road trip leads to a fateful confrontation in Atlanta Robbin' Season Another chaotic road trip leads to a fateful confrontation in Atlanta Robbin' Season

Nine episodes into Atlanta Robbin’ Season, each of the four central characters has lived their own surreal horror movie. In “Helen,” Earn was stalked by the Schnappviecher but ultimately succumbed to his fear of commitment. Darius witnessed the bloody final confrontation between Teddy Perkins and his brother after…

A look at 10 episodes that showcase the highs and lows of Showtime’s Weeds

Set in the fictional Los Angeles suburb of Agrestic, California—a town remarkably lenient on marijuana use—Weeds follows Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), an affluent single mother of two, as she learns the business of selling drugs. In honor of today’s “holiday,” we’re taking a look at 10 episodes that best…

Keeping it real goes wrong for Alfred in a brilliant, harrowing Atlanta Keeping it real goes wrong for Alfred in a brilliant, harrowing Atlanta

It’s hard to tell if anything will ever truly stick in the Atlanta universe. At the risk of belaboring the point, we’re now two full episodes out from “Teddy Perkins,” and that ghoul-white visage continues to haunt my dreams, and yet here is Darius looking no worse for the wear. Hell, he’s even making fresh pasta, if…

Van has fake people showing fake love to her in a very Atlanta New Year's Eve Van has fake people showing fake love to her in a very Atlanta New Year's Eve

Van is, now as ever, Atlanta’s most and least accessible character. She’s certainly been the most relatable, in that her daily life looks somewhat similar to that of a regular person. (Which goes a long way when Al and Darius are making backwoods drug deals with Migos.) In season one, Van was a working mother…

With Darius behind the wheel, Atlanta becomes an American horror story With Darius behind the wheel, Atlanta becomes an American horror story

“Teddy Perkins” is the sixth episode of Atlanta’s second season, a point by which most television shows have become whatever they’re going to be. Even Master Of None, Atlanta’s closest auteur sitcom peer, settled into a groove by the back half of its second season, save for occasional experiments like the Emmy-winning…

In an underwhelming Atlanta, Alfred is subjected to the most unkindest cut of all In an underwhelming Atlanta, Alfred is subjected to the most unkindest cut of all

Atlanta goes heavy on the callbacks, which is to be expected of any sitcom that strives to build its own alternate reality. But Atlanta has never done a callback quite as overt as the moment in “Barbershop” when Alfred’s gifted-yet-troubled barber Bibby (standup comedian Robert S. Powell III) forces him to watch a…

Earn and Van come to a dead end in Atlanta's oddest tourist destination Earn and Van come to a dead end in Atlanta's oddest tourist destination

In most durable couples, there’s a dancer and a spectator, the person anxiously waiting for “Hot In Herre” to play at the wedding reception and the person who’s convinced themselves their body is a load-bearing pillar. In Earn and Van’s complicated situationship, it’s pretty clear which one is which. It’s equally…

Money can buy love in Atlanta, unless you're Earn Money can buy love in Atlanta, unless you're Earn

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s especially true in Atlanta, a show that’s most comfortable when its characters are in an awkward state of arrested development. In the season premiere, Earn was officially homeless again, while Van was desperately looking for new professional opportunities…

There's no honor among hustlers during Atlanta Robbin' Season There's no honor among hustlers during Atlanta Robbin' Season

To clear up what appears to be a common misconception I’ve seen in most coverage of Robbin’ Season, the concept behind this season’s subtitle isn’t specific to Atlanta and probably didn’t even originate here. It was, after all, the D.C.-based rapped Shy Glizzy who recorded a song called “Robbin’ Season,” a lyrically…

Earn, Al, and Darius aim for better as Atlanta heralds the start of Robbin' Season Earn, Al, and Darius aim for better as Atlanta heralds the start of Robbin' Season

In the run-up to the second season of Atlanta, Donald Glover’s comments to the press have revealed two interesting themes about his approach. The first is that Glover wants the quasi-anthologized Robbin’ Season to be better than the show’s first batch of episodes, and the second is that his writers’ room spent a lot…

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

Nathan For You relies, yet again, on the power of celebrity  Nathan For You relies, yet again, on the power of celebrity 

The fun of Nathan For You lies in the unpredictability of its format. A Nathan episode doesn’t follow predictable beats like the reality shows it’s modeled after, it takes a totally different shape each week based on the needs of the story. An installment of, say, Kitchen Nightmares follows a story structure you can…

Nathan For You kicks off season 4 by celebrating Nathan’s past...uh, successes? Nathan For You kicks off season 4 by celebrating Nathan’s past...uh, successes?

“I Came Out A Believer,” Molly Lambert’s Grantland piece from 2014, remains the closest thing to a proper, thorough accounting of the lasting impact of Nathan For You on the entrepreneurs who have appeared on it. As much as Nathan Fielder’s surreal format borrows from the “small business makeover” reality subgenre, …

Wet Hot’s 10-year anniversary ends, and ends, and ends happily ever after Wet Hot’s 10-year anniversary ends, and ends, and ends happily ever after

The hard part of processing the final act of Ten Years Later is figuring out what exactly happened to the Camp Firewood crew. It’s also the fun part. A lot of stuff happens between “Dance” and “End Summer Night’s Dream,” and for the vast majority of the Wet Hot characters, the conclusion of Ten Years Later is about as…

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