The Shivering Truth's comedy can't live up to some of the most gut-churning imagery in Adult Swim history

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Almost everything in Vernon Chatman’s shuddering body-horror of work—from MTV2’s cult classic Wonder Showzen, to Adult Swim’s ugly-as-a-point-of-pride Xavier: Renegade Angel, to the backwoods soap-opera horror of The Heart, She Holler—has carried the half-logical madness of a really great nightmare. Chatman has a…

The RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular is really just an hour-long info-ho-ho-mercial

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There’s a moment in the first 10 minutes of RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular thats reveal exactly what kind of spectacular we’re in for. There are hints before then—“candid” moments that are clearly scripted, a striking lack of nervousness and bravado on the workroom entrances, an energy more obviously…

Everyone's losing it on a Fizzy Rock-fueled Riverdale

Riverdale’s “core four” may be scattered to the wind, but that doesn’t stop Hiram Lodge from making all of their lives more complicated. The titular “Man In Black” is the connective tissue of a particularly loopy Riverdale, which sees Archie fantasizing about farm life, Veronica downing virgin martinis, and Betty…

The A.V. Club is recapping The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The best TV title sequences of 2018

The state of opening credits and theme songs on TV in 2018 is one of contradictions: The 800-pound streaming gorilla in the living room encourages its subscribers’ impatience while at the same time those apparently disposable commodities are pored over and analyzed like any other element of television in the internet…

Everyone's thinking about the past and the future on the latest Modern Family

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It’s somewhat comforting to see that Modern Family isn’t done with Dede just yet. When she died earlier this year—off camera and out of nowhere—it felt like a very random choice that resulted in a good episode, but that wouldn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Dede was never a major character, but it’d feel…

In Riverdale, the world revolves around “The Man In Black”

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Last season, Riverdale had an episode that still stands out for how different it was from the rest of the season and series, “Chapter Twenty: Tales From The Darkside.” While it’s an episode that ultimately exists with the knowledge after the fact that the series couldn’t quite live up to the plot points, standards,…

"Halleloo"—it's The A.V. Club's most anticipated TV of December

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (and other winter solstice-adjacent holidays), both in stores and on our screens. This December, prepare to have your stockings stuffed and bedazzled with seasonally appropriate specials from Nailed It!, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina. Of course, not…

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