The A.V. Club 7 April 2018

Trading Spaces is back, hideous design aesthetic and all

Long, long ago, before Property Brothers, shiplap, and 10 million iterations of House Hunters ruled the home improvement marketplace, there was Trading Spaces. A dorky little show that put TLC on the cable map, Trading Spaces launched in 2000 and asked “what if you gave your neighbors $1,000 and free rein to re-do a…Read more...

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Insane genius crafts a secret, 500-plus-tweet tribute to Avril Lavigne

It seemed simple enough, at first: A fairly innocuous post from Twitter user @brainmage—a.k.a. comic and voice actor Guy Kelly—asking users to read through his social media timeline, noting the first word of every tweet. It might not have even made sense at first; it’s not like, “Hey,” “Hey,” “You,” and “You”…Read more...

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Saturday's Best Deals: Travel Pillow, Crabby Wallets, Eneloop Batteries, and More

A new version of our readers’ favorite travel pillow, $10 minimalist wallets, and the best rechargeable batteries lead off Saturday’s best deals from around the web. Read more...

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These Japanese candy commercials stretch a simple, everyday penis metaphor into a bizarre multi-part soap opera

It sometimes feels like the serialized commercial—admittedly, a niche area of interest in the first place—has become a dying art. We’re decades past the golden age of the Taster’s Choice (or Gold Blend, depending on which side of the Atlantic you’re on) couple, for instance, and even those David Harbour Tide ads from…Read more...

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Read This: Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of The Office's "Dinner Party" with an in-depth oral history of one of the show's darkest, funniest moments

“Dinner Party” is often held up—rightly—as one of the enduring highlights of NBC’s The Office, an anxiety rollercoaster of cringe comedy that mixes some serious darkness into one of the funniest scripts the show ever produced. Forcing relative-normals Jim and Pam into close quarters with their most annoying co-workers…Read more...

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How to take a bath

There are several things you’ll want for an ideal bath, but there is only one thing you need: an overflow drain cover. (I’m assuming you already have a cover for the bottom drain if you’re a regular bath taker.) This stops water from escaping out of that annoying drain on the side of the tub, beneath the faucet, and…Read more...

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Kaitlin Olson says Glenn Howerton will almost certainly show up on-camera on this season of It's Always Sunny

It’s been more than a year since the last season of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia ended on a major cliffhanger, with semi-sociopathic malcontent Dennis Reynolds bailing on Paddy’s Pub to take a stab at responsible fatherhood—and co-star Glenn Howerton suggesting he might not be coming back. A year later, and…Read more...

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There's a New Version of Our Readers' Favorite Travel Pillow, and It's $10 Off Today

It may be time for a new reader poll, because Cabeau just improved our readers’ favorite travel pillow, and the new model just got its first discount ever.Read more...

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A Quiet Place, You Were Never Really Here, and the monsters we don't see

What Are You Watching? is a weekly space for The A.V Club’s staff and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on film and TV. Read more...

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Gilmore Girls season 7 is the series’ darkest timeline

“Knit, People, Knit!,” season seven, episode nine, originally aired 11/28/2006 Read more...

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7 halfway-decent proposals, Trixie Mattel, and more: The week in features

The KLF, Dead Moon, and some band called Nirvana were the bleeding edge of ’89Read more...

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Paterno fumbles college football’s biggest scandal

At this point, HBO’s real-life-scandal-based TV movies—its Emmy-bait character studies of influence and notoriety, its Profiles In Hubris—are something like an annual tradition. But the pay-cable titan’s long-in-the-works, Al Pacino-led drama about the fall of the popular Penn State football coach Joe “Joe Pa” Paterno…Read more...

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Get Our Readers' Favorite Batteries and a Charger For Just $15, While It Lasts

Rechargeable batteries only really work if you have...a charger. $15 today gets you four of our readers’ favorite AAs, plus a charger that can accommodate them and rechargeable AAAs. Add in some of Eneloop’s C and D spacers, and it’s effectively a universal charger.Read more...

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