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Winnie and Kevin Probably Slept Together and 11 Other Things We Learned at Last Night’s Wonder Years Reunion

Last night at 92Y, our favorite Robert F. Kennedy Junior-High-Schoolers — Kevin Arnold, Winnie Cooper, and Paul Pfeiffer — waxed nostalgic before 200 fans during their “first public appearance together in front of a live audience,” promoting season one of The Wonder Years on DVD. Only hours had passed since Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, and Josh Saviano appeared on Good Morning America together, so there weren’t many hugs or how’ve-you-beens exchanged backstage. Still, it was fun to watch them watch generation-old clips of their precocious selves selected by the effusive moderator, "Fresh Air" TV critic David Bianculli. Vulture picked up a few factoids at the event.

It took six takes to film Kevin and Winnie’s first kiss. »

How Much Do You Know About American Horror Story? Take Our SAT Exam

Can you cast with the witches on Coven? Can you hang with the residents of Briarcliff? How about the ghosts of Murder House? As Freak Show, the anthology series' fourth incarnation, takes off, take our AHS SAT and prove you know Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's messed-up worlds inside and out.

11 TV Families You Wanted to Join If You Were Born in the ’80s

For the better part of the ’80s, the “situation” part of many situation comedies involved a single house, a wacky family, and the various slings and arrows of regular life. Using the small screen to peek inside the homes of families as varied as the Seavers, the Tanners (two sets of them!), and the Winslows became a winning formula, resulting in more than a few '80s kids wishing that they could jump ship and join up with their favorite fictional families. Here are 11 you probably imagined being a part of if you were born in the '80s.

Hippie parents typically means loose household rules. »

The Big Bang Theory Recap: Financial Aid

It’s at this point that I feel the need to say that I genuinely like The Big Bang Theory. There have been many episodes, many moments, certainly, that I’ve loved. For all the haters who dismiss it, sometimes quite angrily, as an overrated, under-funny broad comedy, I could provide a list off the top of my head of what I consider classic sitcom moments from the show. And Jim Parsons’ performance as Sheldon? He’s earned those Emmys.

And then there’s season eight, which, with this episode, is 25 percent done, and even the most diehard BBT fan has to be waiting on a hint of one of those classic moments. As has been stated previously, season eight is a tough place to be. Not that many sitcoms run that long, and most that do aren’t at their peak by that point. Friends season eight was the year with Rachel’s pregnancy, Joey’s crush on Rachel, the lame Sean Penn guest arc, and Ross and Mona. Even Seinfeld’s eighth season was … bad example. Even in its first season post–Larry David, season eight was sometimes bizarre (or “Bizarro Jerry”), but still pretty great.

We’re mostly getting retread sitcom plots. »

Matthew Weiner and Kiernan Shipka on Mad Men’s Final Season

Mad Men was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame last night, adding yet another accolade to the show's long list of awards. Creator Matthew Weiner and actress Kiernan Shipka (who grew up before our very eyes as Sally Draper) were on hand at the Waldorf-Astoria. Vulture caught up with the pair to ask about Mad Men's final days.

"I have Roger's bar in my office." »

  • Posted 10/21/14 at 10:05 AM
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Matthew McConaughey Understood Every Word Rust Cohle Was Saying

Were you confused by True Detective's rambling monologues about death, God, and the M-brain theory? Matthew McConaughey wasn't. As the actor told GQ, "I spent many, many, many, many, many, many hours, if not days, writing to Nic Pizzolatto and asking, 'What are you saying here? What does this mean? Why is he saying it now?'" After all that effort, he probably even knows which lines were plagiarized. McConaughey adds that, since the show aired, he's been inundated with offers to play more cops, "but none of them could wear the jockstrap of Rusty Cohle." 

Sleepy Hollow Recap: The Ladies’ Man

After last night’s Sleepy Hollow episode, Ichabod Crane needs to go see a stand-up show to get a dose of “Women be shoppin’.” Even though Ichie’s spent more than a year in the present day, apparently, there was one sort of modern-day monster he’d managed to avoid until now: the psycho hose beast.

Crane’s cavalcade of women begins with Miss Caroline this week. »

Gotham Recap: What’s Altruism?

If nothing else, "Viper" confirms what even the most hopeful viewer has to begrudgingly admit about Gotham: It's only really good at treading water. Both last week's episode and this week’s are thematically cogent but dramatically inert. Which, again, is at least preferable to the shapeless collection of tangents that was the series premiere. But eventually, the training wheels have to come off Gotham, and the show needs to be judged on its present merits, or lack thereof. This is that point. Face it: We're five episodes in, and the show's most promising episode has been "The Balloonman," an endearingly goofy villain-of-the-week story. Yes, it's nice to finally have an hour where Gordon and his problems aren't the center of attention. But otherwise, this is just more of the same time-marking, Godfather III–esque campaigning and back-biting. 

Fish Mooney isn't particularly interesting, especially given Jada Pinkett Smith's pseudo–Earth Kitt vamping. »

Alan Cumming on Shia LaBeouf’s Cabaret Meltdown

Tonight on Conan, Alan Cumming gave his account of the now-famous incident wherein Shia LaBeouf was arrested for being disruptive during a performance of Cumming’s Cabaret. LaBeouf gave his own account of the whiskey-fueled debacle on Kimmel earlier this month, and Cumming adds, "I think he was really messed up, obviously … he was just wasted, and he was wasted from the second he walked into the thing." Still, Cumming was very gracious and forgiving about the whole thing, explaining that LaBeouf's justification for slapping him was that he was "the sexiest man he'd ever seen." There's no real good excuse for drunk-slapping someone in the midst of a live Broadway show, but we guess that's as good a reason as any?

  • Posted 10/20/14 at 11:42 PM
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Shonda Rhimes Responds to Twitter Criticism of Gay Sex Scenes on Her Shows

Shonda Rhimes had some choice words for one of her Twitter followers on Sunday night, in response to the tweeter's complaint that "The gay scenes in scandal and how to get away with murder are too much. There is no point and they add nothing to the plot.” In response, Shonda unleashed a torrent of furious Twitter wisdom upon us all (while simultaneously demonstrating top-notch use of the phrase "Bye, Felicia"):

Leslie Jones Promoted to SNL Featured Player

Deadline reports that SNL staff writer Leslie Jones has been promoted to featured player ahead of this week’s Jim Carrey show. Jones became a writer for the show following the talent search in early 2014 that resulted in the hiring of Sasheer Zamata, but her guest spots on "Weekend Update" — from her relationship-advice segment on this year's season premiere to her controversial "No. 1 Slave Draft Pick” bit about slavery last May — proved that she can hold her own in front of the camera as well. Congrats, Leslie!

HBO’s Documentary About Domestic Violence Is Difficult to Experience, Essential to Watch

It took longer for me to get through Private Violence, a feature-length profile of an advocate for battered women that airs on HBO tonight at 9 p.m., than any TV documentary I've seen. The filmmakers should consider this a compliment. I kept starting the damned thing and then stopping it after ten minutes, then watching it another ten minutes, then stopping, always to collect myself, or steel myself. If I'd seen it in a theater I might have left for a while, or watched certain scenes through splayed fingers. Anybody who's experienced the situations chronicled in this film will understand why: Domestic violence is a door marked "Do Not Open," and here is Private Violence, opening it, and saying, "Step inside, have a look." 

The key to the movie's effectiveness is the way it makes familiar stories concrete and immediate. »

Bethenny Frankel Returning to The Real Housewives of New York

Bethenny Frankel will return to The Real Housewives of New York City when the show comes back for its seventh season, Bravo announced today. (No word on when, exactly, the season will start, but probably around February or March, if history is any indicator.) Frankel was an original cast member and lasted for the show's first three seasons, eventually developing enough reality-TV momentum to tour as a solo act; she had two other Bravo shows, a short-lived daytime talk show, and a permanent spot in the tabloids chronicling her business ventures and ongoing divorce. Perhaps you can go home again, Bethenny. But will the other Real Housewives have changed the locks?

  • Posted 10/20/14 at 2:00 PM
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The Game of Thrones Costume Department Is Trolling George R.R. Martin

There's an apocryphal story in Game of Thrones fandom that goes like this: Around 1997, author George R.R. Martin saw Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin, and, like many other people, hated it. Martin's ire was particularly drawn to George Clooney's infamous bat-nipples, and he began looking for a way to get literary revenge. Whether or not the story is true, this much is fact: Starting with 1998's A Clash of Kings, the author introduced a new phrase to the Westerosi lexicon: "as useless as nipples on a breastplate." So far in the "Song of Ice and Fire" series, Martin has used the expression to describe everything from dragonglass knives to Grand Maester Pycelle. It's clear: Despite how much GRRM loves nipples in other contexts, he really does not like them on breastplates.

Why is why it's so funny to see these costumes from the show. »

  • Posted 10/20/14 at 1:46 PM
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You’ll Be Able to Stream Every Simpsons Episode Ever Starting Tomorrow

Commence cow-having: Simpsons World, the app/website/legal drug offering access to every episode of The Simpsons, will finally launch Tuesday. It’ll be available via website (, the FXNow iOS and Android apps, Xbox, Apple TV, and Samsung Smart TVs. (If you need a guide as to which episodes to watch, we've compiled the 100 best for you right here.) And in addition to letting you watch any episode you want (with commercials, FYI), FX promises these features at launch, per a release announcing the unveiling:  

“The Simpsons Heartbeat,” which organizes the complete catalogue of episodes by popularity. »

  • Posted 10/20/14 at 1:00 PM
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American Horror Story Creators to Do 2015 Horror-Comedy Anthology Titled Scream Queens

Glee will soon be gone, but Fox won’t be without a Ryan Murphy show next season: The network has green-lit production on Scream Queens, an American Horror Story–like anthology series that will mash up comedy and horror into 15 hour-long episodes. Each season will feature different settings and story lines, along with two female leads. (Not clear: whether the female stars will recur each season.) Murphy and co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan have already started writing the show, with production slated to begin in the spring for a fall 2015 debut. “We are having a blast writing Scream Queens,” Murphy said. “We hope to create a whole new genre — comedy-horror — and the idea is for every season to revolve around two female leads. We’ve already begun a nationwide search for those women, as well as 10 other supporting roles.” Murphy and Co. have become the masters of anthology, with their FX series American Horror Story giving FX its biggest audiences ever and plans in the work for the true-crime-driven American Crime Story.

  • Posted 10/20/14 at 11:40 AM
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The Simpsons’ Stanley Kubrick Tribute Was the Best ‘Treehouse of Horror’ Parody in Years

Twenty years ago (wow!), The Simpsons aired what is arguably the best Treehouse of Horror episode ever, "Treehouse of Horror V," which featured the show's parody of The Shining. Last night, on this year's installment, the show went back to the Stanley Kubrick well hard. It centered on a Clockwork Orange parody, which means you finally get to hear Moe talk in Nadsat, but along the way, the show nails a bunch of other Kubrick films — Full Metal Jacket, 2001, Eyes Wide Shut, and even Barry Lyndon ("Even I forget what this is in reference to") before giving us a yellow version of the director himself. Watch a short clip below. Or if you have Hulu Plus, you can watch the full episode there, Uncle Moneybags.

Homeland Recap: The Spy Who Loved Me

We probably should've seen that coming, right? Homeland wouldn't just introduce an attractive teenage boy and not have him be seduced by Carrie Mathison. The moment Carrie first spotted Aayan on that satellite camera surveying the corpses of his murdered family more or less started a countdown clock to when Carrie would be mouth-attacking him, and this week, that countdown hit zero. At this point, Carrie might not even be capable of sexual intimacy if it's not either self-destructive or necessary for a mission, but her seduction of Aayan is right up there with her stalking of Brody when it comes to over-the-top bad ideas to which Carrie has no qualms resorting. At its best, Homeland engages in what amounts to a game of chicken with audience sympathies. We know we want to see Carrie behave terribly in the name of righteous justice, but it's at the constant risk of going too far and rendering her wholly unsympathetic. Her seduction of Aayan is certainly one of the weirdest and most inappropriate things she's ever done, and that's saying something.

Aside from that agonizingly awkward scene, "Iron in the Fire" was an exercise in restraint. »

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Recap: Ms. Pac-Man’s Nipple

I’ve already come out strongly in favor of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s all-cast-antics episodes, particularly when it comes to reprising one of my favorites, last year’s Halloween team-up to steal Holt’s Medal of Valor. This year, the quarry was his watch, a gift from Kevin Cozner’s dying father (but please don’t call it the “death watch”). And even though I could see two of the twists coming from a mile away — Holt winning this year because Peralta beating him twice would throw off the balance of power between the two, and Fingers the thief stealing the watch once he got a chance because duh — I still enjoyed watching it all go down.

I sometimes worry that Peralta, while hilarious, can be kind of a void at the show's emotional center. »