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Sept. 18 2014 4:33 PM

The Top 5 Dadsplaining Moments From The Cosby Show

Dadsplaining” has been a thing on TV since at least the days of Ward Cleaver. But few TV dads have managed to indulge in the often irritating practice as endearingly as Bill Cosby’s Dr. Cliff Huxtable. For children of the 1980s, no one on the small screen seemed wiser, funnier, or more charming, even when telling us toeat our vegetables.

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Sept. 18 2014 3:55 PM

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show

NBC just announced that Bill Cosby will likely be returning to prime time next fall, 22 years after The Cosby Show ended, in a multi-generational family comedy with the sweater king playing the patriarch. In my corner of Twitter, where TV critics and reporters read the ratings like so many tea leaves, this announcement was met with a swift reminder of what happened last time NBC turned to the past for a future hit: This past September’s The Michael J. Fox show, which features the former Family Ties star in a perfectly adequate single-camera sitcom that has done absolutely nothing in the ratings, nostalgia for Alex. P Keaton be damned.


But Bill Cosby is not Michael J. Fox, even if, like Michael J. Fox, Cosby’s last two TV ventures—1993’s The Cosby Mysteries and 1996’s Cosby, the latter of which even reunited him with Phylicia Rashad—left nary impression dent on popular culture. 


Sept. 18 2014 3:04 PM

Pogo Returns With Another Utterly Catchy Disney Remix

Music producer Nick Bertke, better known as Pogo, has created some fantasticmusical remixes of cinematic childhood favorites over the past few years. His latest, “The Trouble,” is as impressive as any of them. Blending voices and songs from Disney classics—including Peter PanAlice in WonderlandAladdinMary Poppins, and The Little Mermaid—he creates something completely new and utterly catchy.

Sept. 18 2014 2:32 PM

Kern Your Enthusiasm: The Friendliness of Chicago

This is the second in a series of posts analyzing and celebrating typefaces. These posts were originally published by HiLobrow.


It was square, squat, and inherently cute. It was friendly. It was easy to use. I’m talking about the beige box with the blue grinning face that came to live with us in 1985. But I’m also talking about the font that came with it. It was the typeface Chicago that spelled out “Welcome to Macintosh,” ushering us into a new age of personal computing. But it was also a new age for digital type. Here was a typeface created explicitly for the Macintosh, part of designer Susan Kare’s strategy to customize everything from the characters to the icons—that happy computer, the wristwatch, an actual trashcan—to make it feel more human and less machine.

Sept. 18 2014 2:03 PM

Ryan Adams’ New Song Is a Reminder That He’s One of His Generation’s Best Songwriters

Ryan Adams has had a hand in two of the year’s best albums: Jenny Lewis’ excellent third solo album The Voyager, which he produced, and his own self-titled solo album, his 14th, released on Sept. 9. His album is one many thought would never happen: After 2008’s Cardinology, he was diagnosed with a debilitating ear disease, and later he scrapped the Glyn Johns-produced follow-up to 2011’s Ashes & Fire. This new album packs a grittier punch than his mostly acoustic previous album, but it’s not without its share of devastating ballads. On Wednesday, Adams shared the lo-fi video for one such song, “My Wrecking Ball.

Sept. 18 2014 1:47 PM

The Only 15 Netflix Hacks You’ll Ever Need

This article originally appeared in Vulture.

Netflix has changed the way we rent movies, making a large library of films and television series available at the touch of a button. But are you getting the most out of your Netflix subscription? With this collection of Netflix hacks—from beginner to advanced levels—we'll make sure that you squeeze every bit of binge-watching goodness out of the streaming service.


Sept. 18 2014 1:15 PM

Beyoncé’s 10 Greatest Live Performances

On Saturday, HBO will air Beyoncé Jay Z: On the Run, the concert special for those of us who weren’t lucky enough to snag tickets to the duo’s first full-fledged tour. In anticipation, we’ve pulled together some of her best live performances to date—leaving out her tour performances, of which there are many, in favor of one-off, standout numbers. We’ve ranked them in reverse order, from No. 10 to her best ever.

10. “National Anthem,” Super Bowl Press Conference (2013)

Faux-outraged lip-syncing accusations be damned. We all know Beyoncé can sing—and while dancing in stiletto heels to boot. But following her inauguration lip-syncing “scandal,” she silenced her (misguided) critics the best way she knew how: by holding a press conference and singing her heart out, a cappella.

Sept. 18 2014 11:48 AM

Watch the Hilarious First Sketch From Season 4 of Key & Peele

Whether poking fun at the imaginative names bestowed upon some black Americans or skewering the depraved history of slavery, the duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have drawn on their shared identity as biracial Americans living in the age of Obama to great comic effect, gaining a devoted following and critical praise. Comedy Central has shared a new sketch from the premiere episode of Key & PeeleSeason 4, airing next week, and their smart take on race is on hilarious display yet again.

Sept. 17 2014 8:25 PM

A New Song and Music Video From Angel Olsen, Indie’s Next Big Thing

Any discussion of Angel Olsen begins with her voice. The singer-songwriter is young and mostly unknown, but that voice: it’s a raw and liquid instrument, one that can range from a pursed whisper to a full-throated yodel yet hit every note in between with a warbled and intense clarity. If you're among the uninitiated, the Asheville-based Olsen has released some new material—bonus track “All Right Now” and a video for “High & Wild”—that serves as an ideal introduction to her music.

Sept. 17 2014 5:56 PM

Watch Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, Bill Hicks, Mitch Hedberg, and More on New YouTube Channel

The Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal has been around for more than 30 years now, and is reportedly the “world’s largest comedy event.” The festival has now partnered with Maker Studios to launch a YouTube channel that will, on a “thrice weekly” basis, release over 500 hours of material from Just for Laughs, according to Variety.