The A.V. Club
File:Avclub logo.png
Type Popular culture, entertainment, news, reviews, politics, progressive
Format Internet
Owner(s) Onion, Inc.
Editor-in-chief Laura M. Browning
Founded 1993; 28 years ago (1993)
Language English
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Website [1]

The A.V. Club is an online newspaper[1] and entertainment website featuring reviews, interviews, and other articles that examine films, music, television, books, games, and other elements of pop culture media. The A.V. Club was created in 1993 as a supplement to The Onion, despite having a minimal presence on its website in its early years. A 2005 website redesign placed The A.V. Club in a more prominent position, allowing its online identity to grow. Unlike its parent publication, The A.V. Club is not satirical.[2]

The publication's name is a reference to school audiovisual clubs.[3]


In 1993, five years after the founding of The Onion, a student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Stephen Thompson, launched an entertainment section of the newspaper.

In 1996, both The Onion and The A.V. Club made their internet debut.[4] The A.V. Club was originally a sub-section[5] of the main domain name. It was eventually moved to its own domain name [6] before the 2005 acquisition of the shorter domain name[7] which coincided with a redesign that incorporated reader comments and blog content. In 2006 the website shifted its content model again to add content on a daily, rather than weekly, basis.

In December 2004, Stephen Thompson left his position as founding editor of The A.V. Club.[8]

According to Sean Mills, then-president of The Onion, the A.V. Club website first received more than 1 million unique visitors in October 2007.[9] In late 2009 the website was reported to have received over 1.4 million unique visitors and 75,000 comments per month.[10]

At its peak the print version of The A.V. Club was available in 17 different cities.[11] Localized sections of the website were also maintained with reviews and news relevant to specific cities. The print version and localized websites were gradually discontinued, and in December 2013 print publication ceased in the final three markets.[12]


On December 9, 2010, the website ComicsComicsMag revealed that a capsule review for the book Genius, Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth had been fabricated. The book had not yet been published nor even completed by the authors.[13] The review was removed, and then-editor Keith Phipps posted an apology on the website.[14] Leonard Pierce, the author of the review, was terminated from his freelance role with the website.[15]


  • The Tenacity Of The Cockroach: Conversations With Entertainment's Most Enduring Outsiders (2002, 1-4000-4724-2) is a collection of 68 interviews featured in previous issues.
  • Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists (2009, 1-4165-9473-6) is a combination of never-before-published lists and material already available on the AV Club website.
  • My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man's Journey Deep into the Heart of Cinematic Failure (2010, 1-4391-5312-4) consists of entries taken from the website's recurring My Year of Flops column along with new material not previously available. It is the first A.V. Club release credited to a single author: Nathan Rabin.


  1. Castillo, Jay (December 14, 2017). "This Photo Is The Perfect Example Of What Internet Will Look Like If Net Neutrality Loses". Retrieved August 30, 2018. 
  2. "About Us". 1 January 1988. 
  3. "About Us". The A.V. Club. 1 January 1988. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  4. "The Onion: America’s Finest News Source". The Onion. 1996-12-19. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  5. "Wayback Machine". 1996-12-19. Archived from the original on 1996-12-19. 
  6. "Wayback Machine". 2001-09-30. Archived from the original on 27 November 1999. 
  7. "Home | The A.V. Club". 2005-08-06. Archived from the original on 6 August 2005. 
  8. "Bio for Stephen Thompson, Editor, NPR Music". Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  9. David Shankbone (24 November 2007). "An interview with 'America's Finest News Source'", Wikinews
  10. Steve Johnson (27 October 2009). "Onion’s A.V. Club is building up its brand". Chicago Tribune.,0,313036,full.column. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  11. Gilmer, Marcus (8 Nov 2013). "The Onion bids adieu to print". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  12. Ryan, Kyle. "The Onion & A.V. Club ending print publication next month". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  13. "The Most Amazing Review of the Year". Comics Comics. Archived from the original on 11 December 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  14. "An apology from The A.V. Club". The A.V. Club.,48888/. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  15. Kaufman, Rachel. "AV Club Writer Loses Gig After Faking Review". Retrieved 7 July 2016. 

External links

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