10 TV Shows That Hooked Us In The First 5 Minutes (And How They Did It)

We're just a few days away from the start of the fall TV season in earnest. Tons of new TV shows will be displaying their bright plumage for you. But these days, a TV show has to move fast to hook people. Here are 10 TV shows that won us over in just five minutes — and what they did to grab us. » 9/17/14 10:00am Yesterday 10:00am

10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to. » 9/15/14 10:11am Monday 10:11am

7 Times Batman has bent his 'no guns' rule

For a hero almost entirely defined by his aversion to firearms, Batman seems to bend his rule a lot: even the latest Batmobile has some huge cannons on the front. It's not the first time he's twisted it, and it won't be the last - but here's just a selection of times Batman has taken fancy to the weapon of the enemy. » 9/12/14 5:23pm Friday 5:23pm

10 Weird TV Show Ideas That The Networks Keep Trying Over And Over

Just like with movies, you sometimes see a few television shows about the same idea come down the pike. Recently, we had two "supernatural child" shows (Touch and Believe), and a handful of supernatural medical shows. But here are 10 TV show ideas that keep coming back again and again. » 9/12/14 10:06am 9/12/14 10:06am

​8 Things From The Flash Comics The TV Show Desperately Needs To Avoid

We couldn't be more excited about The Flash TV series, debuting on October 7th. But that's doesn't mean we're not a little worried, too. The Flash comics are filled with goofiness, weirdness and a touch of pure stupidity that we hope never make it to the TV show — here's eight "Flash facts" the show can skip. » 9/09/14 10:30am 9/09/14 10:30am

​The 7 Dumbest Plans The Decepticons Ever Had On Transformers

If there's one lesson the original 1980s Transformers cartoon taught us, it's that even if you were a member of an advanced race of transforming robots, that didn't mean you were smart. In fact, the Decepticons seemed to have no logic circuits at all (or, indeed, logic), because they seemed to believe these schemes… » 9/05/14 12:20pm 9/05/14 12:20pm

10 Totally Unrealistic Happy Endings That We Can't Help Loving

We love happy endings. In fact, a big part of why we devour stories is to escape from reality, where endings are by definition unhappy. And a really wonderful happy ending can make you turn your bullshit detector all the way off. Here are 10 somewhat contrived happy endings we can't help falling in love with. » 9/03/14 9:29am 9/03/14 9:29am

​10 Marvel Universe Artifacts More Powerful Than The Tesseract

The way the Marvel Cinematic Universe carries on, you'd think the Tessaract is the most powerful item in existence. But as the comics reveal, the Tessaract may be impressive, but it's small potatoes compared to some other magical and alien relics. Here are 10 things from the comics that dwarf the Tessaract's power. » 9/01/14 10:00am 9/01/14 10:00am

10 Times When Comics And Movies Sexualized Male Superheroes

You've heard the argument that male superheroes are sexualized simply because they are often bare-chested. But a man taking off his shirt doesn't make him a sex object. It's actually rare to find examples of male superheroes who truly are sexualized the way women are in comics. Here are ten examples. » 8/28/14 10:59am 8/28/14 10:59am

​12 Anime Outfits That Defy The Laws Of Physics

Giant eyes? Spiky hair? Dudes who fight each other while soaring through the air? Anime is used to ignoring reality, but most especially in its fashion sense. Countless characters have outfits you couldn't make in real life without cheating, anti-gravity, or a wish-granting genie. Here are a mere dozen of them. » 8/22/14 10:00am 8/22/14 10:00am