Your Friday Five Lists for February 21–25

Let’s rank stuff!

Will Leitch
3 min readFeb 25, 2022


We are now ranking things, every Friday. We will attempt to stick to rankings of things that have some sort of connection to the news of that week, but we can’t guarantee anything. Want us to rank something? Put it in the responses, or email us at

Russian Leaders of the Last 37 Years, Ranked by How Much Americans Trying Not to Pay Attention Had to Think About Them

  1. Vladimir Putin
  2. Mikhail Gorbachev
  3. Boris Yeltsin
  4. Dmitry Medvedev

I sure do miss the comedic stylings of Uncle Yeltsin.

High-Profile Prestige Docudramas About the ‘90s

  1. The People Vs. O.J. Simpson
  2. Pam & Tommy
  3. Impeachment: American Crime Story

The first two are great, and I couldn’t figure out which one I preferred: I might change my mind tomorrow. The third one, alas, is terrible. But seriously, watch “Pam & Tommy.”

Big Thief Albums

  1. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (2021)
  2. Masterpiece (2016)
  3. Two Hands (2019)
  4. U.F.O.F. (2019)
  5. Capacity (2017)

They’re all so great, and I reserve the right to change my mind on this order every 20 minutes or so.

Robert Altman’s last 10 movies

  1. Short Cuts (1993)
  2. The Player (1992)
  3. Gosford Park (2001)
  4. Kansas City (1996)
  5. Pret-a-Porter (1994)
  6. The Company (2003)



Will Leitch

I write about these tumultuous times 2x a week. Author of five books, including “How Lucky.” NYMag/MLB.. Founder, Deadspin.