Credit: FX

Review: 'Fargo' - 'Loplop': Positive Peggy learns to see it, then be it

We catch up on what Peggy, Ed, Dodd, and Hanzee have been up to since last we saw them

A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I show you which part's the flank steak...

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7 'Creed' moments that made me cry

The 'Rocky' spin-off film was male melodrama at its finest

Much has been written about the joyous cinematic experience that is "Creed," whether our own Drew McWeeny's glowing review, or A.O. Scott's New York Times rave, which contains one of my favorite lines of criticism this year. ("A boxing movie without clichés is like a political campaign without lies.") All those pieces have sung the justified praises of director/co-writer Ryan Coogler, of the star-making performance by Michael B. Jordan (there's Wallace!), of Sylvester Stallone inserting himself into the Oscar conversation, and of the technical brilliance of a film that's the best "Rocky" movie since the original.

Since we're almost a week past the release, and since, based on the movie's strong box office performance, many of you have likely seen it, I wanted to take a more specific approach (and one that will have many spoilers), and discuss some of the scenes in "Creed" in which the movie theater kept getting surprisingly dusty — aka the many moments in which I had to keep wiping tears from my face. That's coming up just as soon as I tell you what "jawn" means...

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<p>The Walking Dead</p>

The Walking Dead

Credit: AMC

Review: A 'Walking Dead' zombie invasion turns dull from 'Start to Finish'

This half-season wraps up in incredibly underwhelming fashion

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale coming up just as soon as I listen to "Tiptoe Through the Tulips"...

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<p>Liv Tyler in The Leftovers</p>

Liv Tyler in The Leftovers

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Review: Liv Tyler makes a terrifying impression on this week's 'Leftovers'

Who knew Meg had this in her?

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as my mom's in space...

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Credit: ABC

Ask Alan: Before 'The Walking Dead,' what shows most messed with viewers?

What long-running series has the pilot as the best episode? And why do we care so much about the Emmys?

Ask Alan took last week off while I recovered from getting my wisdom teeth out (writing during that period was easy; talking, less so), so because of that — and because some of you will be braving the malls on Black Friday — we give you this week's installment a few days early.

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<p>The Revolution Was Televised</p>

The Revolution Was Televised

Credit: AMC/Touchstone

Win a copy of the updated 'The Revolution Was Televised'!

Go answer my questions on Twitter, every day between now and the Dec. 1 release

We're a week away from the release of the updated edition of my last book, "The Revolution Was Televised." (As mentioned in this post last week, you can't pre-order the book, but you can pre-order the eBook single that just contains the revised "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" chapters.)

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<p>Game of Thrones, Justified, and Scandal</p>

Game of Thrones, Justified, and Scandal

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Why your TV show doesn't have to be a novel: In defense of the episode

As serialization grows more popular, the art of crafting a satisfying individual installment is being lost

While messaging a friend last week about a show whose pacing was much too slow, I wrote, "I'm getting frustrated with how the plog is moving." "Plog" was a typo, but it accidentally captured the feeling I have about too many shows right now where the plots are a slog to get through, and where the experience of watching individual episodes feels less and less satisfying.

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Credit: FX

Review: 'Fargo' - 'Did You Do This? No, You Did It!': Family feuds

The Gerhardt violence turns inward, Betsy hosts a lot of guests, and Mike Milligan meets the Undertaker

A review of tonight's "Fargo" — which FX just renewed for a third season — coming up just as soon as you see why they called me the Breakfast King of Loyola...

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FX renews 'Fargo.' Who should season 3 be about?

"Fargo" will be back for a third season, you betcha!

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<p>Jessica Jones</p>

Jessica Jones

Credit: Netflix

Kilgrave, Luke Cage, Nuke, and more: 'Jessica Jones' season 1 in review

Great performances, but the cat-and-mouse game got strung out a bit too long

Last week, I reviewed the first seven episodes of "Jessica Jones." Now that I've seen the full season, I have some more specific thoughts — with lots of spoilers for everything — coming up just as soon as they have free express shipping in Heaven...

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