<p>Louis C.K. in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. in "Louie."

Credit: FX

Review: Louis C.K.'s genius makes 'Louie' season 4 worth the wait

With a year off, the versatile series returns fully recharged

Early in the marvelous new season of "Louie," Louie makes the mistake of explaining why his building's superintendent left out the most important part of a very old and dirty joke about Pinocchio.

"Why you gotta clutter it up?" the super complains. "I mean, aren't you a comedian?"

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<p>I can&#39;t promise that Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is about to scream &quot;TELL ME WHERE THE BOMB IS!&quot; in this photo from &quot;24: Live Another Day,&quot; but I&#39;m sure he will say it at one point.</p>

I can't promise that Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is about to scream "TELL ME WHERE THE BOMB IS!" in this photo from "24: Live Another Day," but I'm sure he will say it at one point.

Credit: FOX

Review: Jack Bauer returns in '24: Live Another Day'

Can Jack and Chloe function in 2014, and with only 12 episodes?

When FOX announced the long-hinted resurrection of "24" as a 12-episode miniseries called "24: Live Another Day," I immediately wondered two things:

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<p>Jay R. Ferguson, Elisabeth Moss and Ben Feldman in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Jay R. Ferguson, Elisabeth Moss and Ben Feldman in "Mad Men."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Monolith'

Don struggles with his new role, while Roger goes looking for his daughter

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as the other couch is full of farts...

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<p>Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'First of His Name'

A king is crowned, a queen has to protect her kingdom, and things get bloody at Craster's keep

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I forget to skin the rabbit before I cook it...

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<p>Michael Pitt as Mason Verger in &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Michael Pitt as Mason Verger in "Hannibal."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Hannibal ' - 'Naka-Choko'

Will becomes more like Hannibal, and Michael Pitt enters as Mason Verger

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I build a pig maze...

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<p>Andy Daly as Forrest MacNeil in &quot;Review.&quot;</p>

Andy Daly as Forrest MacNeil in "Review."

Credit: Comedy Central

Season finale review: 'Review' - 'Quitting, Last Day, Irish'

Forrest takes stock of his life and career in the dark comedy's brilliant conclusion

Back in March, Comedy Central stunned me in a very good way with "Review" (aka "Review with Forrest MacNeil"), starring Andy Daly as a milquetoast "reviewer of life" who will try any experience his audience requests, from drug addiction to becoming a racist. It was both a superb showcase for the incredibly game Daly, but dark and brilliant and hilarious in the ways in which each stunt and episode built on what had come before, so that it became clear this was about a man whose job was destroying his life. The fourth episode, which opens with Forrest being asked to eat 15 pancakes in one sitting, remains the single funniest half hour on television so far this year, and I remain skeptical that anything anywhere will be able to beat it. (It's embedded below.)

The finale aired last night, and I have a few thoughts on it, the first season as a whole, and what if anything the future might bring for poor Forrest, coming up just as soon as I invent a time-locked muzzle to keep overweight people from snacking...

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Credit: FOX

'Enlisted' creator Kevin Biegel on life in TV limbo and going to the ATX Festival

The military comedy's final four episodes will premiere at the TV festival next month

"Enlisted," one of this TV season's best new comedies — and easily its most star-crossed — has been in limbo for more than a month. The last new episode of the military sitcom aired in late March, and though FOX promised that the remaining four episodes would air at some point, possibly in a more favorable timeslot, it's not anywhere on the schedule for May — meaning that they'll air after FOX has already made its decision about what shows to renew and cancel.

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<p>Keri Russell gets her &#39;80s glam on in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell gets her '80s glam on in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Yousaf'

Philip and Elizabeth get a new assignment, Larrick returns to America, and Paige wants to go to camp

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I take a briefcase with me on vacation...

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<p>Michael Gill, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in &quot;House of Cards.&quot;</p>

Michael Gill, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in "House of Cards."

Credit: Netflix

'House of Cards' season 2 in review: It gets weaker the more you watch

A ridiculous political potboiler that takes itself too seriously

The binge-viewing model that streaming video makes possible can work wonders with the right show. If you've never seen "Breaking Bad" or "The Wire" or "Boardwalk Empire" before and can plow through entire seasons in a weekend, the experience can in many ways be even better than if you had watched them weekly in real time when they first aired. Stories fit together more neatly, characters are easier to keep track of, themes and subtext become richer and more apparent.

Then there are the shows for which the binge is not their friend — where the more you watch of them in short order, the more glaring their flaws become and the less exciting their strengths seem. Ironically, one of those shows is the flagship creation of the leader in streaming video: Netflix's "House of Cards," where the more I've watched — and the closer together I've watched it — the lower my opinion of it has gone.

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<p>Allison Tolman as Molly in &quot;Fargo.&quot;</p>

Allison Tolman as Molly in "Fargo."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Fargo' - 'A Muddy Road'

Molly meets Gus, Lorne takes over a job, and Lester meets Mr. Wrench and Mr. Numbers

A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I buy a zombie kit...

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