Credit: CW

Review: 'Arrow' - 'The Climb'

'Arrow' says goodbye to 2014 with some terrific fight scenes, but also some sluggishness

A review of tonight's "Arrow" coming up just as soon as I get a Christmas tree inversely proportional to the size of my family...

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Credit: DirecTV

Season finale talkback: 'Kingdom' - 'King Beast'

What did everybody think of the finale of the DirecTV MMA drama?

Back in the fall, I was reasonably impressed with "Kingdom," the new drama airing on DirecTV's Audience Network. It seemed to be transplanting bits of pieces of recent cable dramas (a splash of "Sons of Anarchy," a healthy serving of "Lights Out," etc.), but with solid writing and directing, and an excellent cast led by Frank Grillo.

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

Credit: HBO

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 260: Best TV of 2014

Dan and Alan run through their top 10s, and discuss the HitFix TV Critics Poll


It's that time of year, boys and girls! Time for the annual Firewall & Iceberg Podcast Best of 2014 episode! Yes, I already published my top 10 list, and Dan already published his, and HitFix has already published its 2014 TV critics poll, so it's not like there will be anything new to anyone who's been visiting the site in the past week. But we still get to go back and forth and talk about a lot of shows we love, after a discussion at the top of the show of the critics poll results. It's all one big best-of smorgasboard, so no rundown required this week.

That said, SPOILER WARNING: We do at various points probably give away some stuff in our individual show discussion. I can't think of anything hugely major, like deaths and whatnot, but I know it is a thing people often ask when we do retrospective things like this.

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. You can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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<p>Black Mirror</p>

Black Mirror


Review: Brilliant British sci-fi drama 'Black Mirror' comes to Netflix

A "Twilight Zone" for this century casts an unflattering reflection on our love of technology

Technology makes a convenient villain in science fiction(*). In our books, movies and TV shows, computers, robots and other inventions are forever gaining sentience and turning on us, punishing mankind for the hubris of trying to make like the Almighty.

(*) Also, at times in traditional fiction, like in the way the combined works of Aaron Sorkin can be read as one long screed against that damned Internet.

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<p>Sons of Anarchy</p>

Sons of Anarchy

Credit: FX

Series finale review: 'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Papa's Goods'

Jax goes for one last ride in a very long farewell hour

A few thoughts on the "Sons of Anarchy" series finale coming up just as soon as I give you my blanket...

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<p>Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black</p>

Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black

Credit: BBC America

SAG Awards: Predictable TV noms focus on familiar stars

Tatiana Maslany and Uzo Aduba are two of the few non-celebrity TV nominees

The TV categories of the Screen Actors Guild Awards are more or less an afterthought, just a way for the union to avoid offending the large chunk of its membership that works in television by including them in what's a glorified Oscar precursor ceremony. And the TV nominations tend to be about the least adventurous and interesting of any even semi-notable TV awards show. (The Golden Globe nominations, which will be announced tomorrow, will be silly and ill-informed in many ways, but they'll at least have some memorably oddball choices.)

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<p>The Flash</p>

The Flash

Credit: CW

Review: 'The Flash' - 'The Man in the Yellow Suit'

Barry faces off against his once and future nemesis at Christmastime, and Ronnie Raymond returns

A review of tonight's "The Flash" coming up just as soon as I leave some posts on the Science Showcase website...

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<p>Agents of SHIELD, Kyle MacLachlan</p>

Agents of SHIELD, Kyle MacLachlan

Credit: ABC

Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'What They Become'

Skye and her father meet in a busy conclusion to the fall half-season

A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I remind you not to die...

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<p>Jane the Virgin</p>

Jane the Virgin

Credit: CW

Review: Catching up with the terrific 'Jane the Virgin'

CW's telenovela adaptation has successfully juggled many plates

A few thoughts on last night's "Jane the Virgin" — and what a pleasant surprise the show has been so far this season — coming up just as soon as I go sit in a sweat lodge, drinking tea, throwing up and being guided by my shaman...

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<p>Playing House</p>

Playing House

Credit: USA

USA's 'Playing House' saved by On Demand experiment

Each season 2 episode will be On Demand a week before it airs

The way we watch TV is changing far more quickly than the way that TV is made. I get asked all the time how much networks take into account streaming viewership, On Demand viewing, iTunes download, delayed DVR viewing, etc., when they have to make decisions on what shows to renew or cancel. For the most part, though, judgments are still made on the old metrics — because those are the primary ways the networks still make money — but every now and then you'll see an exception. Once upon a time, NBC stuck with the modestly-rated "The Office" because the network was intrigued by how well the show was doing in the new world of iTunes downloads, and a few years later, "Chuck" survived in large part through product integration deals.

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