Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 106: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Luck,' 'Boss' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 106: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Luck,' 'Boss' & more

Alan and Dan also answer your mail and do even more sports talk

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It's a finale-heavy episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I discuss how "Boardwalk Empire," "Sons of Anarchy" and "Boss" wrapped up their seasons, briefly discuss HBO's "Luck" sneak preview, answer your mail and once again dip a toe into the waters of sports discussion (this time at the very end of the show, for the benefit of those of you who don't want sporting peanut butter mixed in with your TV chocolate) .

The line-up: 

"Sons of Anarchy" (02:00 - 23:55)
"Boardwalk Empire" (23:55 - 42:40)
"Boss" (42:40 - 49:50)
"Luck" (49:55 - 58:45)
Listener Mail: Enduring comedies (58:55 - 01:04:28)
Listener Mail: Increasingly niche networks (01:04:30 - 01:09:30)
Listener Mail: Single-cam/multi-cam comedies (01:09:35 - 01:14:10)
Random Sports Blather (01:14:40 - 01:26:45)
 
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And as always, feel free to e-mail us at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
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Credit: FOX

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Credit: NBC

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Credit: HBO

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Credit: HBO

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Credit: AMC

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Credit: HBO

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Credit: Lions Gate

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Credit: NBC

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