<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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<p>&quot;Enlisted.&quot;</p>

"Enlisted."

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

HitFix
C-
Readers
D+
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 less I've thought of it.

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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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<p>Yvonne Strahovski is one of the guest stars this year on &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Yvonne Strahovski is one of the guest stars this year on "Louie."

Credit: FX

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 228: '24,' 'Louie,' 'Playing House' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss the 'Parks and Rec' finale, John Oliver's HBO debut and the latest 'Mad Men'

The

Hey, so remember how the Firewall & Iceberg video show was supposed to be on Monday this week, and the podcast on Tuesday? Funny story, that. Without boring you with the details, scheduling issues scotched this week's video taping, but we decided to keep the podcast on Tuesday so we could discuss USA's "Playing House," which debuts tonight, along with the belated returns of "24" and "Louie," John Oliver's HBO debut, the "Parks and Rec" finale and the many trips on this week's "Mad Men." 

The rundown: 

"Playing House" (00:01:25 - 00:09:20)
"24: Live Another Day" (00:09:25 - 00:27:10)
"Louie" (00:27:15 - 00:34:05)
"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" (00:34:10 - 00:41:45)
"Parks and Recreation" finale (00:41:45 - 00:58:55)
"Mad Men" (00:59:00 - 01:23:40)
 
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>&quot;Hill Street Blues&quot; stars Daniel J. Travanti as Frank Furillo and Dennis Franz as Norman Buntz.</p>

"Hill Street Blues" stars Daniel J. Travanti as Frank Furillo and Dennis Franz as Norman Buntz.

Credit: MTM

Review: 'Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series' on DVD

The groundbreaking '80s cop drama still holds up after decades of imitators

Late in the DVD commentary for the pilot episode of "Hill Street Blues," actor Joe Spano marvels at the show's impact on the medium.

"It's extraordinary," he says, "the repercussions of this 48 minutes of television."

The cop drama's co-creator Steven Bochco follows by suggesting, "It's sort of a family tree, and if you look at the branches of the tree, you'll see 25 years of television."

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<p>On &quot;Mad Men,&quot; the SC&amp;P partners consider the matter of Don Draper.</p>

On "Mad Men," the SC&P partners consider the matter of Don Draper.

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Mad Men' - 'Field Trip'

Don visits California and the office, while Betty spends a day with Bobby

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I milk the wrong udder...

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<p>Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Oath-Keeper'

Jaime gives Brienne a gift and a task, Daenerys sparks an uprising, and there's trouble at Craster's keep

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I get lost on the way back from my embroidery lesson...

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