<p>Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Taissa Farmiga in &quot;American Horror Story.&quot;</p>

Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Taissa Farmiga in "American Horror Story."

Credit: FX

Review: FX's 'American Horror Story' an overwrought mess

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'Glee' creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk go even more over the top than usual

Let's say you had a friend in college… No, "friend" is too strong. Let's say you knew a guy in college who would show up to every party, have a few drinks and start acting crazy. For a little while, everyone would enjoy just watching him operate in a completely liquid state - sometimes doing genuinely entertaining things that he wouldn't have the nerve to do sober, other times just being an amusing mess. And then after the empty beer cans piled up, the guy's behavior would start becoming more unsettling, to the point where even the rubberneckers had to look away, feeling bad that they'd watched this wreck in the first place.

Watching a Ryan Murphy-created show tends to follow the same pattern. Both "Nip/Tuck" and "Glee" debuted with attention-getting premises and stories, where the execution was often less relevant than the "My god, did I just see that?" spectacle. And then Murphy keeps trying to outdo himself, going more and more over the top each time, until by the second or third season it's mortifying.

"American Horror Story" (tomorrow at 10 p.m., FX), the new drama Murphy co-created with "Glee" partner Brad Falchuk, speeds up the process, starting out as the TV equivalent of the college guy after eight too many beers, rather than ramping up to that awkward level. It is so far over the top that the top is a microscopic speck in its rearview mirror, and so full of strange sounds, sights and characters that you likely won't forget it - even though many of you(*) will wish you could.

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<p>Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;responds to stress on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Robin (Cobie Smulders) responds to stress on "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Stinson Missile Crisis': HIMYM: Criminal Intent?

Robin goes to see Kal Penn for therapy

A quick review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as we toast to my femininity...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 97: 'American Horror Story,' 'The League,' 'Breaking Bad' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 97: 'American Horror Story,' 'The League,' 'Breaking Bad' & more

Dan and Alan also review Martin Scorsese's George Harrison documentary and talk 'Arrested Development' rumors

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It's finally time for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast to answer the most important question about fall TV: how awesome is the "American Horror Story" font? And should we even call it a font? Dan and I answer those questions and many more as we discuss: 

"American Horror Story" - 00:40 - 17:25
"George Harrison: Living in the Material World" -- 17:25 - 28:45
"The League" -- 28:45 - 36:00
Listener Mail - "Arrested Development" movie -- 36:15 - 42:00
Listener Mail - Future "Louie"s -- 42:00 - 49:45
Listener Mail - Crippling implausibilities -- 49:45 - 54:35
"Breaking Bad" - 54:40 - 01:08:00
 
As always, 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 or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
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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<p>Margot Robbie in &quot;Pan Am.&quot;</p>

Margot Robbie in "Pan Am."

Credit: ABC

'Pan Am' - 'We'll Always Have Paris': Stick a fork in him

The second episode largely follows up on stories from the pilot

A review of last night's "Pan Am" coming up just as soon as I let you drive...

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<p>Will (Josh Charles)&nbsp;and Alicia (Julianna Margulies)&nbsp;took on the British legal system on &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Will (Josh Charles) and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) took on the British legal system on "The Good Wife."

Credit: CBS

'The Good Wife' - 'The Death Zone': Axis of awesome

Eli and Kalinda finally meet, and some other things happen

A quick review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I invoice it...

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<p>Walt (Bryan Cranston)&nbsp;has a plan on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Walt (Bryan Cranston) has a plan on "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' - 'End Times': An appropriate reponse?

The murder plots mount in a fantastically tense episode

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I have a dollar for every time I hear about Nazi Germany...

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<p>Bryan Greenberg and Victor Rasuk in &quot;How to Make It in America.&quot;</p>

Bryan Greenberg and Victor Rasuk in "How to Make It in America."

Credit: HBO

'How to Make It in America' - 'I'm Good': Big in Japan

Ben and Cam are back for more harmless adventures in the New York fashion scene

"How to Make It in America" is back for a second season, and I have a quick review of the premiere, and thoughts on the series as a whole, coming up just as soon as I get into a proper men's haberdashery...

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<p>Damian Lewis in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

'Homeland' - 'Pilot': Tie a yellow ribbon

What did everybody think of the new Showtime thriller?

I posted my review of "Homeland" on Friday, and I mostly want to use this post as an excuse to let the rest of you discuss the first episode, but I have a couple of specific thoughts on it that I'll give just as soon as I take off my engagement ring...

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<p>Ray (Thomas Jane)&nbsp;and Tanya (Jane Adams)&nbsp;contemplate a new business venture on &quot;Hung.&quot;</p>

Ray (Thomas Jane) and Tanya (Jane Adams) contemplate a new business venture on "Hung."

Credit: HBO

Season premiere review: 'Hung': The secret of our success

Ray and Tanya finally get their act together as the third season begins

"Hung" is back for a third season, and though I dismissed the show in the past, I have a few thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I stigmatize the vulva...

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<p>Margaret (Kelly Macdonald)&nbsp;enjoys a nice meal on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) enjoys a nice meal on "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Ourselves Alone': I can't get no satisfaction

Many people try to demonstrate their power, but only some actually have it

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I fall into the shoe polish...

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