<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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<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'


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.

<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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<p>Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford in &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford in "Hannibal."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Shiizakana'

Dr. Lecter recognizes a killer who wants to be a wild animal

A quick review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I collect church collapses...

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<p>John Oliver will soon host &quot;Last Week Tonight with John Oliver&quot; on HBO.</p>

John Oliver will soon host "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" on HBO.

Credit: HBO

John Oliver talks 'The Daily Show,' Colbert & his new HBO series

How will 'Last Week Tonight' be different from his Carlos Danger mockery?

When Stephen Colbert was named as David Letterman’s successor earlier this month, there were some suggestions that “Daily Show” alum John Oliver must be kicking himself for jumping to HBO a few months earlier, when he would have been a lock to succeed Colbert weeknights at 11:30 on Comedy Central.

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot; Andy, Ben and Leslie survey the streets of San Francisco.</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," Andy, Ben and Leslie survey the streets of San Francisco.

Credit: NBC

Season finale review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Moving Up'

Leslie heads to San Francisco, oversees the Unity concert, and weighs the National Parks job

"Parks and Recreation" just wrapped up its sixth season. I did my annual interview with Mike Schur about what happened, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I click through a slideshow of "American Music Awards" sideboob fails...

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<p>The gang from &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

The gang from "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

'Parks and Recreation' Mike Schur on the eventful season finale

Why the writers wanted to do 'something at the end that would shake everything up'

"Parks and Recreation" just concluded its sixth season in memorable fashion (here's my review), with the Pawnee/Eagleton unity concert, a trip to San Francisco, big cameos and then a very crazy idea at the very end of the finale which could give us a very different show in season 7.

As usual when "Parks" wraps up a season, I emailed co-creator Mike Schur some questions about what went down, and why. It goes without saying that big big spoilers are coming, immediately.

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