Ask Alan, Episode 2: Surprise show of 2014 & 'Six Feet Under'

Ask Alan, Episode 2: Surprise show of 2014 & 'Six Feet Under'

Where does the funeral drama fit in the HBO pantheon?

I already know the number one question that will arise from our second installment of Ask Alan, and the answer is: yes, I do own other t-shirts, but completely forgot which one I had worn in the first installment when I got dressed for work the other day. Now I'm torn between trying to shake things up, wardrobe-wise, or turning the Flash tee into a uniform going forward, like that Texas teacher who wore the same outfit to picture day for 40 years.

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TV Top 10 for 2014: 'The Leftovers,' 'The Americans' & more
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TV Top 10 for 2014: 'The Leftovers,' 'The Americans' & more

The cream of the crop from another great year of television

When publishing last year's top 10 list, I referred to 2013 as "The Year of Too Much Good TV." 2014 looks at 2013, laughs and calls it a piker. Even with last year's clear top show "Breaking Bad" enjoying retirement, 2014 offered an insane amount of quality television. We got good shows that became great ("The Americans"). We get a veritable flood of fantastic new series, some in familiar places ("The Leftovers" on HBO), some not (Amazon's "Transparent"), some arriving with buckets of hype ("True Detective"), some sneaking up on me and everyone who watched them ("Review").

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<p>The Flash and the Arrow</p>

The Flash and the Arrow

Credit: CW

Review: 'Arrow' - 'The Brave and the Bold'

Barry, Caitlin and Cisco visit Starling City in part two of the crossover

A review of tonight's "Arrow" (part 2 of "The Flash" crossover) coming up just as soon as I call you "sweetie" because I want something...

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<p>Marvel&#39;s Agents of SHIELD</p>

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

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Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'Ye Who Enter Here'

Raina tells Skye about her father's plan, while Mac and Bobbi get into trouble under San Juan

A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I wish I was a hat guy...

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<p>Flash vs. Arrow</p>

Flash vs. Arrow

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Review: 'The Flash' - 'Flash vs. Arrow'

Barry goes up against Oliver in the fun first half of the CW superhero crossover

A review of part 1 of "The Flash" crossover with "Arrow" coming up just as soon as my shirt's on fire...

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<p>The Wire</p>

The Wire

Credit: HBO

Omar in high-def comin'! 'The Wire' gets a high-definition, widescreen makeover

The HBO crime story masterpiece gets a new look and aspect ratio

"The Wire" is finally entering the world of high-definition — even if it's not the way the series was originally meant to look.

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<p>Toy Story That Time Forgot</p>

Toy Story That Time Forgot

Credit: ABC

Review: ABC's 'Toy Story That Time Forgot' a lesser TV sequel

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Special focusing on Kristen Schaal's Trixie could stand to be shorter

When Disney announced last month that John Lasseter would direct a fourth "Toy Story" film, there was inevitable fan concern: But "Toy Story 3" ended so perfectly! Why do we need any more?

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<p>Parks and Recreation</p>

Parks and Recreation

Credit: NBC

NBC schedules final 'Parks and Recreation' season premiere

The last show standing of NBC's old comedy brand will be double-pumped in January

NBC has no real comedy brand at the moment. The network's Thursday sitcom bloc imploded, and the Tuesday comedies are being kept alive entirely by the grace of "The Voice" lead-in. A couple of weeks ago, the network decided to sell off mid-season comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" to Netflix because they anticipated a drama-heavy spring lineup — also known as "we don't know how to make comedies work right now."

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<p>The Walking Dead</p>

The Walking Dead

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'The Walking Dead': Highs & lows from Season 5's first half

So good for so much of the fall, the zombie drama stumbled in its last two weeks

The fifth season premiere of "The Walking Dead" was the show's most impressive, exciting action spectacle to date. But then, this was a show that had always done action well and always done premieres well, so the quality of "No Sanctuary" didn't tell us much about how good the rest of the season would be.

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<p>The Walking Dead</p>

The Walking Dead

Credit: AMC

Mid-season finale review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Coda'

The fall run ends with a whimper thanks to a rushed, muddled finale

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" finale coming up just as soon as my people are very close by...

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