Ten years ago tonight, "Six Feet Under" aired its final episode, "Everyone's Waiting." The drama had seen better days, but there was still enough affection for one of HBO's early trailblazers that a lot of viewers came back for it (or simply paid more attention than they had of late), and were rewarded with a stunning closing sequence that took the show's exploration of death to its logical conclusion, as you can see below (or watch in higher quality on YouTube):
Happy Thursday! Time for a belated Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we discuss a trio of new series, revisit a couple of more series finales, and get to the bottom of the important subject of whether TV's Jon Hamm is overexposed.
Next week's finale homework is "The End," from "Lost." Enjoy. Or get angry. Or both!
"Survivor's Remorse" (00:09:35 - 00:17:50)
"Fear the Walking Dead" (00:17:55 - 00:31:40)
Listen Mail - Jon Hamm Fatigue (00:32:05 - 00:40:20)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer"/"Angel" finales (00:40:25 - 01:07:15)
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As chaos spreads across Los Angeles in "Fear the Walking Dead," a high school guidance counselor invites one of her students to stay with her family until this all blows over.
The kid, though, knows an apocalypse when he sees one.
"This doesn't end," he tells her.
Thoughts on tonight's penultimate "Mr. Robot" coming up just as soon as I take a jewelry class...
Welcome to the latest installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine.
Thoughts on the eleventh episode, “Nobody Knows Anything," coming up just as soon it's 1954 inside this house...
When I wrote my How Much Good TV Is Too Much? piece a few years ago, I feared that it was going to come across as whining from and for a very small and specific subset of the audience: #TVCriticProblems. But my fellow reviewers weren't the only ones who responded with some version of "Thank God someone finally said it!" It turns out many of you were feeling just as overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice in the ever-expanding world of scripted television.
Edward Burns is the Irish-American son of a NYPD veteran, with a thick New York accent of his own. Yet despite the never-ending supply of New York-based cop films and shows — and the demand for actors to plausibly wear badges and guns in them — Burns has only played a few cops in his career. (Even in "15 Minutes," he's trying to solve a crime, but as an investigator for the fire department.)
Thoughts on tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I have to justify myself to an 11-year-old...
Different location, same goofy video for this week's Ask Alan.
A review of the "Rectify" season finale — and thoughts on season 3 as a whole — coming up just as soon as there's no kettle corn...