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Review: 'Fargo' sticks the season 2 landing with 'Palindrome'

Do Ed and Peggy live? Does Lou make it back to Betsy in time? And whither Hanzee?

A review of the "Fargo" season 2 finale coming up just as soon as I decree no more schnitzel or strudel...

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<p>Zahn McClarnon as Hanzee on Fargo</p>

Zahn McClarnon as Hanzee on Fargo

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How the 'Fargo' finale revealed a hidden secret from season 1

A big fat clue to where one character ended up

"Fargo" just concluded its second season with a finale (click here for my review) that made several overt references to characters and events from season 1, but also drew an obscure but ultimately unmistakable line from one character this year to someone from last year. If you don't want to know, don't click through, but if you want to find out how it's all connected, I'll tell you just as soon as I talk to Dale from HR...

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'Transparent' creator: Streaming shows are 'inventing a new art form'

Breaking down the second season of the great Amazon dramedy

On Friday, Amazon released all 10 episodes of “Transparent” season 2. It’s wonderful, and was an easy choice for my 2015 top 10 list. I'm still working on a piece featuring mini-reviews of each episode (look for that in the next day or two), but in the meantime, here's an interview I did with the show's creator, Jill Soloway, discussing this season's flashback structure, how Soloway's increasing knowledge of trans issues — not only does she have a "Moppa" like Jeffrey Tambor's Maura in real life, but she added a trans writer to the staff this season —has shaped the show's coverage of the problems facing Maura, how she views a streaming season as a different artform from making a drama for cable, and a lot more. (There will, of course, be many spoilers in what we discuss.)

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' gets a 'Die Hard' tribute for Christmas

Jake get a chance to live out his favorite movie

A review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I induce labor in goats... 

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Ask Alan: What was the best TV moment of 2015?
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Ask Alan: What was the best TV moment of 2015?

Is 'crawled under the dumpster' the new 'jumped the shark'? And what are some of the great TV seasons?

Happy Friday, everybody! Time for another installment of Ask Alan — the last of 2015 (look for its return early in January) — in which I managed to squeeze four questions instead of the usual three, including some talk about the recent "Walking Dead" silliness, my favorite TV moment of the year (which was simultaneously a really hard choice and a very easy one), what show was the toughest omission from my book (which Amazon has back in stock!), and, inspired by my "Leftovers" finale review (written before the show got renewed), what are some other all-time classic TV seasons.

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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It's a Miracle: HBO renews 'The Leftovers' for third and final season

Against all odds, the best show on television won't depart just yet

There may be no miracles in Miracle, according to certain characters on HBO's "The Leftovers," but there's now been a miracle about "The Leftovers," which HBO just renewed for a third season despite a precipitous ratings drop between seasons 1 and 2.

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<p>South Park</p>

South Park

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Review: How 'South Park' reinvented itself with its serialized 19th season

More continuity, but many of the same strengths and weaknesses

Some thoughts on last night's "South Park" finale, and the 19th(!) season as a whole, coming up just as soon as I fill out my application to live at The Residences at The Lofts at SoDoSoPa...

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Can the new 'Serial' season live up to the first?

Can the podcast's second season live up to the phenomenon of its first?

To the surprise and delight of many a podcast listener, the premiere of "Serial" season 2 appeared out of the ether this morning. I wrote about the first season in the context of its resemblance to a TV crime drama, and then about the ambiguity of its finale, and I have a few thoughts on the season 2 premiere coming up just as soon as this child murder has been really great for Mail Crimp...

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<p>You&#39;re the Worst</p>

You're the Worst

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'You're the Worst' creator explains the dark, brilliant turn of season 2

What does Stephen Falk say to fans who just want their funny show back?

"You're the Worst" just concluded a terrific season, which went darker than I think anyone would have expected even last year, as the show dealt bluntly with Gretchen's battles with clinical depression.

My review of the finale is here, and I have a lot of thoughts on the season as a whole from creator Stephen Falk coming up just as soon as I wear my booby shirt...

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<p>You&#39;re the Worst</p>

You're the Worst

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Review: 'You're the Worst' wraps up a dark, funny, ambitious, romantic season

Gretchen and Jimmy come to a new understanding, Edgar and Dorothy fight, and Lindsay sings again

"You're the Worst" just wrapped up a really strong second season. I interviewed creator Stephen Falk here, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I regret going to see "The Babadook"...

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