<p>The Leftovers, Fargo, Transparent</p>

The Leftovers, Fargo, Transparent

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TV Top 10 of 2015: 'The Leftovers,' 'Fargo,' 'Mad Men' & more

These shows were the absolute peak of Peak TV in America

From almost every angle, the idea that there will be over 400 original scripted comedies and dramas — many of them, particularly on the drama side, ranging from very good to great — airing in primetime this year, across the broadcast networks, cable, and streaming, is a high-class problem. The only people it really negatively affects are TV critics like yours truly, and even I'd rather people have far too many different viewing options than far too few.

Still, it's hard not to gnash my teeth a bit when December arrives, and top 10 season right along with it.

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<p>Ted Danson in Fargo</p>

Ted Danson in Fargo

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Review: 'Fargo' delivers the Sioux Falls Massacre in riveting, crazy 'The Castle'

All the season's forces converge in a very bad way

My review of tonight's penultimate "Fargo" of season 2 coming up just as soon as I show you what a South Dakota necktie looks like...

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Review: 'The Leftovers' wraps an all-time classic season with 'I Live Here Now'

A show too audaciously great to depart forever

A review of tonight's season finale of "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I spin the karaoke wheel...

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Damon Lindelof on 'The Leftovers': 'I'm fighting for the life of the show'

The co-creator breaks down the HBO drama's amazing second season

HBO's "The Leftovers" just concluded an incredible second season. (Here's my review of the finale.) As a bookend to the long and candid conversation we had two months ago, I spoke with the series' co-creator Damon Lindelof about many of the big decisions going into the finale, about all the hard work and tough choices required for a season this good, and his thoughts about the show's precarious future, coming up just as soon as a temple closes on Christmas...

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<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson on Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Swedes': You're a friend of mine

Jake wants to be closer to Rosa, Holt and Boyle play squash, and Gina meets Neil deGrasse Tyson

A review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as you're what sneezes are...

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<p>Doctor Who</p>

Doctor Who

Credit: BBC

Review: 'Doctor Who' is 'Hell Bent' on saying goodbye to a great character

One of the show's best modern seasons has a smart, moving finish

A few thoughts on tonight's "Doctor Who" season finale — and on this season as a whole — coming up just as soon as we have lunch followed by breakfast...

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Ask Alan: NBC's Mt. Rushmore, Netflix slogs, and the genius of 'The Leftovers'

Ask Alan: NBC's Mt. Rushmore, Netflix slogs, and the genius of 'The Leftovers'

Where does this season stack up with the great HBO shows of the past?

Happy Friday! In this week's installment of Ask Alan, I try to tackle the impossible question of selecting four shows for NBC's scripted Mt. Rushmore, talk a bit more about my defense of the episode column and why some Netflix shows are slogs, try to put this season of "The Leftovers" into a historical context, and throw in one or two shameless plugs for a certain book that is on back order at Amazon but available again very very soon.

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<p>Melvin Williams as Deacon Melvin on The Wire</p>

Melvin Williams as Deacon Melvin on The Wire

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Melvin Williams, who helped inspire Avon Barksdale & 'The Wire' itself, has died

Melvin Williams, the former West Baltimore drug kingpin who helped inspire both the character of Avon Barksdale on "The Wire" and the creative partnership that led to the series, and who later had a recurring role on the show, died this morning at 73, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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<p>Casual</p>

Casual

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Hulu's 'Casual' season 1 in review

Great performances from Michaela Watkins and Tommy Dewey

Before "Casual" debuted a couple of months ago, Hulu very smartly made the entire season available to critics, and I watched all 10 episodes of the Michaela Watkins-fronted dramedy within the space of a couple of days. This was a very good thing, because had only 2 or 3 been available, I might have noted the strong command of tone and Watkins' excellent, extremely natural performance in the lead role, but dismissed it overall because certain other aspects — particularly Alex (Tommy Dewey), the brother of Watkins' Val, seemed a collection of TV manchild tics — were bothering me. But with all 10 there, the short length of each episode, and the quality of Watkins' performance were enough to keep me going long enough for the series to better contextualize Alex and everyone else, and made me realize that not only was "Casual" terrific, but that it was ironically better-suited for binge viewing while debuting on the one major streaming service that releases its shows weekly.

So when I wrote my initial review of the series, I suggested that people might be better off waiting until the finale debuted in early December. Well, that happened yesterday, and now I have a few more specific and spoiler-filled thoughts on the season as a whole, coming up just as soon as I befriend the stripper you hired for me...

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

You're the Worst

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Review: 'You're the Worst' - 'Other Things You Could Be Doing': Stay?

Jimmy has to choose between a spiraling Gretchen and an appealing Nina in a funny, emotional episode

A review of tonight's "You're the Worst" which FXX just renewed for a third season — coming up just as soon as you tell me if I'm going to be an aunt or an uncle...

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