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'Louie' comes down to earth in its season finale

At this point, the best way for Louis C.K. to surprise us would be to write a happy ending. And that’s precisely what the auteur comedian did in the fourth-season finale of his undefinable FX series.

As Darren Franich wrote earlier this month, Louie can’t really be categorized. It’s a comedy, until it isn’t; it obeys the laws of continuity, until it doesn’t; it’s grounded by recurring scenes of C.K. doing standup, until those scenes fall by the wayside. The only predictable thing about the show’s ambitious fourth year has been its unpredictability. (Well, that and Louie’s bum luck with women, which is a whole separate issue.) Which is why season four’s two-part finale was so refreshing: The hourlong closer set aside flights of absurd fancy (like Hurricane Jasmine Forsythe) and time jumps (the extended flashback in “Elevator Part 4;” most of “In the Woods”) and meandering 10-minute monologues about the pleasures of being a single, straight, white comedian with no responsibilities (Todd Barry’s segment in “Elevator Part 5″) in favor of a simple, slow-building story about Louie’s complicated relationship with Pamela, the woman who broke his heart back in season two. READ FULL STORY

'Silicon Valley' finale: A fitting climax

Office Space: 2014 Edition — or HBO’s Silicon Valley — concluded its far-too-brief eight-episode debut season Sunday night, incorporating all the elements that make a Mike Judge creation great. Namely, the balance of high-brow wit and middle school humor was in full effect, with an epic debate about just how efficiently Erlich (T.J. Miller) could pleasure the TechCrunch Disrupt audience leading to a technological breakthrough. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan' season finale: And the winner is...

After 39 days and approximately 412 promises made on relatives both alive and dead, the contestants of Survivor: Cagayan were whittled down from 18 to 1 tonight and a winner was crowned. My full recap will be up later, [UPDATE: Dalton’s Survivor recap is now live!] but read on now if you want to find out or sound off on who won. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday’s season finale of Survivor: Cagayan.] READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife': Talk about the season 5 finale!

SPOILER ALERT!! If you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode of The Good Wife, stop reading now! Major spoilers ahead!!

Our full recap is in the works, but until then let’s talk about what just happened on the season 5 finale of The Good Wife. Thankfully, no one died! But there’s still a lot of change on the horizon for Alicia & Co. (Seriously. Stop reading now if you haven’t watched the episode!)  READ FULL STORY

'Elementary' season finale: Let's talk about it

WARNING: This post contains spoilers about Elementary‘s season 2 finale. If you haven’t watched, proceed with caution.

Our sleuthing duo has become more of a trio. Raise your hand if you feel like it’s a little crowded in here? While I love Rhys Ifans, I’m really resenting Mycroft for coming between Joan and Sherlock. He’s mucking everything up. READ FULL STORY

'Agents of SHIELD': The highs and lows of season 1

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Marvel’s attempt to bring its tentpole movie franchise to the small screen — burst onto the scene almost a year ago as one of the most anticipated gambles of the 2013-2014 season. On the surface, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had everything going for it: seasoned showrunners who knew how to build a cult series, an expansive universe full of rich history, the promise of enticing characters. But it took awhile for the show to find its feet; early episodes seemed more like a CBS procedural than an action-packed spy show. Obviously, we couldn’t expect Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to be Iron Man. But those who tuned in hoping for something more fast-paced were initially disappointed.

And then the back half of the season happened. Or rather, Captain America: The Winter Soldier happened — and all of a sudden, the show picked up speed. S.H.I.E.L.D. stopped holding back, instead throwing in unpredictable twists and raising the stakes of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the television world. Sure, the show’s first season will remain polarizing — but personally, I’m excited about what we’ve set up for season two. Coulson is set to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. as Director, per Fury’s request — but we’re not sure if his brain is actually okay after all. Garrett is dead, at least one of Skye’s parents are alive, and there’s something about her past that may make her more evil than innocent. (Plus, the promise of more Patton Oswalt!)

After a season filled with numerous ups and downs, I tried my best to round up (and sum up) the good and the not so good. Don’t worry — I’m pretty sure I’ve passed Koenig’s lie detector test. READ FULL STORY

'Agents of SHIELD' finale: Welcome to your new life, Coulson

Is everyone okay? No, really, it’s a serious question: Is everyone okay? Because I’m not okay and — full disclosure — I’ve had over a week for this finale to sink into my head.

This year has been a helluva ride for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While we’ve endured some ups and downs in terms of storytelling and pacing (we’ll dissect all of those in tomorrow’s wrap-up post) and while we dealt at times with some ultimately frustrating character developments and plot lines, there’s no question that we ended on a high, explosive note. After a really shaky takeoff and a slightly smoother flight, the finale really stuck its landing by setting up a ton of new stories for next season, while leaving us with some tantalizing questions. And, of course, what would the hour be without action, humor, and a few gut punches? Without further ado, let’s dive in.

[Warning: This recap is long. Super long. You’ve been warned.] READ FULL STORY

'The Goldbergs': How it changed since the pilot

The Goldbergs started out its first season loud — and by loud, we mean the characters spent basically the entire pilot yelling. But the ’80s-set show ended its season on a quieter note with less yelling and more tenderness (plus great use of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer”). READ FULL STORY

'Trophy Wife' ends tonight: Why we'll miss it

I wrote the first version of this post — a reaction to Trophy Wife‘s first season finale — last week, when there was still a small, shimmering chance that the show might live to see another season. Alas, in the time between then and now, ABC decided to ax one of the year’s best new sitcoms — meaning that my assessment of season 1 and collection of hopes for season 2 must be retrofitted into a eulogy.

It goes without saying that this is a damn shame. I spent all year recommending this series to anyone who’d listen, especially ex-Modern Family fans who had grown disillusioned with ABC’s flagship sitcom. Trophy Wife has — had — all of ModFam‘s heart and humor with none of its laziness or weird, mean edge (seriously, do Cam and Mitchell even like each other?), and it remains criminal that the network never saw fit to program the newer show at 9:30 on Wednesdays.

But at this point, there’s no use in complaining about Trophy Wife‘s crappy time slot, or its crappy, misleading title (which may shoulder much of the blame for why it never caught on; call it the Cougar Town effect). Instead, let’s spend this time praising the great things about Trophy even as we bury it — namely: READ FULL STORY

'The Blacklist': The highs and lows of season 1

Mondays will be a barren wasteland without The Blacklist to fill them. The series was NBC’s breakout drama this year, earning it the prime after-Superbowl slot next winter. With an average of 14.8 million viewers, The Blacklist ranks fourth among scripted series overall and second in broadcast dramas for the young adults category.

The show’s whip-smart dialogue and golden ratio of satisfying answers to suspenseful questions make a solid structure to support its cast of characters. Naturally, James Spader, as the criminal mastermind-turned-FBI-informant Red Reddington is the shining center of this series. But its other regulars can all hold their own: Ryan Eggold as two-faced Tom Keen, Parminder Nagra as the one smart agent, Harry Lennix as the FBI’s den mother, Diego Klattenhoff as the broken-hearted boy scout, and even Megan Boone as the faltering Liz Keen. I think she’s come a long way from her early days of bad wigs and even worse life choices. Jon Bokenkamp should also get a big gold star for his minor characters. Remember Midnight Cowboy? And that little old lady Mr. Kaplan who finds bodies and scrubs crime scenes? Alan Alda? Peter Stormare??  READ FULL STORY

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