However it ends, the climax of Mad Men will be perhaps television's most influential ending.
It started inauspiciously with the never remotely amusing Big Bird as the subject of Tweet of the Day.
From The Killing, The Bridge and CSI to True Detective - why do so many TV series open with the mutilated corpse of a woman? Sarah Marshall looks back to the trope's dark origins.
The hypothetical direct channel to the writers and actors in our favourite TV shows fosters a false sense of intimacy. But it's all an illusion – television isn't a democracy.
New Worlds, like The Devil’s Whore before it, fancies itself as a political drama. Why must it be silted up with all this Jean Plaidy-ish stuff?
E4's popular "scripted reality" show offers up a very specific kind of escapism.
Are you tired of waiting for the rest of George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire?
In week of short monologues about being up close with well-known artists, Martin Gayford recalls a stressful ecounter with Henri Cartier-Bresson.
It’s one of the broadcaster’s flagship religious programmes, yet it makes religious people look unfairly crazy.
After nine seasons and years of anticipation, the story of Ted Mosby comes to an end.
The big hits from US cable channels often come packed with swearing - but just how much, exactly?
It may not have the best writing, but True Detective's production and acting quality mark it out as the standout show of 2014.
The horror, the horror.
Roger Wright, who was also director of the BBC Proms, had worked at Radio 3 since 1998.
A documentary made for French TV by a writer entirely out of touch with modern Britain – and it showed. This stereotyped land of stiff-upper-lip repression just made Amis sound stupid.
Rachel Cooke pits the youth channel against its counterpart, the cerebral BBC4, by comparing Bluestone 42 and How to Get Ahead.
Jim Al-Khalili spoke to the leading psychiatrist about treating depression in Zimbabwe, yet had to shoehorn in some clunky biographical details.
The BBC’s new comedy W1A is for anyone who has ever spent a morning wondering how long people can get away with saying the same thing over and over again while drinking Hildon mineral water.
Farrukh Dhondy critically surveys television’s coverage of black and Asian lives and issues – and argues that multiculture is simply an acceptable, liberal term for an inclusive, wide, but judgemental monoculture.
Despite the laborious chronology, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughy, as the two detectives, will keep you watching.
Hosts Shaun Keaveny and Craig Charles were left a bit lost for words.
Watching BBC1's Outnumbered is less painful now but it's still bitter-sweet.
Foster, Rogers and co began their careers with radical and idealistic values. So why did they end up building flats for oligarchs?
Included the writer’s many nods to literature and film, absent from the film version.
The legal drama in which m’learned ladies aren’t just tolerated but adored.
If approved by the BBC Trust, the decision would see BBC3 lose its on-air slot and become online-only. Does it deserve the axe?
Nearly seventeen years after the first episode aired, Alan Davies’ duffel-coated sleuth is shuffling back onto our screens.
Two programmes in one day discussed the era of the Crusades.
Two of the League of Gentleman offer up a sublime new series, while Jonathan Meades’s films about concrete architecture are his richest yet.
Meeting the man behind Spitting Image's rubbery Maggie.