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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, The Daily Show bids adieu to a beloved cast member.

John Oliver Gets a Tearful Farewell

Jon Stewart said goodbye to his recent summer replacement as Oliver packed off to HBO for his own show. Behold, the end of a charming, British-accented era.

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Homeland Makes the Right Choice

[MAJOR SPOILER ALERT] …by killing off one of its two protagonists, Nicholas Brody. This may well be just what the show, universally agreed to be in severe decline during its third season, needs to recharge. It’s now unburdened itself of a character exhausted of any interesting storytelling options, not to mention his tiresome family. And watching Carrie deal with the emotional hangover from Brody’s death in addition to her pregnancy should make for a compelling (and cheerful!) Season 4.

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Duck Dynasty Cast Members Place Feet in Mouths

Surprise! A group regularly fetishized by the viewing public for their redneck, out-of-touch Americana ways also has some redneck, out-of-touch views on homosexuality! The patriarch of A&E’s Duck Dynasty shared some opinions about the “logical” nature of certain kinds of intercourse, and A&E duly placed him on hiatus out of concern for advertising dollars. And then the rest of the family posted a note on their website defending him on religious grounds. Oh, and now the fate of the entire show sans Phil Robertson is in question. God bless America!

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Brian Returns

You didn’t think Family Guy was actually gonna kill its resident talking dog in a freak time-travel accident, did you? Brian’s back, and it’s a Christmas miracle. Please continue as you were, likely ignoring all things Seth McFarlane.

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Year-End Coverage. Lots of It.

There’s not a whole lot of new stuff on TV right now, but there’s a ton of picking apart the old going on across the ‘net. Here’s the A.V. Club’s comprehensive year in review, plus coverage from HitFix and Vulture. Spoiler: Enlightened and Breaking Bad were very popular with the critics this year, as was a certain Red Wedding. Go forth and contest rankings in comments sections!

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