This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Smaug in the House

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 round, Stephen Colbert talks conservatism with a dragon and Netflix goes to Mongolia.

Colbert Breaks Barriers, and Set, with First-Ever CGI Guest

We’re nearing the home stretch of The Colbert Report, and “Stephen Colbert” seems intent on going out with a bang. See this seven-minute chat between Colbert and Smaug the Impenetrable, noted dragon and Rand Paul 2016 supporter. Just don’t get him started on those “khaleesi-whipped” creatures on Game of Thrones. 

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Sons of Anarchy Rides Off Into the Sunset

Kurt Soller’s motorcycle drama aired its final episode this week, concluding a respectable run of seven seasons. The major twist is that protagonist Jax (played by Pacific Rim‘s Charlie Hunnam) commits suicide by stepping in front of a truck — with the second, highly underrated twist of the truck driver being Michael Chiklis. We’ve officially reached Peak Meta Antihero.

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Marco! (Polo!)

Netflix’s big-budget entry into the genre game hit the streaming service today, and while it’s no Game of Thrones, the appeal comes close enough to work as a decent substitute. Political intrigue, lots of sex, and a healthy dose of cheese all work to make 13th-century Mongolia a hell of a lot more interesting (and binge-watchable) than your high school history textbook made it sound.

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Ron Swanson Takes the Mic

Netflix is really capitalizing on the pre-holiday procrastination market today. Along with Marco Polo, they’ve dropped Nick Offerman’s first stand-up special, in which the Parks and Rec actor gives his “10 Tips for a Prosperous Life” whilst clad in an American flag-print buttondown. One of the tips, unsurprisingly, is to eat red meat.

The Pontiac Bandit Terrorizes the 99th Precinct Once More

Because Brooklyn Nine-Nine is delightful, and Craig Robinson is delightful, and Craig Robinson on Brooklyn Nine-Nine is doubly delightful, which makes his second appearance as the Pontiac Bandit… quadruple delightful?