Television Review

In a relationship with ‘The Affair’

The drama ended up being an addictive, smart, and often swoony soap opera.

Television review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Homeland_412_1004.R-001.jpg A season of change has energized ‘Homeland’

It has been a treat to see the Showtime series recover some of its lost integrity this season.

The ticket: Television

A look at the week in television programming, including the final episode of “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central.

Game On

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/10/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/DeadCore_03.jpg ‘DeadCore’ takes fast, fun approach to video gaming

“DeadCore” is a very impressive first-person action-exploration game for Windows, Mac, and Linux from the French developer 5 Bits Studios.

@LArge

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/13/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/atlarge1214.jpg 10 favorite apps from 2014

The apps pack unique potential to both redefine their respective arenas and ensure that you never ever put your phone down ever.

thing tank

From Eaten Alive to Navy beams

If it’s a trend, a clip, a comment, a meme, a tag, or a topic, it’s a thing. A review of the week in things.

CBS announces date of David Letterman’s last show

David Letterman, who is retiring after more than 30 years as a late-night host, will host his final ‘‘Late Show’’ next May 20.

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critic’s notebook

With indelible character, Stephen Colbert made us think twice

As “The Colbert Report’’ ends Thursday, the pseudo-commentator could well go down as one of the most unforgettable characters in TV history.

From left: Jay Duplass, Judith Light, Amy Landecker, and Jeffrey Tambor in the Amazon Studios original series “Transparent.”

Matthew Gilbert’s picks for TV’s best shows in 2014

The Globe TV critic submits his Top 10 for 2014 — including “Transparent” — plus a baker’s dozen of runners-up.

BUZZSAW

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/105296_D0033b.jpg Matthew Gilbert’s midseason report card

A few trends are emerging regarding those TV series newcomers released in September.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/05/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/2014-10-13T190342Z_1057993047_GM1EAAE088001_RTRMADP_3_BRITAIN-ENTERTAINMENT.jpg ‘Dear Sugar’ ushers in a new era of podcasts at WBUR

WBUR enters the podcast game with “Dear Sugar Radio,” which focuses on frankly dispensed advice.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/11/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/1342c34264a3410bb013179667cec4ee-5359ed44c02849199cf971b13e1006d0-0.jpg ‘Fargo,’ ‘True Detective’ lead Golden Globes’ TV nods

The FX reboot of the Coen Brothers’ 1996 movie “Fargo” has received five nods and HBO’s dense “True Detective” four.

From left: Rusty Coones as Quinn, Niko Nicotera as Ratboy, Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller, and Jacob Vargas as Montez in FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.u”

TELEVISION

In finale, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ goes out with a bang

In the series finale of the FX show, Jax Teller came clean, and then things got very messy.

Holiday Arts Preview

special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/22/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/wiggs_atkins_169715--90x90.jpg Holiday Arts Preview

“Rudolph” lights up the stage, tiny feet learn “The Nutcracker,” plus 50 critics’ picks.

What's on TV

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/24colbert1-002.jpg Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Thursday night

Late night will be a lot less truthy after Thursday, when Stephen Colbert ends his extraordinary run on Comedy Central.