I am Alan Sepinwall, professional watcher of TV and sometime-author... AMA!
Hi Reddit, it's Alan Sepinwall, TV critic for HitFix and author of the book "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever," which was just re-released in paperback this week. You can find more info about it at AlanSepinwall.com and enter to win a signed copy. I'm here to take your questions about the book and TV in general for the next couple of hours, starting at 2 p.m. Ask me anything.
UPDATE: And that's it for me for now! Have to get back to work (a good Hannibal's on tonight), but this was a genuine pleasure. Hope you enjoyed it, too. And, as many of the answers suggested, a lot of what was discussed here is covered in much greater length in the book.
UPDATE #2: While I wait for my son to drift off to sleep, might as well answer a few more questions, since there are a bunch still lying around.
UPDATE #3: The boy's sleeping away, and I've hit most of the leftover questions I had interesting answers to. Night, all!