Ask Alan: What Are TV’s Greatest Fight Scenes?

Time for another installment of Ask Alan, as I take your questions about the past, present, and future of TV.

Three super fun questions this week, starting with a question about TV’s greatest fight scenes, inspired by one of you rewatching the Nola-Burton fight from Banshee:

As promised in the video, I’m trying to embed as many of the clips I talked about as possible (though there aren’t YouTube versions of a few like the Altered Carbon zero-G fight, and there are other shows like Into the Badlands that I don’t watch enough to consider).

Daredevil hallway fight:

Brienne vs the Hound:

Arrow vs Slade:

Preacher “Uptown Girl” fight:

Hannibal vs Jack Crawford:

Sydney vs Evil Francie:

Sarah Walker vs Triad boss (in a small car):

Tony Soprano vs Ralphie:

Walter White vs Skyler:

Dan Dority vs the Captain:

I’ve talked a lot over the years about great one-season shows, but our second question is a fascinating variation: what’s the best second season of a show that only ran two seasons? I divided this up into three categories: great shows that ran two years, but the second year wasn’t the better of the two; shows where the second season was a significant improvement on the first; and British shows designed for finite runs.

Finally, some fantasy casting, where I was asked to piece together a crime fighting team with pre-existing TV characters filling familiar archetypes like the muscle, the tech nerd, the ace detective, and more.

As always, you can email me questions at, or tweet at me with the hashtag #AskAlanDay.

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