Credit: FX

Review: On 'Atlanta,' Earn and Van celebrate a ridiculous 'Juneteenth'

Another great episode in a debut season full of them

A quick review of tonight's Atlanta coming up just as soon as I feel like I'm in a Spike Lee-directed Eyes Wide Shut...

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<p>This Is Us</p>

This Is Us

Credit: NBC

Review: 'This Is Us' both scores and fumbles with 'The Game Plan'

The origin of the family's Steelers obsession is revealed

A review of tonight's This Is Us coming up just as soon as I'm a wise old owl in a Pixar movie...

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Credit: Sundance

Review: Sundance's amazing 'Rectify' begins its final season

As Daniel adjusts to life in a new city, we get the story after the story, after the story

By any semblance of conventional narrative logic, the third season finale of Rectify should have been the end of the series, period. Though it didn't resolve every one of the show's outstanding questions — chief among them whether Daniel Holden (Aden Young) actually committed the murder of his high school girlfriend Hannah, for which he spent two decades on Death Row before being released due to new DNA evidence — it sent Daniel away from his mother Janet's home in Georgia to a halfway house in Nashville to begin the next phase of his life, and it left the rest of his family in a place where they seemed ready to start healing after his unexpected return from prison tore all their lives asunder. In a traditional drama, the shot of Daniel saying goodbye to Janet (J. Smith-Cameron) and closing the door of the halfway house would have been the last we ever saw of him, like how The Truman Show never followed Truman outside of the dome.

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Credit: NBC

Review: 'Timeless' meets James Bond by way of Indiana Jones

'Party at Castle Varlar' begins laying the foundation for the show to have a long run

A few thoughts on tonight's Timeless coming up just as soon as you get me lederhosen in the next five minutes...

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<p>William Hurt in Goliath</p>

William Hurt in Goliath

Credit: Amazon

Review: Amazon's 'Goliath' fails to deliver a strong closing argument

After a promising start, the David E. Kelley/Billy Bob Thornton legal drama fell apart

You may recall that I was pretty happy with Amazon's new legal drama Goliath — particularly for Billy Bob Thornton's lead performance and the most restrained writing by David E. Kelley in this century — but that was after seeing six of the season's eight episodes on screeners. Having now finished the other two, I had some additional thoughts — with full spoilers for the whole season — coming up just as soon as I click at you for a while...

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<p>Ed Harris in Westworld</p>

Ed Harris in Westworld

Credit: HBO

Review: The 'Westworld' robots search for answers in 'Dissonance Theory'

A more playful, cohesive, and satisfying episode

A review of tonight's Westworld coming up just as soon as I need one match, one pistol, and one idiot...

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<p>Black Mirror, San Junipero</p>

Black Mirror, San Junipero

Credit: Netflix

Reviewing every 'Black Mirror' episode from the new Netflix season

Breaking down Nosedive, San Junipero, and more

I had some concerns with the new made-for-Netflix season of Black Mirror, which I outlined in my review earlier this week. Netflix released the new season earlier today, which means at least some of you have had a chance to watch all six episodes (the rest of you can bookmark this for later reading), which means I can get more specific — with full spoilers — about each episode, coming up just as soon as I call Mom... 

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Ask Alan: Is the huge 'Westworld' cast a problem?

Ask Alan: Is the huge 'Westworld' cast a problem?

What the best new time travel show? And should 'Law & Order' get a past for recycling actors?

Happy Friday, everybody! It's a four-question Ask Alan this week, though the fourth one is more or less me calling the bluff of my friend Libby Hill. In terms of actual questions, I get into the glut of time travel series, figure if HBO precedent offers Westworld some insight about how to juggle its enormous cast of characters, and revisit the matter of shows recycling actors in new roles, but through a specific Law & Order/Homicide crossover lens.

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<p>The Good Place</p>

The Good Place

Credit: NBC

Review: 'The Good Place' did a very surprising — and smart — thing tonight

Eleanor and Chidi try to spare Michael from 'The Eternal Shriek'

A review of tonight's The Good Place coming up just as soon as I tell you to take it sleazy...

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<p>Crazy Ex-Girlfriend</p>

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Credit: CW

Review: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' is crazier — and better — than ever in season 2

Rachel Bloom and company have figured out the tone of the CW's musical comedy

In its first season, the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend opted for an expository, self-deprecating theme song that not only laid out the premise, but apologized repeatedly for that title. Season 2 dispenses with all that, figuring any viewers at this point both understand the plot — workaholic lawyer Rebecca Bunch (star/co-creator Rachel Bloom) blows up her life and moves to West Covina, CA to be closer to summer camp boyfriend Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) — and that, as Rebecca explained in the old song, "The situation's a lot more nuanced than that."

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