<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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<p>Aya Cash in You&#39;re the Worst</p>

Aya Cash in You're the Worst

Credit: FXX

Review: Does 'You're the Worst' season 3 need to figure out a direction?

Gretchen tries to help her 'Genetically Inferior Beta Males' do better

A review of tonight's You're the Worst coming up just as soon as I provide my female elephant with constant stimuli...

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<p>Bryce Dallas Howard in Black Mirror</p>

Bryce Dallas Howard in Black Mirror

Credit: Netflix

Review: 'Black Mirror' glitches in its transition to Netflix

Bigger isn't necessarily better for the British sci-fi anthology

Black Mirror is simultaneously one of the most old-fashioned and modern dramas on television right now: an anthology sci-fi drama in the mold of The Twilight Zone, tackling cutting-edge issues about technology and social media in a way that makes other shows that have tried it (say, The Good Wife) like like stodgy dabblers. The characters and setting changes from episode to episode, but each time out, Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker and company present chilling tales of how all these advances meant to improve our lives and bring us together are actually driving us further apart — more connected to the smartphones that give the show its title than to the people allegedly on the other end of them.

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<p>Donald Glover in Atlanta</p>

Donald Glover in Atlanta

Credit: FX

Review: After some experimental episodes, 'Atlanta' heads to 'The Club'

A more straightforward adventure for Earn, Paper Boi, and Darius

A quick review of tonight's Atlanta coming up just as soon as I stay home and finish Amadeus...

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<p>Chelsea Peretti in Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Chelsea Peretti in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' stages a more complicated 'Halloween IV' caper

Is this a tradition that needs retiring?

A quick review of tonight's Brooklyn Nine-Nine coming up just as soon as my safeword is "cabbage"...

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Credit: HBO

Review: In 'The Stray,' 'Westworld' asks how much the robots really remember

Memory causes problems in the park and at the Delos offices

A review of tonight's Westworld coming up just as soon as I use my employee discount...

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Ask Alan: Can a great 'Walking Dead' premiere make the finale better in hindsight?

Ask Alan: Can a great 'Walking Dead' premiere make the finale better in hindsight?

What shows are ideal to watch on your phone? Will a streaming show win a best drama Emmy before another network show does?

Happy Friday, everybody! Time for a new Ask Alan, where I discuss shows that are ideal to watch on your phone (even if I would always rather watch something on as big a screen as possible), predict whether a streaming show will win an Outstanding Drama Series Emmy before another broadcast network one does, and discuss whether a great 'Walking Dead' premiere has the potential to retroactively make that awful season finale seem better.

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