Ask Alan: What's the best episode of TV ever?

Ask Alan: What's the best episode of TV ever?

Shows we wish Dennis Franz had been on, shows that changed showrunners well, and more

Happy Friday, everybody! We had a couple of production hiccups last weeks that disrupted our regular schedule, but Ask Alan is back today, and hopefully on Fridays going forward.

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<p>Pitch</p>

Pitch

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Pitch' avoids the second-episode slump with 'The Interim'

Ginny has a lot on her plate, and so does Mike

A review of tonight's Pitch coming up just as soon as I'm disappointed the episode didn't do a full-on Just One of the Guys homage at some point...

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<p>The Good Place</p>

The Good Place

Credit: NBC

Review: 'The Good Place' solves the mystery of 'Jason Mendoza'

More bad news equals good ideas for the NBC comedy

A review of tonight's The Good Place coming up just as soon as I DJ Scott Discik's afterparty for the amateur porn awards in Reno...

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<p>Desmin Borges in You&#39;re the Worst</p>

Desmin Borges in You're the Worst

Credit: FXX

Review: A 'You're the Worst' tour de force takes a closer look at Edgar's PTSD

A beautiful, unusually structured episode written and directed by Stephen Falk

A review of tonight's You're the Worst coming up just as soon as I have a plan to stop being fax-dependent by the time of the next war...

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<p>Westworld</p>

Westworld

Credit: HBO
B-

Review: HBO's 'Westworld' a technical marvel but a narrative muddle

An amazing cast overpopulates a show set at a robotic Wild West theme park

Late in the second episode of HBO's Westworld, set in a theme park where visitors act out Wild West fantasies with the help of lifelike robots, the park's visionary co-founder Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) dresses down Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman), a screenwriter who has planned a new storyline for the guests that leans heavily on blood and guts to dazzle them.

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<p>Mackenzie Davis in Halt and Catch Fire</p>

Mackenzie Davis in Halt and Catch Fire

Credit: AMC

On a great 'Halt and Catch Fire,' not all relationships cross 'The Threshold'

Donna and Cameron keep clashing, while Joe makes Gordon an offer

A review of tonight's Halt and Catch Fire coming up just as soon as I show you the keys to the ladies room and men's bathroom...

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<p>Sterling K. Brown in This Is Us</p>

Sterling K. Brown in This Is Us

Credit: NBC

Review: How did 'This Is Us' do now that everyone knows the twist?

'The Big Three' suggests this could be a sturdy family drama, after all

A few thoughts on tonight's This Is Us - the first new show of the fall to get a full season order (albeit to 18 episodes) - coming up just as soon as my vice is asthma and yours is cocaine...

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<p>Atlanta</p>

Atlanta

Credit: FX

Review: 'Atlanta' welcomes a very different kind of Justin Bieber

A clever piece of casting highlights a trio of comic vignettes

A review of tonight's Atlanta coming up just as soon as I make sure that you die homeless...

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<p>Ken Marino on Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Ken Marino on Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' checks back on Terry and the rest of the squad

Ken Marino arrives as the Nine-Nine's latest captain

A review of tonight's Brooklyn Nine-Nine coming up just as soon as someone beats The Newlywed Game...

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<p>Luke Cage</p>

Luke Cage

Credit: Netflix
B+

'Luke Cage' a new kind of superhero show that suffers from some old problems

Mike Colter is great as the title character, but the newest Marvel show has the usual Netflix sag

"We are witnessing a massive shift in the boundaries of possibility," a talk radio host suggests midway through the first season of Luke Cage. In that moment, the host is discussing Luke Cage the man: super-strong, bullet-proof vigilante, waging a one-man war on crime in Harlem. But she could just as easily be discussing Luke Cage the Netflix/Marvel drama that debuts Friday, and what it and predecessor Jessica Jones have tried to do with the now-ubiquitous superhero TV show.

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