<p>Friends</p>

Friends

Credit: NBC

Ask Alan: What makes a TV flashback episode good?

Will we ever see Andy Sipowicz on TV again?

Happy Friday, everybody! Time for another Ask Alan, hitting up four topics: What makes a good flashback episode, whether Dennis Franz will ever un-retire, what TV musical scores I listen to when I'm not watching TV, and a return to the subject of TV loose ends that can frustrate.

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<p>Flight of the Conchords</p>

Flight of the Conchords

Credit: HBO

Stream this in the summer: 'Flight of the Conchords'

Deadpan musical comedy starring New Zealand's fourth most-popular folk duo

In my early days on the beat, NBC had an ad campaign encouraging people to watch summer reruns, promising, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" In the age of Peak TV, that slogan seems less cynical than accurate. The rise of streaming services has put the bulk of TV history only a click or two away, which means that people are constantly discovering The Wire, or Arrested Development, or Terriers (sigh) for the very first time.

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<p>Mr. Robot</p>

Mr. Robot

Credit: USA

This flaw is dragging 'Mr. Robot' season 2 down

Too much time spent inside Elliot's head is causing season 2 to drag

A review of tonight's Mr. Robot coming up just as soon as my DJ career gets me free trips...

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<p>Stranger Things</p>

Stranger Things

Credit: Netflix

'Stranger Things' creators explain it all about season 1

What about Barb? Why is Dustin so much fun? What happened to Dr. Brenner?

I really enjoyed Netflix's Stranger Things, an unapologetic tribute to the works of Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter, and other masters of suspense and horror that creators Matt and Ross Duffer grew up loving. (Here's my initial review, and here are some spoiler-heavy thoughts on the season.)

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<p>BoJack Horseman</p>

BoJack Horseman

Credit: Netflix

'BoJack Horseman': Reviewing every season 3 episode of Netflix's best show

BoJack revisits his past, Mr. Peanutbutter buys spaghetti strainers, and more

BoJack Horseman is the best of all of Netflix's original series, and one of the best shows on television. In its third season, which was released on Friday, the series about an incredibly rich, famous, and depressed acting horse somehow became even darker and more experimental, and the season's fourth installment — which I discussed at length with BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg — may turn out to be the best episode of TV anyone will make this year(*).

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<p>Survivor&#39;s Remorse</p>

Survivor's Remorse

Credit: Starz

Review: For once, the very good 'Survivor's Remorse' fits its not great title

The Starz basketball comedy returned last night on a more dramatic note

Titles for TV series are tough. You want something that gets attention, but also captures the subject and tone of your show, and you don't want to alienate potential viewers in the process. We've all shared a sigh over the poor choices that the folks behind Terriers, Trophy Wife, Cougar Town, et al right now, and if Crazy Ex-Girlfriend doesn't make it past its second season, we can once again rail against anyone's belief that the audience appreciates nuance and/or irony in titles.

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<p>Preacher</p>

Preacher

Credit: AMC

'Preacher' goes to Hell, with a hell of a 'Breaking Bad' homage along the way

The Cowboy's fate finally intersects with Jesse's in the season's penultimate episode

A review of tonight's Preacher coming up just as soon as I'm an architect in Hell...

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<p>Michael Kenneth Williams as Freddy in The Night Of</p>

Michael Kenneth Williams as Freddy in The Night Of

Credit: HBO

Review: 'The Night Of' introduces a fan favorite from 'The Wire'

Naz goes to jail, meets Michael Kenneth Williams as Freddy

A review of tonight's The Night Of coming up just as soon as I can't think of any last-minute advice...

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<p>BoJack Horseman</p>

BoJack Horseman

Credit: Netflix

'BoJack Horseman' creator breaks down the year's best episode of television

A journey through the Netflix animated series' great third season

BoJack Horseman, one of the very best shows on television, returned for a wonderful — and, somehow, darker than ever — third season on Friday, and Netflix ordered a fourth season later that day.

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

Credit: HBO

Ask Alan: What it's like to get spoiled on 'Game of Thrones'

On Sipowicz, Ned Stark, and a lot more

Happy Friday, everybody! For this week's Ask Alan, I decided to experiment with taking Twitter questions in addition to the usual emails to askalan@hitfix.com. This week's four questions are a mix of the two, and if you want to try tweeting questions to me in the future, use the hashtag #askalanday (there are enough other #AskAlan features out there that this would be less helpful, while #askalansepinwall is too many characters).

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