<p>Person of Interest</p>

Person of Interest

Credit: CBS

Review: 'Person of Interest' starts final season with Team Machine on the run

Can Reese, Finch, and Root survive the 'B.S.O.D.'?

Person of Interest which I caught up on, and fell hard for, over the last few months after abandoning the show very early in its run — is back for its final season, and I have some thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I wait for you to finish using the vending machine...

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<p>The Grinder</p>

The Grinder

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Review: 'The Grinder' takes down another TV cliche in hilarious fashion

Will a side story help Dean solve his father's case?

A few thoughts on tonight's penultimate episode of The Grinder season 1 coming up just as soon as I leave an onion bagel in the toaster...

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<p>The Good Wife</p>

The Good Wife

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Goodbye to 'The Good Wife,' whose heroine only let you see what she wanted you to

The Julianna Margulies legal drama has had its ups and downs, but was memorable for a long time

Midway through the penultimate episode of The Good Wife, Julianna Margulies' Alicia Florrick is presented with evidence of yet another one of her husband Peter's infidelities. Alicia, who's long been secretly estranged from Peter, is unfazed by the news, viewing it simply as useful to his defense in a corruption trial, until she notices that the man who brought it to her — rival lawyer Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) — seems disappointed by her lack of emotion.

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<p>Veep</p>

Veep

Credit: HBO

Review: The comma's the thing as 'Veep' heads to 'Nev-AD-a'

John Slattery and Martin Mull arrive, as the staff hunts for votes

A few thoughts on last night's Veep coming up just as soon as I tell you that the Nazis' polling numbers within Germany were through the roof...

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<p>Silicon Valley</p>

Silicon Valley

Credit: HBO

Review: Did 'Silicon Valley' present the most graphic sex scene in HBO history?

Richard learns his new boss isn't perfect in 'Two in the Box'

A few thoughts on last night's Silicon Valley coming up just as soon as I simply imagine my skeleton is me, and my body is my house...

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

Credit: HBO

Could 'Game of Thrones' have done what it did tonight any better?

Tyrion visits Dany's dragons, Roose Bolton gets some news, and Davos has a request for Melisandre

A review of tonight's Game of Thrones coming up just as soon as you punch me in the face the next time I have an idea like that...

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Ask Alan: What's the best TV lineup ever?
Credit: NBC

Ask Alan: What's the best TV lineup ever?

What shows have the most fun with the "previously, on..." segments? And where did the "just as soon as" review intros come from?

Happy Friday, everybody! Time for a new installment of Ask Alan, where HBO's current Sunday lineup leads to another look at the familiar question of what is TV's best programming bloc of all time. After that, we talk about two different kinds of introductory devices: the "previously, on..." montage at the beginning of most serialized shows, and my "just as soon as" introductory lines for my episode reviews, which date back nearly a decade to my original blog (starting with this post).

As always, you can watch the video embedded at the top or bottom of this post, and send questions to askalan@hitfix.com.

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<p>Person of Interest</p>

Person of Interest

Credit: CBS

Why I gave 'Person of Interest' another try... and was glad I did

How the CBS cyberpunk vigilante thriller figured itself out, and how your critic in turn figured out to try it again

In the age of Peak TV, the quest for the instantly perfect can be the enemy of the eventually good.

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<p>The Americans</p>

The Americans

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' zeroes in on the hunt for Martha in 'Travel Agents'

A one-story focus makes for a great episode

A review of tonight's The Americans coming up just as soon as I have borscht for the first time in a long time...

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<p>New Girl</p>

New Girl

Credit: FOX

'New Girl' did separate bachelor & bachlorette party episodes. Which was better?

The guys go on a 'Road Trip,' while Jess and Cece enjoy 'A Chill Day In'

A few thoughts on tonight's New Girl double feature coming up just as soon as I tell Alfonso Cuaron he's lost his lead otter...

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