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

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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

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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

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'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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<p>Veep</p>

Veep

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Season premiere review: 'Veep' still feels like 'Veep' even without Iannucci

Selina and her team scramble in the aftermath of the electoral vote tie

A few thoughts on last night's Veep premiere coming up just as soon as I look exactly like the president from behind...

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<p>Silicon Valley</p>

Silicon Valley

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Review: 'Silicon Valley' meets the new boss as season 3 begins

Stephen Toblowsky fits seamlessly into the HBO comedy's world

A few thoughts on last night's Silicon Valley premiere coming up just as soon as we're living in a post-R.I.G.B.Y. world...

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' sets the season 6 table with 'The Red Woman'

Catching up with the Night's Watch, Sansa and Theon, and everyone else

Game of Thrones is back for a new season, and I've got a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I demand some mutton...

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<p>Game of Thrones and Walking Dead</p>

Game of Thrones and Walking Dead

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Ask Alan: Jon Snow vs. Glenn, and what's TV's most recognizable theme song?

And has Peak TV ruined the moviegoing experience?

Happy Friday, everybody. It's Ask Alan time, and this week's show kicks off with a discussion of whether Game of Thrones will be deserving of the same scorn The Walking Dead got if one of its main characters turns out to be less dead than he previously seemed.

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<p>Veep</p>

Veep

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Relax, 'Veep' fans: The new producer didn't screw up the show

David Mandel on taking over an Emmy winner, and writing political satire in the age of Trump

One of the running gags in the new season of Veep involves Selina's daughter Catherine trying to film a documentary about her mother's work, and constantly being shooed out of the Oval Office because she's just captured an unflattering moment from America's first female president.

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

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HBO renews 'Game of Thrones,' 'Silicon Valley' & 'Veep' before Sunday premieres

Today, in Inevitable But Still Happy News: HBO has renewed Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, and Veep for new seasons, three days before their respective next seasons debut.

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