<p>Stranger Things</p>

Stranger Things

Credit: Netflix

The Upside Down: 8 questions about 'Stranger Things' season 1

Looking back on Netflix's '80s horror movie homage

On Friday, Netflix debuted the eight-episode first season of Stranger Things, an unapologetic ode to Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter, and all the other horror and suspense tropes of the early '80s that the Duffer Brothers love. I reviewed it last week, and I'm assuming some of you watched it all over the weekend, which means it's time to talk about the show — with full spoilers for the whole season — coming up just as soon as I steal some Eggos from the supermarket...

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<p>Jim Gaffigan and John Mulaney</p>

Jim Gaffigan and John Mulaney

Credit: TV Land

Review: 'The Jim Gaffigan Show' isn't cool, but it's really good

In an age of alt-comedy sitcoms, the food-obsessed Gaffigan takes some sharp turns

It's a running gag on TV Land's The Jim Gaffigan Show that Gaffigan's fellow comedians dismiss his act as being dumb, uncool, and almost entirely about food.

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<p>Parks and Recreation</p>

Parks and Recreation

Credit: NBC

Ask Alan: Why was there never an 'Office'/'Parks and Recreation' crossover?

Should the Cornballer be real? After 'Homer at the Bat,' who did the best sports episode?

Happy Friday, everybody! Time for a new installment of Ask Alan, where I discuss fictional products I could potentially bring into the real world, whether there was ever any talk of a 'Parks and Rec'/'Office' crossover, and the best sports-themed episode of a non-sports TV show.

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<p>The Americans</p>

The Americans

Credit: FX

Delightful Emmy nomination surprises: 'The Americans,' 'Master of None' & more

Louie Anderson! Constance Zimmer! Catastrophe!

The Leftovers, which I think is the best show on television, got zero Emmy nominations today. Alan Alda didn't get nominated for the performance of an immortal career, and nearly everyone else he worked with on the amazing Horace and Pete were also ignored by the TV Academy. HBO's amazing miniseries Show Me a Hero also got shut out, with even Oscar Isaac being ignored in favor of the less impressive likes of Cuba Gooding Jr. (who was one of the ships lifted by the rising tide that was The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the year's second-most-nominated show after Game of Thrones).

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<p>Halt and Catch Fire</p>

Halt and Catch Fire

Credit: AMC

Stream this in the summer: 'Halt and Catch Fire'

Plenty of time to catch up on AMC's '80s computing drama before season 3 debuts

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 have 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>Rami Malek and Craig Robinson in Mr. Robot</p>

Rami Malek and Craig Robinson in Mr. Robot

Credit: USA

Review: Elliot goes to war with 'Mr. Robot' in the riveting season 2 premiere

What happens in the wake of the Evil Corp hack?

Mr. Robot has returned for a second season. I already published some spoiler-free thoughts on tonight's two-hour premiere, so now it's time to get into the specifics, coming up just as soon as I've discovered Seinfeld...

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<p>Winona Ryder in Stranger Things</p>

Winona Ryder in Stranger Things

Credit: Netflix
B+

Review: Netflix's 'Stranger Things' basks in '80s nostalgia, doesn't drown in it

A salute to the works of Spielberg, King, and Carpenter takes on a life of its own

Nostalgia rules the pop culture universe. No old property is too obscure or lame to be considered for a revival or reboot these days (I eagerly await announcement of the Just One of the Guys Cinematic Universe). Belated additions to the Star Wars and Rocky franchises were adored even though (or because) they were beat-for-beat remakes of the original films. The hot new app that has all your friends braving the sun in order to catch Charmanders and Zubats is based on a cartoon from the '90s.

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<p>Rami Malek and Christian Slater in Mr. Robot</p>

Rami Malek and Christian Slater in Mr. Robot

Credit: USA
A-

Review: Rami Malek continues to amaze in 'Mr. Robot' season 2

Last summer's phenomenon is still strong

When a TV show becomes a phenomenon in its first season like Mr. Robot did(*), there's always some concern leading into the second. Will the elements that made it distinct at first still feel special after we've had a year to get used to its tricks? Do this world and these characters have enough story in them to last many seasons, or did the creative team exhaust all their ideas early on? Are we about to get a sophomore slump like True Detective, or a sophomore surge like Fargo?

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<p>Riz Ahmed in &quot;The Beach&quot;</p>

Riz Ahmed in "The Beach"

Credit: HBO

Review: 'The Night Of' gets off to a breathless start with 'The Beach'

A nightmare? A sick joke? Both?

Earlier this week, I published my rave review of HBO's new miniseries The Night Of, and I'm going to put it into the weekly review rotation for its run, starting with thoughts on the first episode, coming up just as soon as I can name two Yankees headed for the Hall of Fame...

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<p>Jackie Earle Haley in Preacher</p>

Jackie Earle Haley in Preacher

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Preacher' begins moving things forward with 'He Gone'

Minimal crazy action, but the strongest overall episode so far

A review of tonight's Preacher coming up just as soon as I think your favorite movie star is Ryan Phillippe...

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