Ask Alan: NBC’s Mt. Rushmore, Netflix slogs, and the genius of ‘The Leftovers’

Happy Friday! In this week’s installment of Ask Alan, I try to tackle the impossible question of selecting four shows for NBC’s scripted Mt. Rushmore, talk a bit more about my defense of the episode column and why some Netflix shows are slogs, try to put this season of “The Leftovers” into a historical context, and throw in one or two shameless plugs for a certain book that is on back order at Amazon but available again very very soon.

You can watch that in the video embedded both above and below; whichever makes you happier.

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