Welcome to another episode of TV Avalanche, where Brian Grubb and I try to sort out the best, worst, and most interesting things happening in Peak TV.
It’s time for a role swap this week, as we wanted to see how things went if Brian introduced each segment and I offered my opinion first — and offered frequent and shameless plugs for next week’s publication of Breaking Bad 101: The Complete Critical Companion. Let us know what you think — about the switcheroo, not the shameless plugs — in the comments.
We only reviewed one new show this week in Fox’s X-Men spinoff The Gifted, and followed that up with a mix of mailbag questions and spoiler segments, including the long-awaited return of Curb Your Enthusiasm, the Rick and Morty season finale — which gave me an opportunity to wrestle with my complicated feelings about the show — and the latest episode of Halt and Catch Fire. Oh, and there are more book plugs to come.
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00:00-05:17 Intro/shameless book plug #1
05:18-14:07 The Gifted
14:08-20:10 Listener mail: Rich TV characters to buy Knicks/Sixers
20:11-25:42 TV shows that changed their title sequences
25:43-28:13 Wynn Duffy on The Deuce
28:14-30:31 Worse punishment: Bad Place, or bad TV?
30:32-42:27 Curb Your Enthusiasm premiere spoilers
42:27-57:21 Rick and Morty finale spoilers
57:22-01:15:07 Halt and Catch Fire spoilers