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Is The Flash still The Flash without The Flash?

Keiynan Lonsdale (left), Carlos Valdes (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)
Keiynan Lonsdale (left), Carlos Valdes (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Tuesday, October 10. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

The Flash (The CW, 8 p.m.): As The Flash returns for its fourth season of speedster thrills on The CW, it does so without its eponymous hero, who’s busy maintaining the balance of the power-granting energy field known as The Speed Force. And so the show about the fastest man alive speeds forward without the fastest man alive, opening a new chapter in which a reconstituted Team Flash works to protect Central City—until they encounter a foe they can’t defeat without Barry Allen. Can they successfully pull him back to Earth One? And if they do, will he still be the same Barry? Scott Von Doviak will be there to let you know, as soon as we pull him away from The Playoff Baseball Zone.

Regular coverage

The Mindy Project (Hulu) 
DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow: season premiere (The CW, 9 p.m.)
This Is Us (NBC, 9 p.m.)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 9:30 p.m.)
American Horror Story (FX, 10 p.m.)
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC, 10 p.m.)

Wild card

The Planets (Science, 10 p.m.): The astronomy series finishes its first season with an episode titled “The Moon: Earth’s Guardian Angel,” which makes us want to spend the rest of the afternoon drafting other taglines and/or nicknames for our planet’s lone natural satellite. “Our Planet’s Lone Natural Satellite,” for example. Or “The Nighttime Sun.” “The Thing You Say ‘Goodnight’ To After ‘Room,’ But Before ‘Cow Jumping Over The Moon.’” We could go all day with this.


Managing editor, The A.V. Club