Category Archives: Reviews

What I Watched This Week: 15 Jan 2017

NEW SHOWS It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – “Old Lady House: A Situation Comedy” (A) A brilliant deconstruction of multi-cam sitcoms and the type of network interference Sunny has been lucky to avoid by virtue of being on a a cable … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 8 Jan 2017

NEW SHOWS The Good Place – “What’s My Motivation?” (B+) Has a lot of plot to churn through since there are only two more episodes, but it deepens Jason’s character in a way I didn’t think was possible. It also really … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 1 Jan 2017

NEW SHOWS Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “The Fugitive” (B+) Sometimes I miss NBC’s “super-sized” episodes that weren’t quite double-length. That would have been perfect for this episode. Its subplots are superfluous, but its main story of hunting down escaped convicts with … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 11 Dec 2016

NEW SHOWS The Simpsons – “The Nightmare After Krustmas” (B) As usual for latter-day Simpsons, it’s funny but never great. The multiple nightmare sequences are directed brilliantly, but it’s not going to endure like other Christmas episodes. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Captain Latvia” … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 4 Dec 2016

NEW SHOWS The Simpsons – “The Last Traction Hero” (B+) Another solid episode in what’s turning out to be a surprisingly consistent season (not that I’ve kept up with it consistently). Lots of clever visual gags and a nice, surprising friendship … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 27 Nov 2016

NEW SHOWS Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Skyfire Cycle” (B+) Another consistently funny episode, though nothing will be as funny as Holt shouting “BONE?!” at the top of his lungs during a 40-minute rant. This Is Us – “The Trip” (A) The … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 20 Nov 2016

NEW SHOWS Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Mr. Santiago” (B+) The “trying to impress the dad of the girlfriend and reinforce his delusion that his daughter is still a virgin” is one of the oldest sitcom plots. Brooklyn Nine-Nine doesn’t necessarily do anything … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 13 Nov 2016

NEW SHOWS The Simpsons – “Havana Wild Weekend” (B+) Another solid travel episode, though it gets way too real in its opening minutes. Grampa heads to the VA hospital since the nursing home can’t help him. Lisa asks, “Aren’t those … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 6 Nov 2016

NEW SHOWS The Mindy Project – “Concord” (B) An opportunity to get away from Danny’s wedding (which I am only disappointed we’re missing because it means no Chris Messina or Greta Gerwig) leads to a very Three’s Company plot. There’s … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 30 Oct 2016

NEW SHOWS The Mindy Project – “Leland Breakfast Is the Miracle Worker” (A-) The best episode of Season Five yet, even though it’s utterly ridiculous. Jack Davenport (the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) is stupendous as the egotistical British thespian who … Continue reading

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