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What I Watched This Week: 22 Jan 2017

NEW SHOWS Saturday Night Live – “Aziz Ansari/Big Sean” (A-) While no sketches will be considered all-timers, this is one of the most remarkably consistent episodes of SNL that I can remember. Absolutely no dud sketches, a terrific monologue and at … Continue reading

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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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2016 in Review: The Best Shows – Honorable Mentions

Even by including this list, I only scratched the surface of what I watched, which barely scratched the surface of the veritable buffet of options I could have partaken of this year. 70th Tony Awards So maybe “Love is love … 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: 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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What I Watched This Week: 23 Oct 2016

NEW SHOWS The Mindy Project – “Mindy Lahiri Is a Misogynist” Is Mindy truly a misogynist? Maybe not, but there is something to be said for intra-office female rivalries. The bigger question is why the show decided to casually reveal … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 16 Oct 2016

NEW SHOWS The Simpsons – “Treehouse of Horror XXVII” (B+) Not a weak segment in the bunch, which is extremely rare for any of their Halloween specials, let alone one this late in the game. The Hunger Games/Mad Max: Fury … Continue reading

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