What I Watched This Week: 5 Feb 2017

This Is Us – “I Call Marriage” (B)
The “Kate being tempted by the douchey stableboy” storyline drives me up a wall, and it’s dragging down the rest of the show with it. But I am invested in the rest, with Kevin finally showing (hopefully) real remorse over what he’s done as he tries to rebuild his relationship with Sophie. And I’m intrigued by Randall’s coming reckoning: that he doesn’t need to consistently prove himself to be loved.

Legion – “Chapter 1” (A) / series premiere
The best pilot in years. Noah Hawley has crafted something truly unique, and it soars far above its source material. This is a psychological thriller with some comic book accessories, not the other way around. I can’t wait to see where it goes next.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – “Hero or Hate Crime?” (B+)
A classic Sunny conundrum: Frank yells, “Look out, faggot!” as a piano is about to fall on top of Mac, saving his life. Thus the title of this week’s episode. But of course the gang is far too petty to actually answer that question, as they bring in a series of professional arbiters to decide who is actually in possession of a scratch-off that Dee bought, but blew away and Mac now has. It leads to some (almost) deep character moments that show handles in its signature crude way. It’s the least sentimental coming out moment a TV character has ever had.

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