Saturday Night Live – “Steve Carell/Ella Mai” (B+)
None of the sketches were truly great, but all none of them made me wish for a quick death, which counts as an improvement. Carell is a pro, but I’m not sure if any of these sketches truly spotlighted his gifts. Yet I was thoroughly amused the entire time.
This Is Us – “Six Thanksgivings” (B)
Well, it’s right there in the title. With six stories, it all feels too disjointed to really work. Three would have been a bit better, but none are actually bad.
This Is Us – “Sometimes” (A-)
A strong contender for the best episode of the season, as a lot gets revealed without going too far over-the-top.
The Good Place – “Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By” (B+)
Still not sure how I feel about that fight sequence, but Michael McKean is excellent as an older version of the wise prophet Doug Forcett. And the show leaps into yet another mysterious place after spending much of the season on earth. Can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Bodyguard – Season 1 (A- average)
It was a hit because it was so thrilling for six straight episodes. But it’s one of the best shows of the year because it’s deeply cynical, yet holds onto just a shred of optimism that people can be honest and trustworthy. Exceptional television.