What I Watched This Week: 5 Dec 2021

Succession – “Chiantishire” (A-)
The only reason this isn’t getting an A, because it depends on how next week resolves the massive cliffhanger. If it’s just a cheap ploy to attract more attention to the show, it’ll feel hollow. If it’s really a game-changer, then it’s the most important episode of the show to date.

Curb Your Enthusiasm – “Irma Kostroski” (A-)
The show adds another tremendous guest star in Tracey Ullman, who plays a city council member Larry pretends to be interested in to get some votes on causes that are important to him. The “Was It Sexual Assault or the Time of His Life?” debate is some third-rail comedy that only this show could get away with. More successful is Larry’s confrontation of a woman abusing her “Widow Privilege.”

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
“The Gang Buys a Roller Rink” (C)
“The Gang Replaces Dee with a Monkey” (B+)
The ’90s flashback episode was pretty weak, though I did get a few good chuckles out of it. The second episode was much stronger, showing the guys at their drunken and Dee at her drunken (with power) worst.

How To with John Wilson – “How to Find a Spot” (A-)
Somewhat straightforward, at least compared to last week’s detour into true crime. But this week is actually slightly profound, exploring our desire to hold onto things, at the expense of experiencing the world.

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