If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Hey, remember when this was about reviewing the latest new episodes of the past week before it became about doing top 10 lists?
Guess what, we're back to the original format of the TV weekly.
It's been more than two months since I've gone back to the regular format and that's because of so many things coming up including me getting sick not once, not twice, but three times in the last three months, my mother recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor, and just me missing out on a number of my favorite TV shows.
For this return to the norm, I was more organized and wrote down all the shows I watched this week, so for this edition, expect to see 20 reviews this week.
So without further ado, let's jump into it with the best episode of the week.
There wasn't anything that really wowed me enough to top the best episode of the week but there's one episode this week that I liked a lot and that's more than enough to take the top spot for this week.
The best episode for this week is Archer's "Bloody Ferlin" episode. Archer must help Gillette save his younger brother (voiced by Jack McBrayer) from a crooked sheriff (voiced by Michael Rooker) in the backwoods of West Virginia.
I haven't been catching up with the new season of Archer but I really did laugh out loud at this episode, there were a lot of really great jokes, and the timing on everything was just as great as Archer ever has been. I also really enjoyed Jack McBrayer as Gillette's brother, I thought he was really funny and did a good job.
The episode was very entertaining and in terms of what I watched this week, it was the best episode of TV I saw this week.
Now on to the rest of this week's shows:
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Season 2, Episode 18) "A Friend In Deed"
Pinkie Pie tries to become friends with new Ponyville resident Cranky Doodle Donkey. However, the donkey absolutely refuses to become friends with her, no matter how hard Pinkie Pie tries.
Yeah, I bet you thought My Little Pony would never make this list but like I've said before, I actually like this show, especially with this season. I'm not a brony but I'm not a hater, I like the show. If you don't like it, that's fine because I can easily say that it's not for everyone and as I've said before, if you can get pass the fact that it's My Little Pony, then give it a shot.
Anyway, back to the episode. I was really entertained by this episode and that's because it's a Pinkie Pie episode and whenever it's an episode about her, it's always going to be great because she's a great character, she may not be normal but there's nothing wrong with that. She's kind of like the Abed of the series, always breaking the fourth wall but doing it really cleverly. And that's the main focus of this episode and the message is also very well done. I also liked the way they referenced past episodes from this season and also really loved the 'Smile, Smile, Smile' song which is a pretty damn catchy song. All-in-all, a pretty good episode. 5/5
The Cleveland Show (Season 3, Episode 11)
Excited to spend quality father-stepson bonding time with Rallo, Cleveland takes Rallo to his very first magic show, where they get hired to be the opening act. Thanks to Rallo's sharp wit in the role of the puppet, Cleveland and Rallo's ventriloquist act becomes a hit. As their act gets rave reviews by fans and ventriloquist critic Graham Kensington, Rallo grows tired of Cleveland taking all the credit for their success. Not one to be taken for a dummy, Rallo proves that he is the heart of their comedic act.
I was really bored by this week's episode. There wasn't any great jokes, the story was so predictable, and just the overall episode was just not investing. Bland episode. 2.5/5
The Simpsons (Season 23, Episode 14)
"At Long Last Leave"
In the 500th episode, the Simpsons discover that everyone in town has grown tired of them and are secretly plotting to have them thrown out of Springfield forever.
You all know I was psyched for this, I did a top 20 list of my favorite Simpsons episode in anticipation for the 500th show and...
I found this episode mostly enjoyable.
It's not a great episode but I did like the plot of this episode, even if it's been done before. I also really liked the jokes in the episode, they really took the time to make really good jokes and not resort to predicatble humor. Like I said, it's not a great episode but it's still one of the best episodes I've seen this season. 4/5
Napoleon Dynamite (Season 1, Episode 5)
Uncle Rico and Napoleon team up for Preston's annual bed races to keep six-time champ Grandma from winning yet again. Still smarting from a high-school-football defeat years earlier, Rico's desperate to return to glory, so he persuades Napoleon to cheat.
Let me make one thing clear, I've never seen Napoleon Dynamite, the movie, I just never took the time to watch it. So, I wasn't really expecting to pay attention to the series but I watched this episode all the way through and... I think this show is decent.
The jokes are nicely done, the animation's pretty good, and all around, it's just a decent TV series. Certainly better than that piece of shit Allen Gregory show was. Not a great show but not a bad one either. 3/5
Family Guy (Season 10, Episode 14)
"Be Careful What You Fish For"
When Peter and the guys try to salvage a sunken Mercedes-Benz, Peter half-heartedly promises a favor to a helpful dolphin. Soon, the dolphin moves to Quahog but outstays his welcome at Peter's. Peter tries to reunite the dolphin with his ex-wife in hopes that he will return to the ocean.
I really didn't like this episode, I thought this was the laziest episode that Family Guy has done in a very long time, the jokes just weren't hitting at all, Ricky Gervais was very misused here, and like with The Cleveland Show, I was never invested in the story. It's a real bore of the episode. 2.5/5
American Dad (Season 7, Episode 11)
"Old Stan In The Mountain"
When Stan is overly enthusiastic about his hatred for old people, a hex is placed on him that turns him into a frail, old man. Meanwhile, Roger takes Francine on a road trip to a dance competition, but she soon finds out it is not what she bargained for.
I'm like Stan, I can't stand old people. I work at a supermarket and I have to deal with old people moving so slow in the aisles, it takes 20 minutes to get to a place in the store where it should take 2 minutes to get there. It's really annoying so I feel for Stan here.
The episode itself, fucking hilarious as hell. The streak for American Dad continues as they delivered another laugh-out-loud episode. Both plots in the story were nicely done with a lot of really funny moments and nice comic timing. Like I said, American Dad continues the streak of great episodes and gets a 5/5
Pan AM (Season 1, Episode 14) SEASON (or SERIES) FINALE
Colette gets the offer of a lifetime from Prince Omar, Dean finds out the consequences for his actions in Haiti, and Ted finds out a shocking discovery from Amanda.
Of the new fall shows that came on this season, Pan Am was my favorite drama and I'm really saddened by the possibility that it might get cancelled after one season, especially after the loss of The Chicago Code the previous year, I will never forgive Fox for letting that go for the shitty Terra Nova.
But I digress, the Pan Am finale does wrap up all the loose ends from the season and does it fairly well. If this does become the last episode, I won't be that mad because it does wrap up all the stories from the last 13 episodes and gives us a good conclusion of the season. 5/5
How I Met Your Mother (Season 7, Episode 17)
After Kevin breaks up with Robin, Ted confesses his feelings to her. Meanwhile, Barney is on a mission to find something private of Marshall and Lily's. Special appearance by Conan O'Brien as a background extra in MacLaren's.
At first, I hated that they were going down the same road that they went in the second season by having Ted and Robin get back together but thankfully, that story is very brief and I hope that this is the end of that because we've already established that they are not meant to be together but for them to tease another go at it just really got to me.
The other subplot was very entertaining but I hated that Lily & Marshall broke character and became the opposite of what we've come to know them as.
Despite that, the jokes were nicely done and I really liked the Conan cameo but you've got to pay close attention because I missed it the first time. It happens within 10 minutes of the episode and I thought that was really good.
So, overall, a mediocre episode with some decent moments but nothing great. 3/5
2 Broke Girls (Season 1, Episode 17)
"And The Kosher Cupcakes"
Max and Caroline have to make kosher cupcakes for an Orthodox Jewish family's bar mitzvah. Meanwhile, Caroline worries she might be getting sick, since she lacks the resources she used to have to deal with health problems.
Let me make one thing clear, I'm still watching this show because of the two leads, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. They have great chemistry on screen and they are easily the best part of the show, with the exception of Garrett Morris, who delivers a couple of good lines here and there. So, that's why I watch the show still.
However, this week's episode was just so AWFUL. The things I mentioned that are keeping me with the show are the only good things about this episode, every thing else here was fucking bullshit. Not only do they have the worst portrayal of jewish children ever but they also have the worst portrayal of gay people I've seen in a while.
And that's the problem with the series, the supporting cast is nothing but stereotypes and poorly written ones. I don't know who to blame for this either creator Michael Patrick King or co-creator Whitney Cummings, I'm guessing Patrick King because he also wrote and directed the Sex & The City movies and we all know how great the portrayal of other races were in those movies (wink, wink).
Bascially what I'm trying to say is that everything I talked about in the first paragraph on why I still watch the show was the only thing to keep me going but everything else was just terrible. 1.5/5
The Voice (Season 2, Episode 4)
"The Blind Auditions, Part 3"
When I first heard about The Voice last year, I scoffed at it and said, "American Idol ripoff", right off the bat.
But then when I watched it after the Super Bowl earlier this month, I actually gave it a shot and surprisingly, I think this show is pretty entertaining.
The singers on this show actually can sing and are on there to show off their talent. It's not like American Idol where the only reason they are there is so that they can be on TV and it's not like The X Factor where they bore the shit out of me because it's basically, 'American Idol 2'. Instead, you hear all these really good singers and the judges give fair reactions to each of them.
I was surprised on how entertaining The Voice is. It's not on the same level as The Sing Off, which is the greatest singing competition show ever, but I still enjoy it better than the shitty American Idol, The X Factor, or any other fake ass reality show there is out there. 4/5
Smash (Season 1, Episode 3)
"Meet Mr. Dimaggio"
While Karen returns to Iowa to make an important decision about the future, the favorite for Joe DiMaggio–Michael Swift–is discovered to be holding a secret. Ivy begins to have doubts as to why she was given the part of Marilyn. Eileen suspects her soon-to-be-ex-husband is sabotaging the musical by turning potential investors away.
This is what Glee should've been like. You have characters you actually care about, you have some pretty good songs written by Marc Shaiman (writer of the songs for South Park Bigger Longer and Uncut), and you have an overall entertaining series. Katherine McPhee is really good in the role as this up-and-coming actress and Megan Hilty is also nicely done as the other actress vying for the title role. Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston also deliver some really good performances as well.
Smash is a really entertaining series that works much better that what Glee has become in the last two years. The music's great, the characters are nicely portrayed, it's a very entertaining series. 4/5
Last Man Standing (Season 1, Episode 18)
"Baxter & Sons"
Mike's father Bud (Robert Forster) and younger brother Jim (Mike Rowe) visit, hoping to win a bid to build a new Outdoor Man store. But the sibling rivalry between Mike and Jimmy threatens it. The Baxter girls try to set up Bud with a girlfriend, by giving him an online profile.
This was actually a pretty good episode. I liked Robert Forster and Mike Rowe in their roles and Rowe did a decent acting job, considering he's known for the reality series, Dirty Jobs. It's got some good jokes and it also has Frankie Muniz showing off a mustache and goatee as a bank teller...and yet he still looks like Malcolm from Malcolm In The Middle from the last season of the series. Overall, a pretty good episode. 3/5
Cougar Town (Season 3, Episode 2)
"A Mind With A Heart Of Its Own"
To avoid hurting anyone's feelings, Jules asks Laurie and Ellie to be her co-maids of honor. Chick (Ken Jenkins) decides to have a little fun when Grayson asks him for Jules' hand in marriage. To show he's okay with their marriage, Bobby installs a zip-line from Grayson's house to Jules'.
Cougar Town came back strong last week and this week was no exception. It was very funny and it's still continuing to grow into a really good series. 4/5
The Middle (Season 3, Episode 17)
"The Sit Down"
Axl, Sue and Brick feel that Frankie nags them too much and Mike makes crazy punishments. Frankie and Mike decide to sit the kids down, but the kids beat them to it and sit Mike and Frankie down. The kids want a chance to show their parents that they can be responsible. Frankie and Mike take advantage of their spare time and decide to spend time together.
Like with most of the episodes this season, The Middle was very funny this week. A lot of really good jokes and a good lesson at the end. 3/5
The Big Bang Theory (Season 5, Episode 18)
"The Werewolf Transformation"
Sheldon refuses to let anyone cut his hair except for his regular barbar, even going to see his barbar in the hospital. Penny offers to trim his hair and he declines. Penny later tells him to embrace the chaos and that it just might be fun not knowing what will happen next. Sheldon agrees to her proposal and is heard playing bongos in the middle of the night. The next day at Amy's apartment, with Amy's vote of confidence, Sheldon agrees to Penny cutting his hair, which she messes up at the end of the episode.
Meanwhile, after his first day of training, Howard video chats with Bernadette and describes his experiences at NASA. After seeing how much trouble he is having, she flies to Houston to help take care of him and finds his mother already doing that.
I really liked this week's episode. It was a lot like a classic episode from the first two seasons where Sheldon has a problem and it's not a big problem but he makes it out to be. It was really funny especially the end, it's probably my favorite episode of the season so far. 5/5
Parks & Recreation (Season 4, Episode 16)
After realizing everyone forgot Jerry's birthday, Leslie decides to throw him a party; Tom is shocked to learn Ann doesn't share his taste in music.
This was a really funny episode, a lot of great laugh-out-loud moments. Not a single moment that bored me, really enjoyed this week's episode. 5/5
The Office (Season 8, Episode 16)
Dwight and Packer compete for a job; Jim receives an unwelcome visitor in his room; Andy has everyone stay late to cover for their co-workers in Florida.
I will admit that after the first few episodes of the season, I really wasn't liking the way they went with the series. But in the last few episodes, the series has made a comeback and the last three episodes have actually been really entertaining.
And this week's was no exception, this was a really funny episode. I liked the ways Dwight and Todd Packer try to outdo each other, I liked the stuff at Dunder Mifflin, and the episode was really funny. One thing I didn't like was that they were trying to force Jim to cheat on Pam and during that storyline I kept saying to myself, "You've got to be fucking kidding me." Are they really trying to start the end of a relationship that we've come to known from the friggin beginning of the series? Thankfully, nothing ever happens but that was a bullshit move.
Other than that, I really liked this episode. 4/5
Up All Night (Season 1, Episode 17)
Chris reluctantly agrees to throw a joint birthday party for Amy with an overly enthusiastic neighbor. Meanwhile, Nancy begins looking for a man.
Another great episode, a lot of good laughs, and some good heartfelt moments. And I'll still say it, Up All Night is a better show about parenting than that piece of shit Raising Hope is. 4.5/5
Unsupervised (Season 1, Episode 6)
Gary and Joel's plan to hook up with girls at the high school dance is threatened by an outbreak of nits.
Remember when MTV did that show, Good Vibes, that aired after Beavis & Butt-Head last year? This is pretty much that show.
And much like that show, there's nothing really investing about this show. The characters are bland, the voice acting's bland, the jokes are bland, it's just a bland series. Won't be checking back with it anytime soon. 2.5/5
Goddamn, this took almost 3 hours to write up. Anyway, that's it and I'll be back next week with more reviews.