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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Short reviews for this week (for the shows we didn't much talk about in big posts)

One of the bloggers went home this weekend for Easter and has limited internet access, so this week’s short reviews will be few, because the other blogger’s TV viewing won’t be added. We watch many of the same shows, of course. In case you were wondering, she didn't like this weeks' Bones, pronouncing it "weird."

How I Met Your Mother
Barney and his dad lie to each other in order to bond. One of us thinks this show is getting really old and boring. It is at its best when it reaches into the past, references older episodes, or has flashbacks. The current action isn’t humorous. That said, we mildly enjoyed this episode. John Lithgow always does a good job. B+

The United States of Tara
Char finally had her baby. Meh. B-

Modern Family
This week was one of the funniest in a while. We love Phil and Luke. A

Cougar Town (both episodes from this week)
We’re glad this show is back, but these weren’t outstanding episodes. B

Breaking In
Not as good as the pilot and subsequent episode, but still amusing. B

Jeff’s speeches always say it all. And we enjoyed the Pierce/Abed love montage. A funny episode with a little heart that reminded us of some of the year’s high points. A-

Parks and Recreation
YES, Ron, burgers are better. This episode was a great example of just how funny this show can be. We couldn’t be any more in love with it than after this week? A

The Office
“I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.” No, that statement isn’t about the show (it’s about Phyllis). The show proved that it can still "get up" and be funny this week, with its biting Dundies and sweet pre-farewell to Michael. Much better than last week. And Will Ferrell was tolerable. B+

The Vampire Diaries
It’s The Vampire Diaries, a show that flat-out refuses to churn out stupid plotlines, boring side-stories, or episodes that are a waste of time, so you know it’s going to get some kind of A. How high of an A? We loved meeting Klaus. And Damon’s concern for Elena and desperation for her to respect him upped the central triangle up a notch. A+

It’s the beginning of the end. It’s about time. This show keeps messing with our emotions, making Faux-Livia so admirable. But we like it. B+


  1. US of Tara: I'm always a fan of Charmaine making good decisions, which, now that she's told Tara she can't hold/take care of her baby, has now happened once.

    I've found that Cougar Town episodes improve--by nearly whole letter grades sometimes--on subsequent viewings. Just saying.

    Might be my favorite episode of Parks and Rec this season, and this season, as you know, has been pretty epic. April: "I swear to you on this dead crow that I will never cook for you."

    TVD FTW!!!

    I'm saving up Fringe episodes. I'm too obsessed with it to watch one at a time. It stresses me out.

  2. We love Cougar Town, but it's been funnier than this week. Of course, we will watch them again when we own the DVDs.

    We're getting a little annoyed with US of Tara, but you're right, that initial reaction was smart.

    Fringe, TVD, and Parks and Rec are three of the shows that keep us happy we own TVs.