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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Community, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Smash, New Girl, Secret Circle, and Make It or Break It end their seasons.

Community: Leeard loved the last three episodes of Community, particularly the first and third episodes. Ern was less enthused about them, believing them to not be the show’s best. However, this is a show you should be watching. It’s uneven to most fans, but we think it’s at least consistently worth 22 minutes a week. This season has been pretty strong. The stand-out episodes were "Pillows and Blankets" and the one with the multiple timelines ("Remedial Chaos Theory"). Oh yeah, and the Christmas special ("Regional Holiday Music"). Those three episodes were classic Community. We can’t wait for season four. 
Season grade: A-

Grey’s Anatomy: We are so angry at this show for killing off that character. That was not the character who needed to go. Out of all the annoying people on this show, they took that character? We were very surprised. We like Jackson and April together. We always hated her, but she is way less annoying when she is with Jackson. Clearly, Owen and Cristina need to get back together, if only because we love seeing a TV couple fight that hard for a marriage that has every reason to end. The fact that this show is still churning out episodes we care about is a feat in itself. It is a soap opera in its eighth season. So, bravo Grey’s. Since Cristina and Alex are staying for next year, so are we. 
Season grade: B+

How I Met Your Mother: We did not hate the two-part season finale. It was predictable that Robin and Barney were going to get married, but we like that twist anyway. Marvin is a horrible name, but “Wait for It” IS the best middle name ever. It’s time for us to meet the mother. We love Victoria (especially Leeard), but the show needs to stop dawdling with her. This season was mostly unfunny with a few gems. We will stick with it until the bitter end, because that’s how much we want to meet Mrs. Mosby. But unless the show steps up the actual humor next year, we won’t be happy about it. 
Season grade: D+

Smash: Oh God, this show. We are so addicted to it, but friends, it isn’t good. It lost its last shred of realism when Karen took the stage on opening night instead of Ivy. We want to hear Ivy’s version of that last song, because it’s a really good number and it deserves to be sung by NOT boring, average Karen. Derek is a moron. We like that Julia and Frank are back together though, if only so that next season the world might get to hear that man sing. That’s really what we are holding out for. Knowing this show, Smash will give him a song that won’t show him off properly. We are entertained by this show, but why isn’t it as good as its pilot was? We may or may not return for a second season. It depends on how we feel in the fall. We hope they scrap Bombshell and work to create an entirely new show that's not based on Marilyn. We're not getting our hopes up for that though. The great thing about next season is that Dev and Ellis will not be season regulars. We've never liked Dev and most people don't like Ellis (we thought he brought good drama) and we are sick of hearing them complain. 
Season grade: C-

New Girl: We have rarely seen a stronger first season from a comedy. This show criticized its own flaws in that great Lizzie Caplan court episode and found its voice early on. It also moved its focus from just adorkable Jess to its loveable ensemble. We like every character on this show and their interactions contain a chemistry mostly seen in casts that have been together longer. The finale was cute and funny. We love that Nick didn’t end up with Caroline in the finale. We thought the show might do some cliffhanger where he actually left and the gang would have to get him back next year, but the show chose not to annoy us. Isn’t that nice? We will absolutely, gladly watch this show’s second season. No question. 
Season grade: A

Secret Circle: We will always be mad that this show was cancelled and we will refuse to believe it for a while. Breaking In was brought back!? Can’t the CW save this one? The series finale was more satisfying than we thought it would be. The death of Cassie’s dad was great. The set up for a nonexistent second season was good, yet the finale had a definite ending. We liked seeing Diana take control of her life and ditch the circle. We liked seeing previews of Adam’s dark side. Charles had started to redeem himself. There was lots of action and a magic crystal skull and everything!!! Ugh, why show? Why? For anyone who has read the books- should we? Will they fill that void? 
Season and series grade: A- and we don’t care what anyone says to the contrary.

Make It or Break It: We enjoyed this season and liked that ABCFamily tried to give a little more closure….but this season was not what we wanted. No Emily, very little Sasha, no Peri Gilpin, no Olympics, a redeemed Lauren Tanner (when all we wanted to do was hate her), and Jordan. Stupid, stupid Jordan. The actress playing her was not good and we could not have cared less about her being molested (a “twist” that was not difficult to guess early on). The premiere of the season was cheesy as all-get-out. The tension and backstabbing drama was toned down. We liked the season, but it was nowhere near as good and entertaining as seasons one and two. We feel like the network let fans down with this shortened, cutesy series of episodes that did not resemble the tension-filled, almost powerful seasons that preceded it.
Season grade: B- 
Series grade: A-


  1. I think it's great that Community made a video game episode. (and it was pretty awesome, imo) I could now easily get people through Community just by having them watch that episode...since most people I know play video games and are much familiar with it then references to TV shows and movies and such.:D Most of the finales were pretty satisfying this year. I think award shows should consider adding "Best Series Finale" section for this year..just so Fringe, Chuck (Desperate Housewives, House and 1 more show I can't think of..haha) get some love and recognition.

    1. Glad to see House ended strong. One of us enjoyed its first season.

    2. I don't watch House or Desperate Housewives...I just named them since those were the only other finales I knew of..(tried to come up with 5 nominations)

    3. Well, let's just name Fringe as the winner then, haha.

    4. fringe still has a 5th season....

    5. Not that many good shows had series finales this year.

    6. The final for House was merely fine (in my opinion), it felt like just another episode of House, with just a little bit of closure. It had House wrestle with a few things intrinsic to his character, ie. can he ever have a loving relationship, his reason for choosing to stay alive, even briefly touched on whether he had some part of him that could believe in God. Apart from this it wasn't really special in any way, which is fitting I guess since House doesn't really deal with massive story arcs like other shows, just adds a little character drama here and there. The downside is that for a series that has gone on for 8 seasons ending in such a bland way means that in the end it will be largely forgettable.

    7. Yeah, that does sound like all House episodes. House wrestling personal demons? We saw that in the pilot. We don't think the show will forgettable. It was on for eight years, and it was never a bad show, even at its worst. But yeah, a bang is always nice.

    8. I should have phrased that a bit better, I was meaning the ending, and even the last couple of seasons are on the forgettable side. Still enjoyable, but nothing special.

  2. The Grey's finale was good. I too was a little heartbroken they killed off who they did =( And from stuff I read more folks stuck in the woods might die before it's all said & done. The MIOBI finale was good too, but I was really hoping they'd show how the Olympics went...Maybe a movie of the week to wrap it up?

    1. If they do a movie, let us know, because we might not hear about it.