Welcome to day three of our 2012 tv year in review! In case you missed the first two, they can be found here and here. There are a lot of shows on Wednesdays, so check out our thoughts on what we liked, what we didn’t and what we’re deleting forever from our DVRs. Then hit the comments with your opinions, shows we didn’t mention, all of that!
I mean, I don’t even know what to say about this show because I love it, and I have no complaints, except for the fact that James Wolk is not a permanent cast member. But, nothing’s perfect. I’m still sooooo impressed with how far the show has come with Elisha Cuthbert’s character Alex since the pilot. She has gone from one of the most problematic characters (in that they never seemed to know what to do with her) to one of the funniest. Consistently. Every damn week. I even love Dave, because while they still don’t totally know what to do with him, they are absolutely not above pointing that out whenever possible. And I love his too-cool-for-the-room act whenever he busts it out, which is pretty often. Requests for season 3: More Max vs. Jane fights, more Mandonna, MORE DERRICK, maybe tone down Penny just a tinge (she is awesomesauce but sometimes her character feels a tad repetitive – maybe fewer catchphrases?) and obviously the season needs to end with another wedding because the show is two for two with their season finales, so why fix what ain’t broke?
Awww, you guys! Can you believe that Happy Endings is getting a THIRD season? It’s our little show that could, because let’s face it–even getting a second season was defying the odds. But it’s so good, and wonderfully generational, and FUNNY. I laughed that damn offensive parrot as much as or more than I laughed at anything on TV all year. And I completely agree with Nicole about Alex, and Derrick, and weddings. Plus, I’m a total sucker for any Chicago references, particularly the Polish cleaning lady. PANDER TO ME, SHOW! And oh my GOD, when they said TATERS and we all had a collective heart attack … I seriously might have died of happiness for a second there. It was one of the happiest moments of my TV blogging career, and it’s all because of Stephanie’s awesomeness. Yay! I can’t wait for next year–this show is totally on my appointment TV list.
Lots more after the jump:
Speaking of my appointment TV list … sigh. Modern Family is no longer on it. And you know, I will probably still DVR it, but it’s gotten pretty stale and sitcommy (even in spite of moments of genuine greatness, like Mitch and Cam’s dads having a moment over not understanding their gay sons). I’m just not going to be able to justify rushing to watch it next season when Wednesdays are on the CW are going to be so out-of-control awesome with Supernatural and Arrow in one night.
Oh, right. This show. I started out loving it so much, and I feel kind of badly that I don’t really feel the same anymore, because really…not much has changed since it started. Am I just fickle? (Definitely) Am I being unfair? (Probably). But really, I have to put a lot of it on the show itself, because when I say that not much has changed, I mean that LITERALLY nothing has changed AT ALL. Including the jokes. When I watch this show I feel like they take the same arguments, personality conflicts and quirks and plunk them down into different situations every week and it gets fucking OLD. Gloria has big tits and mispronounces things at the mall! Gloria has big tits and mispronounces things in a bowling alley! Gloria has big tits and mispronounces things on the moon! It doesn’t really matter that the setting is different if the laughs are all being derived from the same stale joke over and over again. Same goes for Cameron’s easily bruised ego, Mitchell’s over inflated ego (and pervasive dickishness), Alex’s ego that ate New York, Claire’s cocaine-fueled (I assume) mania, Manny’s inner Florida retiree, etc. You’ll notice that I left Phil, Luke and Hayley off of my shitlist, and that’s because that while they too can fall into the trap of same shit, different day, at least I feel like the humor is kept relatively fresh for these characters. They are probably the biggest idiots on the show most of the time, but there are a million ways to be an idiot, and so far it feels like the writers are willing to explore their idiocy from all angles. I don’t dislike the show, but I’ve been finding it pretty uninspired for a while now. I’m still watching, but I’m a schedule change away from deleting it from my life – if something else better pops up in the same time slot, I won’t feel too badly about saying goodbye.
Oh, Revenge. I’m still in the lust phase of my relationship with this show, even though they took a break so long that I could have adopted and raised a child in the interim. (Srsly, networks, can we please stop doing that?) I still love it even though it made me sob my face off last week when all I wanted to do was sit down and enjoy some campy, soapy fun. I’m already prematurely missing the show over the summer, even though the finale doesn’t air until tonight. And that’s mostly due to the best sidekick EVAH, Nolan ‘Trip Pop’ Ross. Trip Pop refers to his collars, obviously. I would pay good money to have a Nolan by my side every day, wittily and snidely commenting on my every move (he’d definitely be pissed at the way I dress, that’s for sure). But even leaving Nolan aside for a moment, there are so many other great characters on this show – obviously Emanda and Victoria, but also Daniel (I feel like he’s going to be one of the most complex and sympathetic characters on the show despite the current situation), Mr. Grayson, Ashley, Jack, Decl – PSYCH! Of course not Declan. But I stand by the rest of the names in my list. (Oh, and I really never need to see that Gerard Butler-esque artist ever again just FYI). I love that the audience doesn’t really know what’s going on with anyone until the show wants us to know – nothing feels predictable yet. I hope it stays that way, and that Nolan’s various collars forever remain popped, locked and ready to rock.
Well, apparently this season’s Wednesday schedule is going to be my heavy attrition night. Here’s my thing with Revenge … I like it a lot, and I’m always really entertained watching it, but I started to see it piling up on the DVR, and the scheduling was so atrocious with it that I’d forget I had a new one to watch … long story short, I got behind on it and I just never really cared enough to catch back up so I sort of gave up on it. And I feel okay about it. I know it’s a good show and maybe if there were more hours in the day, but sadly … there are not.
I began the season cautiously optimistic about this show – I really wanted it to work because I was excited to have Jeremy Sisto back on my tv (I’m not a procedural fan, so his L&O stint totally bypassed me). I mean, we’re talking Billy Chenowith from Six Feet Under! Elton from Clueless! I had to check it out. I’m so glad I did too, because I’ve slowly fallen in love with the inhabitants of Chatswin. It took me awhile to get completely on board because I wasn’t sure if the show was going for a realist or a surrealist vibe at first, and for some reason that issue was something I fixated on. I’ve now decided that it’s kind of both, depending on the episode, and I’m okay with that. I love the supporting characters – Lisa, Malik, Dallas, Dahlia, Ryan, Lisa’s parents, the crazy dentist (I’m forgetting some names, but you know who I mean) – they are all so, so good. And Jane Levy as Tessa is a total find too and she’s got great chemistry with Sisto (no longer creepy chemistry either – they managed to quietly fix whatever was making everyone give Tessa and George the side-eye, which is definitely a good thing). [According to the Joey Tribbiani school of thought, that means they fucked in real life. You’re welcome.--SB] I haven’t loved the Alicia Silverstone arc so far but I’m totally open to her hanging around – I think I might like it better when she’s no longer pregnant with crazy dentist’s baby (assuming she is sticking around – I have no idea). But then, I’d happily have the entire cast of Clueless slowly join the show if it were up to me, so I’m a little biased. (Donald Faison and Stacy Dash for Malik’s parents!! Is that racist?) Anyway, yeah – I thought that the show ended the season strongly (and with some real genuine emotion – Tessa car-cries like I car-cry!!) and I’ll definitely be back next year. Until then, I’ll just keep repeating what was possibly the best line of dialogue on tv this year in my head on repeat, courtesy of Ryan Shay: Scarlett Johansson. Dead.
Okay, yes–that might have been the single best line on TV all year, but this show has never made it beyond very … MEDIUM for me. I kind of like it, but I also really don’t care about it. I might not notice if it never recorded again. But it’s nice to have on while I do other stuff, so probably the series recording will stay. Plus, I agree with Nicole–Jane Levy is incredible and the season finale was really good.
Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23
I haven’t seen this one yet, but I’ve heard some good things about it, so it’s on my radar, and basically, if Nicole suddenly is like, “ZOMG YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS,” then I’ll check it out, since she is my TV soulmate.
Wow, this has been a really good year for sitcoms, huh? This is yet another one that I tuned into thinking it would probably last 2 or 3 episodes – really I just wanted to see The Beek on my tv before it disappeared. But then, the show was actually pretty funny! It’s still pretty new, so it’s hard to say if it will have longevity, but so far I’m enjoying it. I feel like JVDB’s alter ego needs to be fleshed out a bit more, lest he fall into one-note territory (not that they haven’t been making the most of that note so far – I just fear it could bite them in the ass if they don’t make him about more than just being Formerly Dawson Leery). All three of the leads work well together and I laugh a lot while watching the show which is a good, and rare, thing. As long as it avoids the pitfalls that Modern Family has succumbed to (i.e. doing different versions of the same joke every week), I expect it will be on my Must Watch list for a while. And any primetime show that does a five minute bit about female masturbation is a winner in my book, just because you NEVER see that. And they did it hilariously to boot.
Okay, that’s it from us – what Wednesday shows were YOU watching? Agree/disagree with our assessments? Hit the comments and talk to us!