The first thing to remember when you watch the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover is that it is an episode of Family Guy. This is when you groan, because Family Guy is an unoriginal rip-off of The Simpsons that retells tired old gags with an ironic approach. Or maybe you cheer, because you’re over The Simpsons: It hasn’t even been good in 13 years. Those aren’t my opinions. Those are the implicit opinions of the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover–or at least, those explicit self-mocking assertions are how “The Simpsons Guy” portrays every possible critique you could have about the two shows. “It’s just a lousy rip-off!” screams Homer Simpson. “I think I speak for all of us when I say I am over the Simpsons!” screams Peter Griffin back at him. READ FULL STORY
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[This post contains plot details from the Chicago PD season 2 premiere, which aired on Sept. 24]
The Intelligence Unit of the Chicago PD is run by Hank Voight, a man who was originally introduced as a criminal who had very little respect for doing things by the book. And considering his past with Chicago Fire‘s lovable Lieutenant Casey, it was difficult to see a day when fans could stand behind Voight. In fact, the entirety of Chicago PD‘s first season was about how far one man would go to put the right people behind bars, and how far he would go if he were betrayed. And when season 1 ended with the questionable death of Chicago PD‘s own Sheldon Jin, Voight’s decision-making was once again thrust into the spotlight.
But thanks to a solid season 2 opener in which Voight seemed to come clean—without losing his edge, of course—it finally feels like rooting for Voight might be rooting for the good guy. That’s not to say that fans haven’t been rooting for Voight in the past, and it’s not to say that Voight is the good guy, but now more than ever, the dynamic of the show has come into its own. And that doesn’t only have to do with Voight. Now that we’ve spent a season getting to know these people, the show’s many relationships carry more weight than they used to, and in a show with an ensemble cast, it’s able to transition smoothly from one partnership to the next. READ FULL STORY
[This post contains plot details from the Modern Family season 6 premiere, which aired on Sept. 24]
The last we saw the Dunphy/Pritchett clan, they were celebrating at a beautiful, fourth-time’s-a-charm wedding for Cam and Mitchell. Over the summer break, the newlyweds went on a honeymoon. Cut to three months later, where we pick up: Cam is still very much in that lovey-dovey frame of mind. There are endless flowers, backrubs, at-work drop-ins, shared chairs, dancing, etc. Mitchell is tired of it, but his wise sister tells him to keep that thought to himself. But one can only handle so much love in the form of balloons and life-size cardboard cutouts, and when even Lily grows weary, Mitchell finally says something. In the end, we learn this is all overcompensation; Cam is worried their relationship will lose the romance. READ FULL STORY
Some comedies attempt to launch their second season with some grandiose celebrity cameo or high-concept hook, but that’s not the MO of The Goldbergs, which returned for a sophomore cycle in its cushy new Wednesday time slot. To be completely fair, EW’s fall TV preview suggests that the show will still have its grabby zeitgeisty episodes this season, and on the celebrity cameo front, David Spade does guest star in a throwaway role in the premiere, but that’s far from the reason why Wednesday’s premiere marked a triumphant return for the ’80s-set sitcom.
The premiere of The Goldbergs doesn’t just mark the reappearance of fabulous chunky patterned sweaters or off-hand nostalgia bait remarks about familiar pop culture (in this episode, Boo Berry and Die Hard were the topics du jour). There’s a much better reason to tune in to The Goldbergs, and that’s because the show is the best of any family comedy on TV in the way it eschews dysfunction for its more appropriate, real-world term: love. READ FULL STORY
[This post contains plot details from The Middle season 6 premiere episode, which aired on Sept. 24]
The Middle‘s greatest skill has always been balancing the absurd with the relatable. Is it likely that someone would wear braces for eight years, then have her teeth shift only a day after they come off? No. But how many families have searched through a restaurant Dumpster for a lost retainer? (I lost mine at a Piccadilly.) This ridiculous/mundane split is what makes watching a family in middle America so fun—even after six seasons.
Luckily, we get all of that in “Unbraceable You.” After their trip to Disneyland—or was it World?—the Hecks have spent their summer the way everyone should: by being lazy. The only problem comes when their Friday pool time is interrupted by a neighbor who tells them that school started Monday. They rush to get to their last 47 minutes of the first week of school, and the kid-focused episode kicks off. READ FULL STORY
[This post contains details from the third season premiere of Chicago Fire, which aired Sept. 23]
The Chicago Fire season 3 premiere picks up seconds after Boden yelled the words that have been ringing in fans’ ears for months: “Report! Anyone from House 51, report!”
Just like that, we’re inside the house, waiting to find out which character won’t be making it out alive. First up, we see that Severide is okay. Then the camera starts to pan around the burning room. We see Casey, Otis, Herman, Mouch, and others. But then someone utters those two dreadful words: “Man down.” The room stills as the men uncover Mills’ body. Could we be saying goodbye to our favorite cook? READ FULL STORY
[This post contains details from the premiere of Scorpion, which aired Sept. 22]
Television isn’t lacking for genius protagonists, procedurals centered around the proliferation of modern technology, or even a combination of the two… particularly on CBS. From The Big Bang Theory to Person of Interest, to the network’s new CSI: Cyber, viewers might start to think every CBS producer has a brilliant best friend with a penchant for hacking but ineptitude for small talk.
So the debut of another new CBS drama, Scorpion, bears little in the way of surprise when it comes to its smart hackers who need help communicating. There’s an undercurrent of important social discussion that is underserved in the pilot. But what the episode may lack in originality or subtlety, it makes up for in the promise of a fun, high-tech procedural—though one that may be difficult to replicate.
[This post contains details from The Biggest Loser episode that aired Sept. 11]
After Rachel Frederickson’s controversial victory last season, the producers are giving themselves a second chance with The Biggest Loser: Glory Days. All 20 contestants this year are former athletes, which theoretically should mean their minds and bodies are better suited for the intense regime expected of this competition. These former champions already know what it takes to be a winner but also understand the concept of limits and discipline, something Frederickson was criticized for lacking. Though it gets a little annoying how many times the trainers say it, this does have the potential to be the best season yet. READ FULL STORY
If you need a quick example of The League’s sense of humor, see: main character Kevin pees his pants within the first few minutes of the season 6 premiere. And that’s one of the less humiliating thing to happen throughout the episode.
For the uninformed, The League follows a group of five men and one woman who get together each year to compete in a Fantasy Football league that results in pranks, deception, and overall chaos. Like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the characters don’t seem to have any sort of moral compass and are immune to sympathy. Their friend dies on camera right in front of them? No big, time to crack a joke. READ FULL STORY
Martin Odum has some issues. He hasn’t seen his son in months; he’s divorced; his one-time hook-up looks like she’s going to remain a one-time hook-up. And he might not even be Martin Odum.
A “legend,” as a title credit in TNT’s Legends so helpfully informs us, is a fabricated identity within U.S. undercover government work. Martin Odum, played by Game of Thrones’ Sean Bean, has a few of these legends, but he is struggling to separate himself from these false identities and starting to question who he really is. That’s an intriguing premise, but it gets lost in the series’ pilot in favor of wannabe witty banter between Odum and his coworker-slash-crush and boring, undeveloped characters.
Watching The Awesomes after watching Guardians of the Galaxy is a bit jarring: Both the cartoon show and the Marvel movie focus on unlikely superheroes who crack jokes while stumbling through life, making The Awesomes almost the perfect companion piece to the movie. If only it were funnier.
The show, co-created by Saturday Night Live alum and current Late Night host Seth Meyers, premiered a year ago on Hulu with 10 episodes and was liked enough to get a second season. It’s easy to see why it was popular: Its cast features a roster of past and present SNL players, including Taran Killam and Kenan Thompson, and it’s about superheroes—quirky, clumsy superheroes at that. And, as the success of Guardians of the Galaxy goes to show, all superheroes don’t have to be perfect. READ FULL STORY
There’s just something about The Bachelor/Bachelorette and Wipeout that feels connected. Maybe it’s that we’re used to seeing these people wipeout in just about every way, so watching them get punched in the face seems like the next logical step. Or maybe it is just that it’s way too fun to watch some of the most ridiculous personalities in reality television swim through mud.
Whatever it is, watching the Bachelor-Bachelorette episode of Wipeout was a pleasure. Here are the top 10 moments in case you missed it:
10. “My life’s a wipeout, so I’m in.” You’ve got to love Graham Bunn. READ FULL STORY
Nessa Stein is Batman. She’s born into a world of wealth and privilege. She’s lost both of her parents, and even watched her father’s gruesome death enacted before her. And now, bound to no specific law, she wields her parents’ power.
But Nessa doesn’t live in Gotham City. She’s a second generation Israeli. Her father wasn’t a do-gooder philanthropist but a Holocaust survivor–turned–weapons manufacturer. And while Nessa begins The Honorable Woman by donning a new costume (the ceremonial member robes of House of Lords), her actions are predicated not on some abstract ideal, but a series of compromises. You wonder whether she can do any good at all. READ FULL STORY
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