As I mentioned in tonight's "Modern Family" review, the combination of Thanksgiving eve and a lack of advance screeners means I'm going to have to be quick with a couple of shows tonight. My super-fast take on tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I use intentional gibberish...
Fun Thanksgiving hijinx, but not the strongest Jules story
An uneven let-down after last week's season-best episode
A new client opens an old wound for Chance in an uneven second episode
The Bravermans come together with the usual bickering over the holiday
Thanksgiving week brought us a kind of quintessential "Parenthood," with lots of overlapping conversation, arguments over details both small (Julia and the pies) and big (pretty much everything Gordon did), some goofy comedy (the football game) and some more poignant moment (Zeek's phone call to Seth). Unfortunately, the holiday also brings me a shortened work week where I don't have time to give the episode a full write-up, but fire away, folks: what did you think of the Braverman's turkey day?
The show down-shifts as the club returns from Belfast
A rough week for Paul and his patients, but a good one for the cast
The study group turns into a cartoon in stop-motion special episode
"Community" has never hidden its love of popular culture, as past episodes have paid tribute to action movies, zombie films, "Apollo 13" and, recently, TV bottle episodes and conspiracy thrillers.
This season's Christmas episode, "Abed's Unstoppable Christmas," which debuts on Dec. 9 at 8 p.m., looks like it might be the most ambitious homage yet, as most of the episode will be done in the stop-motion animated style of Rankin-Bass holiday classics like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
Ever since I heard about the idea, I've been looking forward to seeing how Abed, Troy, Annie, Jeff and company look like in the style, and now I know - and I am pleased. After the jump, here's an early look at how the group will look on Dec. 9:
Jorge Garcia from 'Lost' stops by for a very funny Thanksgiving episode
Yvonne Strahovski kicks much butt in Sarah's hunt for her man
A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I earn my lance boil...
An entire episode of questions provided by the audience
As promised last week, it was an all-reader mail (listener mail?) edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, in which Dan and I covered topics including, in order:
Mid-season scheduling changes at NBC & FOX: 1:40 - 15:38
The power of TV critics (or lack thereof): 15:38 - 18:40
The lack of fidelity to foreign languages on American TV: 18:40 - 23:51
TV show episodes that tower over the rest of their respective series: 23:51 - 30:19
Shows with storylines that go off the rail: 30:19 - 36:10
Thoughts on "Sports Night" and "The West Wing": 36:10 - 46:00
HDTV versus standard-def: 46:00 - 52:30
"Dexter" and the dangers of predictability: 52:30 - 1:01:36
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