Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Coach and Lorelai Gilmore doing Whip-its? What more do you need?
Craig T. Nelson as Zeek in "Parenthood."
On last week's episode of "Parenthood," Zeek Braverman was left home alone after wife Camille decided to take a month-long trip to Italy without him. Zeek and Camille's rift has been one of this season's better story arcs, but it's mostly been played for pathos so far. This clip (exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours) from tomorrow night's episode, "The Ring," suggests at least a few laughs are in store for Zeek as he comes to find some advantages to living life Macaulay Culkin-style, with some supplemental food help from kids like Sarah.
Enjoy. "The Ring" airs tomorrow night at 10 on NBC.
Opposites attract comedy from Lawrence & Malins a reminder that multi-cam can be fun
Briga Heelan and Skylar Astin in "Ground Floor."
Sometimes, when I suggest a show is aspiring to be "the best new sitcom of 1979," it's meant to suggest that the newcomer leans too much on old storytelling ideas that have outlived their usefulness. Some old ideas, though, get left behind through no fault of their own, and can be awfully valuable to the person who remembers to pick them up. When "NCIS" debuted, for instance, it felt like the best new drama of 1983, but for all the right reasons.
The sitcom "Ground Floor," which debuts with back-to-back episodes Thursday night at 10 on TBS, is the latter kind of retro. It's a traditional multi-camera sitcom, shot on a stage in front of an audience, featuring lots of punchlines and big physical comedy. Aside from a few uses of profanity — because it's a cable show that airs after 10 o'clock in the year 2013 — you could send these episodes back in time to NBC in the mid-late '90s and it would instantly be one of the better comedies outside that top tier of "Seinfeld," "Frasier" and "Friends."
Jake tries too hard to impress a hard-boiled reporter from the '70s
Andy Samberg and Stacy Keach in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."
A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I choke a hippie to death with his own ponytail...
An extended flashback mercifully takes us away from the Farhampton Inn for an episode
A "How I Met Your Mother" flashback recalls happier times for Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Ted (Josh Radnor).
You may recall that last week I said that I was stepping back from regular "How I Met Your Mother" reviews, but that I would likely post talkbacks here each week, and that I would weigh in at some length if the episode warranted it. Well, even though I know "Platonish" was written and produced some time in the past, it does feel a bit like it was specifically designed to shake me from my resolve. For spoiler's sake, a few brief thoughts on why coming up just as soon as I am not allowd to writ th lttr E...
Will gets some advice from Alicia's brother, while Zach and Grace have webcam trouble
Josh Charles as Will in "The Good Wife."
A quick review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I stop selling those gnomes on the Internet...
James Corden and Matthew Baynton make a parody that also functions as the genuine article
Matthew Baynton and James Corden in "The Wrong Mans."
My favorite kind of parody is the sort that simultaneously functions as both a comedy and a good example of the thing it's parodying. It's a much harder thing to pull off than a straight-up spoof, but it's more satisfying in the moment, and long-term. It's been a while since I got a belly laugh from "Galaxy Quest" (a "Star Trek" lampoon that was also the best "Star Trek" movie since "Wrath of Khan") for instance, but I still get chills at the moment where Alan Rickman has to say his character's stupid catchphrase and mean it. More than 25 years after I first saw "The Princess Bride," Vizzini's monologue about a land war in Asia still makes me chuckle, but the greatest pleasure comes from hearing Mandy Patinkin say with the deepest sincerity, "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
I'm not going to put "The Wrong Mans," a British comic thriller that Hulu is premiering today (two episodes are up now, the other four will debut over the next four Mondays, and Hulu Plus subscribers can watch them all now), on the level of those films. But the thriller part of it as just as much fun as the comic part.
Bill and Virginia struggle to create barriers between the study and their personal lives
Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in "Masters of Sex."
A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I find you a secretary who knows the difference between "I" and "me"...
Hershel struggles to keep his patients alive, while Rick and Carl tend to the fence
Scott Wilson as Hershel in "The Walking Dead."
A quick review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I declare we have Spaghetti Tuesdays every Wednesday...
Narcisse, Chalky and Capone all come under attack as the season's threads start tying together
On "Boardwalk Empire," Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) shakes hands with Richard (Jack Huston).
A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I take the new Duesenberg for a test drive...
Saul explains his plans for Javadi, while Carrie gets new intel about Brody
On "Homeland," Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and Dar (F. Murray Abraham) enjoy a drink together.
A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I answer a question with a big gaping nothing...