Morning TV Round-Up: 'Bob's Burgers' & 'Happy Endings'
Press tour eats into a lot of my TV-watching and reviewing time (much of what I write this week, review-wise, will be of shows I screened before I came to tour), but I did manage to catch last night's episodes of "Bob's Burgers" and "Happy Endings," and have a few quick thoughts coming up just as soon as I mount a dead fly from my windowsill production of "Pippin"...
One of my big disappointments of 2012 was falling very far behind on "Bob's Burgers" because I always had to prioritize new shows and/or ones I was covering weekly. Every now and then, I'll catch a stray one that only reminds me how much I like this show, and "Mother Daughter Laser Razor" was a particularly fine example of the show's formula — a mix of silly, sweet and just plain strange (Tina's "Terminator 2" nightmare about her leg hairs) in action. The cross-cutting between the screams at the leg waxing place and by Louise and her friend while they were forced to watch "Freaky Friday" was particularly funny, but I thought all the pieces fit together very well.
"Happy Endings," meanwhile, began the first of several Sunday airings — ABC is going to have this show and "Don't Trust the Bandana In Apt. 23" airing on both Sundays and Tuesdays for a while to get them off the air a little quicker than originally planned — with an episode that pushed the outer limits of both raunch (Dave's various "I want you to come" songs/texts, the jerk circle, 79ing) and cartoonishness (the doppelgangers, Penny and Brad freaking out about the dead bird). And yet I thought the writing of certain sections, like the cold open listing all the Cons (even though I wish there was enough time/budget to actually show Rom-Con-Con, instead of just putting Alex in "Annie Hall" drag), or Max detailing the depths of his lonely life, were really very sharply-written and funny. (I'm still laughing at Max's explanation of the Jeff and Stan Van Gundy sex dream, for instance.)
What did everybody else think?
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
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