FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (February 2)

By TV.com Staff

Feb 03, 2013

Just a special note that TV.com will be OFFLINE next week due to Super Bowl Week, a celebration of God's greatest gift to mankind, football. REAL football, Europe! We'll be spending the week recovering from all the cheap domestic beer we put in our bodies on Sunday, as well as picking out the bits of chicken wings and our enemies from our teeth. Yep, this is part of what makes America great. A preview of next week's FTW vs WTF? FTW: Super Bowl! WTF: Everything else! Haha! Have fun slaving for an uncaring boss, rest of the world! Yeeeeehaw! Go football!

And in the meantime, here's what we liked and didn't like this week in television.

UPDATE: Management has informed us that Super Bowl Week is a figment of our imagination and is not real and that we should be at work at 7am on Monday.


FTW



Workaholics' "Alice Quits"


Dead birds! Airsoft guns! "Eggs are baby chickens!" Daniel Stern as the new jerk boss! Jet Set quitting with a "My name is Jet motherfucking Set! But you can call me Patrick Swayze because I'm Ghost!" FACT: This is one of the funniest shows on TV right now.



This Homeland RPG


Season 1 spoilers in the video!



The soundtrack/score of The Americans


Period pieces regularly fall victim to obvious music cues that immediately evoke specificity, but in its debut episode, FX's new drama did a great job blending two songs—Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" and Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight"—into the show's world. While the Fleetwood Mac choice was the more inspired of the two, the pilot somehow used "In The Air Tonight" unironically and without stepping on the immortal toes of Miami Vice. And that's all in addition to the fact that Keri Russell booted a man's head through drywall and tracheas were romantically collapsed. This ain't your mom and dad's Felicity, folks!



Enlightened considers Levi


Like last season's remarkable "Consider Helen," which looked closely at Amy's mother, this week's episode focused on ex-husband Levi as he went through Amy's new-age rehab. The takedown of Abbadon was put on hold for a week, giving room for an absolutely gorgeous episode with one of the most satisfying character arcs in a long time.



Kareem weighs in on Girls


Yes, THAT KAREEM, wrote an essay about HBO's Girls, and it is awesome. A sample line about forcing in a character of color to address critics: "A black dildo would have sufficed and cost less."



Nick and Jess's big kiss on New Girl


Oh boy, that kiss. No one thought it would seriously happen, but it did and it was sweet and sudden and lovely and we've been refreshing the scene on YouTube ever since. *swoon*



Sheldon Cooper's "touchy" feelings


The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon-and-Amy coupling has always seemed a little lopsided, with awkward Amy repeatedly throwing herself at Sheldon and Sheldon usually appearing indifferent to his adoring/all-hot-and-bothered fan. This week, we finally got confirmation that Sheldon actually DOES like Amy and even though he knows that his issues with understanding emotion and physical affection often get in the way of that, he's aware of them and he's working on them. Awwww.



SNL's "YOLO" digital short


We put together last week's edition of FTW vs. WTF before watching Adam Levin's overall-meh episode of Saturday Night Live, and because of that we missed including Lonely Island's very funny "YOLO" digital short. Be carefolo out there, folks.



Supernatural's blast from the past


Henry Winchester, paternal grandfather to Sam and Dean, stumbled through a closet in 1958 and came out the other side in 2013. He introduced the extinct Men of Letters to the Winchester lineage—the bookish "Yodas" to the hunter "Jedi"—and (finally!) gave the show something to connect the often aimless recent seasons to the original story that wrapped in Season 5.



Happy Endings' Alex isn't as dumb as she is


There were a lot of great moments in Tuesday's Happy Endings double header, but one of our favorites was the Usual Suspects tag at the end of "The Marry Prankster." How nice to know that tiny little Alex isn't as brain-challenged as many of us thought. P.S. Congratulations, Penny!



30 Rock's farewell


It wasn't perfect, but the show got to end on its own terms, and without having to scramble to do so. It gave us a finale that had gender twists ("I'm a terrible mother!" "You wouldn't be thinking that if you were a dad!"), capped off long-running gags, squeezed in a double Hitler, and stayed true to its ironically-meta-but-still-sentimental heart. We'll miss you, Liz Lemon.




WTF



Do No Harm's ratings


Just in case it wasn't confirmed that NBC's once-prestigious 10pm Thursday time slot was dead, Do No Harm went and poured some more dirt on the grave by debuting with a 0.9 in the 18-49 demographic, the lowest in-season series premiere on a major network OF ALL TIME. Do No Harm isn't the worst show NBC's put in that hour ('sup, Mr. Leno?) but its performance yet again proves that 1.) NBC is not all the way back, no matter how big the font size used for "success" in those Revolution press releases and 2.) 10pm dramas are hard to launch.



Sean sends Leslie home on The Bachelor


Divorcee Chris Harrison and his group-love racket have been under close scrutiny (not really) since having a racist lawsuit brought against the show, so the inclusion of some women of color this season who actually get to speak is both a victory and a squirm-fest. Leslie, a poker dealer from Los Angeles (?) was the latest to get the ever-shameful mid-date boot, after going through a real life Pretty Woman shopping spree. In the wake of Sean's prior "test your might" dates, this one seemed like a set-up from the get-go. Was he letting her down softly because of the race thing or is that just paranoid A-hole thinking?



Young Justice and Green Lantern are canceled


It hasn't been a good year for Cartoon Network's two DC Comics superhero shows—first there were too-long hiatuses and then there were abrupt hiatuses for no reason other than "because we felt like it"—and now they've been axed. If only we nerds had bought more toys.



What's on *your* list of TV loves and hates this week?

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  • Big_Pecks Feb 05, 2013

    The 30 Rock ending is honestly one of the best endings for any show.

  • MattKing5 Feb 05, 2013

    What's with all the Football v American Football hostility? A lot of people like both, even if they will naturally have a preference (in my case for football). I tried to stay awake for the Superbowl, but at half-time it looked like a massacre, so recorded the rest - nothing like the floodlights going out to liven up a game! Has there been any question of sabotage about that happening?

    There's things football could take from the gridiron game (better trained and better positioned officials, ability to challenge dubious decisions, use of video replays in-play, and possibly rolling substitutions and sin-bin from Ice Hockey), but the actual game of football itself is still the most loved game around the world - as someone else said, it's simplicity helps make it universal, and is a truly global game.

    I've loved American Football since it was first broadcast in the UK on Channel 4 in the early 1980s, and at it's best it is a great game to watch... watching live though it can feel a little bit dragged out for the sake of advertisers, and some of the rules, and decisions made by the officials seem to be really picky at times, and spoil the flow of the game... and the gamsesmanship (like the way the Ravens sacrificed a 2 point safety just to swallow up time at the end on Sunday) is akin to what we'd call time wasting in football!

    Both are very enjoyable games that have their faults, and both have vastly overpaid players! Just a question - in the US, do the commentators ever refer to it as gridiron, or is that just what some use over here to distinguish from football (and no, it's not soccer, it's football!). :)

  • KiowaWoolley Feb 05, 2013

    FTW: Banshee, Craig Ferguson eating a clam.

    WTF: That Banshee still has not made the FTW or received much attention here. Best new show of the season by far.

  • Lyta_499 Feb 05, 2013

    FTW: New Person of Interest epi, Enlightened epi which I also loved
    WTF: An otherwise rather boring TV week

  • shootingstar609 Feb 05, 2013

    FTW: Nick & Jess's kiss. Person of Interest and Vegas.
    WTF: Do Not Harm existing. I totally called those low ratings. Once Upon a Time not being on for a second week in a row and one more Sunday without it to go.

  • DustinEsquire Feb 04, 2013

    WTF why cancel Y.J. & G.L. , they cant be eating much of the network bank account . Jerks I say big stinky jerks.

  • enjoi_anime_016 Feb 04, 2013

    Seriously, why is everyone bitching about American football vs. association football (soccer)? They're both great sports. They were just joking around, get over it already.
    Also, the new Person of Interest was my highlight of this week. :)

  • MintberryCrunch Feb 05, 2013

    Most aren't bitching just discussing/making jokes at the other sport. If people were yelling hate at the staff for their comments then I would get your point a bit more, but they aren't.
    If it bothers you just don't read. And whilst they are both great sports one is supremely greater.......(I couldn't stop myself)

  • Simonuela Feb 04, 2013

    You do not joke about the world's favourite sport and get away with it easily.

  • AnoukvdZee Feb 04, 2013

    Supernatural was clearly for the win, I really loved this episode, just like it used to be! And TBBT, I loved Penny's reaction to Sheldon's unexpected honesty!

    "Real football". Oh, you sweet, sweet, delusional Americans ;) You are an adorable people.

  • JeanFlores1 Feb 04, 2013

    Young Justice cancelled? you got to be kidding u_u no offense to americans, but what the heck? series like Jersey Shore had 6 seasons while True Justice is axed with just 2 seasons? what's wrong with you? Superheroes and Villains rule, I hope the producers will change their minds.

  • JeanFlores1 Feb 04, 2013

    I forgot Green Lantern, I think both Green Lantern and Young Justice worth more than others shows.

  • Simonuela Feb 04, 2013

    Well, the football argument show it: There are a lot more Europeans around on this site than I thought. I wonder if the writers actually noticed it before or maybe the football comment above was a cheap trick to lure us into stepping forward? Perhaps, this is actually a census?

  • Simonuela Feb 04, 2013

    I meant to write "shows it". I can feel my old English teacher's iron gaze on me right now. But see, I corrected it.

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