FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (February 23)

By TV.com Staff

Feb 23, 2014

As the Winter Olympics nears its conclusion, all eyes are on the medal count: Which country will lay claim to being the best at winter sports? Well, we decided to go back through the FTW vs. WTF archives to find out which shows lead the FTW count. And they are:

1. Breaking Bad

2. Game of Thrones

3. Dog With a Blog

Hmmm, that doesn't seem right. Dog With a Blog should be first! Well, while we get started on a recount, let's add add a few more FTWs and WTFs to the pile with a rundown of what was worthy of a gold medal and what crashed its quadruple toeloop during the last seven days on television. 



FTW:

Shoshanna tells the Girls how she REALLY feels


Dance sequences, the return of Andrew Rannells' Elijah, and Shoshanna's inner "cruel drunk" made "Beach House" this season's most entertaining and real episode yet. Marnie's rigorously planned "healing weekend" was basically a disaster, but it was oh-so-satisfying to watch everything dissolve. "I wanted to fall asleep in my own vomit all day listening to you talk about how you bruise more easily than other people," Shosh said. "That duck tasted like a used condom and I want to forget about it," Shosh said. "You guys treat me like I'm a fucking cab driver ... and sometimes I wonder if my social anxiety is holding me back from meeting the people who would actually be right for me instead of a bunch of fucking whiny nothings as friends," Shosh said. Oof, the truth hurts so good. 


FTW:

Speaking of Shosh... Shoshi Games 2014!


Yeah, we want our regularly scheduled programming back too, but we're going to miss this Tumblr nonetheless.


FTW:

Jimmy Fallon toot toots, beep beeps his way into our hearts


The comedian's first week at the helm of The Tonight Show had its highs and its low-hanging fruit, but it's hard to argue with the appeal of his barbershop quartet from Late Night swinging by to do their own rendition of R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)."


FTW:

Carol is back!

Well that didn't last long! The Walking Dead brought back one of its best characters in only the second episode of its spring half-season. What was she doing in her downtime? Driving around in her new car? Looking longingly at the prison? Raising a child army? Who knows, but now she's back to keep her mini murder spree secret from Tyreese and prevent Lizzie from killing adorable things like babies. And thank goodness, because now we can continue writing Daryl-Carol fanfic.


FTW:

Badger and Rafi go for the Broad City orgy


Matt Jones (better known as Breaking Bad's Badger) and Jason Mantzoukas (better known as The League's Rafi) guest-starred on Comedy Central's excellent new comedy, doing everything they could do to arrange a four-way orgy with Abby and Ilana, including repeating the same lines after cunnilingus, "accidentally" taking their individual hookups into the shower at the same time, and straight-up begging. 


FTW:

Old Spice's "Hair That Gets Results" commercial

After creeping people out with the moms of the "Old Spice made a man of my son" campaign, this recent commercial for shampoo has put the fresh-smelling company back on the right track.


FTW:

True Detective jumps through time, gets metaphysical

Move over, six-minute tracking shot, because this week's episode of True Detective was the best yet. It handled no less than four different time periods, two different investigative panels, and a whole lot of lying by Rust and Marty. The search for the mysterious Yellow King has heated up, driving both Rust and us mad. We need all three of the final episodes right now, please.


FTW:

The #TrueDetectiveSeason2 hashtag

Thursday provided one of the more notable hashtag games in recent memory, as True Detective fans (and internet trolls) took to Twitter to suggest pairings for the show's second season. There were so many that somebody is probably going to end up being right once HBO finally announces/casts Season 2.


FTW:

Looking truly deserves to be seen

Patrick's (Jonathan Groff) budding relationship with Richie (Raul Castillo) continues to be the wind beneath our wings; this week's episode saw the two of them playing hooky from work to set out on a day-long date as tourists in their own town, and it was a joy to watch. It's time to forget everything you've heard about Looking being a gay version of Girls and give it a shot, because right now, its characters' relationships are some of the most honest ones on TV.


FTW:

Teen Wolf just keeps getting better

Dylan O'Brien's ability to switch between fun, lovable Stiles and the evil nogitsune that's currently possessing him has continued to impress—we're kinda blown away by all the nuances he's brought to the character, from the spastic moves of Stiles to the controlled, more subtle body movements of the trickster. But we'd be remiss if we didn't also mention the badass woman that Kira became this week. Can we keep her forever?


FTW:

Frontline examines Generation Like and Ian Somerhalder

PBS's documentary news program (watch it here) spent an enlightening hour looking at young whippersnappers' obsession with Facebook likes, Twitter favorites, and Instagram posts without feeling like an old man telling kids to stay off the lawn. Generation Like revealed how advertisers are keying in on the social media craze by featuring interviews with YouTube celebs and firms that specialize in making sure Ian Somerhalder has a new post on Tumblr every day, and illuminated the way kids are now doing the marketing for mega-corporations. And just to put a timeline on the shift in trends, it was created by the same folks who produced the now-10-years-old Frontline special Merchants of Cool, which looked at how kids were lured in by brands. But now the brands are chasing the kids, so who's working for who?


FTW:

Disney Princesses as Game of Thrones characters


Deviant Art user DjeDjehuti re-imagined Disney's most popular princesses as the ladies of Game of Thrones, and it made for a pretty fun mash-up. But we were surprised by just how perfectly they were paired: Belle as Margaery Tyrell? Brilliant. 




WTF:

The quality gap between NBC's primetime and live figure skating coverage


Due to Russia being halfway around the world, the cut-up and edited footage of the Olympics' princesses on ice was the one that most Americans watched, and it was a total shame. Commentators Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic, and Tom Hammond were a bore to listen to, and their whispering was better suited to the Masters. But the live coverage belonged to former  skating darlings Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, who were so good, knowledgeable, and fun that they deserved their own show. #TrueDetectiveSeason2 anyone? At the very least, it was worth tuning in just to see what spangly and sparkly outfit Weir had on.


WTF:

ABC's Super Fun Night is finally over

FTW that this travesty is off the air, but WTF because it ever aired in the first place. Note to networks: Before you give a famous person their own TV show, make sure they actually have an idea for it.


WTF:

McDonald's chicken nuggets are basically the same as Olympic gold medals, right?


This was the worst commercial of the Games, hands-down. 


WTF:

Pretty Little Liars' Ezra is the creepiest creep whoever creeped


Ew ew ew ew ew ew ew. 

Ew. 

Ewwwwwww. 


WTF:

Star-Crossed's clichéd teen love story


Sure, pilots are pilots, and maybe there'll end up being more to the new drama than meets the eye. But the series premiere sure was a snooze, with poorly wrought themes and not enough of a focus on the most-compelling part of the show: the aliens! C'mon, CW, even YOU can do better than that!


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


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  • ToddMurray Feb 25, 2014

    Here's a WTF for next week: SyFy's new programming chief, Bill McGoldrick, just cancelled the best show on the network, Being Human. Bad start, nimrod. M.A.J.O.R. W.T.F.!!!

  • TQB Feb 24, 2014

    THANK YOU for the chicken nugget/gold medal nod. Drove me nuts. So me stuffing my face with fried chicken is now similar to winning a gold medal? Low point, America.

  • headclub Feb 24, 2014

    CW is pretty bad

  • aliceapple Feb 24, 2014

    Go Shoshanna! Thank god for her in that show.

  • FamilyDutyHonor Feb 24, 2014

    Seriously about the whole Johnny and Tara show like wtf didn't NBC show their coverage of the events was not happy about that

  • dh4645 Feb 24, 2014

    NBC did show it...it was just on NBC SN instead and earlier in the day.

  • FamilyDutyHonor Feb 25, 2014

    Ohhh man I wish I would've known I was stuck with Scott, Sandra and that other guy

  • dh4645 Feb 25, 2014

    the only reason i saw some of it, was because of the DVR. i recorded pretty much all of the Olympics & the wife & i watched when we got home from work. she usually fell asleep like at 9 and i was up til midnight watching/ffwd through everything. T&J; were pretty funny.

  • Tanis_Ketra Feb 24, 2014

    FTW: Teen Wolf! Though not entirely because of Stiles (which isn't to take anything away from Stiles, who is like always FTW).
    I thought it was amazing because of the writer's continued commitment to showcasing some great relationships. Whether it be the no big deal kiss between Danny and Ethan or the budding romances of Scott and Kira or Allison and Isaac. All of these relationships feel true to me and not forced. And I think that's because pretty much all of the characters on the show are well rounded individuals. Most other shows write in love interests like it's some kind of quota they have to meet (this character broke up, time to find a replacement). And then they insist on talking about these failed or new relationships endlessly (I'm looking at you Vampire Diaries and your incessant love triangle talk). Whereas Teen Wolf seems content just to develop awesome characters and if these characters get together it's not the focal point of the show. Making these relationships even more interesting.
    Anyway, keep up the good work Teen Wolf, is all I'm saying :)

  • tamaracassill Feb 24, 2014

    weeeell if you are really really hungry and u want Chicken Nuggets und u finally get them then they are like a gold medal ;) - its a commerical - most of them are silly

  • missjudgment Feb 24, 2014

    So you mean this Old Spice commercial was NOT creepy?

  • Vicky8675309 Feb 24, 2014

    Now so many people here are craving McDonald's McNuggets. I sure hope you all got paid for this product placement;-) I don't even like McNuggets (well not much) and I want some! I guess the commercial isn't really a WTF considering a lot of us of craving nasty junk food. I'll go look at the irrelevant disney advertisement so I can lose my appetite. Unless you are getting $ for this, I suggest leaving stuff like this out of the article~~why advertise for free (if that is the case).

  • Tanis_Ketra Feb 24, 2014

    Umm....I kind of doubt they were being paid anything for "advertising" Disney or McDonald's. Especially considering they were complaining about the McDonald's commercial. And the Disney/Game of Thrones mash-up wasn't officially sanctioned by either party.

    I rather enjoyed the Disney princesses as GoT characters posting, it was cute and I wouldn't have known about it otherwise, so thanks TV.com :)

    Also, why all the hate about the WTF/FTW article? If you don't want to read about something, just skip it or skip the entire post. There's plenty of shows/topics covered in this and past WTF/FTW articles that I couldn't care less about. But I don't complain about those shows being covered. Or about my shows being ignored. That's why they end every post with "What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?"

    Sorry, rant over. And I didn't mean this as a personal attack against you or anything (no hard feelings, I hope). There's just been alot of complaining about what should and shouldn't be allowed into this article. And I just feel like it comes off as a little disrespectful to the writers who do put effort into posting this consistently every week.

  • Vicky8675309 Feb 25, 2014

    "What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?"

    you are 100% correct! I was wrong to give my opinion since only positive and pro-tv.com opinions can be expressed. My bad for voicing concern of the quality of the article when I should of stopped reading it when I figured out I disagreed. Definitely never disagree with anything and I'll pin a sticky note to my top to remind me to only "agree with something" and never ever say how the site/article could be better and/or what I disagree with. WTF was I thinking? Thank you for pointing out the error of my ways! I can't believe I thought they actually wanted my hates this week. I was so stupid to think that tweets and commercials were ok to be on the list of tv.com and that I could say I disagreed.

    No hard feelings;-P

    baa baaa bleat

  • Tanis_Ketra Feb 25, 2014

    You can disagree with whatever. I never said you couldn't. I've disagreed with TV.com staff before and have posted comments about it.

    My problem with your comment was in regards to how offended you seemed with this article. You acted like it was some kind of outrage that they would even consider writing about a (completely relevant) Olympics McDonald's ad during the week that the Olympics aired. And God forbid they mention a cool GoT fanart which was both timely (posted online Feb 18th) and had to do with a show that is quite popular on this site.

    So yeah, go ahead and hate whatever you want. I really don't care. I was just suggesting that instead of complaining about this article (and insinuating derogatory things about the writers). You could just say what you thought was WTF/FTW worthy from this week in television ;)

  • shocker713 Feb 24, 2014

    I'm into nuggets, y'all...

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