FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (February 23)
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.
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.
Speaking of Shosh... Shoshi Games 2014!
Yeah, we want our regularly scheduled programming back too, but we're going to miss this Tumblr nonetheless.
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)."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teen Wolf just keeps getting better
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
McDonald's chicken nuggets are basically the same as Olympic gold medals, right?
This was the worst commercial of the Games, hands-down.
Pretty Little Liars' Ezra is the creepiest creep whoever creeped
Ew ew ew ew ew ew ew.
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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