FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (January 20)

By TV.com Staff

Jan 20, 2013

Yikes, has it only been seven days since we last FTW-vs.WTF'd? Because holy moly, this week has been a long one. TGMIAH (Thank God Monday Is a Holiday), right? Anyway, here's what we thought was as winning as a game of Feely Cup and as sad as Lady Edith's not-a-wedding on TV this week.


Archer's Burgers

Not only is FX's hyperhilarious Archer back in our lives at long last, but Season 4 kicked off with one of the greatest cold opens in the history of the show. With H. Jon Benjamin supplying the voice of both Sterling Archer and Bob's Burgers patriarch Bob Belcher, it was only a matter of time before the two animated universes crossed over; positing "Bob" as an alternate identity constructed by an amnesiac Sterling—bantering with wife Linda after wiping the floor with a team of KGB assassins—was as odd and ingenious as the high standards of both shows deserved.

Suits is Baaaaack!

Donna is sassy. Harvey's hair is immaculate. Mike has the munchies. Louis is pure smarm and Jessica is the boss. All is right with the world.

Amy Jellicoe, freedom fighter

HBO's Enlightened returned for Season 2 a changed series—it's gone from character study to serialized dramedy—but it hasn't lost the weirdness that makes it one of television's underwatched gems.

Supernatural's Winchester revival

After half-a-season of deep (deeper than usual) tension between Sam and Dean, this week's episode of Supernaturalsuggested that the brothers are ready to put a lot of their baggage behind them. We've seen this story on the show before (like, 83 times), but new showrunner Jeremy Carver and his team really dedicated themselves to actually showing us why Sam and Dean aren't necessarily compatible anymore instead of just having them lie to each other to create drama. By the time Sam let go of Amelia and Dean said goodbye to Benny and both brothers begrudgingly chose one another, it felt like they'd been through real pain.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler rock the Golden Globes

Remember when people were like, "Billy Crystal should host EVERYTHING!" and then people were like "Ricky Gervais should host EVERYTHING!" and then everyone got over both of those things sort of quickly? Well, this time, we think it'll stick when we say that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler should host EVERYTHING after their kick-ass work at the Golden Globes. They were funny without being too mean (except to James Cameron, but oh well!), their Dog President TV movie sounds AMAZING, and then they got "drunk" after Lena Dunham thanked them for helping her get through middle school when she beat them in the Best Actress in a Comedy race. Why no one thought to ask these two BFFs to host anything before this is beyond us.

TVD goes Breakfast Club

The Vampire Diaries' main thread is even more convoluted than ever, but the show keeps managing to create moments full of palpable, raw emotion between the main characters. While the success of the love triangle is up for debate, it's tough to deny the efficacy of Elena's admission that she loves Damon, both to Damon and to the now completely destroyed Stefan.

Fringe's fan-friendly farewell

Kudos to Fox for keeping the ratings-challenged sci-fi series alive and for giving it a chance to go out on its own terms, and kudos to the show itself for not trying to do too much in its series finale. "Liberty" and "An Enemy of Fate" rightly focused on the themes of family and the question of free will vs. fate, with plenty of treats for long-time viewers who stayed with the show from beginning to end. Our Fridays will never be the same.


The totally lame ratings for The Carrie Diaries

Despite its problematic heritage, The CW's The Carrie Diarieshappens to be one of the season's better pilots. And though The CW did its best to promote the crap out of the new series, the premiere ratings were... not good. 1.6 million viewers and not even a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo is unfortunately part and parcel for The C-Dub at this point, but this show was meant to be part of a new beginning on Monday nights. Whoops.

R.I.P., The Wire's Prop Joe

Prop Joe was one of our favorite characters on The Wire, and actor Robert F. Chew will be missed.

Troy Barnes bumping uglies with Lena Dunham

See if you can guess who wrote this one: "As a Community fan, I did not need to see Donald Glover having sex with Girls' Hannah."

Kristen packs her knives on Top Chef

It's amazingly refreshing to watch anyone on a reality competition show, especially Top Chef, assume responsibility for the failings of a team challenge the way Kristen did this week during the latest installment of the almost-always-brutal Restaurant Wars. It showed the high degree of professionalism that Kristen expected of herself as an executive chef of her concept restaurant, BUT C'MON! Josie has been delivering dish after lousy dish to the judges for weeks now, and save for Padma, they were just looking for Kristen to just give them a reason to send Josie home. Yes, it's a competition, and Kristen didn't play the game the way she should have, but there's something incredibly noble about admitting your mistakes, and the judges should've done the right thing.

Being Human's Vampire Flu

They could have called it anything. "Vampire Plague" has a nice ring to it. But they went with "Vampire Flu" and that's just silly.

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

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  • LeahLefler Jan 22, 2013

    how about WTF FRINGE ENDED!!!

  • DrSpongejr Jan 21, 2013

    FTW: Archer's Burgers. One of the most clever combinations of two wonderful shows I have seen.
    Underemployed's finale. I know the show has been kind of dull many times, and I really haven't kept up on it, but I decided to DVR the season/series finale, and it was one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. To everyone but the three of you who saw it, (not three as in this site, I mean 3 in the entire country with a .1 rating in the Nielson ratings) you should check it out. I wasn't even that big of a fan of the rest of the series that much, but the finale really delivered.
    WTF: "Girls" winning best comedy selection at the Golden Globes. In an age of creative comedy, with shows like Community, Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23, Happy Endings, Modern Family, Wilfred, Louie, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on TV, they pick the most drab, whiny, self-absorbed show on the planet, and consider it worthy of being the show that wins the best comedy selection. Maybe it's just me, but I just don't get it.

  • andreido9 Jan 21, 2013

    Bob's Burger is amazing!

  • tv_gonzo Jan 21, 2013

    Archer was fantastic. As the episode started i couldn't believe what i was seeing and for a moment i was really confused. This was so clever and unexpected and just a joy to watch. Two of the best animated comedies mashed together. What can be wrong with that.

  • bicelis Jan 21, 2013

    - Fringe finale. Holy Gene, that was emotional, intense and entertaining.
    - Parks & Rec rotating Bachelor party. It seemed so so fun! And the way it was portrayed felt like they truly were having the best night ever. Pure joy!

    - No more Fringe. Crap, I'm crying again.
    - Troy and Hannah. Yuk

  • saxyroro Jan 21, 2013

    WTF Top Chef. WTF

  • IndianaMom Jan 21, 2013

    Parks & Rec's Two Parties was a big win. Great episode. On the other side...poor Lady Edith!

  • JT_Kirk Jan 21, 2013

    Archer's Burgers was fantastic, especially the animation on the kids and the pomposity of the burger of the day and using Linda's actual voice actor.

    I feel like Suits didn't come back with its strongest, so I'm holding my FTW for a better episode.

    WTF: SNL's horrible writing coming back from vacation. I know it's technically fodder for next week's article but holy crap did that suck donkey farts and it's entirely on the shoulders of the writers, even the sketches that had some working material were flattened to unwatchability by their midpoints.

    FTW: Newsreaders, especially the second time the girl tried to take her top off and is stopped, complains that it's so warm in the back of the van because "everything's heated". And Ray Wise as a bastardly Andy Rooney.

    WTF: King of the Nerds, because yeah, apparently now nerds get low-rent reality competition shows that feel identical to every other reality competition show out there.

    WTF: Jack Donaghy's mom was a lesbian? That was a true WTF moment in its intended meaning. "WTF?!?!?!?"

    WTF: Espisito takes the focus on an episode of Castle to become a trite, cliche piece of boring.

  • terminaltrip421 Jan 21, 2013

    FTW: Family Guy poking fun at the fanboyism of Breaking Bad and The Wire.
    WTF: they left out Sherlock.

    forever for the win: Justified.

  • vicbjones Jan 21, 2013

    FTW: The Archer "Bob's Burgers" cold opening; the trip to the brothel on Legit (don't know the point of the series yet, but the pilot reminded me of late '70s/early '80s low-budget coming-of-age movies); Lena Denham's relating of her experiences at the Golden Globes on The Daily Show, which reminded of what a primadonna Quentin Tarrantino was toward a reporter the week before. My realization that the airline owner on the Elementary rerun was the same actor who played the well-meaning deputy on The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, and on the same day ME TV ran an episode of Gunsmoke whose teaser featured Claude Akins menacing Mills Watson.
    WTF: Last week's Mentalist, the first real dud of Season 5; it was as if the writers themselves had given up on the Volker story arc and decided to end it in the most slapdash way possible; the trumped up controversy over the lack of diversity in President Obama's cabinet, particularly Howard Feinman's assertion on Hardball that the press "had to ask the question in today's environment." First off, the press chooses what questions it wants to ask, and secondly,how about Congress allow some of the vacancies in the executive and judiciary branches be filled before we start worrying about whether we even want affirmative action in the president's appointments?

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