FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (August 17–23)

It's Back to School time, so you know what that means: You have to make sure that you're the most popular kid in class. In order to do so, follow these simple steps: 1) Whenever your dumb parents want you to study, use the time to Facebook-stalk the cool kids and digitally integrate yourself into their cyber-circles. 2) Follow all of today's popular boy bands on Twitter so you know how much mousse to use in your hair. 3) Wear a baggy coat to Forever 21 to maximize your shoplifting carrying capacity. And for the icing on the cake? 4) Recite the following FTWs and WTFs to anyone who will listen and watch your stock rise faster than Netflix's. Just be sure to thank us during your Homecoming King/Queen acceptance speech.


SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't finished watching this week's new episodes (of The Leftovers, Falling Skies, The Fosters, etc.), we suggest that you hold off on reading this story until you do. 




FTW:

Masters of Sex's supporting cast shines in a big episode

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are consistently wonderful, but that hasn't stopped the Showtime drama from continuously finding new and better things for its supporting players to do. Last Sunday's "Blackbird" was a great showcase for many, as Julianne Nicholson, Annaleigh Ashford, Greg Grunberg, and Caitlin Fitzgerald all delivered their best work of the season.


FTW:

Halt and Catch Fire lives to program another day

AMC's computer-revolution period piece didn't snag that many viewers this summer, but the series thankfully did just enough to convince the network to renew it for a second season. While Lee Pace's Joe is still a cipher, the characters who surround him—especially Mackenzie Davis's Cameron and Kerry Bishé's Donna—are weird and warm in the best of ways. If you logged off early in the first season, it's time to reboot and try again. 


FTW:

Legend of Korra wraps up Book 3 with action and excitement


Despite its weird and awful scheduling nonsenseThe Legend of Korra's third season managed to bounce back from the doldrums of Book 2 by embracing a funner, Saturday-morning-cartoon adventure vibe. Book 3 may not have been as dramatically compelling a season as Book 1, but it's hard to stay too hung up on that after a thrilling finale in which Zaheer and Korra went toe-to-toe in a canyon in some of the show's best-looking episodes and action sequences since it began.


FTW:

Bachelor in Paradise flaunts its mastery of mind games

It ain't Shakespeare, but ABC's replacement for Bachelor Pad has proven to be superior in every way and a must-watch for people who delight in seeing bimbos and himbos break down in the face of psychological torture and sandy illusions of romance. In every episode, tenuous relationships are put to the test when fresh meat is introduced in the form of a new pair of boobs or pecs, and the contestants' IQs are just high enough to make it all work and unfold like some slutty version of Musical Chairs. This is dumb, awful television at its best. YOPO!


FTW:

FXX's full-series The Simpsons marathon

There is literally something to watch on television AT ALL TIMES right now, as FX's little sister works through the animated series' golden years as part of its 552-episode binge. Enjoy it while you can, before the marathon hits Season 13 and the show starts devolving into its current state.


FTW:

Comedy Central has posted the entire first season of Broad City online

...and it is raunchy and amazing. If you missed the series the first time around and haven't wanted to pay for it in the interim, now's the time to give it a shot. And keep an eye out for Hannibal Buress's character Lincoln, because he's the best


FTW:

Suits gets LITT UP 


When Mike unknowingly slipped up and offered a desperate, unemployed Louis the chance to exploit his way back to the firm, Louis the Villain returned in glorious fashion. Time to update everyone's business cards! Pearson Specter Litt is open for business. 


FTW:

The Big Bang Theory gets board


As if the cast raking in million-dollar deals per episode wasn't enough of a sign that CBS's sitcom is a massive hit, the show now has its own version of Monopoly. Our favorite game piece? "Sheldon's spot on the couch," though we think that should be a place on the board instead, preferably in the spot typically reserved for the high-value Boardwalk.


FTW:

The Bridge feels the RUSH


FX's drama is always more fun when it lets its hair down, and it was pretty hilarious to see Daniel and his sober buddy (played by The Office's Brian Baumgartner) throw their sobriety to the wind by blowing lines and blasting some Rush—while wearing Rush T-shirts, or course. With Canada's finest classic-rock band playing its part this season, The Bridge covers all three North American countries in one show! Plus, talk about story progression, eh? "Lamia" gave us interesting developments on pretty much all fronts (poor Sonya!).


FTW:

Nathan For You concludes with kids and masturbators


Comedy Central's genius reality-prank show finished its sophomore season with some hilarious child psychology and night-vision law enforcement. In order to sell a toy to youngsters, Nathan marketed it as "the only way to prove you aren't a baby," which confused the kiddos into begging their parents for the junk. Then he helped a movie theater maximize its profits on concessions by issuing a no-sharing policy and confronting anyone who broke the rule when he spotted them using night-vision goggles (and he posted their pictures on the same board as in-movie masturbators). Beware, America. Only another 40-something weeks until Nathan is back to his brilliant business plans.


FTW:

Rectify will be back to drain our eyeballs

SundanceTV's stunning drama aired its Season 2 finale this week, but that doesn't mean your emotions are off the hook. The network has officially renewed the show for Season 3, ensuring that we'll be reduced to a blubbering mess at some point in 2015.




FTWTF:

The Fosters summer finale focused on what family really means... before kind of ruining it

Family is always at the center of the ABC Family drama, obviously, but the second half of Season 1 was especially strong on that front, even though it wobbled a bit. Callie's struggles with whether or not to welcome Robert and his family into her life proved the highlight, testing whether or not the bonds of love are more than just biological—especially after the revelation that Sophia had ripped up the abandonment papers and Robert wasn't willing to sign them again. Meanwhile, Mariana and Lena both faced similar biology-versus-love dilemmas, which they helped each other resolve in a very moving fashion. However, the finale's cliffhanger for the sake of a cliffhanger—Brandon and Callie kissing—while it didn't undo any of the good, just served as a reminder that sometimes The Fosters can't help but go overboard with the soap. Here's hoping we don't have to deal with another 10 episodes of Brandon/Callie ridiculousness.


FTWTF:

WYLIE IN SPAAAACE

The gang over at Falling Skies has apparently decided that mutant alien baby hybrids, deus ex alien allies, and the entire Hal-Maggie-Ben storyline aren't enough, because WE'RE GOING TO THE MOON, YOU GUYS. With endless space-race allusions and a liberal abuse of JFK quotes, "Til Death Do Us Part" brought the crazy that will carry us through the rest of the season and we can't help it—we're stupid excited to see what's next.


FTWTF:

Teen Wolf finally unmasked the Benefactor 


After weeks of guessing, the mysterious Benefactor was finally revealed to be Meredith, the banshee we believed to be dead. It was a surprise to viewers for the simple reason that we all thought she'd committed suicide, but is she really the Benefactor? Would Teen Wolf show its hand so early? Furthermore, even if she IS the mastermind behind the dead pool, who's to say the assassins will stop trying to murder our favorite supernatural hunks now that she's been caught? It's not like they know the money is no longer in play. We thought the Benefactor was the real threat, but maybe the true danger is just how widespread the danger actually is now. 


FTWTF:

BoJack Horseman wastes a lot of its potential, but Will Arnett saves it simply by being Will Arnett


Netflix's latest original series, an animated adult comedy about a washed-up former sitcom star who, oh yeah, also happens to be a horse, fluctuates between being awful and awesome. Its strengths lie within its visuals (Amy Sedaris's Princess Carolyn is surprisingly agile, because she's a cat) and pop-culture references, but the series is burdened by jokes that last far too long. However, Will Arnett keeps the show watchable; even when he's voicing a cartoon equine, he's so darn likable that it's hard to be too harsh BoJack Horseman.




WTF:

Frankie uses a B.S. excuse to get rid of this season's most entertaining Big Brother player

There's nothing more frustrating than an annoying reality show contestant who thinks he's a hero, and Frankie currently has that role on lockdown. After escaping elimination last week through an admittedly fantastic Battle of the Block performance, Frankie used his veto win this week to oust his supposed best friend, showmance partner, and whatever else, Zach. Not only did Frankie use a cheap Team America excuse to turn the house against Zach and then backdoor him, but then he feigned inner conflict in the diary room when it was pretty clear from the live feeds that he wanted Zach gone. Frankie might be fame-adjacent and a master social manipulator, but he's not a hero. He's a villain. 


WTF:

Just when it should be getting good, Defiance cuts itself off at the knees

The writing may've been on the wall last week with the "Pottinger makes an Indogene replicant of Kenya to get into Amanda's pants" storyline, but this week's double header confirmed that Defiance likely isn't interested in what made the start of the season promising and exciting. The Irisa/Irzu/Votan Rapture plot eliminated the personal stakes in favor of nanotech puppetry and manufactured character drama, and a focus on Quentin and Christie has distracted from other, more compelling ideas, like a rebellion against the E-Rep and, well, anything that Stahma does. Because Stahma's pretty much the show's greatest asset.


WTF:

The Leftovers loses one of its best, and for what?

ARGH!!! This show!!! It's endless drubbing on our fragile souls continued when Kevin Garvey found himself in a cabin with Guilty Remnant leader Patti tied to a chair. But the questions of Kevin's sanity were shoved aside for shock when Patti slit her own throat with a piece of broken glass. The series is trying our patience with its lack of a real plot or momentum; it's trying to tell a psychological family story against a supernatural backdrop, and that makes it hard to stay invested in. And now that Patti is dead (she's dead, right?), it's lost one of its best actors in Ann Dowd.


WTF:

Lies, damn lies, and... babies? 

Briggs is finally facing investigation for Badillo's disappearance and Graceland officially has a baby plotline now. May God have mercy on our souls. 


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? Pretty Little Liars' penultimate episode? True Blood's penultimate episode? Celebrities doing the Ice Bucket Challenge? Under the Dome's boring DOMESPIRACY? Share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!

P.S. We weren't able to screen Doctor Who's Season 8 finale prior to press time, so we'll weigh in on that one next next week!


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FTW for August 24-30 (I'm posting here to hope it might actually make it on the list). Alain proposing to Audrey on the mat at the end of the leg in The Amazing Race Canada, In Paris after passing the team that U-turned them
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The continent of North America extends from Canada to Panama and also includes Greenland and the Caribbean islands.
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Ftw: The Leftovers. It was a brilliant episode that only made the show better. Patti was a character I loved to hate and now that she's gone, it's only upped the game. Good job show!
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FTW: Suits. Teen Wolf.
And the Emmy video with Bryan, Aaron, and Julia. I don't know if it came out this week or last, but it was perfect.
WTF: The horror that is Frankie.
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OMG, I'm amazed people care at all what happens on Big Brother why people still watching this JUNK tv crap?!
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Thank you for recognizing the awesomeness that is RUSH!
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FTW:Extant doing double episodes, more Ethan, and now we have a crazy anti-technology terrorist group and our main company hitman is a religious nut case. What tv.com Extant doesn't merit a mention anymore?
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FTW:The Leftovers Patty's death added to the enigma it was worth it for the shock and potential. We even got an all but 100% outing of mr dog killer as an ATFAC agent WTF tv.com?
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FTW: The Leftovers, if only because "Remember the good old days back when the dogs were the only thing that weren't our dogs anymore?

Well, welcome to we are not ourselves anymore too, Garvey! Population: you.
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And FTW goes to rue Blood for Jessica & Hoyt storybook ending using none other than Jason voice-over, of all people!

It's the monologue that beats all the monologues (Jason, you're redeemed to me: I wish you hundreds of fat children!)
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FTW: The Leftovers !!!
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Personal FTW: This week I finally started watching Breaking Bad at a pace of about two episodes per day. It's one of the few really good shows from the last years that I haven't watched, and now I'm trying to catch up with the rest of the world. Soon, after one year of waiting, I can finally start reading news and talk to people without fearing spoilers.
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You won't regret it

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Exciting! Enjoy, and we'll look forward to your thoughts when you finish.
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WTF - Mythbusters dropping the build team Tory, Grant and Kari, announced on my birthday just to add insult to injury too.
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I read that. Hopefully they will start their own show. It is silly that they broke up such a good group of people.
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Ever since they put a cannonball through someone's house, they've been skating on thin ice. I bet their insurance costs are WAY up.

I suspect that the network doesn't think it needs very many new episodes (the last seasons have been VERY short) and they probably cut the per-episode licensing fee.
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Teen Wolf's reveal of the Benefactor is actually fashionably late in comparison to the earlier seasons. Each season had the question of who is the Alpha/Kanima/Darach/Nogitsune and the ninth episode would the latest to reveal the Big Bad. Seasons 2 and 3B actually went with even earlier reveals. This is a feature very idiosyncratic to Teen Wolf. It allows for the villain's motives to be properly explored and for the villain to show more strength and finesse, as they haven't been conquered even though they no longer have the shield of anonymity.
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FTW: Manhattan, because its still the best new show on at the moment.
FTW: Major Crimes finale. I dont remember if it was this week or last week, but still, I love that show.
WTF/FTW: Face Off. They have better talent this year, but its so annoying to only get to see like 5 seconds of the actual creations.
FTW: That body painting show, just because its interesting. Though not interesting enough for me to remember the name of.
FTW: Halt & Catch Fire renewal, excellent show.
FTW: Outlander, best episode yet.
FTW: Hell On Wheels.

i think that about covers everything.
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FTWTF: Korra: I really enjoyed the attention to family and friends this season, but there were some really dark points, and actual humans killied on this TV-7 show. The villains got some nice character development (humanness and philosophy), but in the end went megalo and got shut down without further discussion. Also, Jinora has been almost the co-avatar for the past two seasons, even ending the season in a big reveal to make her look a lot like Aang from the earlier series.

???: CBS burning through Extant while touting it as "the #1 hit of the summer". Under the Dome still seems to be doing better by about +50%. Double episodes of Extant next week, too.
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PLL going supernatural.It was just embarassing.
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FTW: Halt & Catch Fire renewed (that was a surprise but an excellent one - doubters, watch it now....) and The Strain renewed (not so surprising but awesome news too).

FTW: Teen Wolf's episode was fun and the Meredith involvement was a good twist... I am not sure she is the benefactor... The benefactor could be using her? At any rate the episode was not conclusive on this....

FTW/WTF: FINALLY True Bood dies today / but could still F-up the end majorly if the last two filler episodes are anything to go by... Seriously with all the stuff that the show had going for it, we're back to a love triangle made of less smart than ever Sookie, a boring dumbass suicidal Bill and a dumbed down Eric? Please Pam take your Maker away from the oxymoronic and moronic Bon Temps shithole.
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RECTIFY!!! FTW! Bring on season 3 asap :D

I agree loosing Patti is a bummer but Leftover is like WTF in a good way, it has been from the very first episode and the preview of the last two episodes has such a major WTF written all over it and it's just awesome
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I agree with the part about the Fosters-finale. Whyyy do they need the Callie/Brandon-drama?
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The teen audience, ABC family would do anything to steal the teen audience from the CW!

(FTW for the effort, WTF for the execution)
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Uhmm.. The Leftovers should be FTW not WTF.
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I'll miss Patti too, but the point remains what Garvey discovered about himself, not the woman Patti stoned to death.

Not to mention, what his daughter discovered about his other self and her best friend...which I'm not so sure it was a lie after all.
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I said it before, and I'll say it here, too. There's no chance that "Pearson Spector Litt" becomes a thing.

Louis has dirt on Jessica and Harvey... dirt that could get them disbarred. That gives him some leverage. However, he badly overplayed the leverage he has. He forgot that Jessica and Harvey have dirt on Louis that could get HIM disbarred. (Both the same thing... not immediately reporting Mike's fraud to the bar... and the Forstman issue that got him fired/forced to resign.

It's Mutual Assured Destruction. A first strike brings on a return strike of equal devastation, thereby producing an uneasy peace. Louis can get his old job back, but that's ALL he can get, from the current situation.
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And that's not even countng the fact that the dramatic tension in the summer finale came from something completely bogus. Take a look at model rule 5.6 of the ABA's model rules of ethics, and then review the episode. Oops... when Louis leaves, he can take as many clients as he can convince to go with him, because the client decides who their lawyer is.
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WTF TV.com: How could you not see the Doctor Who Season 8 PREMIERE (not finale) before press time when it's been all over the internet since July 13th? FAIL.
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Being leaked doesn't count. We do pretend to be professionals from time to time.
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FTW Teen Wolf i really liked this episode a lot and I did not see Meredith coming from any direction. Highlight A NAKED AND UNHARMED PARRISH.
FTW Outlander I'm really loving this show and in my opinion it's building into a great series. I'm hooked
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Chuckle. You used the word psychological when referring to the leftovers. What kind? It's certainly not human psychology.
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i havent kept up with it, but is S2 of Graceland worth watching?
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Some episodes yes, some no, some why am I watching this.
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its ok
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FTW: New Doctor Who! (That's the problem with shows that show up on weekends.)

Zack wasn't that entertaining, and he set himself up from the start to get kicked out. It just took a while for it to happen.
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He wasn't super entertaining on the show, but he was the only thing that made the live feeds worth watching. I can't even watch the episodes anymore because of the manipulative golden cuts that all the terrible people left in the house are getting.
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...the mysterious Benefactor was finally revealed to be Meredith,
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...now that she's been caught?


Did I switch off the episode too early or something? The way I saw it, Meredith chose to reveal herself to Lydia, Stiles and Jordan at the exact moment that they solved the puzzle that she had created to lead them to her.

...is she really the Benefactor?

I thought it had been announced in advance that the Benefactor's identity would be revealed in that episode. If that's the case, then I guess she is. But if it wasn't announced in advance, then I'd say that she's not. The only thing she has confessed to so far is that she made the list. Why would the Benefactor make a list and encrypt it with passwords that Lydia can crack, and then turn herself in like that? It makes more sense that she was an unwilling participant, and coded the lists so that Lydia would find her and set her free.

Now that I know that it wasn't "that dick at Eichen House", my money is on Danny. He is a bit of a computer expert, isn't he? He knew that Ethan was a werewolf, so he probably knew about the others too.
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Danny would make even less sense than Meredith. Why would Danny want all the supernaturals--some of whom are his friends--dead?
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FTW - Oh Mother Goddess... want TBBT Monopoly......

- Agree with Masters of Sex and Graceland.


WTF - So I had a bit of fainting spell and spend a night in the hospital and when I get him Thursday and come here to see what's on I get hit with Working the Engels was cancelled. Enjoyed that show so much.
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FTW - Teen Wolf - although I don't think Meredith is the benefactor. So many great scenes - Parrish, Derek, Scott and Lydia in the loft, Stiles and the Sheriff in the hospital and all of Stiles and Lydia's.
FTWTF - Suits was great this week but I think I'm the only person who finds Louis annoying. I was sort of hoping he'd go away for good.
WTF - Absolutely stupid cliff hanger ending on Perception. Even worse than Castle's.
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Wait. That was Perception's season finale? What the...

Ughhhhh. I'm not that big of a fan, but I thought there was going to be another episode or two.
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It's the mid season break so there's no more until next year.
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FTW: The Strain was renewed, Rectify was renewed; The Simpsons marathon, Doctor Who is back.
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