FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (February 10)

Readers, we need some cheering up. Maybe it's the cold weather. Maybe it's that we're feeling lonely like Bear was on Person of Interest and we just need a friend. Or maybe it's that we're writing this intro while finishing up last night's Justin Bieber-hosted episode of SNL, which was... not good. But this is one of the more pessimistic rounds of FTWs and WTFs we've compiled in a while—seriously, we haven't had this much trouble thinking of FTWs in weeks. So please, help us out comments, will you? What did we forget? (And if you've got any jokes to tell or cute pictures of kittens to share, we'll take those, too.)


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Jeopardy! took some inspiration from The CW for this year's Teen Tournament


What is, "Good one, Trebek"?



Supernatural's "Everybody Hates Hitler"


New mythology. New digs. New allies. NAZI NECROMANCERS. And a catchy title to top it all off. This is the Supernatural we know and love. Plus the episode was penned by Ben Edlund, so you know it’s the good stuff.



David Costabile returns to Suits


You likely know him as poor, mild-mannered Gale on Breaking Bad. But Suits overhauled his personality for the role of slimeball Daniel Hardman, and he’s a total dick and he’s awesome.

But unfortunately, he messed with Donna. No one messes with Donna.



Nick gave us some sweet new dance moves on New Girl


Nick's lifelong goal is to avoid uncomfortable confrontations: Kids on your lawn? Get ready for a riot-act oration. You kissed your roommate and now you have to deal with feelings? That's what the "panic moonwalk" is for! (And for the record, Nick's "trying to cheer Jess up because Dr. Sam dumped her" number wasn't bad either.)



PBS's Pioneers of Television


Season 3 concluded this week and covered TV funny ladies, the cultural impact of Roots, and the foxy ladies who played Catwoman in the Batman programs. This is a must-watch series for anyone who loves the history television. Seriously, educate yourselves!



Raising Hope's TV takedown


"Yo Zappa Do Part 2" wrapped up the Chances' trip to California with some hijinx on a network lot in Hollywood, where Burt learned all about how to make a good pitch and what happens when networks get too involved in the creative process; in the process, he even kicked NBC in the nuts. While we're a little concerned the show is getting too meta/spoofy, we're always down for sendup of how the small-screen sausage gets made.




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Finn and Emma sitting in a Glee tree


This is getting ridiculous.



Andy's back on The Office


The bossless days at Dunder-Mifflin's Scranton branch ended Thursday night as Andy returned with a new coif and that same all-over-the-place disposition. Is he sensitive? Is he a jerk? Neither. He's just a selfish douche who no one really missed, on the show or in the audience. Welcome back, Turd-dog... not.



The Americans loses the support of a once-loyal proletariat


The Americans dropped nearly 40 percent in viewership, from 3.22 million to a measly 1.97 million! No fair! Audiences everywhere are already suspecting a top secret government conspiracy to stop good TV. Please don't let this one go the way of Terriers!



Community's back... or is it?


One of TV's best comedies returned without its special sauce, a secret recipe whose main ingredient is series creator Dan Harmon, and the difference was pretty noticeable. The Season 4 premiere pantomimed one of our favorites, but in the end felt hollow. True, it's only one episode, but it wasn't the start we'd hoped would give us confidence in the new regime.



NBC's last few weeks


It's been a terrible fortnight for the Peacock. It set a record worst premiere with Do No Harm, Smash returned to pitiful numbers, Law & Order: SVU hit a series low, Community's return was blasted by critics, and Up All Night is a disaster. How many nights a week will they air The Voice next season?



CBS's embarrassing commentary during the Super Bowl blackout


Seriously, it was like James Brown, Dan Marino, Bill Cowher, and Shannon Sharpe were blacked out, too. Of course it wasn't planned—but remember when TV personalities were able to think on their feet? At least the Puppy Bowl was able to benefit...



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

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Just stay that way, Supernatural, just stay that way.
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Community is a really good show but for me the main "mystique" come from the relationships in the group especially Jeff and Annie.
It's not gonna be around much longer and the options are limited for big moments, so I will never be able to loose myself in it as I did when I marathoned the first 2 seasons with rooting for different pairs. It is just gonna wither and die. Maybe we get some good episodes out of it, but no matter how good it is, it won't be the same because we know the end is near.
Ends just don't work with awesome shows like that...
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Please recap Girls!!!
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I didn't miss Andy AT ALL, I like how Oscar pointed out that they did a lot better while he was gone.. then Andy screwed with Dwight's sale. douchebag. also.. GO THE HELL AWAY BRIAN, NOBODY LIKES YOU!!!

Tina knows Blaine is gay, so her whole storyline is ridiculous. I want to like Tina, but the writers makes it so hard to do. and I saw the Finn/Emma thing coming from about halfway into the episode, and I hated every second of it. come on Glee! remember when you were interesting in season 1? let's get back to that.
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there;s only one reason people still tune in to glee: darren criss. if they keep with the finn/emma and tina/blaine nonsense, soon, not even darren will be worth it
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Mine:
FTWTF to Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson's "live" post-Super Bowl spectaluar. FTW to the majority of it, but WTF to the over-reliance on pre-taped bits.

FTW to Newsreaders for Dennis Haysbert as a police detective using childhood innocence to solve crimes.

FTW to Top Gear UK's return!

Did I give FTW props last week to Clone Wars' The Lawless, having big poppa Palpatine come in and kick ass? Well, if so, here's some more props.

And a big restatement of WTF to The Office going down the toilet thanks to Andy's return.
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Thoughts on Yours:
That was pretty good for a Jeopardy gag. There ya go, filthy teens, we're meeting you half way. NERDS! (full disclosure: I am a nerd.)

Ok, ok, if you're going to mention Hardman's return, the real FTW is Louis' confrontation with him in the elevator. "If you do anything to me, if you so much as tell me the wrong time, I will kill you."

WTF to Andy's return to The Office, THANK YOU, that was THE WORST.

And WTF to Fakommunity indeed.

I'd say FTW to NBC's last few weeks because it's hilarious to watch them flounder without clue of what to do.
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Ok, Smash had pitiful numbers, by wasn't Jennifer Houston's performance on the FTW?!?! She was amazing! She is amazing. And Smash is so awesome.
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I really liked the Community premiere. I don't feel like much was missing, but maybe tht there was too much of something.

It wasn't one of those perfectly rounded episodes such as Remedial Chaos Theory or others from season 1/2, but Community it still pretty funny and crazy even when it's just "good" and not "perfect".

Much of season 3 seemed a lot like the season 4 premiere.
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Random thought: Will there not be any Totally Tubular now that Price is gone? Or is someone else going to take over the responsibility?
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Ed Helms/Andy Bernard was great as a foil for Jim during his brief stint in Stamford back at the start of season 3; bringing him to Scranton as a main character was one of the show's miscues, as he was just irritating with little comedic value.
And immediately adding him to the opening credits while the Angela/Kevin/Oscar/Phyllis/Stanley/Meredith office core stayed in the post-intro screen overlay I always felt was insulting and diminishing to those who'd been with the show from the start.
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I agree, Pioneers of Television is a great series and has been great entertainment and educational. And NBC should have received a double nut kick for canceling My Name Is Earl.
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This season of Raising Hope is just outstanding.
FTW: Leslie Knope's cloths collection and Tom's description of the caterers. Too bad Party Down won't cater the wedding.
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oh I also wanted to say that this week's Elementary was my favorite so far. seeing that subtle but very important shift in their unique dynamic was refreshing and hopefully things keep improving.
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FTW: Donna slapping Hardman (twice) on Suits.
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community was fyne
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FTW: UK'S BEING HUMAN IS BACK!!! and it's still great! I'm as happy as an American can be about a British TV show (until Doctor Who returns of course).
and speaking of Nick's awesome moonwalk moves, how about Schmidt and Cece? Finally!
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FTW: Definitely the episode of Supernatural
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Actually the S4 premiere of COMMUNITY felt exactly like a season 3 episode. And yes, that's a WTF, considering that S3 destroyed everything good about the show, by relying way too much on stupid gimmicks and turning the characters into hollow caricatures.
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FTW: Oh, c'mon!! Ron, Ben, and Chris's HILARIOUS bit of food poisoning on "Parks & Recreation." Even though the ep was about Anne, nobody cared because the boys were SO HILARIOUS.
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I thought the "Sorry, that was the Douche talking" bit was funny too.
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"You accidentally gave me food that my food eats" should definitely be on the FTW list.
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FTW: New Girl followin The Kiss with a solid episode. Maybe it was because my expecations were lowered, those kind of climatic moments are hard to follow. But the Jess/Sam/Nick fallout was neither cliche, overdone, or underdone. It worked, and while dealing with the aftermath the episode was hilarious as usual, A+ New Girl.

WTF: That Glee kiss. Although I'm a little torn about it because I think it was some top notch acting by Jayma Mays, it was just a really weird character moment for the pair.
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I agree about New Girl 100%
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The whole "Men of Letters" thing is enough to take the show a couple more seasons, if not another five. Especially if they are dealing with Nazi Necromancers. (I'm just waiting for the Nazi Vampires to show up.)
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Sorry, I was taking about Supernatural. This site really needs an edit feature on it's postings.
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Doesn't look like I missed much -- and I missed ALL of that. I don't know what else there could have been for FTW, save picking specifics from Archer, Spartacus, or other shows that are pretty well covered on other threads. Next week, however, with The Walking Dead starting again.... well...
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I dunno, Community just seems like its trying too hard to be like it was in season 2. It was the same much of last season, where there were way too many trying-too-hard episodes.

And office this season is just emberassing
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The community season premiere was actually quite good
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WTF: this site still ignoring Banshee.

FTW: Banshee. again. Best motorcycle gang attack on a small town community function followed up by brutal beatdown by baton wielding fake-sheriff I've seen all week.
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Preaching to a small choir. Looks like were finally going to get some more Rabbit soon.
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oops, I forgot about Banshee being FTW
Thanks for reminding me.
Yes, WTF~this site ignoring Banshee, Spartacus, and POI...again

I just caught up on Suits and the double slap is definitely FTW
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FTW: Parks was awesome once again this week.
Also there is a picture of cat dressed up like Walter White that has been going viral. It's pretty great.
Also Robin Daggers on HIMYM. I have been hate watching this show for a few years now, but this episode was pretty great.
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i loveddd the superbowl black out commentary. It made for an awesome drinking game. :D
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Supernatural all the way. Love the picture you picked--synchronized head shot to the bad guy. Awesome!
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After reading the headline of Do No Harm being cancelled a few minutes ago, I am not sure NBC even knows how to find and air quality new programming. But actually I've been "not sure" about that for a couple of years now...
FTW: New Girl's Nick & Jess awkwardness, Person of Interest's crazy billionaire psyching out Reese and Finch with his knowledge prowess, and Vegas's Jack-Savino-Chicago Mob cover up of Johnny Rizzo's death. Mia is going to be so angry when she finds out!
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I don't know what it was that made Community's return so disappointing, on the surface it was the same show, but there was just something missing that I can't pin down. Every character was watered down, a pale imitation of their former selves. And don't even get me started on Britta and Troy now being a couple, it was clear they were hinting at it in the last season as more of a joke than an actual seed of a relationship. Something's wrong with that show, I don't know what it is but something's definatly wrong. (missing you Harmon)
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Community (I mean this première) was considered a disappointment by pretty much all the critics.

Let's see next weeks for the Americans.
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FTW: Elementary 's two awesome and well written episodes
FTW: Bear getting a friend on POI
FTW: Ripper Street really good episode with the writing and plots getting better and better.
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I agree that the Glee one was one WTF moment. Especially because one episode of Finn being close to Emma is not enough to justify that development.
It must be said, however, that is not COMPLETELY absurd considering the vulnerable state of mind of Finn in this period and the agitation of the moment (basically instead of slapping her he kissed her :P). The problem is that they will try to create a real storyline out of it, I'm afraid.
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Why almost all these (ok not almost, but very few some) tv shows looks gay? What's with society?!
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This statement makes you sound like you have some confusing emotional situations going on with your viewing habits. And how do they look gay? Are you attracted to some of these shows? Do they give you "special feelings" in certain areas? Did a bad tv show touch you?

ANYWAY

FTW- Supernatural (this season is a huge improvement on the last 2 seasons)
FTW- Raising hope network diss
FTW- "MY COCK IS MAGIC" line from Spartacus
FTW- Archer
FTW - Donna's slaps on suits
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I've tried to give you thumbs up but the site won't take it:-(
THUMBS UP Grumpyclown
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I meant for tv shows in this list, not other. There is no show that tuched me, in start i don't watch if I don't like an image and title :) I am talking why there is not more series like How I met your mother for example and Two and a half man. That are good sitcoms to me. Regards!
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FTW - Anthony telling Kevin Bacon to toughen up because he's dealing with some depraved sickos.
FTW - Community starting back.
FTW - Up all night finally ending.
FTW - the trannies in Midnight Ron
FTW - the video by favouredwiles about Fitz and Verna and there being "no air". Anybody who watches scandal needs to see that. Hilarity will ensue.
FTW - Fitz and Verna in scandal, and Jeff Perry doing probably his best monologue yet.
FTW - Schmidt - "I will cal cut a bitch".
FTW - Caesar all but coming out and telling Tiberius that he's likely to just lose his shit and kill him.



WTFF- Putting anything to do with Community on the WTF list. How dare you?
WTF - Vampire diaries doing the most boring ridiculous 42 minutes of television under the sun. I don't advocate murder but please, somebody shoot whoever wrote that last episode. Maybe not fatally, although it would probably be a mercy killing.
WTF - I missed 30 Rock. Knowing that I'd never see a new episode again? Trauma.
WTF - Agron and Nasir turning it up to 11. We get it. Seriously, we get it.
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Its just awesome that Ron Liebman is playing Ron Cadillac. His wife is just too awesome as "Mallory" and bringing him on board was fantastic. Oh and Ron Cadillac is freaking epic.
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That was the best episode for the season so far, right? That entire scene with the trannies, the train scene, Ron's flashbacks, the "big reveal" that Cadillac wasn't his real name. Epic!
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This show has always been my respite on a night of massively overrated (Parks and Rec., Big Bang Theory, Community) half hour comedies. None of those shows has the writing and nails the jokes in succession like Archer does.
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I love your glass-half-full take on Community. I agree!
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Community returning should not be a WTF. Come on! That seems ungrateful. We have so many long breaks when watching Community these days that we can't be unreceptive. Yes it was off-form but surely the newbies get a honeymoon period? It at least deserved to be FTWTF.

FTW: All of the Super Bowl except the blackout, ads, half-time show, commentary,...
John Noble's upcoming appearance on The Good Wife.
I've been marathoning Portlandia and somehow I've become totally addicted, which is completely unexpected. Plus this week had the Steampunk society!

FTWTF: Mike Tyson actually being really good on SVU despite the ratings.
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FTW: The food poisoning scene on Parks & Rec was one of the funniest things I've seen all season.
FTW: Lester is back! Vik Sahay from Chuck showed up on Bones and NCIS this week. I just hope Scott Krinsky is getting some stand up dates.
???: Warren Leight misread his audience and ruined the ratings for an excellent episode. Too bad so many people were talking about Mike Tyson that they missed Ed Asner's terrific performance as a long-time pedophile. Asner said on Twitter that he even creeped himself out.
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I was also going to mention Ed Asner on SVU. Always a solid performer.

FTW: HIMYM's "PS I Love You." One of the best episodes in a long time.

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Supernatural: it has been a great couple of episodes i hope they keep it up
Suits: Hardman was a good villain UNTIL HE MESSED WITH DONNA !!!!!!
New Girl: I love nick and he wierdness and i say he's funnier that Schmidt
Glee: you're right that was WTF why did they have to subject us to that ????
Community: agh.. please it has been only one episode give the show a chance how fast do you guys turn on the best comedy on tv ???
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FTW: Bear getting a friend in POI.
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Screw The Originals spin-off! I'd rather see a spin-off about Aaron and the Golem.
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FTW: Netflix's House of Cards experiment. Kevin Spacey is strong, and Robin Wright has come a long way from Princess Buttercup.
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"Community's return was blasted by critics..."

That's not even true. Now you're just exaggerating.
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I'm sad The Americans dropped in viewership, but I am not at all surprised. It's not a shallow, crowd-pleasing, action romp. It's an adult drama with a slow burn and subtle yet unsettling tension. It features morally ambiguous protagonists, technically our enemies of old. I hope it finds a steady audience.

As for Community, we all know its best days are behind it. Honestly, the biggest difference I felt was the way it was filmed. Community has never looked like a traditional sitcom, but this episode felt over-saturated with light. Why do so many sitcoms look too bright? Abed TV & real life should have looked drastically while it was only slightly different.
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*drastically different
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FTW: The scene on Justified with Augustine, Agent Barkley, and Wynn Duffy; Jim Jeffries' restaurant rant on Legit; Archer bonding with his stepfather; the food poisoning scene on Parks and Recreation. WTF: The post-Super Bowl episode of Elementary, the second underwhelming episode in a row following the great "M"; the mother's reaction at the end of The Following, just a tad over the top; Reese's super-vision on Person of Interest (how does he see Pierce leave the auction and how does he see a truck from a block away and around a corner?)
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Virginia got in her meta moment as well when she was telling Sabrina that Hope could start out as a teenager in a Spielberg movie and after years of nothing, end up a mother on a sitcom That was a little TOO right on the nose for Ms. Plimpton.
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What?! I didn't know about the Americans' drop? WTF is right?! Ugh.

WTF:
-TVD. No really, what the HELL was that episode? It was so bad even Ian Someherhalder couldn't sell it, and he can sell anything. It was so unbelievably boring I don't quite have the words for it. I almost fell asleep...and I have insomnia for crying out loud. I actually envied my best friend who asked me to recap it because her power went out. I envied her for missing it.
- Chicago Fire. Shay not expecting that her gf's husband would show up and actually want custody of their kid. Like seriously...he's not the bad guy here.


FTW/WTF:
Scandal. There is so much insanity that I should hate that it has gotten so soap operaish but it's so weirdly awesome that I can't hate it. I'm a true over a cliff Gladiator. I love this show. So Olitz is no more for now, the Prez who was as close to a boyscout as one could get on this show totally killed the broad who put a hit out on him (the woman who acts as faux mom to Olivia) right after she confessed to rigging the election so he could win with his diabolical wife, his devious gay best friend, his mistress/love of his life, and Yosemite Sam. Then he gave this woman a rousing eulogy before breaking things off with his mistress and partnering up with his wife . In the meantime Olivia had to send her favorite pet serial killer after Yosemite Sam in order to protect him from the other spy killer that Huck had previously tortured who was responsible for killing Amanda Tanner the broad that slept with the President, and naturally he was sent after Yosemite Sam by Olivia's diabolical father figure Cyrus who confessed everything to his husband while naked in hopes that his hubby wouldn't help David Rosen stick it to them all. Like what?! Only on Scandal.

FTW:
-Jimmi Simpson appearing on POI. Just because he's awesome. Also, Bear has a friend.
-Suits. Harvey and Jessica switched personalities for an episode, Donna slapped the hell out of Hardman twice, Louis Litt Hardman up in an elevator a la Leroy Jethro Gibbs. rachel wasn't sucky and Mike was...Mike. I loved this episode.
- Elementary. Watson and Sherlock are one of my favorite platonic friendmances on tv right now.
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Also. The GROSS MISUSE of David Anders on Arrow. A travesty really.
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If you're really trawling for FTW's then I'd say Spartacus deserves one for making it's two sides less black and white, and and as such making the audience have to think more about who the good and bad guys are. You also mentioned Bear at the beginning of the article but didn't put the fact that he now has a friend as a FTW. And if neither of these are good enough for FTW's, here's my favorite television joke to cheer everyone up:

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Doctor.
Doctor Who?
Yes.
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I thought it was pretty FTW that no one watched SVU this week. Guess they shoulda really reconsidered the whole Mike Tyson thing!
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WTF @ those ratings for The Americans. I may not love it as much as I did Terriers, but please please please let the ratings be good enough to be renewed.
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Even more WTF was the lead-in SNL skit addressing the power outage. I'm no comedy writer, but I could have done better than that.
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