FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (February 16)

How did your Valentine's Day go? Did you spend it in the arms of your one true soulmate while watching The Notebook in a couple's Snuggle? Or did you curse the Hallmark holiday over a bowl of chicken wings, chocolate chip cookie dough, and freshly squeezed tears? Either way, just know that we here at TV.com will always love you. We'll love as you read our articles. We'll love you as you contribute to our growing show communities. We'll love you even when you aren't on TV.com. We'll love you even as you read those other TV sites. We'll love you as we watch you sleep. We'll love you as we're hauled away by the police. We'll love you as we're doing five years for criminal stalking. We'll always love you. ALWAYS. Also, here's what we liked and didn't like about the last seven days in television.



FTW:

"Geez. Did I just get shown up by Cinnamon Bun?" Yes, you did, Finn.

Finn's been struggling to get over Flame Princess on Adventure Time, but she's been handling running the Fire Kingdom just fine... or at least that was the case until a coup was staged on all sides of her and she had to turn to Finn for help in this week's "The Red Throne." But it turned out that she needn't have bothered since Cinnamon Bun—the goof of the Candy Kingdom—has found new purpose and confidence as FP's faithful and loving retainer after some much-needed baking. It was CB who put up his dukes and took out the turncoat guards; it was CB who, riding Jake 2 (a fire wolf), rescued Finn and CB from the dungeon; and it was CB who, with a rousing speech, broke the mind-control spell that was influencing the subjects of the Flame Kingdom. Like it did with the Ice King, Adventure Time proved it can find new depths for even its most seemingly one-note characters.


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Curling is back on national TV!

Yeah! Hard! Haaaard! Sweeeeeeep! No! Whoa! Whoa! Huuuurry hard! Also: Norway's pants are awesome. (Seriously. It's pretty much the only thing some of us have watched all week.)


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The Callie/Brandon insanity is (hopefully? seemingly? finally?) over on The Fosters

The big dramatic push in the second half of The Fosters' first season has focused on Callie in the group home and her forbidden love with Brandon, and it's been mind-numbingly stupid. Brandon, who in the past was generally smart and semi-considerate, became an angsty "BUT WE'RE IN LOVE!" teen stereotype who was doing everything in his power to make Callie's life more difficult. Callie being Callie is interesting, and she's been an asset to the show, but roping Brandon into her mess has dragged things down a bit. Thankfully, all the ridiculousness appears to be over, as Brandon and Callie have both realized that Callie needs a family that loves her and can help her, and if that means she and Brandon can't make kissy faces any more, well, it's what's best for Callie. And the audience.


FTW:

Crucifictorious invaded Parenthood and our hearts

We raised an eyebrow at the idea of a Parenthood/Friday Night Lights crossover when it was announced early in the week, but after watching the entire web series featuring Crucifictorious recording at the Luncheonette (with an appearance by everyone's second favorite Riggins), we are most definitely on board. Sure, our brains are still mushy after trying to figure out the logistics of it all (and because Mindy kicked Billy out of the house!), but that final image with Texas Forever spray-painted on the doors of the studio had us quite verklempt. Texas forever indeed.


FTW:

True Detective does it in one go

HBO's Southern Gothic spectacular finished its 4-Episode Test™ with one of television's greatest scenes ever (yes, for real, EVER), a six-minute one-shot epic that brought viewers into the depths of the Louisiana projects while a war broke out between bikers, gang bangers, and cops. It's a safe bet that you won't see anything better on television for the rest of the year.


FTW:

Jeri Ryan infects Helix with hardassness

On Friday, Seven of Nine started her guest-starring run on Syfy's weirdo thriller as Constance Sutton, a corporate goon sent to survey Arctic Biosystems' progress, and she immediately gave the series a nice kick in the butt. Tough and mysterious, we expect her character to put just the right amount of pressure on everyone else to elicit the spilling of secrets.


FTW:

Nathan For You's Nathan Fielder trolls everyone with Dumb Starbucks

Part performance piece, part dumb comedy prank, the "Dumb Starbucks" store that popped up in L.A.'s trendy Los Feliz neighborhood had everyone talking and wondering not only who opened it, but WHY he opened it. Several days later, the mystery proprietor revealed himself to be the host of Comedy Central's subversive and brilliant Nathan For You. We still don't know why he did it, but we're glad he did. And so is Comedy Central; the network just put all of Nathan For You's first season online for free.


FTW:

Winning @Midnight's hashtag war

"I'm famous! I'm famous! Nothing but fast cars and faster women from here on out!" said our own Tim Surette after his tweet was featured on Comedy Central's web-savvy show... and just before cleaning out his cats' litter box.


FTW:

The CW's early renewals


Hey, The CW renewed a bunch of stuff you knew it would renew, plus Reign! At this point, we expect that Supernatural will be on the air until Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are senior citizens. But with a couple of high-profile pilots in the works (a series about The Flash and a Supernatural spin-off, to name two) and only a few spots open on the schedule in general, we were pleased to see this early display of faith. 


FTW:

No sleep makes The Big Sleep for Pretty Little Liars' Spencer Hastings


Spencer has always toed the line between mad genius and batcrap craziness, but a days-long bender full of Adderall and binging on Alison's diary, not to mention the fact that no teenager in Rosewood seems to ever watch a movie made before 1957, provided the perfect opportunity for a gimmick episode where she dreamed in film noir. Some characters fit the era (Spencer, Hanna), some were over-the-top (whoa, Toby) but, overall, it was nice to see the production department flex some muscle and create a beautifully shot and wonderfully crafted episode. Sure, it didn't get us anywhere in the story, but neither does any musical episode of any series and they keep making those, right?


FTW:

Sesame Street has gifted us with Flappy Bert


The kids' show's parodies know no bounds. Flappy Bird may be gone forever, but who cares now that we've got Flappy Bert? ERNIE!!




FTWTF:

Bob Costas's eyes

The face of NBC's Winter Olympics coverage caught a case of the nasty when a viral infection turned one of Bob Costas's eyes into a hot pink mess. But Bob persevered as long as he could, allowing us to follow the spread of the infection into his other eye. By the time he decided enough was enough, it looked like he'd been watching the beginning of Up on repeat—or somehow transformed into that thing Tetsuo becomes in Akira. We feel bad that the guy had to relinquish his hosting duties for the first time in decades, but gross is gross. And of course, if you find yourself missing his pinkeye-afflicted peepers, you can always follow 'em on Twitter


FTWTF:

House of Cards comes out shoving


There's a lot of dumb, self-serious stuff in House of Cards, but the Season 2 premiere of Netflix's political thriller pulled few punches and wasted no time adding some shock to its brand-new season when it [SPOILER REDACTED]. It's a little too early to discuss exactly what happened in this space (Season 2 debuted on Friday; read Cory's review here!), but we're left wondering if the surprise that we didn't see coming was worth the tradeoff for show's future.


FTWTF:

New Girl's sister act


Linda Cardellini guest-starred as Jess's wayward sister Abby, and landed at the loft after Jess bailed her out of jail. Her extended stay was met with some mixed responses, both in the loft and among the audience, but Cardellini is awesome, and despite being the hottest of messes, Abby is a character with a lot of potential. Here's hoping the next episode, "Sister II," brings it home.




WTF:

Comcast bought Time Warner Cable and we're all in trouble

It's only been a few days and the bad customer service jokes are already old. BUT the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal, which is likely to gain government approval, is a substantial bummer. Oligopoly, here we come!


WTF:

Everyone who said Netflix should release House of Cards early because it was snowing

What's next, should Netflix come over to your house and make you a cup of hot cocoa?


WTF:

The Walking Dead's Carl fought a door and lost

LOL @Carl.


WTF:

Black Sails spent an hour swabbing the poop deck


At first, we were totally into the idea of a pirate series that covered all the aspects of pirate life, even if it meant spending a substantial amount of time on land. But this is just getting ridiculous. 


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


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You can really tell that all the editors here must all be Caucasians cause curling is the whitest sport ever invented. Only white people find that dumb sh1t interesting.


FTW: 'Banshee' cause its still the best f'in show on television.

FTW: 'Shameless' WEEKLY REVIEWS FOR completely past their expiration date, borderline unwatchable Sunday at 9pm shows like 'WALKING DEAD' (nothing more than a glorified art project at this point) AND 'REVENGE' but nothing for 'Shameless'? TV.COM WTF?!?!?

FTW: 'Americans', 'Vikings', and 'Hannibal' seasons 2 coming just around the corner!!!!!!!

WTF: Aren't the so called Winter Olympics over yet? They aren't real sports if they were invented by people that only respond when referred to as 'brah' on the ski lift.

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....I like the Winter Olympics "brah".
FTW: The Winter Olympics and all of it's awesomeness
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You guys should do some reviews on the Fosters ! Its a good show !
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I love how people sweep up the competition in curling.
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Yeah, Black Sails is turning out to be a bit of a dud, but it's the only thing pirate on TV! (you know what I mean).
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haha carl. haven't watch that show in a while now. that was funny.
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Carl ! jajajaja it was hilarious.
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"Sure, it didn't get us anywhere in the story, but neither does any musical episode of any series and they keep making those, right?"

I would generally agree but Buffy's 'Once More With Feeling' moved forward every plot thread going on in a HUGE way
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I strongly disagree with your WTF for The Walking Dead. Carl losing to the door is a DEFINITE FTW. It was one of the funniest scripted scenes I've seen all week.
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Carl fought the door and the door won.
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FTW: Teen Wolf and the amazing performances by Dylan O'Brien and Tyler Posey. Their friendship has always been the true cornerstone of the show and will forever be my brOTP!!!
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FTW: Teen Wolf :)
FTW: Helix!

FTW: The Olympics!

WTF: The Olympics online :(
Okay, so I don't really have the space on my DVR to record 4+ hours of HD Olympic coverage every night. So I thought I'd just go ahead and watch everything online instead. But OMG is NBC's website terrible. First with the whole logging in to your cable company account in order to gain full access (seriously, shouldn't these games be free for the world to see and not only to those that pay for cable?). And then, maybe it's just the computer/browser I'm on (though I've never ran into a streaming issue before on said computer...and I stream like everything...netflix, youtube, prime, dropbox) . But I can't ever get the videos to load properly. I've tried 3 different ones and they all start at an hour in (no clue) and then stutter to the point that they're unwatchable.
So, anyway, NBC's basically forced me procure the games through alternate means...
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine killed it with "Full Boyle" on Tuesday. Joe Truglio is hilarious!! Andy Samburg's Peralta "helping" Boyle was so funny. Last week was even better, but I forgot to post then and this week's episode was also awesome. What a great show so far.
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Like half the other people posting - FTW - Teen Wolf (the episode overall and the scene with Stiles and Scott in the hospital in particular). Pretty much more FTW than anything else on the FTW list. Price needs to get on it with these weekly articles...
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Yes yes YES! on True Detective. That sequence in the projects was hallucinatory, suffocating, paranoid insanity with a heavy veneer of drug use. One of the best things I've ever seen on television. I was riveted the entire time.
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Curling FTW! Except I can't watch it because I don't have cable and NBC is being obnoxious and requiring me to input my provider info if I want to watch it online. Grr.
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True Detective, OMFG, it isnt going to be FTW it was defiantly a FTY (for the year) for me. That was Friggin amazing that war
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Son of a bitch that was the best advertising for HBO ever...
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FTW: The Kroll Show
FTW: Workaholics
WTF: The Olympics
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I gotta say, I don't watch True Detective, but I caught the end of that episode before Real Time -wanted to see Bill Nye- and even though I had no idea what was going or for why, it was compelling to see that one-take of mayhem unfold... definitely FTW. Also, Tim winning the hashtag war is pretty damn FTW. I don't get to watch @midnight a lot, and I missed that, but what I do get to see is great shit! Not much out there can beat Joe Mangianello reading Amazon reviews!
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FTW/WTF: The Olympics are ruining my TV watching. However, GO TEAM USA :)
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FTW: Tim's twitter avatar.
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FTW: True Detective. It's perfect.
WTF: That noir episode of PLL, while visually stunning, was boring as fook! An there was too much Paige.
WTF: Olympics are ruining my TV watchin'!
WTF: Michael Rappaport's accent deteriorated immensely in this week's Justified, after improving somewhat last week. It was fairly hammy.
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FTW: Dylan O'brien's acting.
FTW: Teen Wolf
WTF: The absence of my CW shows - especially Arrow.
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Curling! Yes! FTW!
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OK, I avoided posting on Tim's story because I only read the opening and some of the comments (I don't watch any of the shows), and I wanted to stay out of the fray. But since the person who objected to the story is being criticized here, I'll add my thoughts. Although I know they are all in fun, I object to stories like that. My response is usually to just ignore it. I don't want my comment to add more attention to it.

I don't object because children might see it. I object because a culture that talks about which people "need to get laid" is a culture that doesn't respect personal rights, especially those of women. It's a culture that doesn't believe "No" means "No." It's a culture that takes a person's personal choice and throws it out the window for being old fashioned.

I'm not saying Tim believes all those things. He's a fine writer just trying to write something that will interest the masses. I know that such stories will continue to be posted in fun, but if I or someone with similar beliefs objects to such content, I hope others will respect our thoughts, if not the manner in which the opinion is given. We all appreciate it when others respect our choices.
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There's no connection to be made here. Those people need to get consensually laid.
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You're very polite, but also very wrong. I can't even imagine how you made the leap from the content of the article to "no means no". There's no logic in that. None.
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Teen Wolf! It was epic again this week. You guys don't have to add the show to your list every week, but you probably should.
The Olympics are fantastic!
And that House of Cards premiere was nuts. I was so surprised and usually television shows fail terribly at surprising me. And I've really enjoyed the first few episodes.
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Props to you folks (whatever that means) for mentioning Adventure Time yet again. Cinnamon Bun has always topped the list of the very few characters I've never liked, so it was nice to see him become downright heroic in this episode. They even gave him a much less annoying voice in this outing, another feature of his I've always disliked up to now.

However, I do wish they'd start doing something with Finn's unrequited pining for the various women in the show. PB isn't interested in him and now FP is maturing as she reigns over the Fire Kingdom. Even Jake's now a father. Many other characters seem to be growing up and evolving while Finn remains a confused, lovestruck puppy. Sure, I like his boyish charm but all of his constant romantic confusion and his inability to handle it well is beginning to wear a little thin. Get that guy an appropriate girlfriend already!
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... so Netflix isn't supposed to make us cocoa? I think I need to reevaluate our relationship.
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Sorry, this list loses because it doesn't feature this week's Teen Wolf episode. I know us fans are a bit obsessive about it getting its just desserts, but this week was a masterclass in "show don't tell," using quiet gestures where lesser shows would use clunky dialogue. It was fantastic.
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FTW: Russian curler Anna Sidorova

Show me round your snow peaked mountains
Way down south
Take me to your daddy's farm.
Let me hear your balalaikas ringing out.
Come and keep your comrade warm.
I'm back in the USSR.
You don't know how lucky you are boy,
Back in the USSR.
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I like Jeri Ryan, but I think the staff could've posted a slightly more flattering shot for the article. It's been a few years since Voyager, true, but play nice.
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Actually It's cold out there and I would appreciate a cup of hot cocoa :).
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I actually liked the Brandon Callie stuff
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Comcast is bad but i have heard Time Warner was considered worse in the US for customer service. So not sure how that's going to work out, but it seems to me this is contrary to known law and makes Comcast a monopoly, when it comes to things called cable companies anyway. I'm a satalitte man myself, and have none of those problems that cable companies claim I will have.
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We lost Time Warner to Comcast years (and years) ago up here in New England.
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FTW: The Olympics
WTF: Practically every show running reruns so as not to compete with the Olympics.
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FTW: Banshee and Parenthood/Friday Night Lights crossover
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I was trying to find LEGENDS, a new series from TNT and executive producers of Homeland and 24 starring Sean Bean. Starts this summer. Couldn't find it listed here.
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I loved Callie/Brandon during the first half of this season but the past stretch of episodes have definitely spoiled that. I'm glad its over but 1B has been SO good! I don't feel like it dragged down the season at all.
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I just think they are like Game of Thrones's Gendry and Arya would've been like if they would've grown up in the same household.

Sometimes, the separation is good for a relationship.
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Some people have some pretty childish ideas about pirate life that seem to be informed only by disney movies and toys. Read more. I'm finding the slightly more accurate (barring sunglasses) representation of a pirate's life refreshing.
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I have to say I was very impressed by that scene on True Detective myself, but for the rest, WTF on TV in general, there is nothing on these days!
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FTW: Carl stayed inside the House

...and look how it backfired on him! (Good luck he's a Grimmes too for he only lost a shoe)
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FTW: Being Human's werewolf party & Aidan dancing drunk on blood
FTW: Twisted series winter premiere came out swinging. Finding out what really happened when Danny "killed" his aunt was jaw-dropping
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Yeah Aiden dancing & beat-boxing was hilarious.
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More like Twisted WTF. Now I never have to watch it again. They solved all of the central conflict of the series mid-way through its first season. Clearly they don't expect a second.
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FTW:

Sochi 2014:

Women's ski jumping - cause girls can (finally) fly too!

Dufour-Lapointe sisters dominated women's moguls final - it was great to see them standing together at the podium holding hands. Also Justine is just adorable.

Other stuff:

Jeri Ryan files her teeth in Helix.

FTW / WTF:

Pipe in Halfpipe - was it really so bad?

WTF:

It turns out tomatoes can fly only in perfect conditions.


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BANSHEE:

WTF: They're using those annoying edits more and more. They diminish the impact of every scene.

WTF: Almost every single detail about the highway scene. (See my comment on the review page for more details).

WTF: The writers don't seem to care at all what's physically possible or what real people would do in similar situations. The show has always been unrealistic, but they're really taking it too far now.

WTFTW: What the bleep is going on with Proctor and Rebecca?
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HOUSE OF CARDS:

FTW: New episodes!

WTF: Let's just say I don't like the direction the show is heading. (See my comment on the review page for a longer rant). I still haven't watched 2x02 and I'm not sure I ever will.

FTW: That very memorable scene was extremely well done, I'll give them that.
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FTW: There is virtually nothing on so we can finally catch up on stuff... Like The Blacklist, Homeland, Justified & Lost Girl in my case...
WTF: Complaints about how 'inappropriate' Tim's 'Valentine's' posting was for 6-year olds... Esp. as it was a hell of a lot tamer than most shows covered on this site... Some parents seem to think the parenting is something everyone else does but not themselves... Weird...
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FTW: Banshee
FTW: Shameless. Great episode, great cast,great everything. Probably the strongest season of tv so far this year.
WTF: Shameless gets no love on this site.
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Shameless is kind of ignored here, I'm curious.
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Shameless really rules!!! A pure masterpiece!!
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Omg last weeks episode with Liam!! That show is killing my soul!
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FTW- I'm so excited to hear about the CW renews of my fav shows.
FTW- teen wolfs latest episode OMG it was such a brilliant episode and the moment between Scott and Stiles just Brock my heart.
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FTW: When I get multiple thumbs up from "a TV.COM user", which I've concluded is code for TV.COM staff who want to remain anonymous.

BTW, these staff do a consistently good job with a very critical audience, and I'm impressed that they refuse to drop down to the level of some who are so ugly in their vomitous rants. Jen slapped down an absolute idiot this week, and managed to remain professional. Well done.
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Yeah, sometimes I'm at work and not logged in when I give a thumbs up, so that would just show up as "TV.com user."
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i think it's a vote by a visitor who doesn't have an account.
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Carl + door = hilarious.
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I loved that he realistically acted like a young teenage boy would while unsupervised in a zombie apocalypse: losing fights with doors, wasting ammo, and binge-eating pudding. Bonus points for it also being hilarious, definitely FTW.
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Yep, that one should have been in the FTW section.
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I wasn't the only one thinking that then.
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The brat Carl needs to learn his place, he is almost annoying as his mum was.
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FTW: The last seven minutes of True Detective and the Scott and Stiles moment in Teen Wolf
WTF: The lack of many shows cause of the Olympics
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