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

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.


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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.



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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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how about WTF FRINGE ENDED!!!
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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.
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Bob's Burger is amazing!
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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.
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FTW:
- 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!

WTF:
- No more Fringe. Crap, I'm crying again.
- Troy and Hannah. Yuk
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WTF Top Chef. WTF
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Parks & Rec's Two Parties was a big win. Great episode. On the other side...poor Lady Edith!
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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.
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FTW: Family Guy poking fun at the fanboyism of Breaking Bad and The Wire.
WTF: they left out Sherlock.

forever for the win: Justified.
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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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im guessing tim wrote that comment about glover ;) if i recall he has the same opinion of girls as i do
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WTF: Alphas gets canceled
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Love Community and love Girls.
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WTF: Ghost Mine on SyFy?!?!?!? REALLY???? *sigh* oh SyFy you make me embarassed to suggest anything on your network...
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FTW: Suits and Shameless are back. Suburgatory's best family: The Shays (skin IS thicker than water haha)
WTF: Suits's Mike and his self-righteous ways. Arrow- the whole thing is a big NO NO
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FTW: Justified.
WTF. Price is gone!!!!!!!!!
Don't Trust the B-- being aired out of order.
Revenge is kind of boring these days... It needs more Nolan and less Aiden.
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The "Don't trust the B..." pissed me off too.
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WTF - No more photo recaps! *sob*
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no and apparently no AHS recaps at all.
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FTW: Parks and Recreation's rotating bachelor party,
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WTF, Supernatural's utterly stupid angel factory settings. That was way dumber than the vampire flu.
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I don't have a problem with it... it was more of a metaphor by Crowley... but it still had validity.

In the show: it was stated that the Angels were created (en-masse) by god. And that they were created (A) without free will and (B) to follow his rules. I THINK there's a (C) in there that they don't have souls but I could be wrong.

So... it makes sense that if they were created that they had some doctrine installed by god.

Or perhaps they were just reciting whatever Naomi clumsily installed in there on top of god's basic rules.
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WTF: No American Horror History Photo Recap :(
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I've read both Gail and Tom's explanation for this week's elimination on Top Chef, but it's still going to take some time before I stop being pissed at them. The only way this season can be redeemed now is if Kristen makes her way through Last Chance Kitchen and comes back and if Josie falls on her knives as she's packing them to go next week.
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I can't imagine her not making it through Last Chance Kitchen. And I have to imagine that C.J. is going to dethrone Kuniko in the little voting thing they're doing.
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FTW: Fringe finale
WTF: Fringe is officially over
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FTW:
-SUITS is back!!! Harvey was awesome. Louis got laid. They gave us a new interesting character (then ripped her away, DAMN YOU MIKE AND YOU NOT HAVING A HARVARD DEGREES). Jessica had a couple of lines, and so did sassy Donna.
-NCIS. Incredible yet again. Cote De Pablo was flawless. Rocky Carroll was fantastic, Oded Fehr made an appearance, Ducky got the best zinger to date!And my boy Michael Weatherly kicked ass as being the supportive and awesome DiNozzo. Such a complicated character. I love it. At lo levad.
-Shirtless Ollie and shirtless Diggle.
-Scandal "A criminal, a whore, an idiot, and a liar." They do soap so well.
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-OUAT. They finally showed how awesome Belle can be and then shot her in the same episode.
-AI feuding. It's stupid and petty.
- Criminal Minds. Was it NOT bad enough that they cancelled Leverage? But they had to kill off "Parker" too? Why can't Reid ever be happy? It was such an unnecessary death. It was emotionally manipulating and exploiting the audience, and I hate it when that happens.
-Switched At Birth, the nonstop Angelo bashing that is undeserved in my opinion, and the refusal for anyone to acknowledge the fact that John Kennish is a world class jackass.
-The suck that is Sara Braverman on Parenthood. Instead of somehow enamoring and stringing along thse two yahoos, I have a delightful idea. You know which guy you should choose? Your son. I think he knocked up his gf the previous week, went to his sister for advice because she's the real mom in that family, and is possibly curled up in the fetal position somewhere (ouch, burn) while you're busy figuring out which guy you want. Lauren Graham is awesome. Her character on the otherhand...
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I wanted to like that NCIS more, but man, it felt like nothing happened or got resolved at all.
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I agree with kanniball. I'm a big fan of character studies. It wasn't eventful in action and revealing too much about the plot etc, but I loved the character exploration, in particular of Ziva and Tony. They both are two of my favorite characters with this enigmatic quality to them, and I've really been loving that this season they've been really showing us more facets to these characters that we've watched for so long. I totally LOVE that sort of stuff, so I found that sort of thrilling in it's own way. Plus Ducky got in a witty quip and my beloved Oded Fehr was in the episode! :)
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I think characters are the most important part of a series, but a show also has to have some sort of working framework to put these characters together, to wind them up and watch them go, as it were. This episode didn't deliver on that, it touched on a few things but didn't really get far.
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Well, the big thing is we (apparently) know who killed them. And if it follows the regular NCIS formula, this guy is going to be the "big bad" of the season or season finale.

Considering NCIS's habit of introducing a "big bad" for a big season finale... I imagine they will confront him eventually. Like Ari, the Port2Port killer, the Mexican cartel, the recent terrorist, etc.

It was also somewhat of a character piece. We got to see Ziva and Vance act out a little emotionally over the loss of their loved ones. Ziva did a better job, but Vance gets some credit because we rarely see him emotional.
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I'm so glad they're reminding us that Vance is still hanging around!LOL!
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Top Chef was insane and the head chef being the position of certain death needs to change. Josie should've went home since when is bad food on a cook show not as bad as bad delegation of duties, wtf indeed.
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In the example Tom gives in interviews about decisions like this: "I have to remind myself its top Chef not Top Cook, and if one my cooks has a bad night cooking terrible food i cant go tell the customer im sorry its my cooks fault, responsibility resides with the Chef." As a Chef i have to agree with the judges decision and besides anyone who watches Top Chef knows that in the end it comes down to how the food taste and Josie's dishes will never stack up to her competition. Id bet money Carla could even cook better then Josie.

Lastly Kristen vs CJ in the final last chance kitchen will probably be the best cook off of this season so lets make it happen vote to #keepchefCJ. lets hope they get an hour!
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I enjoy Tina and Amy as much as anyone but I found their hosting to be far inferior to Ricky Gervais. It seemed too scripted and average in terms of hilarity.

Gervais made the Golden Globes unique and I enjoyed seeing which celebs could laugh at themselves. Robert Downey Jr. definitely dropped in my esteem after he came out basically complaining that Gervais is too mean.....lighten up and enjoy some self-deprecating humour, its the British way.
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FTW: FRINGE finale was awesome
WTF: only because Fringe is done with new episodes.

I will continue to watch re-runs of Fringe on the science channel, will continue to recruit new soldiers, quote the lines, eat Walter Food and I will

Forever
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Archer's Burgers was insanely awesome. Two of the best shows--animated or otherwise--out there right now, and they deserve all the awards! Give them Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for Christmas!
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FTW: Fringe's series finale WTF: The fact that it was Fringe's series finale... :(
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FTW: The Awesome episode of OUAT
FTW: Saying good bye to FRINGE. I laughed and I cried my heart out. What a great ending to a great series.
WTF: They shot BELLE on OUAT
WTF: The Canceling of Alphas leaving us hanging off of a cliff that we will never see the end of. Thanks Syfy for giving me more reasons not to watch your channel any more.
WTF: Criminal Minds long tease of Reid's mysterious girlfriend. After we are teased for most of this season we are finally getting to see and meet the girl and then they shot her and killed her off all in one episode.
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I am not a big fan of the show, I keep watching only because it's the only one with the regular screening of sign language, but this week's Switched at Birth took a step forward: instead of the cliche plot-line of a deaf student being a misfit in a hearing school, they showed their perfectly hearing main brunette, Bay, actually wanting to attend a school for the hearing impaired and not even fitting in. To me that's something, and totally FTW.
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Fringe should be FTW cause it's awesome and WTF cause it's finished :(
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Syfy's canceling of Alphas on a HUGE cliffhanger. WTF? Syfy's gonna have to change their name again - this time to "Miscellaneous Network #17".
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WTF: Price leaving and the not so good IMO series finale of Fringe
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FTWTF: Price leaving. Deserves some recognition. ;)
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- I have to take my hat off for Enlightened. It's obviously not a show for everyone, it's not even a show for the majority of people, and that's why I appreciate its existence. It's surprising that a show like it is picked up on TV, let alone gets a second season. Amy Jellicoe is really interesting; she is the main character but at the same time she is almost so annoying that you don't want her to succeed in whatever she is trying to do. A large reason for me watching the show is simply because it's so different. It's such a contrast to all the other things I watch that I almost consider it a TV art piece, and therefore I can justify watching it by imagining I'm cultivating and civilizing myself in the same way as watching theatre of visiting a museum.

- It's weird watching Donald Glover as someone else than Troy. Every time he was in a scene, I expected him to break out into a rap or do something crazy. It's like when I saw The Truman Show. Every time Jim Carrey said something I was expecting him to start twisting his face like Ace Ventura, even in the scene in which he was crying.

- Archer is back! Finally some educational TV to watch.

- The ratings for The Carrie Diaries are a little surprising considering how the early buzz let us believe that the show would appeal to many people.
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FTW: Archer's kickass, hysterical return; Fringe finale was a satisfying ending to great show.
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