FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (June 29–July 5)

Happy Birthday, America! Look, we'll be honest—we kind of forgot it was your birthday, so we didn't have time to bake you a cake or buy you a gift. Oh, ummm, never mind! We did get you a gift, it's this list of FTWs and WTFs from what we watched on TV in the last seven days! Yep, we put it together just for you, no one else, just you. So here it is!


SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't finished watching this week's new episodes (of Teen WolfTrue Blood, Under the Dome, etc.), we suggest that you hold off on reading this story until you do. 



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Teen Wolf lightens up


Season 3B was great, but it was dark and creepy and people died (RIP). And while we loved the focus on Dylan O'Brien's Stiles as much as the next person with eyeballs, if we're being honest, we much prefer the Stiles of "117," a guy who cracks jokes, talks about always being the little spoon, and brings back fond memories of Cousin Miguel. 


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Yay Eric's alive! Boo Eric's dying!


We knew Pam would find Eric eventually, and we're happier it was sooner rather than later, especially now that we know he's got Hep-V. Considering they're the sole relationship on True Blood that doesn't make us want to bang our head against a coffin, we're going to need the show to make like Coldplay and fix him ASAP.


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The Fosters takes a breather for a house party


It's a tale as old as time: Parents go away for the night, kids throw a house party, chaos ensues. When Stef and Lena left for a quickie babymoon at a resort and put Brandon and Callie in charge, the kids transformed an impromptu jam session that Brandon was holding with his new band into a full on party, with plenty of raucous behavior and booze. The joy of the episode came largely from Callie's insistence on being the responsible one, labeling the house as "off-limits" with masking tape and small signs, and then watching her desire for control slowly unravel as the night progressed. It was as close as to a farcical set piece as The Fosters can likely go, and it worked very well.


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An old nemesis saunters back into 24 


The second half of 24: Live Another Day has offered one of the best runs in the show's history, and the fun continued this week with the return of the evil Cheng Zhi. It was great/awful to see a major villain return, but the episode made such good use of him that it was just what the series needed. With only two hours remaining in 24's half-season revival, Jack has a lot of old demons to vanquish. We can't wait to see him try.


FTW:

Seinfeld turns 25

The vaunted NBC comedy is 25 years old this week, and it's still shaping sitcom today. What better way to spend the holiday weekend than with reruns of Jerry and the gang?


FTW:

Nathan For You takes a lie-detector test


The genius Comedy Central program returned for Season 2 on Tuesday, and host Nathan Fielder had an auto mechanic take a polygraph test while giving customers estimates to show that he was honest. But when Fielder took the test himself to prove that it worked, the bit evolved into Fielder trying to deny that he'd pleasured himself to online porn. 


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Comedy Bang! Bang! gets a Ramsay-esque makeover


Frequent Bang Banger James Adomian stopped by the IFC talk show to play a parody of celebrity chef and professional curser Gordon Ramsay in a running gag called Talk Show Rescue, a spoof on Ramsay's Hotel Hell and Kitchen Nightmares. Adomian killed it, and the entire episode was fantastic thanks to great appearances from Alison Brie and Paul F. Tompkins as a bizarre Werner Herzog. 


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Community is saved!


Yeehaw! Err, Yahoo! The Six Seasons prophecy will be fulfilled thanks to a late save from Yahoo!, which wants to host more than just your junk mail e-mail account. The Greendale gang is returning for another season and will headline Yahoo!'s upcoming Yahoo Screen effort, another competitor in the online original programming field. Dan Harmon's on board, as is most of the cast. We can't wait to see how will more creative freedom will effect the innovative comedy. And will we hear Annie drop some F-bombers? 


FTW:

U.S. goalie Tim Howard saves Ned Stark


The U.S. may've gotten bounced out of the World Cup this week, but it wasn't for a lack of effort on goalkeeper Tim Howard's part. And the internet was quick to bring Howard's stopping power to television shows with some fantastic Photoshop work. Our favorite is the above image from Game of Thrones, but we also enjoy Howard's protection of a key House of Cards character.


FTW:

Video evidence that everyone from Orange Is the New Black was on Law & Order at some point


We're not joking. Pretty much everyone!




FTWTF:

Under the Dome returns and it's still unintentional entertainment, just like we like it

After a nine-month break between seasons, one might've expected CBS's Under the Dome to correct some of the flaws it suffered during its freshman year, but nope. It returned as bad as ever, which is exactly what we wanted from this show that we love to dislike. There were so many highlights to choose from (R.I.P. Officer Linda! The birth of the Magne-dome! Big Jim's inexplicable suicidal attitude!) but watching Angie spill when the magnetic waves knocked her unconscious wins our Dome Moment of the Week. 


FTWTF:

Iran's take on Modern Family

Haft Sang, an Iranian version of Modern Family, debuted this week, and the adaptation wisely chose to stick to what worked with the original by copying just about everything. Except for Mitchell and Cam, because they're gay. Oh, and obviously the characters based on Gloria and Hayley are going to have to cover up a bit more. And there are no alcoholic drinks on the series. And no boy-girl friendships. And Manny didn't have a crush on a girl in the pilot. And the episodes are twice as long as the American version. But as you can see in the video above, just about everything else is the same. So... uhhh, congrats? 


FTWTF:

The Leftovers might be great, or it might be boring


Damon Lindelof is back on television and the results are... mysterious! The debut of HBO's newest drama was at times stunning and at others aimless, preferring to ignore the big question surrounding the show's premise—why did two percent of the population vanish?—in favor of smaller ones: What the F is going on with this cult, this guru, and these dogs? But we're still wondering whether there's a compelling character-driven show here, or if it's another collection of questions that will never be answers.




WTF:

Did A tAke a vAcation from Pretty Little Liars?


It's been WEEKS since the Liars heard a peep out of the infamous A. No texts, no smoke signals, not even a nice basket full of rotten fruit. It seems kind of rude to just abandon your cause after devoting every waking hour to harassing four girls who aren't smart enough to move out of Rosewood. But the series really seems to be sticking to this "Shana is A" thing, which still seems ridiculous, because COME ON. Would it be weird if we said we're starting to miss that little A**hole?


WTF:

Hieroglyph is canceled by Fox before it even airs


In January, Fox announced that it was doing away with pilot season in an effort to embrace year-round programming. It was a bold move, and in the wake of Kevin Reilly's recent exit, the network appears to be rethinking that endeavor. Fox canceled the ambitious Hieroglyph, which was ordered straight-to-series and expected to debut in early 2015, after only filming one episode. Hmm, that sounds a LOT like a pilot to us, Fox! Please check yourself before you wreck yourself (even more).


WTF:

Tyrant runs away from its gross moments


The pilot episode of the FX freshman drama provided some truly unfortunate scenes featuring sexual assault, and this week, Tyrant scrambled to make the perp of those crimes seem less nasty. It didn't work, and in retrospect, it only made the initial actions worse. If you're going to be awful, commit to it—or something. 


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? The series finale of Californication? The season finales of Penny Dreadful and Nurse Jackie? The debut of Reckless on CBS? Share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!


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I don't quite understand how Seinfeld turning 25 is a FTW. I like Seinfled, maybe a little more than the next guy, but it;s kind of like saying "FTW- 'Time continues to move forward'".
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FTW: Series finale of 'Californication'. Only thing missing from the final season was an appearance from the lovely Madeline Zima ('Mia'). They did a great job in the final season and the finale was excellent. Not too much Charlie Runkle (Evan Handler) and not enough Marcy Runkle (Pam Adlon). Hank's new son kind of worked better than 'Becca' ever did and Heather Graham got a nice story and had a nice run as did Michael Imperioli. This show has shared the same seven season time span as 'True Blood' and 'True Blood''s final season (so far just utter and complete garbage) could have taken a cue from Hank Moody on how to close out a long running pay cable show.

FTW: 'Salem' So bold as to do a 13 episode freshman season (probably could have been canceled if it wasn't so damn good) and we the fans are going to want more when its over in 2 weeks. (Definitely will be checking out WGN America's second offering 'Manhattan'.) So much more fun to tell a story about witches and have them actually being witches. I loved you 'AHS: Coven' but THIS 'Salem' ... that is how you tell a story about witches.... LET THEM BE WITCHES! TEAM MERCY! If you are not watching or DVR'ing this show but are watching time slot competitor 'The Leftovers' then I feel bad for you. I really really do.

WTF: 'The Leftovers' - the editors here who have a soft spot for Lindeloff don't have the guts to just say this new show, despite some great casting, is a dog. And a sad sad dog at that. Its like all of the worst parts of 'Lost' - the parts that never made any sense and were never explained. When you put on a show and it seems as if the creators are laughing about the fact that they are the only ones that are going to 'get it' its usually because it's not working for anyone else at all. If I want to see Amy Brenneman in a show I'll find her in her husband's infinitely better effort at a 1 hr drama (than this show that just seems to want to be smarter than me.) ' Reign'. Please tell me this dog is in danger of cancellation. Its going to be up against a returning 'Masters of Sex' next week and then no one is going to be checking in on this crawling exceptionally sad dumpster of a show. You don't premiere this in the summer not even if you are HBO. This is no FTW at all ..... its a WTF all the way.


WTF: SOOKIE STACKHOUSE remains the suckiest character to ever grace my television screen. That is all. Please 'True Blood' make her demise awesome oh who am I kidding she's safe, she's the star..........Kill her and get back some cred.. When its the final season of your show and people are more interested in Jason's awesome new vamp girlfriend 'Violet' than 'Sookie' freaking 'Stackhouse' - 'True Blood' cannot possibly be going out the correct way.

Just to note: THAT IS A 2 HOUR BLOCK OF CRAP ON HBO ON SUNDAY (only 11pm is safe with John Oliver). IS THE MIGHTY FALLING?
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The 25th anniversary of "Seinfeld": the biggest "who cares" of the week. Like the child in "The Emperor's New Clothes", I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the show was boring.
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Ok, so the last season of Californication wasn't the greatest but Rocket Man was such a perfect ending of the show
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Hank and Karen on the plane and 'Rocket Man' was a fitting ending. I thought it was one of the better seasons. 3rd best behind 2 and 1. At least Heather Graham got a better part than Maggie Grace.
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Okay, I watched The Leftovers pilot today. 2% of the earth's population suddenly disappears and tjhis is what the give us? Liked some of the characters, but they have to do better than this. Too much cryptic crap and not enough real shit. But I will give it another go. Lindlehoff hasn't disappointed me yet. Wait, what?
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FTW: Yahoo comes out from 90s nostalga to rescue the best comedy on TV. Six seasons, check. Movie next! And it's time for Jeff/Annie, especially after the setup in the season 5 finale. And bring back Levar and Troy! Maybe a crossover with Reading Rainbow?
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FTW: Community is miraculously saved! And in the process Yahoo! may have finally saved themselves as well.

WTF: The Leftovers had one of the worst pilots I've seen in a while. The whole episode felt jarring at best. Jumping from dogs gone wild mystery to cult mystery to other cult mystery. And did we really need the Laurie Garvey mystery? The reveal that she didn't get raptured but actually joined a cult didn't really add anything to the plot. Instead it kind of detracted from the scenes prior with her daughter acting like she had disappeared (for real) and her husband barely acknowledging her at heroes day.
I'm not giving up entirely on the show just yet. I will wait and see if the show decides to put the same amount of time and energy into constructing compelling characters as it has already put into creating these (not very compelling) mysteries.

FTW: Max and Charlie Carver from The Leftovers. The twins were great and the only bright spot in this debbie downer and loon infested universe :)
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That's it you found the only thing about that pilot that was redeemable, 'Lynette' and 'Tom Scavo''s twins ;)
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Well due to my (perhaps unhealthy) obsession with Teen Wolf. I prefer to think of them as the werewolf twins, Aidan and Ethan :)
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FTW The Leftovers just give it time microwave generation.
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FTW: "These are not our dogs anymore" (The Leftovers)

Because those were really not our dogs anymore...and, judging by that weird white noise when the mob went homicidal on the guilty silent people those may not be ourselves too.

Creepy start for a series.

WTF: Don't die Eric!!! We already got you back! And you just lost a grandchild! Don't do this to Pam!
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WTF: The Leftovers
the title is referring to the writing staff and the cast. It is horriffic, it is excrutiating and even more pretentious as LOST has ever been. While LOST had a great cast and was entertaining per episode The Leftovers is rambling on about things we don't care about and just like Lost any question will be answered with 32170234 New Questions and only one will be answered. I'd rather watch my ginger nails grow instead of watching this terrible ambitionless show. It will be canceled anyways.
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FTW: NYmag's profile of Helena as tv's top female monster ever: Link

FTW: The mini-clone dance party: http://youtu.be/o_bHQq13jvE

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WTF: They killed Root Beer Guy on Adventure Time. They killed Root Beer Guy! And he had just gotten that big promotion.
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I agree the fun of the fosters is in the fact that Callie decided to be the responsible one while the rest tried very hard to screw things up.

UTD writers succeed to get good ratings with their terrible writing in season one so I doubt they will change anything. I do wonder if they even know how terrible they are.

I really like Tim Howard's saves ! He was great in the game.
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COMMUNITY!!!!
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Seinfeld is NOT something that happened in TV in the last week. It's 25th anniversary may be worth noting, but not here. (Or this article will eventually be overrun with anniversaries of events.)
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It definitely deserves to be mentioned.
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Not in this column it didn't. Maybe it's time to end FTW/WTF if the site's writers are so hard-pressed to fill the page, they have to resort to things that don't fit the defined criteria and GIF's.
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The Leftovers pilot was pretty good. But this show doesn't seem to be interested in the "big" question. I wouldn't be very surprised if we never get that answer. And i'll bet there will be people bitching about that too.
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Name aside, I thought The Leftovers deserves a FTW, completely. The mere fact that it left you wondering, and not in an Under the Dome "what are they thinking??" kind of way, is proof the show's compelling and will leave you wanting more. Being given clear answers in a premiere is never really a good thing for a show's survival.
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Well, HBO released this, having seen it all, and so did CBS with Under the Dumb. I do however disagree that the Leftovers deserves a FTW yet.
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FTW for next week , Mundial: Germany-Netherlands with Germany winning at penalty shots. Mark my words.

Major Crimes is great and getting better.
The Listener is always as enjoyable. The series is victim to its flawlessness as it as taken an SF concept and incorporated it so well into its major plot line that many think its boring, which it is not.
I would rather they kept Hieroglyph and not air Tyrant, but sanity has never been a salient point of television executives.
The Leftovers is so repulsive and badly done, that it confirmed to me that Lindhof really did not have an inkling about what to do with Lost's last season and its finale. I know that some people I immensely esteem disagree, but it's just what it is.

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No no no no no on the Germany Netherlands final from Argentina!
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Nah. Aside from Messi, there is no one. One good kick in the shins and we're home free. Nyeh, nyeh nyeh (evil laugh). Okay, just kidding but am still standing by my prognostic.anyway, we'll now in a few hours.
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Don't forget the bizarre WTF-ery that was Prometheus, another thing that Lindelof had a big hand in making bad.

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I am predicting a Germany vs Argentina final :-)
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As long as Germany wins, I don't really care who is facing her.
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yes yes yes yes yes
from Argentina
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Love Major Crimes...just wish season was longer!!!! And The Listener...I thought I was the only one who watched that show. I found it by accident scrolling through TV Guide for something to watch and got hooked. Same thing for The Artful Detective on the same channel (Ovation). It's set in early 1900s and brings in historical people and events as well as early versions of forensic detecting. A pretty clever show with quite an enjoyable cast.

Longmire...one of the best shows on TV and again...too short a season.

I'm giving The Leftovers a few more episodes; I found it "intriguing." My husband hated it, so recording to watch on my own.
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- Seinfeld turns 25? Oh Dog, I'm so old. So, so old.
- A is probably taking a vacation, until the second half of season seven. Until then the show will just be coasting.
- The ending of Californication was so predictable, but that's OK, many endings are. The bad thing was the whole last season. The show just fizzled out into what was probably the worst last season of a show I have ever seen. Yes, even worse than the last season of Dexter.
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Yes, Californication fizzled out, the last season was crap, the idea that Hank had a son was shit, the fact that NO one breathed the letters D-N-A was beyond moronic, but even given that and the past few crap seasons of Californication, it still ran rings around Dexter and the fact that the Lumberjacking finale wiped out ANY good Dexter had done in the previous years because of the fucking insult to their fans.

No contest. Dexter wins as the worst finale in the history of the world. I don't know how many other finales there are outside of America, or how bad they are, but no matter, Dexter wins WORST FINALE over them too.
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Uh, LOST!
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The series finale of Californication wasn't half bad, more than can be said for the steaming pile of feces that was the finale of Dexter, may it rot in hell.

Nurse Jackie's season finale blew. Too bad the show didn't have the class to leave two seasons ago, or whenever it was still good. They could have given her a drug overdose, easy peasy. But no, they're milking it just as they milked Californication. And the few of us who don't like GOT will watch it unto the bitter end. Hey, maybe I will be pleasantly surprised, as I was with Californication. Or I won't.

No matter. Nothing can touch Enlightened for a bad show and Dexter for a bad finale, distinctions they will retain until Armageddon.

Did I read correctly on Vulture? Jerry and Larry make FOUR HUNDRED MILLION from a single syndication cycle of Seinfeld? THINK of that! I may be wrong. I was once.
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You really don't think they found an appropriate way for Jackie to bottom out? I thought Edie Falco was money the entire season. Her relationship with 'Grace' was interesting as well and her return to Eddie. I'd have to say I disagree.
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Liked Reckless--It was very John Grishamy. Hated Linda getting killed on Dumb, she was my favorite moron. Second episode of The Last ship was good--go Jon Pyper-Ferguson. Watched a cute episode of Trophy Wife today, Birthday Curse, and it was truly wonderful, gonna miss that one. Oh, and Major Crimes WAS good this week,
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Reckless reminds me of 80s TV series with sex, lies and videotapes (only here it is probably not videotapes). I still cannot decide if it is good nostalgia or terrible daytime soap but I am curious to keep watching. My favorite character from the first episode was Shawn Hatosy. He was so good at playing the Villain I wonder how he could have played the good cop in Southland.
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Good cop? He was a douche in that one too--they all were. I honestly don't understand why everyone thought Southland was so great. It was extremely depressing and it showed that cops aren't people too--at least not any I want to know. Give me cops like Columbo or Dirty Harry, I don't want to know the real ones--especially if they're like these asholes--kind of makes you wanna root for the bad guys...
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Yes In Southland he was relistically human. In reckless he is just a villiain.
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Realistically stupid--just like they all were. Police are a necessary evil and we need them, but I don't have to like them.
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Not a lot stuck out in tv-land this week to me, but I did think Major Crimes had a good episode, and the scene with Rusty (at times one of TV's most annoying characters) and his mother was powerful and well done.

I also caught up on Longmire and while nothing in particular stands out as 'amazing', I do think this season is better than last.

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Longmire. Nothing very groundbreaking but very entertaining.
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Longmire's one of those shows that always seems much stronger in the aggregate than any individual episodes. It began as a run-of-the-mill crime procedural with the minor twist of being set in rural Wyoming and has slowly transformed into a far more lyrical, socially and politically savvy (while being relentlessly humane at the same time), and compelling rural noir.
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Yeah, and the murder rate in Wyoming is up 500% over ever...
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Too bad about Heiroglyph... granted, it looked TERRIBLE (Why are all the characters white when Egypt is an AFRICAN country?) but then again I thought Sleepy Hollow would be terrible and it's become my favorite show of the 2013-2014 season. SH embraced its stupid concept and Heiroglyph could've done the same thing if written properly.

I love Seinfeld... but DAMN I feel old now.
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Just for the record. Egyptians are mostly arabic-looking.
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Modern Egyptians, sure... but ANCIENT Egyptians? I assume they were all much darker skinned than the Egyptians we have today, who are results of interbreeding between Ancient Egyptian and the white Ancient Greeks/Romans (Rome ruled Egypt for over 200 years so you'd think the soldiers were... "enjoying the company" of the hot Egyptian women.)
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I was old when Seinfeld came on, I guess that makes me ancient--But I swear to you all I'm really hip.
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Hip like you still don't need hip surgery? Hip hip hooray!!!!!!
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God willin' and the creek don't rise--that hip:-)
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Yes to all of this.
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I think the FTW/WTF entries in the middle need to go. If something is neither bad enough to merit a WTF nor good enough to earn a FTW, that means it's middling and should be excluded. Take your own advice about Tyrant and commit please.
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I don't think we have to have a FTWTF every week, but there is a place for them. There are those events that are neither the best nor the worst but unique and remarkable in their ability to defy categorization.
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To quote Dr. Frazier Crane from his and Lilith's appearance on Wings, "Not every thought need be expressed." If the writers can't decide if something is good or bad, let them contemplate their navels in solitude and get back to the rest of us when they've reached a conclusion. If this column is intended to highlight the best and the worst in television for the past week, that should be what's covered, not the random musings of Jack Handey.
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FTW Teen wolf was as great as ever, it was nice to see Scott and stiles brother bonding again over girls and there crazy and stiles and Derek (migel) bonding. This episode just put a big smile on my face.
FTW don't hate me people but under the dome was ok this week it enjoyed it.
FTW penny dreadful finally was pretty cool, wolf men, broken hearted Dorian haaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
WTF I was actually looking forward to Hieroglyph it's a shame they cancelled it before giving it a chance to be great or bad. Boooo fox.
FTW the leftovers was ok better than I expected, and what the hell is with the animals following our leading man.
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Nobody hates you for liking this week's Dome, but we are pointing and laughing a lot.
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I'll take that.
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You cool!
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All we need now is for Munch to show up on OITNB.
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That would make it, what...the 10th different show Munch has appeared on?
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Another show to add to the Tommy Westphall Universe.
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Loved Hank's final speech to Karen on the plane at the end of Californication, really helped redeem much of the season-long bullshit that happened. Penny Dreadful went out with a bit of a whimper too, luckily with the promise of many more adventures to come in the future, though!
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I'm gonna miss undatable it made me laugh for some reason so I guess wtf...
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We deemed it unwatchable, sorry.
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yeah I know but there was some good in it and not only the jokes, I've never said it was the best sitcom just okay enough for me to come back to it,,,its hardly unwatchable modern family now that is unwatchable lol
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Unwatchable was a joke my friend, and so was that remark about Modern Family, I hope:-)
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yes just what I was thinking :P
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Read this article and kept thinking where is Orphan Black
Then realized the season ended and it's going to be a long time till we see more :(
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This will help ease your pain. http://youtu.be/o_bHQq13jvE
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FTW: Yahoo randomly comes in to save Community for a 6th season. Never have they earned that name more than they did this week.
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The series finale for Californication was awful.Outside of Hank and Charlie having some good moments throughout the season the entire season was awful and a sad way for an excellent show to bow out.Karen and Becca were barely involved in the season and the addition of the horribly portrayed and stupidly written character of Levon was a stain on the shows memory.Right up there with the all-time disappointing series finales.Although to be fair Michael Imperioli and Heather Graham were both very good in their roles.
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Quite true. But Imperioli needed a haircut. He looked an ass with long hair.
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Have to agree with you, I generally don't much care for either, but Imperioli and Graham were great in this season, but Levon pretty much ruined this entire season. The idea of Hank having an unknown and very dysfunctional son pop up from his past seemed like a good idea, the execution was an absolute nightmare though.
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Very unknown. All those bright professional people and no one knew about DNA tests. I kept hoping Maury Povitch would make a guest appearance.
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I think it was subtly hinted about DNA testing, I think Hank pretty much just said he was taking it on faith and assuming Levon was his. I would have thought Charlie, Karen, or even Becca would have been highly likely to go behind his back to find out though.
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They had twelve 1/2 hour episodes to wrap up a series that ran for 6 seasons and had multiple story lines to finish and in the last season they add three new characters and make 80% of the season about them.The main focus of the show for six seasons was the relationship between Hank and Karen and in the finale it seemed about as important as the other lame subplots of the episode.
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To say nothing of how retarded Charlie and Marcy were this season. Quite a huge waste all around. It felt almost like they'd filmed the entire season before somehow finding out it would be their last (which we all know wasn't true unless the writers were just really lazy and didn't care at that point)
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Definitely FTW!Weird,I've been watching Seinfeld reruns for a few weeks now and completely forgot it's their 25th anniversary.Happy 25th Seinfeld!Possibly the last great sitcom,nothing has come close to it after it went off the air.Most sitcoms today are either good,okay or mediocre but not great.No sitcom has reached the level of pop culture influence and media blitz that Seinfeld achieved.
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Seinfeld was undoubtedly a cultural zeitgeist, and I will occasionally be in the mood to rewatch, but I find it absolutely impossible to binge-watch. Every single character was insufferable...which is, of course, part of the point, but it makes it difficult to spend too much time with. (The same is true of The Simpsons for my money.) But it also seems that this is true of most traditionally formatted sitcoms, which means they haven't cultivated the same afterlife that serialized dramas have in the age of streaming and TV-on-DVD.
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I was shocked, years ago, to find I agree with you, and I loved Seinfeld. I can't watch it on a regular basis in reruns, and for that matter, I can't stomach CYE anymore either.

Even more embarrassingly, I am surprised to find - outside of the ones where Heaton got plastic tits and Ray needed a haircut - I can watch ELR on a daily basis. The last old sitcom I watched on a daily basis was The New Adventures of Old Christine. Who knew Clark Gregg had such staying power, or that JLD would turn into such a powerhouse?
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