FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (March 17)

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Happy St. Patrick's Day, the holiday that's made it acceptable to drink like a sailor who's only eaten salt for days! Have you already ripped all your clothes off? Is that lampshade looking like a good option for a hat? Do you really think you can make out with that lingerie model? Well you've obviously been working out, that lampshade matches your shoes, and of course you can! But before you spend tomorrow morning reviewing your bad choices as they rocket into the toilet from your stomach, stay with us here as we review all the bad (and good) things that happened on television this week. Also, you might want to chug a huge glass of water and pop a few Advils. Trust us, we're professionals.


March Mad Men-ness

Who has too much time on their hands? Whoever made this great video that edits Mad Men dialogue into a clip of the Sterling Cooper Draper (Pryce?) gang organizing a March Madness pool (and we're thankful for it). 

This headline from The Onion

Daddy issues on The Americans

After enduring cuckoldry and spy betrayal from his own wife, Phillip finally evened the infidelity score with Elizabeth by sleeping with his old flame Irina. But surprise, surprise: The fellow spy dropped a bomb on the devoted family man with the possibility that they might share a son. It's a welcome edgy turn for Phillip, who's spent the better part of the season being shamed by his own spouse and secret organization.

Justified's Art appreciates awesomeness

Season 4 spoilers follow if you aren't caught up: Here he is summing up the season's main target, Drew Thompson: "He shoots Theo Tonin, fakes his own death in a spectacular fashion, pushes a guy out of an airplane while he is flying it, parachutes into Harlan county with enough coke and cash to jumpstart the economy of a small country. And then he has the balls to get a job in law enforcement, not once but two times. He spends a couple of days riding around with you while you're looking for him. And now he's run off with a hooker that's half his age. That's some badass shit." (.GIF via the hard workin' fellas at Warming Glow)

Pretty much everything Jenny Slate

Fans of the comedian will recall her single season on SNL a couple years back, as well as her genius web shorts on the exploits of "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On" (she voices the hilarious title character), but Slate has become lots more visible lately as one of the two PubLIZity ladies on Kroll Show and, as of Thursday night, Jean-Ralphio's twin sister on Parks and Recreation. Her guest spot as Mona Lisa was great, and she's welcome in our Pawnee anytime.

Justin Timberlake week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

In a satisfying follow-up to last week's SNL, JT spent the week on Late Night getting up to all sorts of fun shenanigans. He and Fallon are simply great together. 

You guys were right about Banshee

How you say? "BANSHEEEEEEEEE!"

Yeah, it's a good show. We promise we'll cover Season 2. 

The Big Bang Theory gets serious

Sheldon stumbled across an unopened letter from Howard's estranged father while organizing Howard and Bernadette's closet. There was angst and there were daddy issues and there was a whole lotta talking about feelings. Also a vibrator joke. Despite the downplayed humor, "The Closet Reconfiguration" was one of the best episodes of this season and proved that The Big Bang Theory is perfectly capable of using drama well when it wants to.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series' finale has all of the feels

Razer almost kills Aya. Aya doesn't muck with the space-time continuum preventing all organic life from ever forming. Aya saves Razer from the injuries she inflicted on him. Aya sacrifices herself to stop all the Manhunters from attempting to do the same thing. Razer's convinced Aya's still out there in space and goes to search for her. Sorry for the choppy sentences, but we're still kind of crying over here.

Your favorite canceled show gets a Kickstarter! And yours! And yours!

Veronica Mars: The Fan-Funded Movie could mean all sorts of changes in the industry if others follow Rob Thomas's lead. This is a win for fans with tons of cash lying around and perhaps a way to give life to shows that aren't ready to quit. However...


Your favorite canceled show gets a Kickstarter! And yours! And Yours!

We knew this was coming. But just a few days after the Veronica Mars movie became a reality thanks to an inspired Kickstarter campaign, the internet is already moving on to other shows with cult fanbases. But while it's one thing to have fans start hoping aloud for more of their favorite canceled show, it's a little more problematic for a series star to immediately do the same. Unfortunately, Chuck's Zachary Levi is already starting the hype about a possible follow-up movie for the NBC series that just ended a little over a year ago. We're not in the business of telling fans they don't deserve something (especially if they want to donate/pay for it), but Chuck got its five seasons, with an intended ending. Sometimes, it's okay to just move on.

Talk of Matt Lauer and others replacing Alex Trebek on Jeopardy!

Look, we DO NOT talk about Alex Trebek leaving Jeopardy!, EVER. He can't leave, he just can't. Just like our cats will never die and our parents are immortal.

School of Thrones

This parody of HBO's Game of Thrones puts Westeros political dynamics in a high school setting. Sounds great, right? We love the Greyjoy swim team, but the rest of this is stinkier than Ser Dontos after a bender.

Glee: One step forward, then one giant leap back

In the long line of WTF character developments that Glee can lay claim to, Finn's treatment in this week's "Feud" really wasn't any worse than what we're used to. He decided to go to school to become a teacher and that's a very awesome and perfectly Finn thing to do. BUT FIRST, he was going to get Rachel back. We guess that's also fine, but was the Jealous Caveman Boyfriend routine REALLY necessary? "You stay away from my future wife!" Lol, shut up, Finn. "Feud" also featured Santana lecturing Rachel about getting her life back together, which is funny because Rachel isn't the one who ditched her full ride to some college in Kentucky to go live out of a suitcase at her frenemy's apartment in New York. Then there was the random Unique and Ryder clash back in Lima. Yuck.

What's on your list of TV loves and hates for the week?

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