FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (March 22)

It's springtime! Which means your March Madness bracket is already busted, your seasonal allergies have transformed your eyeballs into pink golf balls, and your sexy beach body will have to wait another year because of stubborn winter blubber. But on the bright side, all the sports-induced depression, sneezing, and self-loathing can be cured between now and the start of summer with a simple three-month TV binge to wipe away the blues. And TV is aware of this fact, because it's packed with great shows right now! The Americans! The Walking Dead! Teen Wolf! CNN's flight-mystery marathon! All this greatness means a FTW-heavy edition of this week's FTW vs. WTF, so check your negativity at the door, because here's what we liked and didn't like about the small screen this week...



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The Walking Dead's daycare episode


The AMC zombie drama is always at its best when it depicts the difficult choices that its survivors must make to stay alive, and the choices just don't get any more difficult than the one that Carol and Tyreese were faced with in "The Grove." The episode covered some very, very dark ground, and not so coincidentally, it was one of the series' best episodes to date.  


FTW:

Space Dandy finally delivers an episode that's not immediately forgettable (despite being about forgetting things)


The anime series has been something of a dud, but last Saturday's "I'm Never Remembering You, Baby" (which we watched after press time, hence its inclusion in this week's list) demonstrated the show's real value as a venue for lesser-known voices to tell a sci-fi tale while riding on Shinichiro Watanabe's considerable coattails. Written by Toh EnJoe, the episode dealt with the ephemerality of knowledge while mixing up the show's animation style with an emphasis on charcoal drawings. We haven't seen anything quite as different-looking on TV in recent memory.


FTW:

This super-fortunate Wheel of Fortune solve


Man, was that guy lucky or what?


FTW:

Rick and Morty's inter-dimensional channel-surfing


Adult Swim's demented 'toon continues to be one of the weirdest surprises on television, and this week Rick rejiggered the cable box to access channels from every universe. That meant a trailer for Alien Invasion Tomato Monster Mexican Armada Brothers Who Are Just Regular Brothers Running in a Van from an Asteroid and All Sorts of Things The Movie, a show called Ball Fondlers that had little to do with either balls or fondling, a show about a dead old lady's cats who crawled into her corpse and starred in a romantic comedy, and the wackiest of all, a commercial for an appliance dealer who had ants in his eyes. What's more, the ending was legitimately emotional, as Jerry and Beth solved their marital problems with the help of the virtual reality headset that initially tore them apart. This show is good, guys.


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We're STILL crying over Teen Wolf


The most powerful episodes of television stay with us long after the credits roll, and "Insatiable" was a doozy. Allison's death hit us harder than we ever thought it could, and even though her exit was as tragic as can be, the scene itself was a near masterpiece. Incredible, heart-wrenching stuff.


FTW:

Finn finishes Billy's bucket list as Adventure Time wraps up an ambitious season


Adventure Time's fifth season was a wild and bold ride of universe expansion and character development. For all of its high-flying fantasy and kooky humor, the series somehow never forgot to treat each and every one of its characters—from Lemonhope to Ice King to BMO to Root Buy Guy to Finn—as individuals, and not just props for fun adventures. The finale saw Finn getting over his fear of the ocean "FOR BILLY!" and perhaps coming to grips with everything he'd been through: "I'm doing it." The episode also set up new stories as it highlighted the dangers of Finn's grass sword and left us with a startling piece of information that has us super-stoked: We only have to wait until April 21 for Season 6 to begin.


FTW:

The Person of Interest Machine teaches Root an important lesson


The CBS series about saving people went one step further this week by saving someone who wasn't in any immediate danger. Root's mechanical way of thinking was challenged by her techno-God when the Machine presented her with a choice: Save a valuable computer chip, or save a man's life and see the value in finding redemption for past sins. Root passed the test, and even though it may mean the onset of World War Machine, her computer-box lord was pleased.


FTW:

The triumphant return of Justified's Dickie Bennett


It sure was fun to see the crazy coiffed hick again, even if his visit was a bit short, if for no other reason than to hear him utter this gem to Raylan: 

Go to a Gas n' Go or whatever and get yourself a map of Kentucky. Follow Route 9 Southbound all the way down with your finger, follow it way, way down until you're pointing right at your asshole. Then what you're gonna do is you take your hand and just go ahead and cram it right up inside, you gotta make sure, Raylan, that you do it in a way so that the rest of you just keeps on following your hand right up your ass right up inside all that shit that you're so full of, Raylan. And then what you're gonna do is *whistling noise* just wink out of existence forever.

Don't ever change, Dickie!


FTW:

The 100's series premiere was all like, "Jasper? More like Jas-spear!"


The CW's promising new sci-fi drama capped off its pilot by putting a long, skinny, and sharp surprise through the chest of one of its main (or so we thought!) characters! Teens getting impaled in nuclear wastelands is cool; we've got high hopes for this show. 


FTW:

Crowley + candy 4-eva


Forget the bizarro Snooki cameo; the most memorable part of this week's Supernatural was watching the King of Hell try to steal candy from a vending machine. We love it when Crowley's humanity peeks through, and what's more human than a desperate craving for a Snickers?


FTW:

Diggle finally gets his due


We've been complaining about Diggle's recent benchwarmer status on Arrow for awhile now, so this week's "Suicide Squad," which delved into his backstory and allowed him to shine in the main storyline, was a welcome reprieve as the Ollie vs. Slade drama took a backseat this week. Now just keep it up, show!


FTW:

HIMYM's one-shot recap

Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are more dedicated to tying up How I Met Your Mother's loose ends than any showrunners in recent memory, and even though it probably wasn't necessary to find out that BlahBlah's name was actually Carol, Ted's rapid-fire explanation of what happened to several former guest stars—including Scooter, Sandy Rivers, Ranjit, Patrice, William Zabka, and the aforementioned BlahBlah—was both funny and sweet. It was also a fun way to bring back as many people as possible in a way that felt organic to the series.




FTWTF:

Pretty Little Liars' Season 4 finale hands out some answers but doesn't unmask A; fans are ready to riot in the streets


With the first dead, then missing, and now re-emerged Alison is back in town, the Liars jumped at the chance to sit her down and let her spill about everything that happened on that fateful night that ruined all their lives so many seasons ago. She mostly confirmed things we already suspected, but she also provided a timeline for them and shed a fair amount of light on the dark corners of Rosewood. Yet, since the show didn't unmask A, the more impatient fans tossed up their hands in surrender, shouted "HOW DARE," and threatened to walk away. We'll see them all right back with the rest of us in June. 

Oh, also Ezra was shot, setting up what's sure to be the reunification of #Ezria, which will never be okay, not now, not ever. A "victory" for amateur stalkers everywhere.


FTWTF:

The Blacklist finally tells the truth about Tom Keen


He's a killing machine! A ridiculous killing machine. We're thrilled that his story appears to finally be going somewhere, even though the execution of the big reveal was pretty absurd (LOL at that mysterious box of passports of cash from the pilot being his "go-bag"). And we'll miss you, Cowboy! But not you, Jolene. 




WTF:

Helix set up its finale with family issues instead of blood


Syfy's weekly hour of madness took a breather in its penultimate Season 1 episode by putting all its characters in self-conducted therapy as they worked through their family issues. That wouldn't be a problem for a regular show, but we all watch Helix for its craziness, not its family tree and soapdish antics. Thank goodness at least one person had their head explode. 


WTF:

The media's obsession with when Game of Thrones will end

We all know that the TV series is being produced faster than the books and that HBO has a problem on its hands. But come on, that problem is YEARS away and Season 4, which debuts April 6, will focus primarily on the second half of the third book. There's still plenty of time to work things out, so let's all stop freaking out and just enjoy what's coming. Too many of us sound like those A-holes who keep badgering George R.R. Martin about how fast he's writing.


WTF:

Sometimes it really sucks to be a kid... especially on Parenthood

Hang in there, Max and Victor. Our hearts just about broke for you guys this week; just try to remember that It's not you guys, it's everybody else. We're going to choose to look at the two boys' respective situations through FTW-colored glasses: Max Burkholder's performance in the car was amazing, and possibly even Emmy-worthy.  


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? Alec Baldwin's visit to SVUCommunity's latest game of D&D? Beverly's decision-making on Hannibal? Add your own items in the comments!


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WTF is a New Baby Buggy??
FTW: Diggle.
WTF: R.I.P. Allison. You will be missed
WTF/FTW: Bye Mika. This episode reminded me of the reasons why I still stick with TWD.
I haven't watched the last episode of Scandal as yet and from the comments below - I will be watching that episode tomorrow.
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FTW: Scandal!! Show it the respect it deserves you bitches (TV.COM)!!
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FTW:
- Believe's 2nd episode was quite good. This little girl is so cute and so good, I'd love to see the rest!
- OUAT: this episode was much better than the last one! I like the fact that the Wicked Witch is Regina's sister and I can't wait to see their sisterly nuclear hate for one another!
- Revenge: thank god Patrick is gone!
- The Americans huge cliffhanger, I loved it!
- Suits because Harvey's awesomeness as always
- Scandal's wtf but ftw moments! Quinn and Huck's kiss, Olivia finding out about Jake, James dying, Cy bursting in tears in front of the press, Mellie finally hooking up with Andrew and Eli's awesome monologue! Waouw!!!! I wonder if Olivia will tell Fitz the truth.
- Parenthood's emotional scenes with Max having trouble figuring out why the other kids don't like him and Victor's fear of abandonment resurfacing. Sydney's tantrum was very well interpreted as well as Drew's depression. Those kids are gold mines!
- Bitten's cliffhanger! Finally something to be impatient about. This show isn't spectacular but I love how it always surprises me :)

WTF
- The Originals just isn't the same without Rebekah and the whole werewolf ring thing didn't thrill me.
- PLL's ridiculous finale! They obviously gave us more questions and just a few answers. I don't know why everyone thinks Ezra will make it, he seems to know who A is so he has to die right?!
- TVD's boring episode with Elena eternally defending Damon's awful behaviour. Thankfully the Caroline/Stefan duo is still going strong even though I hated that nonsense about yet another doppelganger
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I'm surprised Once Upon a Time in Wonderland didn't make the list this week...poor Anastasia! :-(
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what the hell is this show about? sounds crazy. never saw an episode.
The CBS series about saving people went one step further this week by saving someone who wasn't in any immediate danger. Root's mechanical way of thinking was challenged by her techno-God when the Machine presented her with a choice: Save a valuable computer chip, or save a man's life and see the value in finding redemption for past sins. Root passed the test, and even though it may mean the onset of World War Machine, her computer-box lord was pleased.
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It's very worth watching, actually, and quite good. I suggest you find the first two seasons and catch up even if you are interested. The current season is Season 3.

Anyway, Person of Interest in as short as I can get with as few spoilers as possible to explain what was written: Mr. Finch built a machine in response to 09-11 which monitors all the cameras, communications and things for terrorist activity and reports it. The problem is that it catches all the other premeditated violent crimes, too. As things turn in the story, that became a concern of Mr. Finch's, so he hired John Reese to go out and try to prevent these premeditated things from happening. Eventually some others got brought in, like Det. Carter (RIP) and Fusco, Shaw, and Bear the dog, which you will see at various points in the show. That's the basic procedural element of the show, but it has a very rich backstory/mythos which you catch as you watch the show from the beginning.

As the show went on, we find that the Machine (as Finch refers to it) actually had a degree of AI sentience, but was hampered by design. We also are introduced to Samantha Groves, who would rather be addressed as Root tyvm (she gets quite upset when she isn't), who originally opposed Finch and Reese, culminating in kidnapping Finch (Season 1 Finale), because she learned of the Machine and wanted to control it. Eventually, as the story goes, the Machine got "freed", and it contacted Root, who took it upon herself to become a follower of "hers" as a techno-God (yes, she's as Tim calls it crazy banana-pants). Of course, as the synopsis says, along with my summary, she's not really a valuer of human life, either. That was kind of the point of the last episode, her techno-Lord put her in a place to learn something about that, as the man the Machine wanted her to protect was one she was originally hired to have killed.

I don't know if that gets all of it, but that's basically it. The show is very highly recommended.
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sounds cool. the preventing the premeditated stuff kinda sounds like minority report.

i just saw machine, root and world war machine...and was like WTF. hah
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"World War Machine" - didn't explain that one...in the current long story line, an evil organization (Decima Technologies) stole the software for one of the competing designs (Mr. Finch's won out), and in the last episode they stole the hardware (the valuable computer chip). Basically, Decima intends to build this other competing machine and do Very Bad Things with it, and Finch's Machine (which Root is following) is arranging things to try and stop it.
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Also my prediction on how Game of Thrones will ultimately end: King Joffery kills EVERYONE. Every single person in the kingdom. Once that's over, he'll realize that he's a king of a dead world and die from loneliness at a very old age. (I'm thinking 90s to 100 years old.)

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Pretty much agree on what's on here:

FTW-
-Crowley vs Vending Machine on Supernatural.
-Suits goes back to basics with an episode that has a very "season 1" type feel to it (Harvey vs Lawyer-of-the-Week.)
-HIMYM featuring Ted's first date with the Mother, and the Mother put aside her feelings for her dead ex (which prevented her from marrying her other ex) and taking a chance on Ted. "Oh thank God" indeed.

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-The Blacklist- Tom isn't the whiny pussy of a husband as he was made out to be and is a VERY deadly character, but Jolene and Lizzie held the Idiot Ball this episode (Jolene for turning her back on Tom AFTER COWBOY GUY WARNED HER THAT HE WAS GONNA KILL HER, and Lizzie walking into the shower and not noticing her husband literally had blood on his hands.

-Agents of Shield being replaced with an hour long documentary on the Marvel Movie universe and how it relates to the show. It's very interesting to see Agent Coulson's character evolve from a typical government bureaucrat to a "badass normal" hero that can stand up to a Norse god with no fear. But I HATED that the identity of the Winter Soldier is revealed in the doc (HINT: he fell out of a train in the original Captain America after Cap attempted to save him.) and also for the lack of eps SHIELD has. Seriously, why do we have to wait 3 weeks for a single episode to air JUST as the Deathlock arc is beginning to get good?

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- Psych- with Juliet gone, the show's gotten pretty lame now (Sweevil episode excluded) but Gus's overly long dream sequences got REALLY dull and to me just served as padding for a bare bones case-of-the-week ep... that Shawn and Gus didn't even get to SOLVE because Lassiter now has a female version of himself as a lead detective, making Shawn and Gus completely obsolete.

-Mind Games- So boring I couldn't even remember the name of the show and had to look it up on Google. It's like Leverage meets the Mentalist only the guys are incompetent!

-2 and a Half Men- DIE! DIE! DIE! Why are they renewing the show again when ALL the characters are now unlikable a-holes? Do they hate Charlie Sheen THAT much?
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FTW: Person of Interest's Root-based episode, Rick and Morty succeeding at an episode that would have been absolutely horrible on a lesser show, Arrow focusing on Diggle and a great introduction of the Suicide Squad, and Hannibal's great character drama, particularly Bella's beautiful, heart-breaking story.

WTF/FTW: Community's second Dungeons and Dragons episode, which seems to have been made with season 4's motto of "fans loved the original episode, so let's bring it back without any real reason to" which runs in contrasts of previous repeated ideas in the Dan Harmon seasons. It did have a few really good moments, especially towards the end (hence the FTW), but it didn't have enough to warrant a second D&D episode.

Special "FTW" goes to Hickey and Dean's characters in that episode.
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FTW: OUAT was creepy and awesome as Regina took on Zelina. And let's not forget: "You feed the madness, it feeds on you." became the ear worm song that popped in and out of my head all week.
FTW: Castle: Ninja's that is all I have to say on the subject.
FTW: The Blacklist held nothing back as it shot the violence level up and the many dead bodies to the extreme.
FTW: To POI for teaching Root a lesson on how to be a human.
FTW: Grimm for giving us a truly great story line.
WTF: The Mentalist: The writers are just calling in the boring plots and writing while they wait on ABC to put the show out of it's misery.
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I stopped watching "The Mentalist" right after Patrick killed the real Red John. In my mind THAT was the series finale. (Though I wish the Red John storyline finished in season 3 when Patrick killed the fake one.)
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That Rick and Morty was wackier than usual, but I loved it. ;) I'm also eager for the new season of Adventure Time. Not sure if I'm gonna watch the next episode of The 100 though.
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How I met your mother's oneshot-recap was more sloppy than anything else.
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Awesome to see Rick and Morty up there. That show is fairly consistently full of greatness. Wish Community could borrow just a smidge, but that's neither here nor there.

I was surprised not to see Pancakes, Divorce, Pancakes up there from Review with Forrest Macneil. Reading what Andy Daly has planned for this series, and seeing the sequence of events unfold, I'm totally impressed with Comedy Central for putting this show on the air. This is some pretty daring television, and it's what Daly was born to do.
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I hardly ever watch Wheel of Fortune, but I saw that part the other night when my dad had left the TV on. Parenthood was good. The kids on that show are not having it easy. Max and Sydney showed us how they really feel.
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Damn you TV.com.... Here I was thinking with all your coverage of Banshee and Orphan Black this year after I/we begged you for it last year, I thought you may have learned a lesson about not missing the boat on potentially really good/interesting things... but alas... two weeks in and youve yet to mention From Dusk Til Dawn. The second episode was a step up from the first, which in itself was quite good. We have, bank robberies, escaped convicts, a really crazy brother, sexy hallucinations, shootouts, dead dogs used to create bloody symbols in the sand and killer shape shifting mexican cartel member demons. Seriously... wtf tv.com. Get on top of things for a change!
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Sorry to be that guy. I have watched two episodes of From Dusk til Dawn and I am a fan of the original movie. However the show is in no way comparable to the level of quality of Banshee or Orphan Black. So far, it felt like dragging a movie into 10 hours of TV without really anything new or interesting to say. Better off go watch the movie again.
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With the Almost Human season over and other shows wrapping up soon, this may be a great opportunity for someone to take up writing reviews in the new Community. cc: @edshrinker
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Kiowa!!!

Remember, every week this year (for 10 weeks) Banshee got a favorable review and tons of positive comments and it was ignored on this list this year AGAIN (only 1 or 2 mentions). I stopped giving my FTW and WTF and basically just came here today because I was so happy with Grumpy's horror bundle I didn't think this list would irritate me again~~lol, I was happy with what they had until I read their response to you (do their job for them--would never have a problem with that until Kaitlin basically said our time wasn't as valuable as the reviewers time~~she was talking about the posters but I think it also applies here). No Dust Til Dawn because they are to busy watching commercials and shows like Helix with a steady decline in viewers and comments.

I guess we have to invade this "article" and other unrelated articles with Dusk til Dawn but I done educating them one what they missed. It took an entire season of Banshee and Orphan Black "raids" to get them to even review those shows and Banshee still hardly ever made this list. Then they get interviews and other similar stuff and take credit like they "discovered" the shows….NO, we had to hijack articles (before we had communities)….do we get any acknowledgement--No--did we do it for acknowledgement--NO! But it would of been nice if they at least let the show runners know that they had a strong and vocal fan base that is helping them get noticed. After we got them to review Banshee and Orphan Black, then the shows got more viewers (indirectly due to the vocal fan base here---thanks everyone who participated--you are all great!).

If I had more time I would do it again for this show but I am obviously bitter about how Banshee and Orphan Black were handled and so I should just keep my mouth shut.

Don't forget about Black Mirror which I attribute to you and grumpyclown who were a year or more ahead of tv.com on bringing it to my attention. I get my best recommendations for "should I watch" from you and grumpyclown.

FTW: DUSK TIL DAWN

oh yeah, they don't like horror. They promoted Grumpy's sci fi bundle but ignored his horror bundle that he posted before the sci fi one.

FTW: GC's Horror Bundle (really the members here post the best stuff)
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We covered the series premiere, just because something didn't make the FTW list doesn't mean we ignored it. That's why we ask what's on YOUR list!

http://www.tv.com/news/from-dusk-till-dawn-the-series-el-rey-preview-139422891100/

http://www.tv.com/shows/from-dusk-till-dawn/community/post/from-dusk-till-dawn-the-series-pilot-review-el-rey--139452523863/

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Good to see Da Vinci's Demons back, but sad that it doesn't look as though it's going to get a tv.com review this year.
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FTW: NCIS
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Can't see the video. What part are you talking about. I was kind of disappointed with this week's episode, for the most part.
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the part where gibbs tells palmer to fight for his right to be a dad. :)
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That was a great moment.
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FTW - Glee 100th. Brittana &3

WTF - Worst Rizzoli and Isles episode ending ever. But thank god JTam is no more. We have Faith in you Jan Nash!

Hmm - The old guest stars appearing in HIMYM was well done, just to bad I don't really care about any of them.
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WTF to Psych for what is probably their worst episode ever. Such talents wasted on a poorly-told plot, noise that drowned out the signal.

WTF to Rizzoli being pregnant at the season finale, could you be any more cliche, show?

FTW to Castle for getting some ninja on ninja action. Stupid? Yes. Implausible? Yes. Ninjas? Yes.

FTW to The Good Wife for being good when other things are not.

WTF to @Midnight for taking a week off. There's no rest for the wicked!
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That Wheel solve was wild also because even the judges couldn't believe it and they let him keep going a beat.

Oh hell yeah, Rick & Morty's alternate universe tv episode was awesome, I loved how they started improvising and trying to keep up on the fly. Glad to see this show finding more love.

Dickie Bennett ultimately screwed himself out of a gain on that one, classic Dickie.

Diggleman!

The Blacklist's Tom isn't just a killing machine, he's A) what Red originally said; and B) a Russian sleeper agent! How does that warrant a WTF? That is pure FTW! Now if his wife ends up not trusting him all this time after the box was discovered and playing him, I'll finally like her.
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I loved, loved, LOVED Jimmy Fallon & Billy Joel's Do-wop song with the ipad app. I predict sales of that app have gone up this week. I also love that commenter @j7k8 called "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" a "song from the Lion King." Yes, it was, but I remember when it was a #1 hit by The Tokens.


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Robert John had a minor hit with the remake in the mid '70s as well.
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I enjoyed this week's episodes of The Walking Dead, Arrow, Person of Interest, The Americans, and Helix the most. I also liked Believe, Resurrection, and Dallas. Even though there were some issues, The 100, had a good start. I haven't caught up on Hannibal, The Blacklist, Teen Wolf, or Vikings yet. Yeah, i saw the spoiler about Allison :( I'll watch them when something else goes on hiatus. I missed SHIELD this week, but the MARVEL special was alright.
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This week's episode of Helix was one of its better installments. I can't understand why a bit of character development would land it in the WTF files.
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Generally I agree with WTF - GoT and it's ending-discussion. Especially because they already said they will finish it even if the book series is finished or not. But: the third sesaon wasn't the first half of the third book, it was more than 2/3. [It went till chapter 56 of 82) So there will definitely be some stuff of the fouth and fifth book (because their time frame is the same). I mean, there are problably still stories für two more years. Or they invent even more new stories which aren't in the book.
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To me the fact that the FTW for Justified is the reappearance of Dickie Bennett just goes to show that this season is pretty lacklustre (WTF!). Still a fan but no great new plots nor characters this season. Hope the last season will be as compelling and exciting as Justified was up until now.

FTW: Grimm finally heads towards more exciting territory with Adalind, baby etc. (it's been a bit slow and boring this past 2/3 eps)
FTW: The Blacklist had a great ep with a renewed Ressler-Red dynamic, Jolene's gone (super FTW!) and Tom shows his real face (finally!!!)... A bit sad cowboy Lance Reddick is gone though.
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Yes, Parenthood broke my heart this week :(
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WTF: The 100
WTF: Tim not reviewing the 100.
WTF: TV.com putting the 100 on FTW list.

FTW: TWD
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surely the resolution of the Scandal shooting cliffhanger must feature on this list!
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FTW: The Harley Quinn cameo on Arrow, Root on POI, the one shot recap on HIMYM and Crowley working with the brothers on Supernatural
WTF: The whole boring episode of Revenge and Elena's hallucinations on TVD.
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FTWTF: That awesomely terrifying end to the episode of Hannibal. will miss u Bev :(
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FTWTF: Still not over Allison death, but Crystal and Tyler knocked it out of the park during that scene, I will miss her so much, but I thought all things considered, her end did her character justice, because whether I'll ever be happy she is gone, Alli would never abandon her friends.

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Well said. Takes some guts to kill off a central character and that opens up a bunch of possibilities for the show (regardless of the actor wanting to leave the show or not)
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FTW: POI's yet another great episode.
WTF: Allison's death on Teen Wolf! I loved her and she was an awesome character. Didn't deserve to die.

WTF/FTW: I liked The 100 premiere...

I don't know if anything can bring me back to watch the mess that is The Walking Dead.

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The walking dead is more of a marketing buzz than anything else. Sure it has some interesting moments here and there ( I do admit the last episode gave me some interest) but those things are really rare.

They said something on Cracked that absolutely nailed it:
People don't watch the walking dead because of what it is,
They watch because of what they think it *should* be

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I would say Scandal and Shondaland shows in general are a marketing buzz more than anything else, the producer is really good to do a by-the-numbers product that massive audences would buy.

The Walking Dead is unique, it doesn't have any sex scene, the audiences never never get the kind of happy endings they could twitter about, but it's the powerful and thought provoking drama that leaves you talking even a week after the episode has aired.
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A marketing buzz show is not the "by the numbers" product. In fact, it's quite the opposite.

It's a more akin to the emperor's new clothes. It's a show with little substance but you manage to market it well that people actually buy it (and quite often they think it makes them look smarter by talking about it)
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Well, talking about Scandal/Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice never made me feel smarter, but I can't deny there's a lot of twitter, facebook and people-at-the-office buzzing about it.
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In my experience, The Walking Dead is not for everybody. For instance, I had no idea it was for me.

Those girls still deserve an Emmy, so does Melissa McBride and the writing for this week's episode.
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FTW: Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Holt telling Peralta how he really sprained his wrist, and showing him the hula-hoop pictures, before deleting them. "Why are you telling me this?!" "Because no one. Will ever. Believe you." So EVIL, so good.

FTW: Scandal: Cyrus breaking down at the White House press conference. Man, that hurt. Also, Eli's 'hand of God' monologue. It made the Command position (and by extension, Jake and previously, Eli) more sympathetic, and crystallised Olivia's determination to bring down B6-13.

FTW/WTF: The Blacklist continues its tradition of bringing in fantastic guest stars as villains and then proceeds to treat and dispose of them in the most boring way possible. I didn't even think it was possible for Hoon Lee to be boring (Banshee's Job!!!).. They should have at least shown how Red got to him before delivering the head-in-the-box to Ressler.
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Andre Braugher has the best dead pan delivery I've watched this season, loved this weeks episoode!
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Yes he does! His deadpan is the best running gag in the show. I'm glad that Andre Braugher has found a tv vehicle that lasts more than a season (or two).
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FTW: The Walking Dead, because just when I was getting sick and tired of that show, they pull me back in with an incredible episode. It's episodes like that make me glad I stick around for it. I used to not like Carol, but she's grown into the best character on the show.

FTW: Hannibal, for being dark, beautiful and intense like it should be. It sucks about Katz though. Going into that basement wasn't bright, but at least she went in armed, so I can't bash her too much. I do like Katz, so if it is the end, I will miss her. Can't wait to see what happens next!

FTW/WTF: Justified, for having two good scenes this week. Seeing Dickie Bennett was great, and I liked the death scene of the awful Danny Crowe, but other than that, didn't really care. I'm pretty much over this season.
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WTF: Instead of getting the Big Bang Theory, I heard these old men jabbering about something...then I saw these men running back and forth throwing this ball around and into a hoop hung up in the air...I finally figured out that it was this thing called "basketball".

Aren't there enough sports channels out there that they can put this stuff on there so people that actually want to see it can go watch it there instead of putting it on regular tv channels and ruining my (and others) TV watching for the next three weekends?
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I believe the correct term is basketsball!
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As much as I want Julia and Joel to get it together in Parenthood, I also love how well the show is depicting the kids' struggles with the separation.

The Game of Thrones drama is ridiculous. The whole idea that the show should be seven seasons is a disservice to the show itself and doesn't consider that there are a projected seven books. If seasons 3/4 are roughly equal to book 3, then just in doing 7 seasons they'd be cramming two 800+ page books into one season. People need to calm down.
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They need at least 8, to do it well, from what I've been hearing about TWOW, it would probably be best suited for two seasons, but at the very least the last two books deserve a season each, if not a season and a half.
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Feast and Dance combined need to be at least 3 seasons, which would put the show at 7 seasons with 2 books undone. Plus it would mean that there's another 3 years before they would start airing episodes that would be based on Winter
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Maybe it's because I don't watch the walking dead, but, aside from it being women, how is that scene different from "Of Mice and Men"?
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You REALLY need to see the episode to "get it". Trust me, it's not even "being women": it's a woman and a little girl.


As soon as Carol told Lizzie to "look at the flowers", I knew what was going to happen, and quickly became a basket case.
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Lizzie was feeding mice to the walkers.

I figure the final scene resemble the execution scene by the end of the book too. It's just that it's creepier when its about children, especially since it looked like they were finally going to make it before the adults found Mika.
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FTW: OUaT: Both Regina's conversations with Emma and Zelina. Zelina is shaping up to be a great villain. And let's not forget: "You feed the madness, it feeds on you."

B99: The cold opening with Holt. The interaction between him and Peralta was excellent. Also, "If I was a unicorn, I'd never be angry."

FTWWTF: I like Mixology, I do, but the sympathy in the bathroom scene was completely pointless, unfunny, and had a completely weak ending. On the plus side, the panties bit was pretty funny in its ludricousness.
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Max's performance in the car was pretty well done, made me well up a bit. But Sydney drives me nuts she is by far the most annoying character on the show and I honestly just want her to disapear.
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FTW: This week's Girls episode was just perfect. Oh and The Walking Dead was pretty great too.
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FTW first and foremost Teen wolfs heart breaking into little iddy piddy peieces episode. I get sad just typing this.
FTW arrow was great this week, the suicide quads intro was brilliant, plus slade mind teasing Ollie genius.
FTW the blacklist. I now love tom he is badddddd.
FTW the 100 was great I'll definatly stay with this one.
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Is no one watching Scandal? There were lots of big stuff going on this week. The biggest WTF was without a doubt Huck making out with Quinn.
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Those are just their bodies taking over, I'm not surprised it finally happened, I just surprised it didn't happen sooner.
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OK, I just saw Being Human. That kiss scene was a big WTF too.
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I know! Scandal should definitely been on this list. It never gets it's due on this site. Huck creeps me out hard core. And the Jake with James till the end really got to me.
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FTW: If anybody watched Jeopardy this week, did anybody notice that during the first round, the last three categories were Legend, Wait for it, and Dary?

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My daughters have just started getting into watching it (they're 11 and 9...go figure), but don't watch HIMYM. I just asked my older daughter, and she confirmed it. I explained the joke to her.
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Nooooooooo. I missed that? Super bummed now.
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There's the board in question (03-19-2014):

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Who are Phillies, Alex?
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The Walking Dead and Hannibal were incredible this week.
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Those kids deserve an Emmy, so does Melissa McBride and the writers of this episode!
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I especially liked the Game of Thrones reference in Rick and Morty, when they were channel surfing there was a blink and you'll miss it clip of an alternate reality Game of Thrones where Tyrion was average height and everyone else was a dwarf and he was all sad and everyone was scowling at him. But I like anything that referances Game of Thrones.
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Look at the flowers.... - for those who don't know it yet, this is now officially a thing. I've used this phrase ALL WEEK as a putdown to dismiss morons online and on emails left and right. Seriously, TWD killing those poor girls is one of the best thing to ever happen to memes! 'Really am surprised Urban Dictionary still doesn't have a definition listed for that phrase yet...

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The highly annoying kids of The 100 - I know, they're mostly moronic delinquants, but it doesn't excuse their overall lack of survivor instincts. Hey dummies, instead of screaming "WHATEVER WE WANT" like that guy told you to and acting like you're a bunch of Lost Boys in Neverland, how about you guys try to find some food to eat? No, don't wanna? Alright then... expecting cannibalism to start in three, two, one...

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Thank you for that! I was very excited about The 100, but found myself very annoyed about how......well....teenage-stupid....those kids were behaving. I guess I am now officially too old for CW series??
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Nah, you can still watch it - making fun at teenagers acting like idiots is always a good time!
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THAT'S the Space Dandy you like? There have been earlier episodes far better, especially if "the visuals" was your rationale.
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Really, the only other episode that had solid aesthetic difference from a standard anime was "Plants Are Living Things, Too, Baby", but I preferred the more monochrome vibe.
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Teen Wolf: Alison's Death hurt, but I don't think it will truly hit till Monday's episode and season 4. I'm really going to miss her.
Parenthood: Both scenes you mentioned made me cry. I love it when Parenthood makes me cry.
Survivor: It is very rare that I actually get blindsided at tribal council. This show may be in its 28th season, but this season has had 4 straight somewhat surprising tribals.
The Americans: the return of Claudia. Margo Martindale should really just be in everything. And the Clark and Martha fight. She just cracks me up so much and of course she would want a "long romantic morning".
Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon. I love Billy Joel and it was fun to hear him sing a song from The Lion King with Jimmy.

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HIMYM is ending and now I am upset. It finally hit me that this show is ending in 2 weeks and I am now very upset despite adamantly wanting it to end since like season 6 or 7. It's really time for it to go, but I just can't bear to say goodbye.
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"The Song from The Lion King"? What are you, 10? "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was a hit song in the US - twice (#1 in 1961, #3 in 1972) - years before "The Lion King" was even conceptualized.
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FTW - TWD's powerfully emotional and tragic episode
FTW - Arrow. He has severely been underutilized this season
FTW - News of a possible Veronica Mars sequel. I'm usually iffy when it comes to sequels but when it's VM, I want MORE
FTWTF - The 100. I like this show but I'm worried about what it'l mean for Tomorrow People's chances for renewal
WTF - The Originals ep. No matter what happened, it just felt empty without Rebekah. You'll be sorely missed, Bex!
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FTW: Parks and Rec finally addressing the show's mean-spirited nature toward Larry.
WTF: Scandal not having a big twist this week. Wow. So boring.
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Agreed about Parks & Rec, I was in bits the entire episode!
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