FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (March 29)

There were a surprisingly large amount of season finales this week and even a few cancellations (Mind GamesEnlisted, and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), which is a reminder to us all that life is a fragile, finite thing. Before we wrap up the best and worst of the television week, please observe a moment of silence for your March Madness bracket, that two-month-old tub of sour cream in your fridge, and oversized sunglasses. [silence for a moment] *sniff* And now let's take a look at this week's highs and lows of the last seven days on the small screen! 



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Teen Wolf nails its best run yet

We already knew that Teen Wolf is the Platonic Ideal of a teen supernatural thriller, but it's also possibly the greatest TV show of all time apparently? This fourth batch of episodes proved that it's not only at the top of its game creatively, it's willing to take huge risks in order to freak us out and keep us thrilled. The Japanese mythology brought an unexpectedly fresh spin on the usual supernatural tropes (not to mention a thoughtful handling of the under-acknowledged Japanese-American internment camp tragedy) and the Nogitsune's stint inside Stiles' brain made for a terrifying villain simultaneously familiar and unknowable. And then came the tragedy. Allison Argent's death crystallized just how strong the love interest archetype can be and not only promises to have an impact on the characters moving forward but will make our ability to rewatch previous seasons downright impossible. Too sad! At this point it'll be hard for Season 4 to stack up (and its sheer number of new characters will give it a definite reboot feel), so it's important to acknowledge what's we've just seen: A Golden Era series experiencing a golden era of its own.


FTW:

There really was a ring bear at Robin and Barney's wedding on HIMYM

AND IT WAS ADORABLE. Our only regret is that we didn't get to see the flower girl-iilla.


FTW:

Justified's exploding cigarettes




After a season of everything going wrong, something finally went right for Boyd in "The Toll" when he rigged a box of smokes to blow up in Mr. Picker's lap. The result was one of Justified's most graphic deaths, and one of Mr. Crowder's most direct quips. What's more, the episode gave Justified the most direction it's had all season. [Thanks for the .GIFs, Vicky!]


FTW:

Glee gracefully bows out of Ohio


There was no last-minute save in the cards for McKinley High's New Directions; the glee club officially disbanded this week due to lack of funding, and from here on out, Glee will embrace its New York state of mind on a full-time basis. It's been a bumpy road, but with the aptly titled "New Directions," the series let bid Lima goodbye with class, sincerity, and a lot of hope for a better, brighter future. Also: Brittany's back!


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Misha Collins' directorial debut on Supernatural


“Mother’s Little Helper” saw the return of Grandpa Winchester (HI HENRY! HI!) and the extent of Abaddon’s evil machinations revealed. Sam took her soul-army-in-progress rather personally and Dean struggled with wanting to slaughter all the things, all while Collins' sharp directing decisions made the whole episode feel vintage creepy in a great way.


FTW:

The Americans serves up more Martha and a particularly elite wig


While Philip spy-sat a Mossad agent, Clark's sister "Jennifer" visited Martha for a little white wine-soaked damage control, trotting out a contender for The Americans' best wig to date. A dash of "church lady" and a pinch of of Thelma Mae Harper helped Elizabeth disguise herself for an evening of learning a little too much about her husband's talents in the sack. It was a funny thread that provided just enough emotional disruption to Elizabeth's world, planting seeds of possible marital discord in an already tense relationship and adding some humor to what was ultimately a very heavy episode.


FTW:

Suits breaks Louis's heart... twice


Louis gets shafted a lot on Suits. He's not cool or classy. He's not one of the popular kids. He's just a brilliant lawyer who wants to be a good human being, but it seems like he never quite gets there (for any extended period of time, at least). A heart attack in court landed Louis in the hospital and forced the staff at Pearson-Specter to examine their relationship with him, then forced Louis examine it right back. What could have been hokey and forced ended up being a loving homage to the most under appreciated partner at the firm... except for the unfortunate end to Louis's quickie engagement to Sheila. We're so not okay with their split, but "Heartburn" was a great episode nonetheless.




FTWTF:

HBO swings for the fences, submits True Detective to the Emmys' drama races


We all assumed that HBO would follow FX's lead with American Horror Story and enter Hart and Cohle's adventure as a miniseries, but the network had other plans. True Detective will instead compete as a drama, pitting it against Breaking Bad's final season, Mad MenHouse of Cards, and so many more great shows. And while the news was initially met with some confusion—True Detective would've cleaned up as a miniseries—we think it makes sense. HBO hasn't won many Emmys in the prestigious drama categories recently, and True Detective, complete with the McConaughey comeback narrative, is the channel's best chance to win one in years (sorry, Game of Thrones).


FTWTF:

Show title notwithstanding, Bar Rescue refuses to rescue a sh*thole bar

A typical episode of the reality series yields bartenders who get drunk while on the job, owners who think their place of business is a frat house, employees who barely show up to work on time, and lots of B.S.-ing. And what we got this past Sunday was a mixture of all that, plus a big helping of assault, a first in the show's history. The owner of "The O Face Bar" (yeah, classy) in Council Bluffs, Iowa assaulted one of his employees, then fired another for getting beat up by his manager. So when host Jon Taffer decided to walk away, we couldn't help but raise our glass in a toast, but also pour one out for the show's "51 successfully rescued bars" winning streak.


FTWTF:

Another New Girl couple calls its quits


True American giveth, and True American taketh away. Jess and Nick’s break-up isn’t really a full-on WTF, because it's not a bad move for the story New Girl has going on; the show has been uneven at best in Season 3, and it we're open to whatever a return to a pre-"Cooler" state might hold. Plus, from a pesky realistic point of view, the S.S. Nessy had sprung a few leaks that were probably destined to take it down eventually. With that said: We’re still pretty sad about it. 


FTWTF:

ABC stops playing Mind Games

Mind Games said an involuntary goodbye this week after only five low-rated episodes, making it Kyle Killen's third show to not survive beyond a season (the first two being Lone Star and Awake). However, it's also Killen's third show that's been better than most things on network television. So while we're sad Mind Games is gone, we're hoping its axing will be the impetus for Killen to move to cable, where he belongs. 




WTF:

Beverly learned the truth about Hannibal and it got her killed

Bryan Fuller has been teasing an early-in-the-season character death for a while now, and pretty much as soon as Beverly agreed to take a closer look at the evidence against Will and further investigate the muralist, we figured she was doomed. We hoped it wasn't true because we liked Beverly; she was wry without being too silly (that job belongs to Brian and Jimmy), and a smart and bold, albeit reluctant, ally for Will in his time of need. But after discovering Hannibal's basement of horrors, she was caught and killed at the end of last week's episode, and this week she was the star of one of Hannibal's trademark murder art scenes. We're still recovering.


WTF:

The Good Wife goes bang with a gun instead of a gavel


We knew Will Gardner wasn't long for The Good Wife, what with Josh Charles' contract ending and Lockhart-Gardner expanding to new cities. But we certainly didn't expect that instead of shuffling him off to another geographical locale, the show would shuffle him off this mortal coil in an out-of-left-field courtroom murder. It was shocking in that no one saw it coming and shocking because such violence is SO not The Good Wife's standard M.O. It was heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, and sob-inducing. And, yes, like with Beverly on Hannibal, we're still recovering.


WTF:

The Fosters' season finale almost buried us with all that drama!

Shows about angsty teens and their parents are predisposed to melodrama, but The Fosters laid it on a a little thick as it wrapped up its first season. Where should we start? Maybe with Timothy deciding that he didn't want to surrender his parental rights as a donor, but, whoops, Lena is pregnant with his baby. Need more? Brandon and Dani had sex. Not enough? How about Zack's mom having early onset Alzheimer's? Still not enough? FINE. It turns out that Jude's dad isn't Callie's dad, SO CALLIE CAN'T GET ADOPTED BY STEF AND LENA. Good grief, show. Tack on Brandon getting his hand smashed in a car door by a vengeful Vico just as he was accepted into a youth orchestra and "Adoption Day" was a histrionic sundae with too many toppings. Thank goodness we had the breathers of Jude questioning his sexual orientation and Jesus deciding to pull back on his ADHD meds so he date Emma.


WTF:

Helix's finishes its first season with the bad kind of WTF

Syfy's festival of insanity has always been teetering on the verge of being just plain bad, and the sci-fi show's inaugural finale seemed like it couldn't wait to be done with its first season with a whopper of a goodbye. In the penultimate scene, someone learned she was pregnant, a severed head was tossed into a helicopter, a woman was murdered because she called someone by their first name, and the entire set of the first season was blown up. And it looks like the cliffhanger moved the show to France for Season 2. The good news out of all this is that Syfy renewed the show for a second season, meaning the writers at least have a chance to explain all these decisions. 


WTF:

The 100 pulled a Monty Python in terms of believability

Monty Python's Black Knight was obviously ridiculous and played for laughs, but The 100 apparently thinks we're idiots who don't understand the vast differences between a flesh wound and a GAPING HOLE IN A CHEST. After taking a pointy stick in the midsection in the pilot, we thought it was curtains for Jasper. But The 100 had different ideas.


WTF:

Television Without Pity gets shuttered with zero pity


The venerable TV recap site is one of the forebears of the modern TV recap phenomenon, and it's being shutdown next week by its parent company NBC Universal. But to rub salt and lemon juice and angry piranhas into our wounds, NBCU isn't even keeping the archives—a wealth of television history—online. That's just criminal. Someone grab all the recaps and post them to a mirror site! 


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? Arrow's "Birds of Prey"? The debut of Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge on Syfy? A Survivor contestant quitting for the first time in the show's history? Share your own list in the comments!


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FTW: They broke up on the New Girl? Maybe I'll start watching again.
FTW: Does this mean Glee is done? Or are they moving to New York, then it's WTF.
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To me, Heliz finales was a FTW ! I loved it. And yes, the biggest WTF was Beverly's death.
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FTW: 'Psych' - one of the greatest comedies of the past decade goes out with a wonderful and completely satisfying series finale and it doesn't make the list...?...?....? Oh that's right, it never did. Also FTW: A completely sad yet completely watchable Post Series conversation with (almost) the entire cast (only one missing was Sage.) If you weren't in tears during the conversation with Jim, Dule, Maggie, Corbin, Kirsten, and Kurt then you weren't a 'Psycho'. Most awesome part was Jimmi Simpson's surprise appearance -WE LOVE YOU MARY! - to hand over the award for his partner in crime Ally Sheedy who won the fan contest for best appearance on 'Psych' by a cast member of 'Breakfast Club'. Also can give the post show a WTF/FTW when the host tried to get the cast to cheer for his announcement that the next show on was the dumb reality show ' Chrisley (.sp) Knows Best' none of the cast acknowledged the announcement and Maggie Lawson shot him a 'WTF is that?' look. THAT IS WHAT EVERYONE ELSE WATCHING WAS THINKING AS WELL MAGGIE! Well USA and NBC Universal, you've killed every show on this USA network that made it a destination now all you have left is excrement. Have fun sinking into oblivion with the garbage you have left and joining the NBC mothership in the gutter. USA AND NBC UNVERSAL IN GENERAL CAN SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK IT!

FTW: 'Reign' - At the end of this week's episode Sebastian 'Bash' (Torrence Coombs) and Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) were married by a barefooted syphilis ridden King Henry (Alan Van Sprang) and it wasn't spoiled - at all - until it happened! This is the best show, best new cast assembled on all of television this season, and the best show this network has ever had. (This show is starting to make the glacially moving 'Game of Thrones' look like a Knitting-Bee.) LONG MAY SHE 'REIGN'!

FTW: 'Shameless' is the BEST SHOW AIRING ON SUNDAY NIGHTS. It is putting on its best season ever - getting its best ratings in its four years - and should be on this list every week. Thanks show for letting Lip start to forgive Fiona! Family dramas are a dying breed, good to see the best one left (Don't watch 'Parenthood', I liked the original too much and don't trust NBC) is still going strong.

FTW: 'Legit' - put out one of its most solid outings with greatness from the entire ensemble. So much funny over recovering Billy's wheelchair my sides hurt. I just want Mindy Sterling and John Ratzenburgers' characters (Billy and Steve's parents) to make up already because they are great together. One of the single funniest half hours of television of this season. Awesome when funny people that have been around forever DJ Qualls, Dan Bakkedahl, Mindy Sterling, John Ratzenburger come together with a talent like Jim Jefferies at the right time in the right roles and the result is something wonderful, intelligent, and very funny to watch.


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FTW: Hannibal. I'm moderately devastated that Beverly had to die, but I love that Hannibal would do it to me. And her murder scene was emotionally brutal and oddly beautiful, Hannibal all over. Will's moment saying goodbye after being briefly liberated from his straight jacket and muzzle was just the icing on a very sad cake.
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The New Girl episode was a WTF moment as it came out of nowhere
And I don't watch it but the Series Finale of Psych should have been mentioned
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The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine already has snapshots of "Television Without Pity"'s site.
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FTW: Late Night with Seth Meyers' Kathie Lee and Hoda intervention was hilarious.
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FTW: Sue and Darrin getting back together on The Middle.
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TW is not the best TV show of all time, but this finale was excellent. True Detective deserves a chance at the drama series at the Emmys and Psych will be missed.
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" It was shocking in that no one saw it coming and shocking because such violence is SO not The Good Wife's standard"

It's all GAME OF THRONES's Fault...

Bad influence ...
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nah - if it was game of thrones influence he would have been beheaded with a sword or (spoiler alert) shot with a crossbow
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lol ^^
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FTW: Goes to PSYCH. WE Laughed, We Cried, and We Laughed once more. Oh Psych how we will miss you.
FTW: Goes to the Blacklist for Lizzie finally waking up and smelling the coffee about her killer of a husband.
FTW: Goes to POI great episode that had us on the edge of our seats.
WTF to NCIS' for the most boring backdoor pilot for NCIS:NOLA. I love Scott Bakula and I think the man is awesome but even I could see that he was having problems with the script.
WTF to OUAT: for the bad Rapunzel script what where the writers smoking when they wrote that stuff?
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Yes, let's raise a glass to Bar Rescue's Jon Taffer FINALLY walking out on a bar that deserved to die. But that points out the vicious circle the show has now created for itself. In the quest to find establishments to be "rescued," the show chooses crazy, unqualified, out-of-touch and undeserving owners to gin up the drama versus bar people who deserve a second chance at success.

The worse the owners, the less interesting (and more predictable) the show becomes. Add to that Taffer's positive and cheery personality, and Bar Rescue is quickly becoming a parody of itself (btw, let's get those numbers correct -- only 41 bars are still open. 10 have closed).
As for Mind Games, called that puppy a loser after the pilot episode. The people who liked it always gushed about the show's creator, and not for what was on the screen!

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FTW - Maliks proposal to Lisa on Suburgatory.
And Britney being back :)
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Maybe HBO shouldn't get any Emmys since it made such a point of its not being TV.

FTW: The funniest and best episode of Legit for season 2 so far, especially the cold opening with the callback to the rape episode from season 1 and the cross-cutting between Billy in rehab and Steve and their father getting drunk at the bar (again), as well as the scene in the impound lot where Jim's credit card is declined. I would be hard pressed to name another American TV series that uses cross-cutting, much less a sitcom.

WTF: Bill Maher completely bombing on Real Time. Audience groans at your jokes? Tell them to shut the "f" up. And let's not allow the panel to actually discuss anything. Gotta move to the next topic because apparently Maher was on a timeclock where he had to get to a bit about Ben & Jerry's heroin-themed ice cream that he ended up abandoning anyway after one of his panelists made a comment that Maher couldn't seem to grasp. Maher was off his game and seemed to have "lost the plot" of his own show.

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Bitten episode was pretty good this week (for a change)
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FTW: Psych (I cried a bit), Rick & Morty nailing it again and Justified finally heading into unpredictable dark territory (finally something epic is happening this season!).
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"Glee gracefully bows out of Ohio"

Does Glee really move completely to NY? If it does, then I feel sorry for the actors who play(ed) Jake, Marley, Wade, Kitty and Ryder. They were always just temporary place holders for the "real" actors, short term distractions until the show returned to following the original characters. It must feel bad to know that your characters were never of real interest.
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Awake was really good, but I think this officially means that Kyle Killen is not made for making TV, maybe films? When 3 series fail then that's telling you something...
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I'd say the Will Gardner thing on TGW was at worst WTF/FTW... I am still in shock and not ready for tonight's follow up ep but looking at it 'objectively' it was a brave creative choice (vs. Will leaving for greener pastures in another city which many of us suspected with the actor's contract ending) that could have a huge impact on the lives of the key characters of the show, certainly Alicia, Diane and Kalinda.
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If you (not you, but the TV.com staff) are going to assert that characters have to die in order to "raise the stakes," you shouldn't be complaining "WTF" when a character is killed off. Seems somewhat hypocritical.
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RIP TWOP... :(
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I can't say I'm surprised though, my first thought was: "That thing was/is still on?!"
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Once again, and for the final time, FTW doesn't include Psych. This was one of the best series finales I've ever seen. It managed to keep the magic of Gus and Shawn alive while allowing Shawn to finally grow up. It walked the tightrope of Shawn and Gus and Shawn and Juliet for eight years and did it well. It was a wonderful, funny, sunny show. I love it and it will be missed. RIP Psych and well done. As for FTW, it's obvious the staff just writes about its favorite shows (Teen Wolf is FTW every week) and ignores show it doesn't FTW is officially WTF in my book.
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Its f'ing absurd smorbie, just absolutely absurd.......
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You know, you can contact the staff ahead of time and nominate something for this column. I've done it a couple of times and they used what I sent them.
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You know that's right.
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Dodge Hickey, I just got that. hahahah
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Farewell Psych, you leave with grace, fun and a well placed good laughs just like it should be.

It's been a memorable run.
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OMG The Good Wife! :( I'm so not ready for tonight's episode!
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Don't be scared. With TV the way it is today, this was possibly all a ploy to bring in Zombie Will Gardner, attorney at law.
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OMG he has gone to Terminus, isn't he?
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FTW Birds of Prey! Felicity saying Oh! OH! it's getting real hard to keep track of who knows who's secret identity.
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WTF to NCIS' really boring and cheap backdoor pilot for NCIS:NOLA. Super huge pass on that shit when it airs.

FTW to Kroll Show for going balls to the walls in the season finale, and having more Ron Funches no less. I want my Blisteritos!

FTW to Rick & Morty for yet again going where TV should go before. Science kicking the Devil's ass? Awww yeah! Alfred Molina was inspired here too.

FTW to the producers of The Blacklist for making this feel like we're gonna get jerked around again with Lizzie not figuring out Tom's bad, then switcheroo!

WTF to The Simpsons for another Lisa episode of dullness. Preachy and lost, and it wasn't even starring Lisa really, just a cause she'd care about.

FTW to Psych for going out on a series of high notes, not jerking its audience around in a bad way.

FTW to Workaholics for just going for it, a madcap chase through Rancho Cucamonga only to fail miserably. But at least Bill tried to get an Erect Chin - heh heh heh.

FTW to a dirty old man running Inside the Actors Studio this week - hands on the table!

Also I think something awesome happened on @Midnight this week, but cannot remember what, so FTW to @Midnight for good enough to maybe be great?
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'to the producers of The Blacklist for making this feel like we're gonna get jerked around again' makes it absolutely a WTF for me. The switcheroo was so cheap.
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Every episode of this type of show has tried to keep its status quo as long as possible, this time the producers used that against the audience to create a more reasonable outcome.
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With the amount of information they had already handed to us and to Lizzy, it was overdue. So lets agree to disagree :-)
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In defense of the Simpsons, the story was meh, but most of the jokes were funny.
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Wait what? You didn't see the twist coming with that silly hippo?
The moment she gave it to him I thought it's an obvious Checkov's gun and we'd see it later.
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While I barely keep up with Suburgatory anymore, there was a total FTW moment in this week's episode: a certain someone's proposal (don't want to spoil anything, in case people haven't seen it yet).
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Oops. Almost forgot the FTW of the week: Rick and Morty killed it again, as usual. Rick was hilarious when he was messing with the Devil.
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Ring Bear was great, Flower Gorilla would have been awful, and was a bit of a break of Barney's promise not to lie.

The exploding cigarettes were on my WTF list: that explosion was WAY too big for that pack, and cemented Boyd in the Untouchable Cartoon Supervillain pantheon alongside Doctor Claw and Cobra Commander, might as well have been Bugs Bunny handing out an exploding cigar.

Poor Louis, that was rough. Strong stuff though.

I really didn't see it with Mind Games, it didn't work for me on any attempted viewings.

Not really sure the creative choice to kill Will Gardner deserves a knock, it holds up as an artistic choice, it wasn't soapy or cheap.
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Okay, someone explain the deal with the ring bear. We already saw him earlier in the season... Why the big surprise?

Personally, I thought the episode was incredibly dumb. The end was that Robin finally got an honest Barney? But wasn't the entire point of the Canada episode was that Barney told her he would always lie to her but it will be in her favor?!?
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Nobody expected it to be a real thing, and then a cute thing since the last bear reference was a big noise.
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I agree about the Will Gardner thing. I had no idea he wanted off and it was done pretty well. Shit like that does happen and I heard he stuck around for season 5 because he cared, but wanted to go. So FTW to The Good Wife for some great TV.
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"not only promises to have an impact on the characters moving forward but will make our ability to rewatch previous seasons downright impossible."

This, oh so much. I'm really glad I've rewatched the first season a couple of weeks back, because I don't think I can ever again enjoy it the same innocent way I did before. It truly sucks, but I guess that's what makes it good television, when the writers are able to make a story truly punch you in the guts.
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You're talking about Lost, right? One might have said so, in the first place.
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WTF - Almost Human, another week and still no word if it's being renewed
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Also, no word of Community being renewed.
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FTW Emily releasing her private medical records on Revenge to make it look like the Grayson's won in getting rid of her. I think that was pretty brilliant.
And Teen Wolf I defiantly FTW.
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Seriously, you do not put Psych's finale as FTW... or even on any list? It was the perfect ending to the show. Notable FTWs: Lassie destroying Shawn's DVD mid-confession (and hugging him), the Monk Reference, and Shawn pointing out how Billy Zane makes such a good bad guy.

-For the record, I never liked Mind Games. I'm glad it got canceled. It tried to be like Leverage but the targets weren't complete monsters like the targets the Leverage team went up against every week, making the Mind Games team seem pretty shady.

- Robin met the Mother. And it was awesome. Also, Ring bear!

-Supernatural took a step up from its relatively crappy 9th season. Abaddon actually DOES something here!

-Sirens. Loving the show at last!

FTW/WTF
-The Blacklist- really weak case-of-the-week (some kid with a crush) and Lizzie coming to the conclusion that Tom is evil based solely on a toy hippo in Tom's hideout, but the end scene where Red holds a crying Lizzie like a father would his child is the one thing that doesn't make it a full on WTF episode.

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Tommy the Green Ranger beat out every single ranger ever in a Power Rangers facebook popularity contest. All the Austin St. John fans (including me) wept.

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Mind Games:
Was doomed to fail from the start. I watched the pilot episode and it was awful.
Seriously, a single bus fight would completely render a person's personality to the point he would risk his job by giving insurance to a woman who asks for it?

It's beyond sci-fi levels. If the guy is that good, why doesn't he use his own methods to get himself the lone he needed from the bank?
Show was doomed to fail on its premise. The only thing that saves shows like that is if at the very least they are funny. This one wasn't.

Supernatural:
Yeah, Abadon does something, but once *again* Dean has a secret with repercussions that he keeps from Sam. It's the same tired thing for 9 seasons, for the love of something, can't they come up with something new?

Blacklist:
I agree completely. The hippo was absurd - She gives it to him because she tells him it's the #1 toy around and yet when she sees it she knows its his?
Don't get me wrong, a blind man could have seen the twist coming miles away but it was still done stupidly The case of the week was indeed boring but the music box made the episode.
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Thumbs up for your comments on Psych, Mind Games, HIMYM, Sirens, and half of The Blacklist - I didn't mind Lizzie's figuring it out.
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FTW-Teen Wolf!!!!!!!
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Ring bear
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Bears have becomes the most romantic things on TV this season.

And that one was adorable!
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FTW: Ilana and Abbi's dinner at a swanky restaurant on the season finale of Broad City. Man, those shots of Ilana's allergy-swollen face were hilarious.

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The Fosters finale was SO not a WTF! Great episode and FTW all the way!
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FTW: Dusk till Dawn--most interesting and badass vampires; refreshing, unique and fascinating mythology
FTW: Hannibal--all of it
FTW: Vikings
FTW: Justified--it picked up it's pace and had some great special effects
FTW: Teen Wolf (I'm surprised it isn't listed as FTW more often this season)
FTW: Archer
FTW/WTF: The Good Wife~I want to say it is FTW but I'm sad about Will. However this will open up the show for new angles/paths to explore
WTF: Helix being renewed (Haroshi [sp?] and Julia are the only characters I can tolerate)
WTF: still no news on Almost Human (sci fi that isn't dumbed down and has several great episodes and some good ones….lots of potential and likable characters)

I'm behind on a lot of shows so that's all I can think of right now...
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Hm, obviously I still have to catch up on some of those.
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Justified was awesome this week!
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Was it bad that I still thought Alicia Witt looked smoking hot even when her face looked like an over-tenderized cutlet??
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I for the love of me have no idea how many times Teen Wolf has been in FTW this season.

Really? The finale deserves a FTW? That was so frickishly stupid! Continuity holes that would make the vampire diaries blush and the fact that even in this article - They chose to use a picture of bandage guy over human Stiles goes how to show that while Dylan OBrien is amazing (and he is!) that putting him as the bad guy was stupid. They should have kept bandage guy.

I love the show, but this season was the worst.
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Clearly you're speaking from a place of hurt and betrayal, and while we all want to sympathize with you and help ease your pain, we're mostly all too busy disagreeing with you. This season was pretty fantastic from start to finish, and Evil Stiles, while cute and friendly looking, was about the most nefarious villain they've seen so far. Not one driven by a real goal or purpose, just on pure chaos!
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Yes - He was all about pure chaos... They made it very clear he was a trickster and not just a killer and he wasn't just a random cliche villain that was about just murdering everyone.

Even though all he did in the end was just be a cliche villain that just went around killing everyone.

Seriously the mind boggles... It's like people talk about what it *should* have been rather than what it actually was.
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I feel like you just plucked all my thoughts right out of my brain. Is there a hole showing???
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FTW - Psych went out on a high note, with surprise guest stars and what not.
FTW - David Letterman interviewed President Jimmy Carter about the international problem of human trafficking. I'm sure many watching were just as surprised by the grim statistics as Dave seemed to be.
WTD (What's the deal) - NBC still hasn't renewed SVU. Wednesday night during a repeat episode SVU Diehards stated their case on Twitter with the hashtag #RenewSVU.
BTW - Brush up on your Shakespeare, friends. The phrase wouldn't be "shuffle him off this mortal coil", but something like "he would shuffle off this mortal coil", mortal coil referring to worldly troubles.
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Carter was on Bill Maher Friday night. Great man.
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SVU is circling the drain this season, Rollins especially has put a lot of nails in the coffin.
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The squad has seen its share of trouble this season, but IMO the writing has been top notch. It's still one of NBC's most popular dramas.
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I don't agree, but it appears the over-the-top soapy writing has helped with ratings, so if NBC is holding back it's probably over cast/crew pay, not ratings.
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FTW Maggie &Glenn reunion on The Walking Dead.
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A Survivor contestant quitting for the first time in show history...?...really..?...you're joking right?...its happened many times in the past dating back to Survivor: Palau (one Survivor season had 2 quitters in one episode!!)...column writer scores epic fail here...
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Yeah, I had to read that twice because I couldn't believe they actually wrote that.
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Again with the lack of Review with Forrest Macneil. Batman was another huge stride forward for a series that continues to impress me.
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WTF was wrong with Helix's finale? Predictable but still making the good dr next seasons baddie was FTW for me.
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What made you think he's a baddie? All they gave us was some action he wants to get into the Ilaria building and as Ilaria are the bad guys, he must be the good one. He even might want to rsscue Julia who is now in charge of something at Ilaria.

But they gonna give us a huge gift at the end of episode one next season: Allan and Peter are run over by a bus in Paris (thanks @edshrinker) and the story will go in a completely new direction (see True Detective).
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LOL! Call ,me Helix showrunners!
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FTW: Vikings CONSTANT battle episode, Vicky's GIFs of this week's Justified, from Dusk til Dawn and Hannibal.
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Helix getting renewed a definite FTW! And the finale did not disappoint me although it's really a scary thought that season 2 will take place in France :/
WTF TwoP, that's just plain stupid of NBC to not just shut it down but wipe it out of this world, now they really have to renew SVU to get back in my good graces!
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FTW: Dusk Til Dawn for being different than everything else on tv.
FTW: Da Vinci's Demons is back
FTW: Shameless. Looks like Frank will pull through afterall
FTW of the Week: Vikings. Such a good episode, and the shield-wall battle was pretty epic stuff.
WTF: Tomorrow People lets the villians talk themselves out of getting shot.
WTF: Arrow. This show is bad. I dont care what you say.
FTW: Craig Ferguson all week long.
FTW with a WTF: Person of Interest was great as always, but I really hate when people get to walk away from super-long distance falls onto a car because they happened to land on someone else.
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Really? Arrow has some of The best action sequences, better than many films I've seen. If there's anything it needs to work on, it'd be character growth
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action scenes are fine, but the writing/actors are so inconsistent that finishing episodes is often a chore.
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Craig Ferguson was only 3 days this week and last, I believe.
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loved the interview with Johansson
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Is Teen Wolf a good show? I've heard a lot of praise for this series in tv.com and outside of it, but I don't know if they were just fanboys talking or actual praise. I know what the show is about and I'm not expecting some top-notch drama but in terms of acting and writing, how good is it? Or is it maybe something like American Horror Story, entertaining but not exactly great television. An honest answer will be much appreciated, thanks.
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I like it better than AHS (which I started to hate during the second half of season 2 and finally gave up during the first half of season 3), but it's nowhere near as good as they're saying here, or in Price's reviews. Actually the phrase "nowhere near as good" is nowhere near strong enough. I can't believe that they just called it "the greatest TV show of all time".

Seriously, if someone had paid me a lot of money to write very positive fake reviews for Teen Wolf to get more people to watch it, I would never have dared to write them as positive as Price's reviews or this article. I would have assumed that no one is ever going to believe that anyone actually likes the show that much.

The writing is sometimes good, sometimes bad. It's never great, and it's sometimes awful. You will not love the show unless you have a very high tolerance for nonsense.
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I will give you my opinion from a die hard fan of TW, now is one of the best supernatural series (compare with TVD, TO, and Grimm), but (this but is very important) if you don't like the supernatural drama genre not matter how good the show is you probably will dislike it.

Advice: You should start watching the show in Season 1 episode 4 this was the episode that hooked me on the show. Season one is good, but the show step up it's game in Season 2. But it's always the best start from the beginning.

Acting: The show has a good acting. The main actors/actresses have improve a lot from season one. For some actors like Dylan O'Brien this was his first job. And if you decide to not watch TW when you give it a try, remember this name Dylan O'Brien because he is an amazing actor and many sites and critic site had saw in him the next breakout star. In overall, good acting (that have improve) sure not the best in the world but not the worst in the world either.

Special Effects: The special effects are horrible. Every TW fan knows that, even JD (creator) of the show always mention the TW low budget in the interviews. But I have to say that in Season 3B the special effects have improve even if it's a little (very little).

Fights: The fights in TW are bad, definitely not the fight sequence of Arrow (which I think can compete with any fight in a movie), but have improve a little. In the final episode of 3B there's a fight scene in a hospital that was pretty decent. Thanks God that TW beginning to improve in it's fights area.

In case you are wondering, but what make TW a special show because this die hard fan have not mention a single reason. I will tell IMOH what make TW a better show or one of the better show in the supernatural genre in TV. It's a blend of: the characters, the relationships, the funny scenes, the horror scenes and the mythology.

the characters: they live very normal life in a supernatural show. They are teen, they attend to school, they study for exams, they got in detention, the play sports (lacrosse), you get to see family dinners(that are very funny). Other shows have teens that don't act like teens. The parents are very important and integrate in the storyline of the show. You see the parents interact with their kids but you also see them in their jobs. I think that others teen supernatural dramas don't have that. They are so important in the same way of the main characters, so important that the fans loves them and suffers if any of the parents are in danger.

the relationships: Oh Thanks God this is the first teen supernatural drama that not have love triangles and more important to that the core relationship of the show is a bromance (Scott and Stiles). Even the show runner had said multiple times that core relationship of the show is the bromance of Scott and Stiles. The relationships of the show are most important thing in TW and the reason that make TW superior to others show: the bromance, the friendship and the relations of parents and sons are the most important and the romance is thee obviously but not take main stage.

funny scenes: this is Another strong point of TW. Many shows have a sarcastic character that said sarcastic line. Sure TW have it, but TW have also funny scenes. Some are memorable like : where are you getting your juice (Season 1 episode 2) and from season 3B "I'm the hottest girl" "another werewolf". And great funny scenes in the lacrosse field, the bus and in the locker room. The funny is so important to TW fans that many fans said that they didn't like season 3B because was so dark and didn't have enough fun.

horror and mythology: to finish also great. The horror scenes can be very scary and disgusting. The mythology some times is very complicated to keep track and sometimes don't even make more sense and have plotholes. But the TW fans love the mythology for the aspect that every season the show tells something different a new story and that make the show different and not boring plus the TW fans love to make theories (that's the fun part of the mythology).
Sorry, for this testament but this is my honest opinion from a die hard fan. :)


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I think lifeofpi has given you an excellent, fair, and balanced assessment of Teen Wolf--so take what's said above to decide whether you ought to watch!
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This is how I see it.

It actually starts off pretty bad(took me 3 tries before I got past the initial few episodes), but after 4-5 eps it starts hitting its stride and then it just gets better and better for every week with out pause.
Some of the acting is not just good but brilliant, on par with the best performances out there today.
The writing is wonderful when it comes to the plot, momentum forward, the organic ebb and flow of the show, how it keeps surprising us and how much heart its got. But the dialogue can sometimes be a bit cheesy or stumpy.
But in the end its a teen supernatural drama and if you don't like those no amount of brilliant acting or writing is going to make you like this...
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To give an honest answer: Teen Wolf is a very good show but not *as* good as the people here drool over.

It depends on what you are looking for:

Special effects - TERRIBLE. No need to beat this around, the special effects and the budget are horrible. If you're looking for the high budgeted fantasy artistic dramas like Game of Thrones then this won't be the show for you.
But if you can cut them some slack and ignore the visuals, it's worth a shot.

Acting - Talent on this show varies, but no one is particularly awful. Some are freaking outstanding (I do agree that Dylan OBrien is flat out amazing)

Writing - Started off amazing. It touched a lot of subjects and in fact in a lot of things it did the exact opposite of what Teen Shows do. (tiny spoiler) For example, in one instance a mother tells her kid that his first love is just his first love and not his only love and he'll get over it.

However... As the show progresses it gets weaker. I have no idea why people drool over 3b so badly, it was awful, continuity was out the window, stuff constantly made no sense and the villain was terrible.

Overall, I still say it's worth a shot, worst case scenario, it's just 45 minutes of your life and you can always just have it running in the background or something.

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Yes.
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Im a very big fan of the show and am abit bias about just how brilliant it is, how every I'll try and give you an unbiased opinion. Watch season 3 if you want epic tv viewing however some things like character development and arcs might not make sence if you don't watch season 1 if you can watch past the first few episodes of season 1 than you'll be hooked, this show is somewhat more evolved than most "teen dramas" it has grown up into adult viewing with teen leads.
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I love the show but as you've asked for honesty I'll have to admit that some of the acting is ordinary but some of it is outstanding. I sometimes finish watching an episode and have no idea story wise what has happened because the mythology is complicated (I feel the same way with Continuum at the moment so maybe it's just me!). To me it's the characters and the relationships (not just romantic ones) that make this show one of the greats. I found the 1st half of S1 pretty average but it just kept getting better from there. What I also like is that while the teens are the main focus of the show, there are also adults who have a real role in the story.
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I agree with the complicated mythology thing. I love complicated shows... but Teen Wolf after season 1 and Continuum in its current season throw so much at you so fast its hard to keep it all straight.
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I'm over "teen" shows but Teen Wolf doesn't feel like a "teen" show. It doesn't have too much relationship drama and the little that it has is handled maturely. The supernatural genre is getting over saturated but Teen Wolf keeps it fresh with different mythologies and creatures. It's a show that gets better and better imo and this past season was the best. The first season was good (not great) imo but the expansion of the Teen Wolf world/mythologies and fast pace of this season was excellent. The adults usually act like normal (well as normal as they get on tv) adults compared to other shows of this genre. The acting is stellar and the writing is tight.

disclaimer: I like AHS but I also love top-notch dramas like True Detective, Rectify, Luther, etc...
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Oh yeah, True Detective, Rectify, Luther, a major reason to watch tv.
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The first season was the best in my opinion. See... we can disagree!
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and we can be mature adults about it;-)
At least we can still bond over Dusk till Dawn!
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i really liked the third episode, I had absolutely no clue what was going to happen next at any given moment... and I like that in television. Theres some flaws, but overall Im a fan.
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So does Conner like Jude or not??
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Helix as a WTF? Now that is a WTF in itself.
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I liked TWOP, but I gave up on it awhile back. The "let's divide a recap up into 10+ pages" style might have sold more advertising, but combined with the seemingly-frequent long load times, just made it too long to slog through,
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FTW: This bit of dialogue from Archer:

Malory: ...you're a timid man, Cyril.
Cyril: What?! No, I'm not!
Pam (laughing): Dude, your balls are made of pussy.
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FTW TEEN WOLF was Amazing this show especially this season has blown me away with its complexity, down right creepiness and emotional punches in the heart, and the season final was just brilliant tv I will forever have that hospital scene melded into my brain forever with no escape the music + imagery + stiles = guenius.
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FTW: Both musical scenes on the latest Suburgatory, especially the one from Malik to Lisa, seriously, I was crying by the end of it. So beatiful. Also, Tessa realizing that she made a HUGE mistake by letting go Ryan without putting a fight.

WTF: I just wanted to hear Robin's vows to Barney.

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