FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (May 18–24)

Hey you out there reading this on your birthday, yeah, you know who you are! We here at TV.com just wanted to wish you an extra special super duper birthday with this extra special super duper Memorial Day Weekend edition of FTW vs. WTF that we compiled JUST FOR YOU! So from everyone here at the site:

H A P P Y   B I R T H D A Y  !


We all chipped in and got you a Shake Weight! Oh, and this rundown of the good and bad things about television this week. Enjoy! (No returns, sorry.)


SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't finished watching this week's new episodes and season finales (of HannibalSupernatural, Orphan BlackGame of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, etc.), we suggest that you hold off on reading this story until you do. 




FTW:

Penny Dreadful's Frankenstein monster


The new Showtime drama's vampires are flashy and make us want hide under the covers, but it was Frankie's patchwork pal Proteus who stole our hearts in "Seance." Actor Alex Price plays the creature with all the astute attention to detail of a silent-film actor, and we can feel the character's infectious sense of wonder through the screen. It's just too bad that the good doctor's "firstborn son" returned and made Proteus explode into meat chunks. If he's gone for good, this show has really lost something special.


FTW:

Game of Thrones: Littlefinger shows Lysa the Moon Door


One of the show's best deaths punctuated the end of a fantastic episode as Littlefinger made another move up the chaos ladder with good old-fashioned Westeros divorce. 


FTW:

Mad Men orders up a Don-and-Peggy special as it hurtles toward the half


It's bad enough that AMC is airing the final season of Mad Men over two years, but after Sunday's "The Strategy," we're going to have an extra tough time saying goodbye to the SC&P gang for another 11 months. Matthew Weiner always seems to find the perfect way to bring Mr. Draper and Ms. Olsen together after extended periods of separation or tension, but their work on the Burger Chef campaign marked the duo's best "reunion" to date.


FTW:

The Good Wife ends its bold fifth season with the promise of an even bolder Season 6


Most TV shows are content to sit back and coast once they reach Season 5but The Good Wife gamely opted NOT to just rest on its laurels and produced a season of television that shook up its roots not once but twice, and in an intensely addictive fashion. Alicia and Cary starting their own firm was enough of a high-value arc to consume much of the season, creating a professional animosity between ex-lovers Alicia and Will... only for Will to be shockingly murdered, and for the show to become a meditation on how its characters cope with loss. Few television series can point to their fifth season and call it their best season, but The Good Wife can.


FTW:

24: Live Another Day hits a major high in Hour 4


The first three hours of Jack Bauer's return to the small screen were completely solid and 24-esque, but it was Monday's fourth installment that truly reminded us of the show's capacity for strong storytelling amid intense standoffs and shootouts. The episode brought together most of the early season stories in an efficient, satisfying fashion without betraying any of the typical 24 conventions. Plus, hey—any episode where a mom orders her goons to cut off her daughter's pinky is a winner in our book.


FTW:

OMG! Supernatural turned Dean Winchester into a demon!


Season 9 was uneven and divisive—at times it was actually infuriating to watch—but in Tuesday's game-changing season finale, the writers went ahead and transformed the shorter Winchester into the thing he'd most like to hunt... and the impending man-angst is going to be glorious. Also: Hooray that Jensen Ackles will get to actually act again! (You know, as opposed to just brooding and growling, or stuffing his face with food.)


FTW:

Fargo's bloody good blizzard shootout


Holy freakin' moly! "Buridan's Ass" was a total massacre, with an action scene for the ages that involved three hitmen and two cops in a three-way shootout where visibility was only about a nose's length. It was one of the most intense (and gory) (and shocking) scenes of television we've seen this year, and propelled the freshman drama to must-see status. And let's not forget the crafty demise of Glenn Howerton's Don, who met his maker in what may've been the most creative TV death in recent memory.


FTW:

Norm MacDonald quick-auditions for The Late Late Show


The comedian has been campaigning on Twitter for Craig Ferguson's soon-to-be-vacated chair, and this week he finally had a chance to showcase his "chops" on Conan. C'mon CBS, give him a call!


FTW:

The Middle went to Disney World for its Season 5 finale, but getting there was the best part

After winning a free weekend trip to Disneyland (a.k.a. the one in California), the Hecks mistakenly drove to Disney World (a.k.a. the one in Florida)—and because this is an ABC sitcom, the Most Magical Place On Earth was to accommodate the weary travelers with free park tickets and a massive hotel suite (don't try this in the real World, folks; the Disney people will just laugh at you). The second half of the two-part, synergy-friendly finale, titled "The Wonderful World of Hecks," mostly focused on the standard Disney-on-a-sitcom hijinks—but the trip to the park in the first half, "Orlando," highlighted everything that's great about The Middle: a cast that clicks with one another even when they're trapped in a prop car, writing that allows for the family to feel like a family instead of a collection of stock characters, and the show's stance that no matter how much the Hecks may scrape by and how much they may argue, there's still room for optimism and love in their lives.


FTW:

The Americans believes that children are the future


Chances are, you've heard somebody shouting to the heavens about how amazing the FX spy drama's Season 2 finale wasIf you're lucky enough to have seen "Echo," then you undoubtedly agree. The episode had it all: shootouts, '80s jams, steamy dreams, romantic tragedy, and one of the best murder reveals since Twin Peaks that zero percent of viewers saw coming. You guys, it was Jared who killed his own family! And now Moscow wants the Jennings to groom Paige into a spy! (Also, Stan did not steal the Echo computer program for Nina so now she's off to Moscow to be judged for treason.) It'll be hard to wait a year for what promises to be another riveting season, but we trust that series creators Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields and their crew will use the time to cook up another tasty batch of wigs-and-espionage stew. 


FTW:

Hannibal wraps another stellar season by breaking up friends


Hannibal concluded its weird and ambitious second season on a very intimate note, focusing on Will's "betrayal" of the titular doctor. It was a powerful, emotionally exhausting finale, filled with twists (ABIGAIL WAS ALIVE ALL THIS TIME!) and turns (Du Maurier left the country with Hannibal) that still managed to keep the show's emotional center firmly in place... until Hannibal sliced it open to spill out onto his kitchen floor. Not since the end of Alicia and Kalinda's relationship on The Good Wife has the conclusion of a friendship gone so poorly for everyone involved—though on Hannibal, there was FAR more bloodshed. 


FTW:

Ohhhh honey! Who do we talk to about a "Sarah and Helena road-trip across Canada" Orphan Black spin-off?



When the Clone Club's twin seestras set out to track down Ethan Duncan a.k.a. Swan Man a.k.a. Andrew Peckham in this week's "To Hound Nature in Her Wanderings," we never imagined their journey would be so damn delightful. Sure, the girls' adventure ultimately ended in a bar fight for Helena, but watching her sing the The Archies' "Sugar Sugar"—off-key, with the wrong lyrics, and mostly off-tempo—made us wish that the car ride had lasted the entire hour.




FTWTF:

Warehouse 13's final goodbye       


"Endless" wasn't a flawless finale and we're still grumpy about the series wasting an whole episode of its six-episode mini-season on that awful telenovela spoof, but for all its misses, Warehouse 13 managed to hit in just the right places to save its farewell tour from going down in TV history as a "bad" finale. Pete and Myka FINALLY got together. Mrs. Frederic remained as mysterious as ever. The Warehouse didn't get outsourced to China. AND CLAUDIA BECAME THE CARETAKER!!! (Eventually.)


FTWTF:

The Pretty Little Liars show up scantily clad in the pages of GQ; haters scream "Photoshop!"


Yeah, GQ is in constant flux between "respectable magazine" and "Maxim in an overpriced suit." But with that said, there was nothing new about our Liars showing up in the pages of the June issue wearing all manner of bikinis while coquettishly winking at the camera. Just another month of filling the pages between Prada ads. However, people have been crying foul about how Photoshopped the women look. Troian Bellisario (who's spoken out about female representations in the media and eating disorders before) posted a few unaltered photos to Instagram and captioned them with some sober thoughts on understanding what a men's magazine photo shoot is—fantasy—and stated that she's proud of her body, flaws and all (as she should be). Everyone is lucky that Troian is so rational. Because we're pretty sure that Spencer would've responded by lighting someone on fire. We don't know who. But she's itching.


FTWTF:

Gang Related is what it is


And it's not The Shield or The Departed or Sons of Anarchy. It's a diluted, blended mix of those shows, simplified for a network audience. And you know what? That's okay. It won't blow your mind, but it will entertain your brain. And if you stick with it long enough, the terrible dialogue might even add to its charm! Hey, there's nothing else on broadcast TV right now, so why not? In sum: This show is never going to be great, but it's strangely watchable. 




WTF:

Revolution ends without an ending


You'd think that the producers of NBC's science-fiction/alt-Revolutionary War drama would've considered the possibility that, given its ratings, their show wouldn't be returning for a third season. But if the Season 2 and series finale, "Declaration of Independence," is any indication, they expected Revolution to be on as long as The Simpsons. The episode ended with some stuff sorta resolved (Texas was gonna help expunge the Patriots) and some stuff not at all resolved (the nanotech was amassing a new army to overtake the humans), giving viewers zero closure. 


WTF:

Everything about I Wanna Marry Harry 

Fox's reality show about a dozen American women who've been shipped across the Atlantic to vie for the heart of a man they believe is Prince Harry makes The Bachelor look like a timeless romance. It's one of the few reality competitions where the first contestants to be eliminated are actually the winners. And if we were betting people (which we are), we'd put money on the show being totally fraudulent. Proof: The hottest chick in the bunch was kicked out Night 1! What a royal load of crap.


WTF:

The Bachelorette's purge of long-haired hunks

Monday ushered in a reckoning for any man whose locks touched his shoulders on the first night of Season 10. Andi systematically slaughtered the hippies one by one, and it wasn't a coincidence. Watching them squirm during the rose ceremony was AMAZING. Look at that guy's *GULP*! She's obviously a bigoted hairist. Where was the casting director on this one? Also awesome: that one dude's total breakdown at the end. Heck, we'd be all nerves too if we were a crewcut gent who got cast out with the longies.  


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? Bones' arresting finish? Mitch and Cam's Modern wedding? The winners of The Amazing Race/The Voice/DWTS/American Idol/Survivor? SVU's new baby? Share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!


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Yes!!! Finally watched Orphan Black and the Hannibal finale and holy crap were they hilarious and terrifying, respectively!!!
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F U Revolution writers.... and F U NBC! The few of us that stuck it out wanted something to hang our hats on at the end.
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FTW The Mentalist - Im not a big fan of Lisbon and Jane but the way Simon Baker played this Scene had me in tears ;)
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I would have made an honorable mention on May, the 18th: On The Mentalist 6th season finale, Patrick Jane finally aknowledges his feelings for his former handler/now partner Teresa Lisbon, and kisses her in what could have been the last scene of the show.
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Thank you for the Birthday thought. It is my birthday as it mentions on fb. It is a smart idea and it certainly makes me come back to your site and recommend it.
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Thanks for including The Middle in the FTW category. That show is fantastic but underrated and largely ignored, especially by the Emmys.
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FTW - The Americans' finale. Awesome!
FTW - Game of Thrones -- Littlefinger, particularly.
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FTW - Munch walked back into SVU
WTF - Lt Murphy walking out in the same scene (Good luck on Gotham Donal but you're always welcomed back on SVU, such a joy to have you in the squad room)
WTF - I don't want to see Benson playing mama on SVU, keep it off screen and I can deal with it but if you cuddle that baby every fricking episode I'll frickin freak
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Sorry, but the fact that Jared was guilty was no way a surprise. Since there was no one else to suspect and they didn't really tackle or investigate the issue the whole season until the very end, it was quite evident who the murderer must have been.

That said, it didn't bother me. It was logical and the show is the best show on television with Hannibal whether or not a could guess the murderer. The murder was just a side-plot.
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I find it REALLY funny that my birthday actually was on Friday, so THANK YOU TV.com! :D
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I cannot think of another time when I was so glad I gave up a TV show. I feel bad for fans of Revolution. I gave up after seven episodes in season one. I nearly wanted to go back when people were saying how good it was in the beginning of season two.

I would have hate it if I watched 44 episodes and they still leave me hanging.
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Still better than how Farscape ORIGINALLY ended with its series finale
  • Will you marry me?
  • Yes!
  • Woohoo!
  • Spaceship comes in and shoots them seemingly dead
  • "To be Continued"

But at least the fans got so angry they put together a mini-series to wrap things up.
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I never watched Farscape before but if you could remembered it so well though the show ended sometime back, it must have affected you a lot.
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Yeh, I almost threw something at my TV. You tend to remember anger like that :-)

Apparently: the SciFi channel went back and forth on its decision to cancel / renew / cancel renew. As they were just about done shooting, SciFi said they were going to renew so the writers changed the ending back to a cliffhangar. And as editing wrapped up the decision held so they left it as a cliffhangar and put the "To Be Continued" page on it.

Then after they send the final version out, SciFi changed their mind to cancelled again.

So the final 10 seconds of the show were are a real WTF moment.
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FTW: The Mentalist for finally getting Jane and Lisben together after 6 long years.
FTW: I laughed and I cried to the series ending of Warehouse 13.
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I don't have a problem with them giving a ftw to Penny Dreadful for Proteus but is there a rule saying they can only give one per show? Cause I'm about ready to fall on the floor in amazement the honor didn't go to Eva Green and her Seance scene. You know the scene that the episode was named after wtf TV.Com?
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You shouldn't have, Staff, after all, my birthday is 3 months away.

Yeah, The Good Wife lived up to its name again.

WTFTW to W13, not the other way around.

FTW to Last Comic Standing's 2-hour premiere, starting on invitationals with semi-known comedians was a great call.

WTF to the deus ex machina endings on SVU, both Benson getting a baby and Amaro getting sprung from jail. I don't care if the show is returning next season, it's not returning in my house, what a horrible downhill slide into soapy nonsense.

FTW to Modern Family's wedding for being funny and having a touching ending.

??? to Louie's Elevator 2 and 3, for being... interesting. I think I enjoyed them? Maybe? But damn this show's narcissism is showing its colors in every episode.

FTWTF to American Dad's final Fox episode for just going for it, but that last scene was once again a Roger too far.

WTF to Late Late Show for filming an episode so far in advance that they made jokes about retiring before Craig actually was going to retire which felt odd with that level of hindsight.
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So much FTW this week! I can agree with almost everything because almost everything on that list came from shows I watch. And I can agree with those!
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-Supernatural - Demon Dean. Need I say more?

FTW/WTF
- Law & Order: SVU- Benson becomes a foster mother after a whole season of hinting that her biological clock is ticking. (In one episode we LITERALLY hear it ticking) It's a great finale, but Benson has been the foster parent of kids before and the writers seem to think it's better if she's single and alone (her first foster kid lasted 4 episodes before his mother came and took him back). Benson has had more character development this season than she's had in FOURTEEN PREVIOUS SEASONS, and I dread that the writers are gonna erase it all somehow by the end of season 16, since the writers apparently think the ideal of a "strong, independent woman" is a woman with no family or romantic interests whatsoever, which Benson has been burdened with from season 2 through season 15.

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-Chicago PD kills Jin, the only Asian guy on the police force. Voight, the head of the Jin's squad, is the prime suspect, given how when one of the members was shot an episode earlier he freaked out, but here he seems oddly ok with it (maybe because Jin was being blackmailed into finding dirt on Voight, which Voight confronted him about in the same location Jin's body was found.) I liked Jin, and I praised Chicago PD because it had every major ethnicity in Chicago represented on the force. (Chicago has a HUGE Asian population.) But I'm betting with Jin's death his replacement will probably be the white girl who was looked over in favor of her black partner, and we won't be getting any more Asian actors in this series, cause everyone seems to think only whites, blacks, and Latinos live in Chicago. (Though I read that there are now more Asians immigrating to this city than Latinos since 2013.)
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FTW: The Americans, for all the reasons listed above.
FTW: Louie. Everything about the show is just incredible. I have to say, I really think the show benefited so much from that years break. Every scene is perfect, but the one that stood out for me this week was the scene in the coffee shop with Pamela. I was screaming at my screen "Just say something! Just fucking say something! Just tell her she's a dick! Seriously why aren't you saying anything!" It then occurred to me that 90% of Louie's problems could be solved if he just opened his damn mouth once in a while!
WTF: No Louie reviews this week.
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FTW; The Americans finale was superb.

FTW So was the Hannibal Finale.

FTW, It a bit of shoddy writing The Hound got bit by a dude.

FTW, Helena's and Sarah's road trip.
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Chloe is so ugly in 24! The emo looks doenst look well on a +40 year old
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Here comes Pauley Perrette with an axe; look out!
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The 100
Lincoln leaves.Does this mean Jasper has another chance or will another guy get in the way?
Jasper & Monty become heroes by blowing up the bridge to keep the grounders from attacking the rest of their gang while they're sick.
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Murphy kills Connor as if it's like they're not gonna let any of the African Americans survive except Jaha.
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FTW: Craig Ferguson for apparently not really giving a damn anymore. It makes for a better show.
FTW: Jason Jones's buying fame in India newspapers. He is the Daily Shows best talent.
WTF: This site has still ignored From Dusk Til Dawn
FTW: Orphan Black of course
LATE FTW/WTF: i finally got up the ability to make it through the entirety of Agents of SHIELD, and was pleased with the last 8 episodes. Still no excuse for the first of the season though.

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FTW: Definitely The Americans!. I love this show and can't wait for next season. What better way to get Paige away from the "Opiate of the Masses" (religion) by bringing her into the family business? Both characters stayed true to form here: Elizabeth believes the mission is more important and Philip believes family is more important. Also, will Beeman pull a rescue attempt? Looking forward to season 3.

Also, I have to put Warehouse 13 into the FTW category. Unlike some shows - including one on your list - they did a nice wrap up of the show. No missions, no threats, just a nice remembrance and emotional release. I like that they included Leena in a memory moment as well. It brought what so many season finales seem to forget to do nowadays not just closure but emotional closure. Well done, you will be missed.

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I'm with nearly all of the FTWs listed in the above article, especially Fargo, Hannibal, The Americans, and GOT. I'm glad Lysa got to shown the moon door.

My WTF? besides the fact I want all the time I wasted of my life on Revolution back, I did not know that Mad Men is spreading it's finale over two years. These guys think they can do anything!!
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Forgot to add the in the car sing-along in Orphan Black was indeed amazing. It was truly hard to believe that it is the same woman playing both roles (and others). I don't particularly find the show's story all that strong, but the acting is nothing short of amazing.
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The writers on this site have no idea what FTWTF is supposed to mean. Gang Related makes the list because it's a boring show? If you're not going to use it for shows that are simultaneously FTW & WTF worthy You may as well put every show there..
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FTW: The Americans's Paige as second generation spy...out of all the possible scenarios, I never saw that one coming.

FTW: Hot Pie on Game of Thrones!!! See, you can't give up on the gravy, for the gravy is resilient and can survive too. In a world where everyone in Arya's life dies: this is awesome!
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WTF : we'll have to wait another week to see the probably awesome Oberyn/Mountain fight.
"HER NAME WAS ELIA !!!"
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That Bachelorette opening was FTW for exactly the same reasons you said.
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FTW: Eva Green's awesomeness in Seance - sure little Frankenstein is cute but Green stole the show at the 'fete' and on our screens. Oh and nice casting for Dorian.... Yum!
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FTW: Dean, ofcourse. But the biggest FTW goes to Hannibal for breaking my (and Hannibal´s) heart to tiny little pieces.
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Love the kudos for The Good Wife--best show on network television. And don't go saying it's Hannibal or anything else, because it's not.
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Ugh. Norm MacDonald. Never heard one single funny joke from him. He belongs to this group of "comedians" with big mouths, who say a lot of things they think is funny, while it's actually not. One needs to have a lot of self-confidence to make a career out of that. Other members of the club include guys like Adam Carolla and Rob Schneider.
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I have to say I still think season one of the Good Wife is still the best, closely followed by five.
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Pretty soon, when I finally finish The West Wing, I'm going to start over on The Good Wife from the beginning, and watch it all over again. My wife actually likes it now, and that'll be fun too...
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FTW: Littlefinger killing Lysa on GoT, Demon Dean on Supernatural and Hour 4 of 24
WTF: Supernatural for not killing Metatron and all the reality shows just for existing.
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WTF are people watching Orphan Black for!?! It's absolute rubbish!
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Thank you for enlightening me. I now see the error of my ways.
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Shun! Shun the nonbeliever! Shuuuuuuuun!!!
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Oh, and why did you put "for" for at the end of that sentence? It's absolute bad grammar? WTF
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"It's absolute bad grammar?"

Is that a question or a statement? Statements end in periods.
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What are you ____ for? = why are you ____ ? It's basically a shortened version of for what reason. Acceptable form of the question in the UK and Ireland.
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In UK and Ireland it's grammatically incorrect to end a sentence with a preposition in most situations.
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I never said it was gammatically correct or incorrect, I just said it was an acceptable form of the question here.
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Yeah, maybe but harshing on Orphan Black certainly isn't, and there's no acceptable reason for that.
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Everyone's entitled to their opinions. TV is subjective.
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Not to mention the cliched interrobang, is nothing sacred?
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The people probably just didn't realize how you felt. Now that you've posted that, ratings are sure to plummet.
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Yeah, and we need to find that Wil Wheton and beat the crap out of him for saying different.
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uhhh no. Just no.
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No.
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So you agree Orphan Black is crap?
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Certainly not. The conversations get kind of convoluted with so many replies...
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When Tyrion had been on screen this season it has automatically been FTW for me. Peter Dinklage has been simply too good this season. In last episode his scene with Jaimie, Bronn and then Oberyn were just amazing.
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FTW: Silicon Valley - Erlich getting attacked
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So many wins for Orphan Black this week! Sarah and Helena are amazing together.
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What are you talking about, they're the same guy:-) Just kidding, great show and I love it...
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FTW - The 100 " it won't survive me" said raven
FTW - I haven't seen the episode yet as it hasn't aired yet in Australia but Supernatural knows how to make a season final so I'm expecting big things, plus I just saw that Dean becomes a Demon he'll yes, that's going to be brilliant.
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Thank you TV.com for mentioning The Middle, by far the most underrated show on television, and thanks for linking to my review! :)
My FTW vs WTF:
FTW - Mike wanted to go to Epcot to take Frankie to Paris!!! (The Middle)
FTW - Jay comes to completely accept Mitchell (Modern Family)
FTW - Raven dumps Finn (The 100)
FTW - Lots of people die (The 100)
FTW/WTF - Haley and Andy's potential relationship (Modern Family)
WTF - No scenes on the Ark (The 100)
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Thank you for the birthday wishs
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I hit the big 4-0 :)
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I actually thought the Disney stuff on The Middle seemed a little weird, yeah the show is on ABC, but it's produced and distributed by WB..

the Helena/Sarah road trip was one of the best parts of the episode.
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FTW: Bob's Burgers season finale, "World Wharf II: The Wharfening (Or How Bob Saves/Destroys The Town—Part II)” put Bob in so much danger that even Louise seemed concerned. What a great episode!
FTW/WTF: a baby for Benson. I'm happy for her, but does the state of New York just hand out babies like candy?
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