Ranking ABC's Wednesday Comedies: Can The B---- be Stopped?

Summer is approaching, and as the body thrills to the warm zephyrs of spring the nasal passages clog with the pollen of the blossoming flora. Sometimes you need to spend a warm windy night inside your house watching TV so you can just BREATHE DAMN IT, or you can always resort to often-addictive allergy medications, as there are a wide-ranging group of competing brands available. Competitive pills that offer relief, much like the competing comedies that side-by-side make up our midweek ABC comedy block and offer a refuge from the pollen drenched air that hangs just outside your door. But which of these television capsules will clear your mind and ready you for the rigors of the coming week, and which will plunge you into a hazy slumber that drowns your brain with dark fuzz? Pull out your Consumer Reports surveys, we’ve swallowed the pills, now let’s evaluate their effects in the clear light of...FOR THE WINSDAY!!!


The Middle: "The Telling"

Sue's crazy friend with the huge mouth who wouldn't stop singing is great. Sue leading the way with her naturalism. Did y'all know Patricia Heaton worked at a car dealership? Also, Chris Kattan is a minor character on this show now? I guess he has a mortgage just like everybody else. Every week I watch this and cover it but I don't think anyone is watching this show anymore, which is ironic because since I've started watching it, I've actually grown to enjoy it very much—more than I thought I would. So while I could tell you the episode revolved around Frankie getting information from Brick about Sue and Axel by plying him with candy cigarettes while trying to frantically sell cars at work, instead I'll say that Frankie and Mike decided to investigate the local swinger's circle at an ORGY conducted at a mattress store after hours and now Frankie may be carrying the BABY of a thousand-thousand MANIACS and Axel started HUSTLING down at the library to collect money for a BUS ticket to Hollywood. NOW do I have your attention? NOW will you watch this show next week? Probably not.

Score: 5.2


Suburgatory SEASON FINALE: “The Motherload”

What a weird ending to the season. After weeks of absurdist flourishes, an overall upbeat tone, and gently subversive poking at suburban living, the season ended with Tessa crying in her car on Mother’s Day, and then hinted she might run away with her grandma after being disappointed both by The Village Voice and George’s weird alternative living arrangement with super-gross Eden. Not that any of us would blame her, but this show has kept Tessa’s psychological traumas so far at the periphery of the show, I was amazed that they were brought front and center for such an ambiguous, depressing ending. Ryan being adopted also adds a sad layer to the favoritism accorded him in the Shay household. There were so many cut-glass moments last night (“Cinderelly,” golden tennis shoes, Yakult appearing as a vision), and yet the finale left a bad taste in my mouth. It wasn’t the dark emotionality at the ending, it was the ambiguity. Not quite a cliffhanger, but certainly not a climax.

Score: 5.3


Modern Family: “Tableau Vivant”

Ummm...Arrested Development did this, right, with the episode about the “Pageant of the Masters” event or whatever? I mean, the frozen family photo bit was FUNNY but a lot of money and effort for a middle school art project and let’s face it, it was blatantly cribbed from AD. The tone last night, especially with Mitchell caught in the elevator, seemed weirdly super-sitcom to me. A stuck elevator, really? When someone who's been fired is caught inside? Sure. Fine. And on top of that frantic grasp for conflict, I noticed everyone has Chandler Bing’s cadence on this show now except for Living Legend Sofia Vergara. Everyone talks like, “This is funny, shave and a haircut, two bits!” and it’s seriously wearing down my funny bone. Get it together, Modern Family.

Score: 5.1


Who’s That Big Old Bitch in Apartment 23?: "Casual Sex"

This show got racy and escalated June’s influence on Chloe for once instead of vice versa. Chloe had a hard time reenacting a sex tape with JVdB because she realized she felt something for him. Also, we got tons of steamy male objectification as “Soy Latte Guy” bared his abs again and again until June had no choice but to randily sex him up. As usual, the throwaway jokes stole the show. The returning Baptist Preacher is AMAZING and seeing that she'd gotten a nose job and was roasting chickens in her office after selling off the sex tape was over-the-top yet restrained. (How did they manage that? Cutaway edits and literally throwing away the joke as soon as they hit it. It takes a lot of class and instinct not to milk a funny concept but it's what makes this series sing.) I'm falling ever more in love with this show, although I prefer it when Chloe is cruel and sociopathic, I would hate for June to rub off on her too much.

Score: 6.7

So OBVS the bitches take the win.

Can these bitches be STOPPED?! It’s not merely the novelty, this series is just amazingly written and acted. I can't wait to see Happy Endings and The B---- go head-to-head next season, I feel like the presence of both in one comedy block would guarantee me ripped abs within a month from doubling up repeatedly with laughter. Seriously though, I do have some questions for you:


QUESTIONS:

…Who here is watching The Middle?

…Did Suburg’s finale feel off to you or did you love the dark turn?

…Should Arrested Development sue Modern Family?

…Casual sex: A path to heaven or hell?!?!

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suburgatory's finale was great, and it just added the necessary drama to add new dimensions to the characters: dalia's and her fathers despicable meanness towards Dallas, george's utter realization of how he never gets his daughter, Tessa's admittance of missing a mom, the secret within the Shey family.. everything worked great for a comedy series' season finale..



and no, hell no, how on earth would you think that "posing as a tableu" is sth patented for arrested development? nothing new, nothing original, has been done here and there for many times..
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The B in 23 FTW!!! I can't wait for the DVD hopefully with the outtakes and bloopers. You need to get there for and interview Lily!!

The rest...Also ran!!
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You know, it's a good thing that spring is coming to an end and soon all these shows will be done for the season, because it'll be a clean breakup from this feature, which I don't intend to keep reading next fall. Don't get me wrong, Lily, I love most of your reviews and agree 100% on almost everything you say in them, but For The Winsday has been nothing but a source of annoyance and confusion to me. If only you could explain your scoring system, or start reviewing shows like a TV critic instead of a hipster teenage girl, maybe I could find your taste for comedy at least reasonable. I mean, judging from what I've read, you deduct 1 or 2 points from The Middle every week because of Patricia Heaton's wig. You give Modern Family low scores because it's a family show and can't always go for "mature" jokes. You label them "sitcom-y" when in fact they're not more sitcom-y than shows you love like Happy Endings. You give Suburgatory high scores for giving its blatantly clichd characters development, but you complain whenever Frankie and Mike have a realistic fight in The Middle. You say Modern Family isn't as good as it was in Season 1 but you gave a 7 to your all-time favorite episode, a lower score than you gave to 80% of the Don't Trust The B--- episodes so far. And occasionally you give an episode a score lower than 6 and give it random irrelevant jabs in the review without even explaining the score. I have come so far as to wonder how much the producers of Don't Trust the B--- are paying you, because there doesn't seem to be any other explanation.



And that's not coming from some Chuck Lorre sucker who doesn't want to think too much when watching TV. I love Arrested Development as much as anyone else here, it's probably my all-time favorite show, and I do NOT think it should sue MF because every sitcom on TV right know -- I mean EVERY SINGLE ONE -- has borrowed from AD at some point, some to the extent of plagiarizing it. Modern Family did it in its own way, and as much as I wouldn't give it credit for originality, I really liked the episode (except for the awful feel-good ending, which you didn't even mention), because -- and that's something to love about this show that you don't seem to realize -- it was a spot-on satire of contemporary family structure; the whole "we are not saying 'no' to Lily because that's what parents are doing now" thing was plain edgy, and it's an amazing thing that a family show like MF manages to pull off satire and remain lighthearted. But hey, I guess that doesn't matter, it didn't make the show less mediocre, because Mitchell was stuck in an elevator. Alright.



It's not that I completely disagree with you. I do think Suburgatory was a very pleasant surprise, I do think Modern Family isn't as good as it used to be, and I did like Don't Trust the B---'s wackiness and edginess even though I haven't watched it since the pilot. But you seem so committed to making critically acclaimed shows look worse than they are that your reviews just come off as overly harsh and deeply biased. In my honest opinion, the lowest-scoring show of the four, The Middle, is also the best of the block, because, despite Patricia Heaton's wig, it's extremely well-written, well-acted, and realistic. I remember you once saying that, if we're supposed to relate to it, then it's the darkest show on TV. Well, yes, it IS a very dark family sitcom because it depicts the ugly truth people want to forget about. It shows what a real, working-class family is like and it does so with wit and edge. You know how you always complain about Frankie and Mike constantly arguing? Well, I have bad news for ya, that's REALITY. That's how married couples work; they fight and argue but at the end of the day they still love each other. Is that what happens in Suburgatory, or Happy Endings, or even Modern Family? No, because these are shows about characters, and The Middle is a show about PEOPLE. But no one wants to see real people on TV unless they're trapped together in a house being filmed 24/7, which is why The Middle is also the single most underrated show on TV, hands down.



I trust your ability to criticize TV shows, Lily, and I think your reviews are very fun to read and point out important flaws, but I don't think I can take For The Winsday seriously anymore unless you start reviewing ABC's comedy block focusing on reviewing it, rather than making humorous texts bashing critical darlings and endorsing "people in their late 20s"-oriented new shows. You could start, for instance, by explaining The Middle's score this week.
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I would really like to read your stuff on this wednesday comedy block someone38, as this comment has been much more relevant, comprehensive and critiquewise than any other "windsay" article written.. lily is good in many aspects but cannot agree more: she should quit this comedy reviewing thing ASAP.. her constant bashing of MF and Suburgatory made me stop reading this section anyway.. for the finales, I hoped sth good would come up, yet, nope, she is still as biased as before, maybe even more.. there surely be subjectivity wherever any review is, and that is very acceptable.. but here she acts like Tim when he was reviewing Alcatraz, and sorry but that is not acceptable..
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Dont Trust B: 7

Suburgs: 6

ModFam: 5.5

Middle: N/A
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-I LOVE "The Middle"!! And Eden Sher does steal the show pretty much every week, she is genius, and her character is perfectly suited to it. Also, she's always worked at the car dealership and Kattan's been there since the beginning, but they've both been just minor aspects of the show.

-In general, I love a good dark turn. But it felt off the way they did it here. It just didn't click well for me.

-Tons of shows have done that, so I say no. "Gilmore Girls" did it in season 4, too. But then they did it in a way that made sense, as did "Arrested Development". "Modern Family" did it for what was essentially just a cutaway gag and wasn't a good one to begin with. So they should be ashamed of themselves for that.

-Not the proper place for a discussion on the subject so I'll say that I side more with June and leave it there.



Pcsjunior002's Rankings:

The Middle: 5.5 - Love the show, but it was a solidly average episode. The extra .5 for the way Sue took advantage of Axel.

Suburgatory: 4.0 - Again, love the show, and dark turns, but they didn't do it right for me.

Modern Family: 4.5 - I am a big fan of Alex, but this episode spent way too much time on her for a not great gag. I would have enjoyed more of the Phil storyline.

Don't Trust the B****: 5.5 - I always enjoy seeing JVDB and June interacting more, so would have liked more of that. And I hope the JVDB/June's Mom thing continues, because that's AWESOME. But the episode didn't hit hard enough for me.



For any of those who care (my assumption is a total count of zero), my rating system for comedies relies both on actual laugh out loud moments and subtler humour. That said, I watch comedies to laugh, because I love to laugh, so a well crafted story that doesn't make me laugh out loud will almost never get huge ratings on network shows. I get my dark comedy fixes from HBO and Showtime, and there's plenty of good solid drama out there. I want to actually laugh at these shows.
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Don't Trust the B is great, twisted and funny.
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I love Don't Trust The B---- in Apt 23!
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I really don't think DTBIA23 is all that great. More often than not, I'm bored, and I don't think there's that much depth to the characters. Nor are they very interesting.
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- Nope, saw a couple episodes because The Janitor and could never get into it.

- Loved the dark turn and at first I thought the cliffhanger wasn't quite enough of a cliffhanger, but then I remember that comedies generally don't have big cliffhangers.

- Yes Just because MF's version was stupid. I doubt that any school would assign such a project and then give a student a B something because their family was a little out of control.

- Lol, I side with June.
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I watch The Middle; it's pretty much Malcolm in the Middle with mediocre kids. And while I wouldn't miss it if it were gone, the last episode was actually pretty funny with the husband at Parent Night. Brick sucks. (Suuuuuucks....)



Suburgatory's okay. Tessa bugs and good stuff only happens around her, never because of her. The last episode was nothing special, aside from the vision of Fierce Yakult. I don't think the appearance of Tessa's grandmother was important enough for some kind of cliffhanger. More like a two-part episode, at best.



I like Modern Family, but it wasn't that funny this season, and the Cam and Mitchell are annoying around New Toddler Lily.



B**ch is pretty funny, and VDB is great. I never watched Dawson's Creek, but I was always okay with that guy. That theme muzak is utter crap, though. It's like Surburgatory's theme muzak was too long and expensive, so they bought a poor gal's version.
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So, I guess you really haven't been watching the middle for very long huh? In the first few seasons Chris Kattan was a big character and there was a lot of P Heats (lol) at the car lot. The kids are what makes the show so they've been getting more story lines lately.



1. I personally love the middle because they are more like my family. I also love Raising Hope which is almost like is they made raising arizona into a tv show. Which would be awesome. But basically the middle is great.

2. I lived the dark turn of Suburgatory bc I love when sitcoms get sad. That's true art and talent to me bc the funniest things in life come from awful moments.

3. I didn't even make the connection to AD and I thinks its ahuge stretch. If we can't recycle ideas then guess what, no more stories. Ever. Period. It's all been done.

4. I am behind on the B but I'm gonna go ahead and say when Jesus died he wiped the slate clean and died for all of our sin. Future and past so it doesn't matter. Just try to be a good person and follow your path to God (all paths are paths to God) vand you'll be fine. Sorry, not trying to preach but you asked. I think as long as everyone involved is aware and ok that it's casual sex and nothing more then it is fine.
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Apt 23 is quite poorly written, with a plot similar to 2 broke girls. I'd be surprised to see it come back for season 2. It's full of over used cliches and thats about it
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don't trust the b---- got a season 2
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The Middle, along with the Bee and 23 and Modern Family and Suburgatory are great good fun with MF topping the list as its as good as Big Bang...
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I only watch Modern Family and Apt. 23, so I can only comment on those two. For me though, MF for the win! Hell, how could it not be! That had to be the best episode of the season, which has been a great season (yeah, I said it!!). From Phil's eye-twitching to Alex's teacher crush, and OMG that live Rockwell painting project, I was literally LMFAO the entire episode!! I don't give a flying bullcrap about Arrested Development because simply this isn't THAT SHOW FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!! Modern Family, to me, has been consistently great all season. Everyone keeps complaining because they know the characters too well. Guess what, when you watch shows that you're fans of, that tends to happen. So you get with it!



As for Apt. 23, I absolutely love what this show has done this season given it only had 8 episodes. To me, this is hands-down the best new comedy this year! Chloe is freakin nuts and yet is so unbelievably entertaining and June, bless her good heart, takes her crap every week and somehow lives through it, which completely makes me laugh my butt off! This episode was a great example of that. Masturbation in the tub, the sex tape fiasco, the stupid-as-heck soy latte guy, and their neighbors are freakin hilarious, and also freaks!! Not as good as Modern Family to me, but still awesome.



Putting this show with the also hilarious Happy Endings was a good move to me. Heck if Apt. 23 didn't get renewed, it would have been one in a LONG LINE of major injustices! Simple as that!
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AGREE AGREE AGREE!!! not only was this a really good episode, but in fact, this whole season was as amazing! the thing is, we audiences are never satisfied with what we get. Season 3 has given us some phenomenal episodes! Little Bo Bleep, Disneyland, Plains Trains and Cars, Lifetime Supply, Hit and Run, Aunt Mommy, Virgin Territory, Phil on Wire, Tableau Vivant are just to name a few! and why dont the reviewers get the fact that when it comes to family comedies,or any sort of comedy, there HAVE to be some used or common storylines and there HAS to be a cliche! as she said AD did the thing, but so did Gilmore Girls and others. Its THE WAY the sitcom carried it out what matters the most! and when it comes to that Modern Family nailed it and has kept on nailing it. did y'all notice hpw beautifully was the proper and better Tableau restored when they all meet at the diner? that was amazing! when i made connection it was even better! Mitch-Phil story line was so FUNNY! ohh and just wanted to add... i dont watch B in Apt23 but seriously, if some masturbating thing or whatever makes us laugh then .. oh well .. what can i say, either standard of humor has touched a new low or the show has run out of sensible plot lines in the first season itself. all these sex related gags are overkill.. Modern Family wins easy.
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Amen.
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Yppers....
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Shorty got that WHAT WHAT, Shorty got that good good.
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Why are pepole hating Suburgatory finale? I thought it was great. I don't know why people are saying it was dark, because it wasn't. The emotional side is something thats been coming for a while, and personally I like when comedies turn on the drama. It makes them feel more rounded.

I dont watch the middle or modern family, so I have no opinion on those matters. Although I did watch AD and I'd hate to see a brilliant show like that get jipped.

Apt 23 is HILARIOUS. It's definately one of my fave new shows. And is it just me or is James Vand der Beek WAY more better as this version of himself than he is in anything else he's done (including Dawson's Creek. I never really liked him on DC)?
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5.6 for Casual Sex that is way off the score, the score should be perfect 10 Don't Trust the B I T CH in APT 23 is awesome!!
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I loved the Suburgatory this week. I think it's great that this show isn't just about oneliners and plain characters. In addition I think it's necessary because of the show very bright and surreal tone to keep the charcters grounded and relatable. Jane Levy acted like a champ, i feel some recognition here is appropriate. Very strong ending of great season.

Don't trust the B is just getting better and better, although i fear how long they can keep this up. Favourite part was were JVDB called his mother about his sex tape. I think. So many great parts.
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Actually, i'm pretty sure he talked to June's mom...
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I concur
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1. I watch the Middle if nothing else is on.

2. I think the dark turn was good, and it probably needed to get dark for what they have planned next season.

3. I don't know

4. Its A lot of heaven mixed with a little bit of hell!
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The Middle, along with SOA, are 2 of the most underrated shows!!!

Bitch is just not that good, what is all the excitement?
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Arrested should have sued modern family in season 1 :p and to hear the creators of modern stand and brag at award shows about how they have revolutionized the sitcom genre pisses me off :(



But yes the bitch is an awesome new show, they should definitely make sure to keep chloe sociopathic though. More shoving people into the street, smashing cellphones and randomly stealing random stuff, less touchy feely
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the middle is like CBS show. it has a surprisingly large viewership, but no1 ever talks about it.
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1. I do watch the Middle, but it's kinda mediocre.

2. It wasn't dark. That was hope you witnessed. The suburbs are hell.

3. Didn't watch. Never will.

4. The atheist's definition of heaven.
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The Yikult vision was totally hilarious. Also, my favorite line from Bitch was Chloe's story about shouting JUDY over and over and getting approached by old Jewish women. And JVdB's line about looking like a serial killer. So glad the show is actually good.
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i watch the middle. i've already seen the other seasons so, even though i kinda despise heaton for the whole sandra fluke thing, i'm still watching. it helps that my mom likes the show so, whatevs.
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I'm still watching The Middle. This week gets a 5 from me. It's a real shame when even Sue fails to tickle me and I LOVE Sue, like I would marry Sue Heck if she were a real person I love her that much so I'm biased, but this episode just wasn't funny for me.



Suburgatory's ending did feel off to me. And Eden has really been a dampener on the humor. I can't stand her, she isn't funny, she's inappropriately judgmental (Here's some clarity for you lady, you rent out your womb for a living, you need to be giving a little more leeway to people's alternative lifestyles least Karma turn around and bite you on the ass), I just can't stand her and eagerly await the day that George's head clears and he leaves her. Eden hate aside, I thought the Werner's Safari themed Nursery/Baby Shower was hilariously horrifying, probably the funniest part of the episode. I also totally called Lisa being a Shay, much as she hates it, she has her mother's scary intensity. Still gotta hurt even more that Ryan is the favorite now that she knows he's adopted.

Also this is the first time in awhile that I feel like I connected to Tessa emotionally, the way she looks up to Dallas as a mother figure has been something that the show has been building up to from the Pilot, and her realization Dallas, while a great person, is not her mother and doesn't think of her as a daughter was a sad but ultimately endearing moment for Tessa. However I'm not sure how I feel about her seeing her Grandmother in person for the first time since... Ever? And her first thought is: "Yay my ticket out of here!" One step forward, two steps back Tessa. Still pretty funny despite Eden and the dark/ambiguous ending. 5.5



I was pretty bored with Modern Family this week. The only big funny moment for me was Claire's rather cruel joke on Cam with the garbage disposal. If Claire is going to be the Nazi Mom then I say she should own it and her cracking up over Cam's freakout was infectious.



I LOVE APARTMENT 23! I had no idea this show was gonna be so good. I hoped, but never dreamed that this premise would work so well. We're at the point in the show now where the characters are getting familiar enough that we situations get funnier because of it. June's tub scene cracked me up, but Chloe's expression when she caught June had me rolling. And then of course June's horrified response: "NO I WASN'T!" OMG I came for Krysten Ritter but I'm doubling up on the funny lady love with Dream Walker, she's a treat, she made this whole episode for me. 7
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I only watch The B---- and Modern Family and I think that the Modern Family episode was the best that I've seen in ages. I found it consistently funny and and engaging, which is very rare for this season, it's probably the season highlight for me. The B---- was just a little bit better.
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I liked the season final for suburgatory. even though it was sad to see Tessa come to terms with the fact that Dallas is not a replacement for her mother. But i still found it good and i cant wait to see how things are going to go next year.

I never really watched the middle. idk i dont reall find it that funny.

As for the B. Idk this shows starting to grow on me but i still think that somethings "missing" and i cant tell what. Last nights episode was good but it wasnt anything special
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but the scene with Chloe catching June was really funny
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Suburgatory: 8 - I loved the ending. I actually watched it twice. It was nice to see Tessa have an emotional breakthrough.



Modern Family: 6 - the show isn't as great anymore but it's still better than a lot.



Apt 23: 7.5 - probably funnier than Suburgatory but Sub just holds a special place in my heart. I love visiting Chatswin every week.
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Suburgatory was ok, The absurdity of the babies room was funny. Yukult talking to Dallas was hilarious. However Dallas summed up what was missing. Where's Dahlia, that is what was missing from the finale, how can you have a finale without one of the key characters of the series? We could have done without any of the time Eden had and replaced it with Dahlia being Dahlia. Tessa's quirks this week were so so. Lisa paid of with "do you know how ignorant you sound" to Malik when he told her that it was ok that she belong to her parents. And the reveal of the Brother being the adoptee wasn't as wacky and crazy as it should have been. This felt more like a set up for a finale rather than a finale itself. And the grandma coming back as the ending? What the hell? She doesn't look even remotely funny. They get a 5 for ending such a solid season with a finale that any fan would feel left them wanting.



Modern Family, Unoriginal. Nothing they haven't done all season and better in some parts. The only thing I found funny was Alex's crush on her teacher. And that was it. 4



B in 23 was funny. I don't think it was the strongest episode. The back and forth between Chloe influencing June and June influencing Chloe was great. But I would have appreciated more wackiness from Chloe. And the bird thing I just didn't like or get. But it was the best part of the night so I give it a 6.
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Suburgatory - 4. What the hell was that? All dramatic and ugly and confusing, I couldn't follow any of it since I haven't been watching this season, then I see this and it's a downer and not funny and there's so much going on and then blithering weirdness. And the writing and production is SO chick-focused that it's become offputting all on its own.



Modern Family - 6.5. This was a cute episode, the Alex storyline being the worst, but it was great to finally have an episode where the family isn't happy and making noise, they've all cheesed each other off so much that they trudge in quietly to a scene, that was hilarious in a John Waters sort of way. Phil and Mitchell's storyline was cringe-worthy but in a funny way for once; the stuff with Manny and Luke was a cute little distraction; I'm shocked it took Cam and Claire this long to come to a head on the rearing matter, and Claire's nasty side with the garbage disposal was cruel but somehow in-character (although how Lily turned on the disposal earlier when it was way up there made no sense). Gloria's storyline was amusing too the way she handled the emotional response, although Jay's sandwich does sound repulsive. But having it around Alex's storyline made it thinner than it could have been, hence my lowish score.



Bitchy Mc23 - 7.5. Oh man, this episode had it all, June masturbating awkwardly, a guy who feels for his parrot, JVDB and Chloe's sex tape, Chloe's inspiration scenes, Rosalind Chao's minister (although her accent really faded towards the end), and I think that was JVDB hanging with June's mom via Skype, right? That killed me. This wasn't as much Family-Guy as the last ep, so it gets a little boost, but it still had the unfunny gross neighbor they play for laughs (if they played him creepy and ONLY Chloe was supposed to find him acceptable, THAT would be funny) and Robin still doesn't feel like a character yet, and the coffee house never quite jels so it doesn't get a highest rating.



My sister suggested that Happy Endings and The Bitch would make great crossover fodder, and I agree.



I ended up watching last week's The Middle after reading the round-up here and seeing Sue in a prom dress, but it really was a lame episode and reminded me why I walked away from the series last year.
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The Middle is SO UNDERRATED. Its a pretty good show.

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The Middle! I love that show. I wish people would give it a chance, for the amazingness that is the kids on that show.
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Can The B---- be Stopped? Choose the right answer.

1) Yes

2) No



My answer: No.



Now that deserves full points. So, where's my A, Lily?
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All of these are great comedies. ABC really has developed some winning comedy over the last few years. Though Modern Family is definitely feeling stale, especially when airing right before the fun, ultra-modern and awesome B in Apt 23. Can't wait for its block with Happy Endings.
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Still watching The Middle! I love it and it deserves some attention.

I don't like the Subusrgatory finale, but Anna Gasteyer saved it for me!
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i still watch the middle and still think it can deliver, like last week when whoopi was on, that was hilarious!

i didnt like the darker suburgatory finale, thats one show that has always had a bit of a light feel to it that the darker plunge felt a tad off to me as well
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Suburgratory: 8/10. I liked the darker finale. The main reason I like Suburgatory is how well they do their continuity, and when unexpected things are revealed (Ryan being adopted) or unexpected things happen, (Tessa not getting the internship) it adds to the continuity in a way that makes me enjoy the show more. That said, the episode wasn't the funniest, but I still enjoyed it, and I almost got teary when Tessa was driving while crying. Which is the best thing a show can do.



Modern Family: 3.5/10. I watched it about two hours ago, I still had to look at a overview in order to remember things about it, and even then the things I remembered seemed foggy. I kind of laughed when Mitchell was stuck in the elevator, but that was it.



Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23: 7/10. Not the best episode of the show, but this show manages to stay consistent in terms of quality. And I'm getting a bigger and bigger crush on Dreama Walker. The biggest laugh was probably in the coffee shop, with the cutaway to the girl getting a spasm or whatever.
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I stopped watching the middle last season... Every episode, is the same old thing. I started watching the show cause I missed MITM and this had a few twists in the casting that made it interesting. But, nothing new happens, Sue keeps failing at everything, ( though she's the only funny character on the show) The guy from scrubs is kind of funny, Frankie is just annoying and the wig is not fooling anyone...and the younger kid was funny in the first two seasons.... As far as Suburgatory is concerned,, I really liked the finale, it was exactly what it needed to be, and I actually found the closing scene good. Modern family is again, always the same, I still watch it though, cause it still sometimes very funny (I hope though, they don't win all the emmys again this year) and last but not least... I couldn't be happier that ABC actually planned right, and joined The bitch and happy endings together. Those two are hilarious shows that have great casting and fresh storylines. They will make Tuesday comedy block stronger than Wednesday comedies.
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