TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (November 12)

Holy crap, you guys! We made it! The week is over and maybe the world too, and we have so much stuff to talk about! So here's an extra long edition of all our weekly Swell vs. Hell roundup!


Swell:


... We loved Glee
We know, you guys, but it was kind of a magical episode. The cutting between "A Boy Like That" (sung flawlessly by Santana and Rachel) and Sebastian trying to seduce Blaine was great. Like, maybe our favorite thing since back when we liked Glee on a regular basis.


... Top Model forced its contestants to pose in a GIANT BOWL OF GREEK SALAD
This is exactly the type of bonkers we hope to see when we tune in each week.


... Family Guy's "Stewie Goes for a Drive" was one of the show's best episodes in ages
After too much yelling and seriousness, it was nice to finally see an episode that focused on the characters getting along and just being funny. It had excellent cutaway scenes, too—like the end of a depressing '70s sci-fi movie, and Stewie being shipped to Siberia. Even Ryan Reynolds playing himself, striking up a goofy gay-ish friendship with Peter, was tongue-in-cheek stuff done well.


... This week's New Girl
Between Schmidt's parkour routine and list of what he likes about India (including "cobras in baskets and chut-n-ey), the Birdie Cat who lives in a nest on the roof, and the writers fleshing out Cece with her admission of loneliness to Schmidt in one of the most understated, touching moments on the series so far, this episode was pretty spectacular.


... It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's breaking and entering
Thursday's totally bizarre episode of Sunny was distilled to 190-proof nonsense as the gang broke into a house to steal a vase. Why? We think it had something to do with Indiana Jones, but who cares? Frank hiding amongst a little girl's stuffed animals with a whip was one of the highlights.


... A real-life hubby and wife on Fringe
It isn't often that guest stars jump into one of our favorite shows and immediately make us forget about the regular cast, but Stephen Root and Romy Rosemont were absolutely phenomenal in Friday's emotional episode. Their chemistry sold the wonderful story and left us wondering how far we'd go for our own loved ones. We really, really, really love Stephen Root around these parts.


... The Heart, She Holler
Equal parts comedy and nightmare, this Adult Swim miniseries was nothing if not memorable.


... Maggie on The Walking Dead
Lauren Cohan's done great work on previous genre favorites like Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries, but she's currently bringing a much-needed dose of soulful pragmatism to her Maggie character, a great new addition to Season 2.


... 2 Broke Girls' romantic subplot
Color us impressed! Great development of Max's character, too.


... Community karaoke
This whole montage was pretty great, but suddenly we have a whole new appreciation of Seal's "Kiss from a Rose."


Hell:


... Ringer is overestimating our interest in Malcolm and Juliet
As well as everything else. But mostly Malcolm and Juliet. Did we mention that we're over Malcolm and Juliet?


... No new Revenge
We GOTS to know what Lydia remembers!


... The school shooting on American Horror Story
Manipulative and not necessary to the plot. It was there for shock value, and it grossed us out way more than the eating brains scene.


... Dexter's mid-season wheel-spinning
It was bad enough that the show killed off its most promising new character, but now it's just straight-up dawdling before our hero's final showdown with the Doomsday Killer. Can Dexter only have six-episode seasons from now on?


... The tedious "final casting" episode of Top Chef
It's not so much that they're filming audition rounds and passing them off as episodes, it's that they're doing so while pretending the featured chefs aren't yet on the show. How does that work? They are engaging on competitive cooking on TV! That means they're competing on Top Chef, right?


What made your list of TV loves and hates this week?

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no Revenge last week was a killer..
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FRINGE!!!!! Loved it so much!

Also New girl was pretty good.

But mostly, FRINGE!!!!!
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"Ringer is overestimating our interest in Malcolm and Juliet" you hit the nail on the head with this one.
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Dont get the big deal about the American Horror Story shooting
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New girl schimdt: [about cece] I want to get my hand stuck in her cleavage 127 hours style.



hilarious!!
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I loooooooved that episode of Glee because they didn't do cheesy pop songs. I love it when they sing the classics and West Side Story is definitely a classic. Plus, the music influenced the show so much that I forgot I was watching a high school musical show. I am going to assume that this week's episode will suck in comparison.
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It's always sunny in philadelphia...it was the best episode in seasons...so funny.
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Swell: American Horror Story, it's scary because it is often true

Hell: Frank hiding in the dolls, meh...
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Swell: Community, Parks & Rec (aka Tommy's Place), American Horror Story 'controversy', Frank Hiding in the dolls on Always Sunny, and "If anyone knows about stuffing, it's Natalie Portman"



Hell: No Suburgatory... and ... I guess people complaining about good shows (as always).



I thought it was a good week of TV, especially for my comedies. Kiss From a Rose has been in my head since Thursday, may help that I LOVED that song when it first came out.
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My sitcoms, "Raising Hope," "The Big Bang Theory," & "Rules of Engagement" were SWELL as always. "Once Upon a Time" was also great.



HELL: CMA Awards replaced the Laugh On comedy block. I sorely missed "The Middle" & "Modern Family."
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Swell: Family Guy instant classic. Stewie is easily my favorite character.// South Park's take on 'Ancient Aliens' with a dose of Thor--TOO FUNNY for words!!// Both Taco and Rafi from 'The League.' 2 of the funniest and most underrated characters on any comedy.// Breakout show of the year- TSC.



Hell: Ok, I'll be -that- guy..

There are starving children all over the world....but hey let's make a giant greek salad and put models in it. And shame on you TV.com staff for endorsing this type of crap!! (yeah I know, that particular food wouldn't have gone to them anyway, but it still irritates me...)



Also, I'm all for grey characters and such (as a fan of ASOIAF), but Carrie Mathison (Homeland) is becoming too unlikeable for me to root for. If you watch the show, you know exactly what I mean.// And what's with the characters on The Walking Dead? (I seriously don't like the writing this year AT ALL) and lastly, Margaret Schroeder... your schizo-sluttiness really disappoints me.
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Sons of Anarchy's episode this past week (and the week before) (and the week before that) (and... this whole season) was awesome. Very swell.
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Forgot Glee! Best episode this season!
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House, The Secret Circle, Fringe & Community were great!

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Really? No mention of the great Parks & Recreation (or: Tommy's Place) episode?
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So agree. I thought the Model UN ep of P&R was one of their best... one of the best eps of one of the best comedies on TV should be SWELL.
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It was swell to get the old Morgan back on Chuck. It was also swell to get a funny and zany episode of Supernatural.
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Yeah, the last 3 episodes (of Supernatural) have been gore-larious. See what I did there.... ;)



Morgan was outta control there for a while....Who's Luke Skywalker?!?!?!
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Swell: Fringe, Family Guy, South Park, American Horror Story, the best episode of Grey's Anatomy in about 3 seasons and, as always, Community.



Hell: Another shite episode of Sanctuary. I've now given up on this show. The acting is absolutely terrible and Helen Magnus only has two personality traits: condescending and judgemental. Last Man Standing, but only because it's worked its way onto my schedule and I don't know how.
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Swell: South Park's Parody of sci-fi epic Dune [Must Watch just for the worms]



P.s the shooting did add to the plot as you learnt about the librarian and I'm sorry the show is 'American HORROR story' if you're not watching it fr th shocking moments why are you watching it!?
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Dune??? Wait, I'm so confused...are you talking about the Thanksgiving episode?
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Swell:

Too much Tate, but yeah, it was necessary.



Hell:

I want more Revengeee... I'm in love with this show.
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Blue Bloods was awesome this week
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Swell:

- A Heroes' reunion between Masi Oka and Greg Grunberg on Hawaii Five-0.

- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: "It was weird that they were Asian, right?"

- GOP candidate Rick Perry's campaign for the presidency on life support after one of the best mental lapses since Miss South Carolina at the Miss Teen USA pageant in 2007.



Hell:

- The previously mentioned GOP candidate Rick Perry on damage control by making fun of himself on Letterman.
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I didn't get anything special out of Family Guy last week. If anything, having to mine "the endings of weird 70's sci-fi movies" proves they're scraping the barrel for topics now.
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love that you put glee and 2 broke girls on the list. the glee was like season 1-level good and 2 broke girls was really sweet
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Dexter feels like it should have 2 episodes, not six.......... but I still have faith in the series.
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Swell: FRINGE - best episode so far.

Hell: that not more people are watching this awesome show.
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That episode of IASIP was just AMAZING. Still haven't cleared it from my DVR, so I can watch it over and over again!



Harry's Law was pretty great, with Kathy Bates proving how she won that Oscar back in the 90's. Also in that episode, Sterling K. Brown really brought some acting gravitas to the other arc in that episode.
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I disagree with the AHS thing being in the Hell section, but I can see how people didn't think think it was tasteful. But it was necessary and it was probably the best episode so far this season.
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Swell: The entire season so far of Sons of Anarchy. I've never been so uncomfortable and nervous throughout an episode and loving every second of it. Ps- F.U CLAY!
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Yes for this. SOA is freakin amazing this season. My favorite show by miles.
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Swell: LOL Community, now that song is stuck in my head. :p



Hell: Man I missed Revenge this week! Can't wait for next week.



Everything else? You're on my dvr and I WILL watch you soon!
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Fringe is awesomeness squared, these days.

It's one of the most underappreciated shows on television, IMO.
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Fringe was great this week ... HIMYM was better than last week, but still not good enough. 2 and a half men just sucks without Charlie.
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Swell: Gus drop kicking a baseball player while in a mascot suit on Psych!!! And doing the worm because of itching caused by the mascot suit!! Shawn driving the Blueberry in the mascot suit!!.....look, every scene with that suit was swell. :D The polygraph scenes in Homeland also Swell!

Hell: Two and a Half Men reminding us how much the show sucks without Charlie Sheen.
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Swell: Penny and Leonard's non-date on The Big Bang Theory, especially when Leonard would make Penny pay her own way; The Daily Show's coverage of Rick Perry's debate senior moment; Jon Stewart's equating the Penn State scandal to the Catholic priest abuse scandal. Brian Eno, Michael Stipe, and Stephen Colbert singing Bill Wither's Lean on Me on The Colbert Report. Hell: The cast of TMZ pretending they have any sort of standing to be casting aspersions on the Penn State students or Mike McQuarrie, a point really brought home by one of their cameraman asking Malin Akerman if she'd be interested in attending a White Power rally (not even remotely funny) in the very next segment; another reality show competition show sucking up to plug Adam Sandler's new movie; Joel McHale spitting up on The Soup (more gross than funny).
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If this week's Fringe doesn't prove that it deserves some Emmys, well, I don't know what will (except maybe someone burning down the Mad Men studio, I guess).
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Don't know what Dexter is doing in hell. IMO it was the best episode of the season. Sad about Brother Sam though...



And as for the opening of American Horror Story....how can the backstory of a major character NOT be important to the plot? Don't get that one at all. Definitely hard to watch but extremely gripping. Overall that show has impressed the hell out of me.
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Top Chef should always be in swell, no matter what! Unless it get's cancelled...haha...okay not funny.
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I agree with you. But their point about them supposedly NOT being on Top Chef yet is nitpicky but true.
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It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia was hands down the funniest thing this week.

I felt the school shootout on American Horror Story was important. We've gotten to see grisly details of previous occupants, and here we got to see the backstory of a character that's been with us since the pilot, and how the house finally took it's toll on him.
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The Secret Circle's mid-season finale was more cerebral than explosive and it was swell. Also Grey's Anatomy's first amazing episode in a looooooong time.
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Lol Coummunity and New Gril were both hillarious, And I hate getting Glee shoved down my throat. HELL no Vampire Diaries until January How Will I Survive-I am already going through withdrawl!
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