TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (October 21)

So much swell and so much hell this week! Where to begin? How about right here?


Swell:

... Sheila's missing dolls T-shirt on Suburgatory
When Tessa's kooky neighbor (Ana Gasteyer) had her freaky doll collection stolen, it set the table for a silly sight gag that worked well in Suburgatory's heightened reality. AND she made her daughter wear one of the shirts to school. Also laughable: Dahlia's sticky mascara blink. When did this show become the best new comedy on TV?


... This AWESOME Gus Fring pumpkin by a TV.com user
We received this incredible shot after posting Price's wicked awesome jack-o'-lantern stencils. This user beat us at our own game! (P.S. Dear M.A.O., if you send us your username/permission to post your real name we'll give credit where credit's due...)


... Exciting rumor: Pee-wee Herman on Dancing with the Stars next season?
Is there any way ABC can bring back Nancy Grace to play Large Marge?


... All seven timelines from last week's Community at the same time
Whoa dude, whoa.


... Juice getting his "Men of Mayhem" badge
In this week's Sons of Anarchy, Clay honored a teary-eyed Juice, whose mind was stuck on something much more grave. Brilliant performance by Theo Rossi. What? No, no, we're fine, we just have something in our eye.


... This photo of Andy and the gang from Parks and Rec's upcoming Halloween episode
We just love how terrible the costumes are. Any guesses as to what he is?


... Revenge is heating things up
The ABC soap celebrated its full-season pickup with a bona fide murder! And threw in some sex for good measure!


Hell:


... DirecTV vs. Fox's cable networks
The satellite provider is threatening to yank FX, NatGeo, Fox Sports channels, local Fox affiliates, and more over carriage issues. Can't you two gigantic multi-billion corporations settle your multi-million dollar disputes in a way that doesn't affect those of us who make $11 an hour?


... The awful Top 17 X Factor contestants
Memo to Fox: No one cares.


... Beware of the nice chef with the candy
Top Chef: Just Desserts contestant Morgan Wilson was indicted for possession of child porn.


... The CNN circus that was the Republican Debate
Though we loved watching the tantrums, name-calling, and thumb-sucking, you guys (well, mostly Mitt Romney) are handling your camera time like a bunch of babies and idiots. Not that the Dems would do it any better. Ugh, we're screwed.


... Love in the Wild: Take 2
NBC has ordered a second season of its Bachelor-meets-Survivor-meets-zzzzzz reality show. Filming people getting tropical venereal diseases isn't going to turn the network around, NBC.


... No new Fringe this week
We often forget to praise Fringe's Swell-o-vision moments in this story because we put it together on Friday afternoons before the newest episode airs. But knowing there wasn't a new one coming this week definitely qualified as Hell-o-vision.



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

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Swell: Communities multiple universes; jerky Stefan on Vampire Diaries (truly a great performance);

I missed Fringe too :( (P.S. The Fringe reviews every week usually do it justice, with praise and finer details :) )

Also, X-factor is truly terrible. To make things worse they cut the majority of loveable people. Making it worse than worse :P
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"May Pierce rest in Pierce" Oohooh
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I agree with some people on Suburgatory not being fun this week (last week) but when Dahlia tried to blink...i think i shall remember that scene for a very long time!
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Swell: The John Alton salute on TCM because I'd never seen The Big Combo or Border Incident before, Gibbs' calling a suspect a bitch on NCIS, the ending of The Mentalist episode, Fringe rerunning the season premiere (since I didn't see it the first time). Hell: HLN's coverage of the Conrad Murray trial, particularly the showcasing a Michael Jackson impersonator as an expert on the rigors of touring, an IV bag in the studio between the anchors, and the defense attorney who seemed to take umbrage at another attorney's disagreement with one of her points.
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I actually didn't think Suburgatory was that funny this week, seems I'm the only one. Loved the Community video, and Revenge!
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The return of Mason in Vampire Diaries, best TV moment for ages, I actually cheered!!
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That Community clip sounded like a crowd just walked into my apt. I LOVE IT!
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The ending to the Community video was perfect.
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Suburgatory is awesome! Loved the mascara slow blink!

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Thanks for the shout out to Fringe! :) Perhaps the swell/hell o visions should be moved to Saturday -ishopeful-
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@saizen33 Are you watching Community? It's always on the Swell list because it really is THAT good.
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How come it seems that Community and Parks and Rec are on the swell list EVERY WEEK!?! How about sharing the love for some other shows? That said, it's nice to see Fringe included for once. But, Fringe, Supernatural, and any other Friday night show will never be on the list because of the time that the article is written. That really stinks!!! Shame on the TV.com staff!!
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Sub is one of the coolest shows this season, New Girl--NO! 2 Broke Girls--NO!
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Swell: Mr. Mackey and Principal Victoria beating the crap out of Selena Gomez on South Park, the scenes between Constance and Moira on American Horror Story, "So that hair was on your head when Tupac was alive?."



Hell: lame SVU, Man Up being horrible, no NBC comedies.
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Fox as pushing DirecTV as a sponsor during the OK State/Mizzou game on FX this afternoon, weird.
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It's still swell that they showed a re-run of Fringe. Could have been worse and have been 30 sec of fame or something.

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By that I mean Andy.
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why couldn't THAT picture be up for open auction!
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Haha that is a fantastic suggestion and we just might try it.
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wish there is a parallel world broadcasting a new episode of fringe this friday.

this friday SUCKS!
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Finally some love for SAMCRO!! My favorite show by far. I agree Suburgatory is a sleeper hit. Never thought I'd like it till I watched it. I would just add one of the most hilarious Psych episodes ever to that Swell list. Previous episode was slap your knee, laugh out loud funny.
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Suburgatory is definitely one of the best new shows. the Community clip gives me a headache though, it's better when watched on mute



Why's everbody trashing The X Factor? can you honestly tell me anybody on the last season of American Idol was any good? because they weren't, with exception of Pia and MAYBE Casey.. Drew Ryniewicz, Melanie Amaro, Rachel Crow, Josh Krajcik, LeRoy Bell, and Stacy Francis are the only good ones on the X Factor, but that's still 6 good people as opposed to American Idol's 2
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Just because the X factor is bad doesn't mean that American Idol was good. They both suck.
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Dalia's mascara blink was hilarious and very well done. I tried to do it in front of the mirror, but couldn't pull it off. I did, however, find out that I CAN pull off wearing mascara :)
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YES. That is totally possible.. If U are wearing cheap mascara. ( Tammy Faye Baker ) When I first read your post I did not understand why U would not know that and then I noticed the name lol..
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Swell: Suburgatory, just overall.// The return of Shawn and Gus (aka T.G. Dynamite).



Hell- the NBA lockout. To continue the staff's sentiment regarding Direct TV and Fox... Allow me to speak for the masses when I say to the NBA players,owners, Direct TV, and Fox (who has feuded withe e/o recently-and it's ALWAYS about more $$$) Seriously?!?!!? Fuck you and your shameless greed. Way to take our feelings into consideration.
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2nd the return of Shawn and Gus.
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Hes an MMA fighter. I forget his name.... Chuck Ladelle, maybe?
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All work and no Fringe makes Taccado a dull boy. The lack of Fringe really made me curl up in a foetal position and sob quietly at 9 pm on Friday.
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Screw Chinese water torture. Despotic regimes should allow prisoners to watch one episode of Fringe, and then force them to wait weeks before watching the next episode. They'll crack like (Snap your fingers) THAT!
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Lol. Thankfully I watch Supernatural too..
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Hell: Terra Nova execs shoving cash in their pockets as fast as they can before tripping over the plug on this mutt on their way out the door!!
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Is that a serious question? That's Andy as former UFC fighter Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell.
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Hell: Having to login all the damn time at TV.com. I don't comment as often as I would like to because it is always asking me to login. Sorry, been wanting to say that for awhile. I had to login to say so.
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I would like to add the VH1 and all their "tv shows" to the hell list. I didn't even know it was possible to not have any quality tv shows and still be on air. Just wow man.
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aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh when is the next Friday ! need my fringe fix damn it !
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I'm guessing Mr. Swanson went as Mr. T and forgot that there's something missing in the costume...
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The fact that Mr. T always had about 12 pounds of gold on?
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