TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (September 30)

Is it just us, or was this week of television pretty darned awesome? Of course it isn't just us. Bookended by fantastic summer shows winding down and new shows giving us hope that not every freshman series is horrible, September 24-30 was practically the best week of television ever, and we'll fondly remember it... until next week. In the meantime, here's a super-sized edition of our week in review, because there was too much good stuff on to whittle it down.


Swell:

... Burt's sausage log cabin with a waffle roof on Raising Hope
This scene was both poignant and a reminder that "breakfast for dinner" is never a bad idea.


... Breaking Bad leaves Walt laughing
The final moments of "Crawl Space" were beyond words. Emmy awards for everyone. And we mean EVERYONE.


... The SUV mom singing along to gangster rap in the Suburgatory pilot
If for no other reason than our own Lily Sparks doesn't feel quite as bad about screeching along to Lil' Wayne in her Tracker now.


... Christina Applegate dressing like Kelly Bundy in an Up All Night flashback
It's kind of amazing to realize that this modern-day comedic actress was KELLY BUNDY for twelve years.


... Dr. Rosen getting sh*t done in Congress on Alphas
The show may not be Breaking Bad, but Rosen's speech in the season finale was poetic, just, and eloquent. And it set up Season 2 quite nicely. The incredibly magnetic David Strathairn has no business being on Syfy, the home of Tiffany and Debbie Gibson made-for-TV horror flicks, but we're glad he's kicking ass in the role anyway.


... The best drama on TV? Baseball!
Sometimes sports write better scripts than the best TV dramas, and we were treated to a season finale for the ages during Wednesday night's triple-helping of upsets, twists, and last-minute heroics. It was reaffirmation that baseball can provide the best tension in all of sports. And television. For extra innings, ESPN's Catching Hell, about ostracized Cubs fan Steve Bartman, offered a fantastic look at the intersection of sports and fandom.


... Mad mixes memes and ThunderCats
It's like 4Chan and Reddit exploded on your television screen! If you don't understand the jokes, congratulations, you have a social life.


Hell:

... Up All Night forcing Ava on us
We thought this was a show about a couple with a new baby—why does it seem like Will Arnett is being relegated to a supporting role? There's more to a successful comedy than Maya Rudolph.


... Watching Taylor crumble on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
She's clearly suffering, and it's made worse now that we know she was being abused, and that her ex would go on to kill himself.


... The "falling in horse crap" scene on 2 Broke Girls
Come on, show. You are better than this.


... H8R
H8R We're just going to dust off a permanent space on this list until this show goes away.


... Ashton Kutcher promoting his web sites on Two and a Half Men
Stickers featuring the logos of sites Kutcher has invested in were plastered all over his character's laptop for some free advertising. Thankfully, CBS got pissed. What's wrong, Ashton, $700,000 per episode isn't enough?


... Nancy Grace's alleged "nip slip" on Dancing with the Stars
Whether it happened or not, this whole conversation is the stuff of nightmares.


... Charlie's Angels, so bad it's really bad
It took all of two episodes for the Angels to go undercover as runway models. And how about Rachael Taylor's acting?


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

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Supernatural should be on the Swell side and TVD and TSC. HIMYM episode as well in the Swell. In the Hell side should be Hart of Dixie, GG, i agree with u on the horse poop in 2 Broke Girls, also How to be a gentlemen.
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So with you on Alphas. WHAT a finale.
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swell- supernatural
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Swell: NEDNA!! If these 2 crazy kids can find love, there is hope for us all.

Hell: Where do bad folks go when they die, they don't go to heaven where the angels fly, they go to a lake of fire and fry, see 'em again 'till the 4th of July....



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No love for Parks and Rec? This weeks episode was hilarious and had me laughing out loud, which not a lot of shows do...Ron with all 3 of his Tammys, just too ridiculous :P
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Swell: The Alphas season finale; a Hawaii Five-O with McGarrett in his office and no scenes of him and Danny bickering in Danny's car; the return of Red Jack's blind lover on The Mentalist; the "Voting Against Your Best Interest" sketch at the end of Real Time.
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Nancy Grace is pure EVIL and Fat to boot!

She should not be allowed on shows like this! hell, she has bigger guns than I do!!!!

Kutcher---nuff said---GONG HIM!!!!!

Christina Applegate is one of the coolest women on the tube! AQny guy would die to be her BF!

Did I say hottest women---Maggie Q and Grace Park!
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I understood everything in the MAD video. I need to get out more.
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Breaking Bad was AWESOME and so Emmy worthy! Up all night was fun, but needs to find its place. I look forward to more!
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Baseball on TV.com? Hmmm....
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i love Christina Applegate dressing like Kelly Bundy... so many memories
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Rachael Taylor's acting isn't bad have you ever seen her in "Transformers".
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SWELL

"Breaking Bad leaves Walt laughing" oh yeah xD



"Christina Applegate dressing like Kelly Bundy in an Up All Night flashback" My exact thoughts!



"Dr. Rosen getting sh*t done in Congress on Alphas" Alphas rule!



"The best drama on TV? Baseball!" Best wild card finale on MLB ever!



"Mad mixes memes and ThunderCats" There are no words to describe how awesome this was!





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Hate all of the Maya on Up All Night- I totally agree she is not funny just because she is merely present. Will should have more screen time!
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NCIS - should have made the 'Swell' list. Allowing Tony to finally grow up? Priceless!
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The dialog on charlies angels just feels so forced and awkward. None of their lines sound natural and I don't think it's really the actors fault. Rachel Taylor is a beautiful woman but her wardrobe makes her look weird like when she was on the catwalk with that crazy model hair style wearing a red table cloth. Do they think that charlies angels is a show for the people who attend fashion week in Paris or NYC? If so I think they really misunderstood the demographic the original show was aimed at. I don't know if the ridiculous wardrobe or the bad writing that will get the show canned first, no wait the wardrobe could be forgiven if the writing was good. I don't think this one will be around long enough to fix either problem though.
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Patricia Clarkson playing Tammy One from Parks & Rec should of made the swell list! And the Fringe premiere should.
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Hey you forgot to add Fringe to your swell list.

Last night's episode was awesome!

Can we just give Anna Torv an Emmy already! Can't wait to see how John Noble does with his doppelganger.
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I agree one hundred percent with Taccado few comments back about Charlie's Angels : those mistakes are unacceptable and way more too obvious. I'm not sure Taylor's acting in CA is the main thing to blame. Her lines are juste horrible. I mean it's okay to have slightly philosophical sentence supposed to get us thinking "oh that's so profound" ah the end of an ep as a moral. But in every, and I mean EVERY, scene Taylor has to say this kind of sentence such as "Chasing your dreams shouldn't turn into a nightmare" or "shoes are like sushis, they don't travel well" (okay, that last one is not philosophical but still ridiculous). And Minka Kelly's emotionless face is really a problem. And why the heck is she not able to open her mouth when she talks ??? Have they glued her teeth together ?
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Person of interest has interested me without being totally new, Its the acting the writing the flow of the scenes wow this should'v been on your swell list.
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Don't even watch Breaking Bad, but wandered into the living room as boyfriend was watching it, and was transfixed by those final moments.
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Suburgatory is definitely on my list of loves, I never thought I'd like it, and the mom in the SUV was nothing short of brilliant.
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Breaking Bad and Alphas was a definite SWELL
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Who could act well with the terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible writing on this show. Plus Rachel Taylor seems to have fallen foul of both the hair/make-up and wardrobe departments who seem to be in a competition to see who can make her look worse. Sorry wardrobe despite your best efforts hair/make-up has taken an early lead!
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You think Rachael Taylor's acting is bad? How about Minka Kelly? Somehow I remembered she had some kind of an acting bone in her body, but I was so wrong I have no idea what I was thinking. She is ten times worse than Taylor! She delivers all her lines with this quirky grin on her face, like she's about to burst out laughing any second. Like in the beach scene where she had to pretend to be angry at Taylor's character, she just yelled her lines with this smile on her face. It was probably the least believable tantrum I have ever seen on the silver screen. (Hey, that rhymed.) Her face is completely blank in most scenes, leaving the audience to think whether there's anything going on in her mind. Watching her makes me cringe. Also it makes me a little bit turned on, but mostly her work is just cringeworthy.



And yeah, the show is terrible. It's like the writing process consists of the writers being connected to a machine which reads their dreams during the night. Whatever dreams they have are put on paper unedited, no matter how illogical they are. How is it possible that there are so many obvious mistakes? After Eve (Kelly) tackled this guy into the water, he was soaked, water dripping from his hair. But Eve was completely dry with perfect hair and make-up. And when Abby (Taylor) climbed on the outside of a building into a room, she clearly had these soft flat shoes on, just as one would expect for a job like that. But when she finally entered the room through the window, she suddenly had six-inch stilettos on. And it wasn't even a subtle mistake, it's like they made a point of catching the shoes on film, so that everyone would notice the mistake.
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Yeah and even if we did not pay attention to the flat shoes, seeing the stilettos after she was supposed to have climbed that cornice was shocking !
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That didn't rhyme.
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I took the scene from 2 Broke Girls way differently. I thought she just feel in mud and they both overreacted. I thought it was funny ._. Brb, gonna go pick up my brow.
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The only show that I care about is Mad. And I thought the ThunderLOLcats skit was hilarious! It was totally unexpected, and that's what you get for watching too many insane internet memes.
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And the Emmy goes to: Bryan Cranston (The best actor on Television, and thoroughly deserving of his 4th Emmy.)



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You still gotta feel for Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, and Hugh Laurie. They have a combined 15 Emmy nominations, with nothing to show for it. When I think about the 7 Emmy's given to Dennis Franz and James Spader, I begin to understand where the atheists are coming from.
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Yeah but Supernatural was amazing. XD
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Skyler: WHERE IS THE MONEY?!?
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I'm sorry, I think you put MAD on the wrong list. Just letting you know so you can fix it l8r. :T
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wow that mad vid was just wow. and omfg i hate nermal from garfield its voice personality everything about it sucks.
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Up All Night forcing Ava on us

Agreed!! She just DOESN'T fit in this show!!

2 Broke Girls

Come on, show. You are better than this.

Nope. They're really NOT better!! low brow, and lifeless.



The best drama on TV? Baseball!

OK, whichever one of the staff put THIS in SWELL.. I hope you get to go to the world series this yr. I hope your seat is right around 1st base. And as you fill your FAT FACE with the hot dog, the screaming linedrive catches you between the eyes!!! Yoooooooooooooooooooour OUUUUTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I agree forcing Maya Rudolph into the starring role of Up All Night should be in Hell. Christina Applegate and Will Arnett are the draw, I wish they hadn't made Rudolph's character bigger :(
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I agree about the horse-crap scene from 2 Broke Girls being in Hell. "Tell me it's mud!" Ugh. It'd have been better if the horse just kicked her in the face and the series just ended there.



Also, I agree with basically all of the Swells.
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