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'Bob's Burgers' Recap: The Brett Favre of Thunder Girls

December 15th, 2014 9:32am EST
'Bob's Burgers' Season 5, Episode 7
Some TV shows justify genre homages with characters who are so pop culture-obsessed that acting out scenarios from their favorite works of fiction is just a natural part of their daily lives. That element is at play somewhat in “Bob’s Burgers” (as in this season’s premiere, “Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl”), but what really distinguishes this show when it comes to pastiches is how hard every member of the Belcher family commits to any new obsession. Tina and Louise did not jump into the job of drawing out the Thunder Girl mole because they are devotees of the spy thriller, but because that...

'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Martin Freeman And Charli XCX

December 14th, 2014 8:30am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Martin Freeman Hosts With Musical G
It was the British invasion on the penultimate 2014 episode of “SNL,” with first-time host Martin Freeman and first-time musical guest Charli XCX. It is not every week that “SNL” has the perfect actor to play nebbishy scamps, so this episode took every opportunity it could to fit Freeman into his wheelhouse. Indeed, at least regarding the host, this was one of the most well-cast episodes of “SNL” in a while. Meanwhile, the show in general continued its Season 40 pattern of focusing on original material, with a single character on Weekend Update serving as the lone recurring bit of the ni...

'The Middle' Recap: What's The Point Of Christmas?

December 11th, 2014 9:28am EST
The Middle
The main thrust of “The Christmas Wall” snapped into place at the very end, with Frankie making peace over how every time you think you’re out of frickin’ Christmas, it sucks you back in. Frankie tried to retire from traditional holiday celebrations the same way hitmen try to get out of the profession. She thought she had already a career’s worth of baking, decorating, and wrapping presents, but she had made too many allies, and they needed her for one last job. But it is never one last job. Once you’re back in the game of Christmas, there’s no getting out – not like you were ever real...

'New Girl' Recap: Reverse Santa - 'LAXmas'

December 10th, 2014 9:58am EST
New Girl - LAXmas
“New Girl” might be developing an addiction to the bottle (episode). After spending two whole half-hours confined (almost) entirely to the loft this season, Jess, Cece, and the guys headed out, only to find themselves stuck in another location. Los Angeles International Airport was not quite the same seething cauldron of angst, as it was much more spacious than an apartment. Waiting out flight delays can be just as frustrating as being stuck at home, but there is more room in the former to prevent everyone’s anxieties and frustrations from bumping up against one another. However, that d...

'Bob's Burgers' Season 5, Episode 6, 'Father Of The Bob'

December 8th, 2014 10:01am EST
Bob's Burgers
“Bob’s Burgers” features the healthiest family dynamics on any television show currently airing. Linda and Bob’s devoted and playful relationship sets the tone for the kids’ relationships with each other and their parents. They are all so unapologetically weird, and they are never afraid to let their freak flags when in each other’s company. Their quirks are not identical, but they are not ashamed of them because they all have each other’s back. The kids are actively encouraged by their mother and tolerated, with affection, by their father.

One might surmise that the Belchers come from...

'Saturday Night Live' Review: James Franco And Nicki Minaj

December 8th, 2014 9:12am EST
James Franco/Nicki Minaj - SNL
With a crisis in policing in America, and a movie studio being hacked, possibly in retaliation to the upcoming film starring tonight’s host, this week’s “SNL” was not struggling for topicality. Surprisingly enough, one of the most uncomfortable issues of the year shocked the show out of its politically tepid default, resulting in some legitimately funny material on a difficult subject. However, what this episode was most notable for was a bizarrely naturalistic pace. It was not slow and sleepy so much as it was that many of the sketches took their time to find a joke. Rhythmically, this...

'The Middle' Recap: World's Greatest Dad

December 4th, 2014 10:58am EST
The Middle
Would Mike Heck be as good a dad as he is – not just a good one, but the world’s greatest – if he didn’t have a daughter like Sue? When people wonder if they are good parents, if they are halfway decent they tend to put the onus squarely on themselves. This surely makes sense, because parents are ostensibly the adults, and when the parent-child relationship begins, the children are helpless. But at a certain point – certainly by the time of college visitation, but probably before that – children have enough of their own agency to bear some responsibility for the health of the relationshi...

'New Girl' Review: The Gatherers Have Become The Hunters - 'Girl Fight'

December 3rd, 2014 9:07am EST
'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 10 Review: The Gatherers Have Becom
For all of its specific characterization, “New Girl” occasionally traffics in stereotypical storylines. This is not necessarily problematic – sometimes actual people resemble stereotypes, and grappling with that similarity can provide a new spin on an overly trite formula. Thus “Girl Fight” takes on that classic trope of gender-defined conflict resolution styles. Jess and Cece are notably passive-aggressive, so it makes sense that their disputes would tend to be verbal and protracted. Their personalities should alleviate any potential criticism of sexism towards this episode, but that d...

'Bob's Burgers' Review: 'Best Burger'

December 1st, 2014 9:59am EST
Bob's Burgers
Most sitcoms remain essentially in stasis, their appeal lying in the comfort of familiar situations and familiar characters. Good sitcoms have the promise of potential change, for the sake of providing tension. But the truly great sitcoms actually go through with changes and still manage to maintain their appeal.

With this in mind, Bob Belcher is an ideal sitcom character. His passion for the craftsmanship of buns and meat patties is never going to go away. Furthermore, his lack of ambition and general contentedness with his lower-middle class life mean that he will probably always rem...

'Mulaney': 'Motif & The City'

December 1st, 2014 4:55am EST
“Mulaney’s” seventh episode displayed some of the strategies that a first-season sitcom should be employing, though it went about them in questionable and unfocused fashion. This was the most narrative burden yet borne by Motif, who has thus far been relegated to doing weird things around the apartment whenever he has not been providing support in the main plot. Seaton Smith is the third-billed actor, so he ought to be gradually sketched out in ways that are not just reliant on the lead character. This probably should have happened a little sooner than it has, but “Mulaney” is a show wit...