Television shows I’m currently making time to view, in order from most consistently enjoyable to less so, bearing in mind that God don’t make no junk but TV networks do, but I don’t watch no junk unless it happens to be what Kim wants to watch while I occupy myself online:
This shouldn’t be a surprise, since it’s written by the same guy who created Sealab 2021, and I own all those DVDs.
Parks & Recreation
from its general hilariousness, it’s got even more going for it. You
can count on some physical comedy from Chris Pratt, and the show almost
always puts you in a happy mood.
snappy dialogue, an no shortage of puns, unique abbreviations, and fun
phrases. I think of Damon Wayans saying, “Daddy likes a deep tuck” every
time I don an undershirt.
most recent episode centered on potato skins. A full half-hour of
television. Absurd without being aggressively absurd, a la Tim &
Chopped (via DVR)
can fly through a recorded episode in 35 minutes, skipping over the
inter-chef and judge chit-chat that makes it unwatchable live. If the
producers would stop forcing the contestants to constantly mention their
personal “hook” -- my mother died, I’m trying to win for her, etc etc
-- I’d have no complaints. Well, except maybe the dessert round, give
those guys 10 additional minutes so they can BAKE, yo! French toast
ain’t no goddamned dessert!!
We should probably DVR this as well, but it’s a Wednesday night tradition.
An Idiot Abroad
Makes you feel good about your limited vacations.
At its worst, still funnier than 90% of television.
At its worst, still funnier than 89% of television.
Inessential, but a breezy way to spend 30 minutes.
The Walking Dead
suppose it’s a good sign that there’s only one show I watch to mock,
and I suppose it’s higher quality trash than reality shows on Bravo or
TLC. So, good for me?
Conan (via DVR)
Daily Show (first 10 or 20 minutes)
CBS This Morning
usual schedule is record Conan, watch the Daily Show’s first segment or
two before bed, then wake up and see what Charlie Rose is talking
about. Charlie Motherfucking Rose is in the house! CBS is in serious
danger of airing a news program in the morning, with no chuckling
between annoying weathermen and softball-question-lobbing anchors. If I
don’t care to hear the latest news, I watch Conan’s previous night’s
monologue while eating cereal.
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Television greivances, in no particular order:
Arby’s spokesman that sings “It’s Good Mood Fooooooood!”
higher on my list of Most Punchable Humans. Also, no it isn’t. There’s a
reason why The Simpsons coined the phrase, “I’m so hungry I could eat
The Bud Light Platinum advertising campaign
someone inform the idiots at Anheiser-Busch that the people who drink
Bud Light DON’T GIVE A SHIT HOW THEIR BEER TASTES?! You won the light
domestic beer battle. That’s not a compliment, but it seems to be a
fact. Anyway, you can stop innovating. Just keep pumping out the same
old swill and your loyal customers will drink it.
The low-rent cable ads, especially during Comedy Central programming
strawberries? Just the type product that is best ordered via telephone.
Sexytime phone chat lines? In this digital age, I don’t understand how
could those still be in business, let alone profitable. Catheters?
Yikes. I’ll stick with the strawberries.
The guys Zooey shares an apartment with on “New Girl”
I find them all unlikeable.