What to Watch: 05/20/2018

May’s winding down of television seasons is about to itself wind down, with four long-running Fox comedies saying goodnight for the season (and in one case for its last time on the network), and our editors recommend one of them (but wish no SPECIFIC harm to the others). However, we lead our picks with a delightfully low-energy debut from Adult Swim.

Joe Pera Talks With You [Adult Swim, 12a]
Affably awkward comedian Joe Pera has a perfect home network for his low-key lunacy on Adult Swim. Building on the one-off Joe Pera Talks You To Sleep, from the same batch of faux-infomercials as the infamous Too Many Cooks, the nine-part series introduces you to a fictional Joe Pera, a Michigander who stumbles through his Upper Peninsula life. Pera is actually from Buffalo, New York, and I was ready to promote this even before I knew that and that he is a fellow Bills fan (we’re a bizarrely protective tribe).

Brooklyn Nine-Nine [Fox, 8:30p]
Tonight’s the night! It’s Jake and Amy’s wedding! Cheddar is back to make a guest appearance in the wedding and I can’t wait to see him waddle down the aisle with his little corgi butt. Internet spoilers abound and while I’ve managed to steer clear of most, I am very excited for Gina Rodriguez’s guest appearance. I’m sad that it’s the season finale because it means a little less laughter in my life, but I can’t wait to watch next season at its new home on NBC.

Westworld [HBO, 9p]
It looks like we finally get to see the Shogun world that they have been hinting at since the first previews of season 2. They say it’s the episode everyone will be talking about, so if you don’t want to be left out of the water cooler conversation you should tune in.



  • Whether or not The Simpsons should call it quits after next year’s 30th season is a debate for another day (and we WILL have that conversation); this week’s season 29 finale features ghosts of Simpsons past (see above) and its title is “Flanders’ Ladder” which pretty much has to be a Jacob’s Ladder reference, so maybe someone should inform these guys so they can figure out whether it’s actually a “Jacob’s Ladder Scenario.”
  • The Family GuySimpsons Did It” phenomenon is approaching ludicrous speed as tonight’s episode also features a main character talking to supernatural beings (in this case, it’s a comatose Peter chatting with God–so double-“Simpsons did it“).
  • Wrapping up Fox’s animated families, Bob Belcher is about to give up burgers which would give lie to the show’s name, Bob’s Burgers, putting a period on its eighth season.
  • Everybody’s talking about Starz’ Vida. On its third episode, Emma tries to settle down as Lyn is intent on blowing stuff up.
  • We’re not ones to go out of our way to suggest TLC series, but Lost in Transition sounds somewhat … hopeful … even if it may not have hope for the institution it’s chronicling–time will tell with that. The debuting show looks deep into the lives of four couples at various states of matrimony.
  • Speaking of those ties that bind, we are always ones to go out of our way to suggest Lifetime movies, and Deadly Matrimony promises to be the most Lifetime-y of Lifetime movies. Pro tip: If you ever find yourself even possibly in a Lifetime movie, don’t say “this night is perfect” as our protagonist apparently does during her first wedded dance with mister. We also are pretty sure it’s no relation to the 1992 Brian Dennehy-Treat Williams revenge thriller, but that one also sounds about as Lifetime-y as its name.
  • If you’re a fan of eccentric cooks, Iron Chef America returns for a (lets just say lotsth) season on Food Network.
  • Finally, Showtime’s gritty-as-its-70s-Los-Angeles-setting I’m Dying Up Here somehow lives on for its second season.

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