Tag: Grey’s Anatomy

What to Watch: 03/31/2016

A whole bunch of finales and one return of a classic animated series on the slate for Thursday. And, of course, Shondaland.

JASON’S PICK:
Life in Pieces [CBS, 8:30p]
I’d almost say that CBS is burning off the episodes of this charming and unique little ensemble comedy, but although it has not been renewed yet, the knowing sites call it a sure thing. Watch it tonight as it closes off it’s first season.

NAVANI’S PICK:
Shades of Blue [NBC, 10p]
After last week’s plot twist I am so psyched to see this finale of my newly minted fave crime drama. Will Harlee buy off Miguel? Will she get away with double crossing her squad? Maybe feds can be bought off too. We shall see.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Big Daddy [Comedy Central, 8:58 p]
One of Adam Sandler’s finer dumb comedies finds the comedian as a slow-to-start bachelor temporarily raising his friend’s kid.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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Thursday’s Best Reviewed: Grey’s Anatomy

One of the longest running shows featuring live humans takes the night with an episode featuring a long-coming divorce and a title clipped from Toni Braxton’s biggest hit. “Unbreak My Heart” finalizes the split between Jackson and April, all told in a backwards vignette style, straight out of Memento. Otherwise, to paraphrase Family Guy‘s on-point version of Tim McCarver, as good as the reviews were for Wednesday, that’s how as bad they were last night. One of Shonda’s other shows, Scandal, even made one reviewer from AV Club want to “take a bath.” The CW’s best straight-up sci-fi show, The 100, received solid reviews, and Vulture‘s Jenny Jaffe called this week’s You, Me, and the Apocalypse “brilliantly heartbreaking” in a 5 star review; however, for the most part reviews were tepid at best. Even the young critical favorite Baskets laid an egg (oy, I swear I didn’t realize what I was doing there until it was too late).

Thursday, February 25th’s Best: Grey’s Anatomy (8.5/10)

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While Grey’s Anatomy is known as a relatively traditional show, show creator Shonda Rimes has been known to let its hair down for experimental stylings at times. In the cleverly reference-titled “Unbreak My Heart,” the veteran show focuses on the crumbling marriage of Jackson and April, starting with their signing the divorce papers and tacking back to the day they met-cute at Grace Mercy West Hospital. Elizabeth Harlow at TV Fanatic singles out actors Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew who “deserve mad props for their performances. They carried the whole hour, and almost every scene was emotionally charged.” Maggie Fremont of Vulture waxes charmingly rhapsodic about #Japril, the couple who “found love in a hopeless place” (and I’ll accept any excuse to listen to that song).

The Rest of the Night:

The 100 – 7.9

You, Me, and the Apocalypse – 7.7

How to Get Away with Murder – 7.0

Colony – 7.0

The Big Bang Theory – 6.8

Baskets – 6.5

Elementary – 6.5

Vikings – 6.1

Scandal – 4.5

 

 

What to Watch: 02/25/2016

Holy Bazingas, Batman! There’s a lot of show out there to be had, both our picks and beyond, from highly-opinionated directors to sad sack clowns, but let’s start things off with a well-crafted little show with an insane ensemble that’s not getting nearly enough attention.

JASON’S PICK:
Life in Pieces [CBS, 8:30p]
Despite its well-executed and clever four stories-weaved-into-one concept, appealing characters, and crisp writing, Life in Pieces has practically slid under the radar. Tonight’s episode features pets throwing shade, sext misadventures, and two one-time couples in disarray.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
The Big Bang Theory [CBS, 8p]
Adam West–yes, really–is Sheldon’s birthday guest. Holy smokes, Batman!

NAVANI’S PICK:
Night Class: Great Minds with Dan Harmon [History, 11:30p]
The History Channel is dipping their toe into comedy this year with their spin on Drunk History. Dan Harmon has a time machine and he uses it to bring famous historical figures to the present for conversation. Throw in some of today’s best comedians including Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis, Dana Carvey, Aubrey Plaza and ta-da, potential for a new favorite show.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

  • FX’s Baskets has been proving itself as one of the most funny, and surprisingly darkly moving, shows on television. This week’s episode is simply described as “an evening with the family” and would appear to feature a second set of Baskets twins. Well, click on the title for the trailer, as our words don’t do the surreal show justice.
  • Colonyon USA, frequently has “won” Thursday night, and with Will and Katie close to having their secrets revealed, and marriage surely slightly shaken, it should contend for our “trophy” again this week.
  • If you’re digging on some Sherlock Holmes stories, CBS’s Elementary has been a reliably entertaining lark — and Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu tend to elevate any lacking material.
  • It’s the Jillian Bell block on Comedy Central, as Workaholics celebrates Ders Day and Idiotsitter throws a fake prom.
  • Let’s close this book with Shondaland, unfolding all night on ABC.

Thursday’s Best Reviewed: Colony

Son of a…for the second time in three weeks, the otherworldly dystopian sci-fi fronted by Lost‘s Sawyer, Josh Holloway, and creator, Carlton Cuse, takes the top spot in our round-up of Thursday’s top reviewed shows. Last week’s winner, the ethereal and unique Zach Galifianakis clown comi-tragedy Baskets, holds its own while turning a tv trope on its ear, as avowed non-couple Chip and Martha are tasked with caring for Chip’s twin’s children. Vikings posts a striking return as kingdoms falling apart leads to deceit and drama. Shondaland’s trio of shows slip a bit in their second week, although Rimes’ youngest show, How to Get Away with Murder earns a perfect grade from at least one source. Quirky critical fave You, Me, and the Apocalypse has a definite off week with an ambitious, eventful, but way too busy installment.

Thursday February 18th’s Best: Colony (8.5/10)

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Secrets and double-crosses abound in a thrilling episode of Colony whose action takes place mainly in a besieged bar, full of agents from all sides in this battle between mysterious host aliens, collaborators, and resistance forces. As Carissa Pavlica at TV Fanatic contends “as viewers, we’re as in the dark as everyone in the colony, and for once, I’m not really upset about that. I find it intriguing.” Vulture’s Kenny Herzog finds the “notion of team Bowman, with Bram and Gracie in tow, venturing out Truman Show–style in search of what’s beyond the wall is certainly appealing.” in a review featuring theories galore and a shout out to 1990s booty-loving rapper (and J.R. Ewing of Seattle) Sir MixaLot.

The Rest of the Night:

Vikings – 8.3

The 100 – 8.2

Baskets – 8.o

The Big Bang Theory – 7.8

Scandal – 7.5

Grey’s Anatomy – 7.3

How to Get Away with Murder – 7.0

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – 6.8

You, Me, and the Apocalypse – 6.4