Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday Nights are Comcastic with Comedy!
Remember back between the years of 2006 and 2008 when "Comedy Night Done Right" on NBC was My Name is Earl, The Office, 30 Rock and Scrubs (as well as Andy Barker P.I. occasionally). That was great. Now we have what's looking to be a great second season of Community, as usual 30 Rock is great and The Office has been much better this season than last. But, for whatever reason Parks & Rec has been replaced with Outsourced. It's okay though. I can simply watch my first hour and a half of great programming, take a half hour break then watch FX's great hour block of comedy! It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League.
For the most part, last night's 2 1/2 hours of comedy was great. Community was pretty great. Plus, the oil barrel in Brita and Annie's oil protest was a Wilde Oil barrel, referencing Running Wilde on FOX. Cross-Network promotion! Yeah! Both of those shows are very funny. The only thing I can fault last night's episode with was the lack of Troy/Abed/Annie scenes. Everybody talks about how great Troy and Abed are together, I think Annie complements them incredibly well (see: last week's episode). Patton Oswalt also guest starred, and he's funny. John Oliver made another appearance as the substitute anthropology professor and was hilarious. So, you know, watch that show if you're not. It's consistently getting the worst ratings on NBC thursday night. We don't want another Pushing Daisies.
Then, 30 Rock. There isn't really much to say about last night's episode, other than, it was great!
I'm really liking this season of The Office so far. Last Night's episode was pretty much exactly what we've been asking for throughout all of last season. An episode for Andy and his affection for Erin that doesn't rely too much on Jim and Pam, because they're boring now! As we all know, Erin has started dating Gabe, who is the worst. Actually, I don't have a problem with Gabe. He's a pretty nice character. In last night's episode, Andy vies for Erin's attention by inviting her to his play. Ultimately, she babysits for Jim and Pam. For the most part, their only part in this episode was finding a babysitter for their kid. Andy spends most of the episode hoping that Erin will show up. At one point he completely derails one of the scenes in his play because he thinks Erin is texting him. It was a very good cringe humor scene, which we haven't gotten in a while. We also got Merideth being an alcoholic and Michael being terribly awkward, both plusses. We got some good, weird Angela/Dwight action. But ultimately, this episode was about Andy and Erin's blooming relationship. It is very reminiscent of early Jim and Pam. Near the end of last night's episode Erin tells Andy "I'm really glad we're hanging out again outside of work." and Andy smiles and says "Yeah, me too." AWWWWW They're so cuuuute! I'm really glad that they're developing this relationship more. I'm looking forward to seeing if they just rewrite the basic story line of Jim and Pam from the early seasons. Is Andy eventually going to profess his love for Erin at the end of next season, but be shot down? Will he go find his own Karen? (If he does, I nominate Abby Elliot for the part.) Also, how old is Erin supposed to be? According to wikipedia, Andy is about 38. I always assumed Erin was in her mid 20s by her personality. Anyway, this season is great so far. Next week has more of Andy trying to get Erin's attention and Holly will make an appearance.
Last night's episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was quite possibly the worst one ever. When the show is on, it's on. But last night it was not on. I'm afraid that it's turning into a caricature of itself. There was one joke last night that was really good. Mac kept calling people "Jabroni. When Charlie asked what it meant he said "I don't know, but it sounds cool." Later he calls to guys "Jabroni" and they say "cool word." I think the reason last night's episode wasn't very good was because Mac's shirt had sleeves throughout the entire episode.
The League, you guys, The League. It is so good. I've only seen a couple episodes, but they've both been great. I didn't watch the first season at all, so I might do that this weekend, but seriously, you don't need to know anything about Fantasy Football. The show is so funny, nay, SO funny.