Test Pilot: File #34, Freaks and Geeks and #35, Undeclared

Test Pilot #34 and #35: Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared Debut date: September 25, 1999 and September 25, 2011 Series legacy(ies): Two of the most beloved and respected short series of all-time Welcome back to Test Pilot guys and gals! With that extra-special Joss Whedon Theme Week behind us, it’s time to fall back into … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #34, Freaks and Geeks and #35, Undeclared

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Best Performances, Comedy

It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Best Performances, Comedy

2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

It’s that time again, folks. The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 14, which means I have almost an entire month to flood this space with hopes, dreams and predictions about what could happen come nomination time. To kick things off, I’ll be bringing back the Dream Emmy Ballot. It’s something I did last … Continue reading 2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Season Finale — Cougar Town, “Something Good Coming”

If there was ever a series tailor-made for the Hawaii vacation episode(s), it has to be Cougar Town, right? Taking a band of goofballs who sit around drinking and playing stupid games in Florida and putting them in another beautiful, warm location doesn't really change much, thankfully. "Something Good Coming" not only keeps the series … Continue reading Season Finale — Cougar Town, “Something Good Coming”

Cougar Town, “Lonesome Sundown”

Apologies for not getting to this sooner. I honestly forgot about it, which is sort of unfortunate because I really enjoyed "Lonesome Sundown." This is probably my favorite or second favorite episode of the season. It's up there with "You Don't Know How It Feels" for sure. A few episodes ago, Cougar Town introduced Chekov's engagement … Continue reading Cougar Town, “Lonesome Sundown”

Cougar Town, “You’re Gonna Get It”

Producing 22 episodes of comedy isn't easy. Every season, it is probable that two or three episodes won't be completely awesome, even for the best series. These episodes don't necessarily have to be terrible, but they're just at a slightly lower quality than the rest. Last night's episode of Cougar Town, "You're Gonna Get It," … Continue reading Cougar Town, “You’re Gonna Get It”

Cougar Town, “Lost Children”

Last night's Cougar Town was a weird one. In a lot of ways, the episode felt poorly constructed and more random than the series usually is, particularly in the set-up of its main dramatic tension framework. The jokes weren't too great either. However, "Lost Children" continued to explore the series' most central conceit: How awful … Continue reading Cougar Town, “Lost Children”