#TVFail Entry 12: Friends, “The One With Ross’s Wedding”

The accused: Friends, “The One With Ross’s Wedding” (Season 4, Episodes 23 and 24) The crime: Embodying the somewhat rare “double finale fail” with a problematic cliffhanger that emphasizes an even more problematic will-they-or-won’t-they relationship Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 12: Friends, “The One With Ross’s Wedding”

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”

Series Premiere — Mr. Sunshine, “Pilot”

Of all the Friends actors, it always seemed like Matthew Perry would be the one to strike the balance between sheer popularity (like Jennifer Aniston) and just straight-up talent (probably like Lisa Kudrow, though she's not my kind of taste). Aniston and probably Courtney Cox were always meant to be more famous, but Matthew Perry … Continue reading Series Premiere — Mr. Sunshine, “Pilot”

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”

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The 25 Best Series, 25-11

2010 has been a fantastic year for television. This year brought us a slew of great new programs and if we include the second halves of all the series that debuted in the fall of 2009 (which I am for these features), we have probably just experienced the best run of newbies since 2004. While … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The 25 Best Series, 25-11

Cougar Town, “Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It)”

Last week's episode felt like a turning point in the second season of Cougar Town. The first batch of episodes, while overwhelmingly fun, were sometimes clunky, scattered in interested in too many things at once to really get a good grip on what the season was going to be moving forward aside from people playing … Continue reading Cougar Town, “Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It)”

Cougar Town, “Keeping Me Alive”

Because Cougar Town recalibrated in the middle of its first season, it's in a weird position here early in season two. The writers seem interested in going back to certain stories from the early- to mid-part of the series as some weird way of going forward the character development, but by doing so, they're overtly acknowledging … Continue reading Cougar Town, “Keeping Me Alive”

Modern Family, “Strangers on a Treadmill” and Cougar Town, “The Damage You’ve Done”

Having a deep ensemble of comedic performers is almost always a positive thing for any sitcom (or drama, for that matter). Obviously, putting together a cast full of humor-producers is better than relying on a few lead horses because it allows the series to rotate the focus on specific characters, concoct new pairings and develop … Continue reading Modern Family, “Strangers on a Treadmill” and Cougar Town, “The Damage You’ve Done”

Modern Family, “Earthquake” and Cougar Town, “Makin’ Some Noise”

I've been tough on Modern Family this season, both on the blog and in discussions with friends and family. Though I liked last week's episode, it still bothered me in some ways and the season premiere was particularly problematic and frustrating to watch. But this week, I'm going to try to be more positive because … Continue reading Modern Family, “Earthquake” and Cougar Town, “Makin’ Some Noise”