5-sentence review of ‘The Big Bang Theory: The Clean Room Infiltration’

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“The Big Bang Theory” | Season 8, Episode 11: “The Clean Room Infiltration”
| Date: Dec. 11. 2014


  1. I’ve been lukewarm to the last couple episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” and I think I’ve finally figured out why.
  2. I once found these characters to be charming reflections of pop culture-obsessed people.
  3. I tolerated the fumbling relationship between the nerd (Johnny Galecki) and the beauty (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) because there was the occasional “Doctor Who” reference.
  4. But now “TBBT” is a standard relationship comedy, which doesn’t interest me in the least.
  5. The characters have evolved, albeit slowly, from people I enjoyed hanging out with for a half hour each week to people I would actively avoid and I may just do that with the series as a whole.

On TV: Catching up with Craig Ferguson

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  1. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” ends Dec. 19 and I’m letting it go without much attention.
  2. I enjoyed Ferguson’s manic, unscripted vamps with the robot and the fake horse, especially when I was in the throws of a very long depression, but of late, I’m suffering from a terrible case of TV anhedonia and even though Ferguson will soon be gone, I just can’t seem to care.
  3. I watched a recent episode in which his guest was Carrie Fisher, whose bawdy humor plays well off Ferguson’s cheekiness, but I grew tired of the penis jokes and them my DVR flubbed and I lost the rest of the show, which is fine because the second guest is Dave Attell, whose work I don’t like.
  4. Jay Leno is going to be Ferguson’s final guest this Friday, which is a shame as I don’t find that guy funny at all and would have much preferred the saucy Betty White as Ferguson took his final bow.
  5. I must credit Ferguson on this point: He knew he was doing something different, he know it couldn’t — and shouldn’t — go on forever like “The Simpsons,” and he appears to be leaving at a point when I no longer find him entertaining despite his irresistible, cheery charms.

5-sentence review of ‘The Simpsons: I Won’t Be Home Christmas’

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The Simpsons” | Season 26, Episode 10: “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas
| Date: Dec. 7, 2014


  1. “The Simpsons” had a Christmas episode last week.
  2. Homer did something stupid, but Marge forgave him and everybody was happy.
  3. “The Simpsons” as an spin-off series began as a Christmas special in 1989.
  4. The got the dog, Santa’s Little Helper, at the end of that episode.
  5. Fortunately, “Simpsons” characters don’t age, otherwise that dog would be as dead as I feel inside when I watch the show 25 years later.

5-sentence review of ‘Family Guy: The 2,000-year-old Virgin’

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  1. I stopped watching television about five weeks ago when I got a new job at work.
  2. I had some downtime this evening and decided to see if I could ease back into doing some reviews.
  3. I picked an episode of the Fox animated stalwart “Family Guy” to loosen up and get my grove back.
  4. The episode suggested Jesus was essentially a date rapist tricking dumb Christian men into letting him sleep with his wives.
  5. I’m all for anything goes comedy, but once everything is gone, there isn’t much to laugh at and that’s a place where I think “Family Guy” is at right now.

On TV: Will the reviews ever return? Vol. 3

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So, here’s the thing. I’m a month behind on all the shows I follow, even the lousy ones. And I can’t seem to find the gumption to watch them. Maybe I’ll go on a streak over the holidays. The mitigating factor is this new job at work. I’m channelling a lot of the creative energy I used to put into this blog into my job. And, I gotta say, it’s just been great. I’m working more and harder than I imagined, but I really love what I’m doing. Right now, TV just isn’t that important to me. But I have been enjoying the “Batman” TV series on DVD and the complete collection of “WKRP in Cincinnati.” So, stay tuned. Or, if you’re of a mind to go elsewhere, well, I understand.

5-sentence review of ‘Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever’

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  1. I get that “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever” is supposed to be one of those “Sharknado” things — so laughably terrible it’s creates the kind of snarky amusement on social media that it becomes a viral hit.
  2. But snark and schmaltz shouldn’t mix, because the result is still lame even if it includes the adorable Grumpy Cat voiced by Aubrey Plaza.
  3. Nearly every male character in “Worst Christmas Ever” is a moron, but I’m sure that has nothing to do with the man-hating agenda of Lifetime Networks.
  4. I felt sorry for the cat, not that she looked uncomfortable, but that this kind of nonsense would be stressful to film, being handled by dimwits for hours on end to make a product not worth watching.
  5. The biggest problem with “Worst Christmas Ever” — and there are so many — is that it hates itself — it knows how bad it is and instead of revelling in it, bemoans it — and grumpy is different than self-loathing, but neither are fun to watch for two hours.

On TV: Will the General Tso’s Revenge reviews ever return?

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Maybe. My DVR is 81 percent full. My desire to watch most of the shows recorded is about 32 percent, plus or minus 4 percent. I’ve considered pulling the DVR, dropping it off at the cable company and just going with live sporting events and the various streaming services.

This, by the way, isn’t a rant against the quality of TV. I’m not going to break my wheel in that old wagon rut. I got a promotion at work. And I’m really into my job right now. I’m not as into watching so-so TV programs.

I might come back around to it. It’s all a big maybe.

3-sentence review of “Scorpion: Talismans”

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Scorpion” | Season 1, Episode 10: “Talismans” | Date: Nov. 24, 2014


  1. For some reason, I was watching “Scorpions” live and they broke in with the news of the grand jury decision Ferguson, which was tense, scary and sad.
  2. Then the show came back on and the team of geniuses hung out with Navy SEALS on a rescue mission in Bosnia where landmines can be disabled with some tinsnips and the whole things ends in a music video about how all the characters are in love.
  3. TV is very stupid.

On TV: What happened to all the reviews?

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I got a new job at work. It’s fun. But it is taking up more time, so my shows are backlogged. I’ll catch up soon. Or I won’t and the blog will become something else. Until then, enjoy the Morning Mixtapes and Snapshots.

5-sentence review of ‘The Big Bang Theory: The Septum Deviation’

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The Big Bang Theory” | Season 8, Episode 9: “The Septum Deviation”
| Date: Nov. 13, 2014


  1. I like “The Big Bang Theory” when Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) quirks are revealed to be basically childish desires not to lose someone he loves or to be hurt.
  2. I don’t like show when it resorts to dull banter about people being married getting on one another’s nerves as it did this week with Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch).
  3. I’m starting to think less is more when it comes to Penny (Kaley Cuoco).
  4. I know less is more when it comes to Raj (Kunal Nayyar).
  5. But Amy (Mayim Bialik) is finally starting grow on me.

1-sentence review of ‘Black-ish: The Gift of Hunger’

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Black-ish” | Season 1, Episode 7: “The Gift of Hunger” | Date: Nov. 12, 2014


  1. “Black-ish” is proof that not all child actors are created equal, but young Marsai Martin is perhaps the best of the lot in the role of exasperated, highly expressive and sharply funny 6-year-old Diane.

1-sentence review of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Writing on the Wall’

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” | Season 2, Episode 7: “The Writing on the Wall”
| Date: Nov. 11, 2014


  1. Watching “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is like going to your high school reunion: You see a bunch of people you kind of know and vaguely liked, but the longer you’re around them, the more you realize there’s a reason why you drifted out of touch.

3-sentence review of ‘The Blacklist: The Decemberist”

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The Blacklist” | Season 2, Episode 8: “The Decemberist” | Date: Nov. 1o, 2014


  1. So, to sum up, Tom (Ryan Eggold) works for Red (James Spader), Berlin (Peter Stormare) was mad at Red because Hawkeye Pierce (Alan Alda) tricked Berlin into thinking Red murdered his daughter and Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) is still the worst FBI agent ever.
  2. The villain for the “fall finale,” which was in November, was somebody called the Decemberist.
  3. The show is on hiatus until February, when the villain will be the Marchist.
  4. Until then, we have “