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Up All Night Recap: "Parents"

With all the time Up All Night has spent showing how obsessive a parent Reagan is, it was only a matter of time before her mom and dad were introduced to us to explain her mothering style. Guest stars Blythe Danner and Richard Schiff play Reagan’s mother and father, an author and a psychologist, respectively, and their overbearing nature accounts for the excessive care Reagan brings to her parenting duties.

“Parents” opens with Chris and Reagan at the computer when Chris receives a Skype request from Reagan’s parents. Reagan pressures Chris to ignore the call, but he gives in, fearing that Reagan’s dad can read his mind (“He’s a [...]

Parks and Rec Recap: "Pawnee Rangers"

Parks and Recreation has a large central cast (there are currently 10 actresses and actors in the ensemble), and the show is at its best when it’s pairing its characters up to explore the funny and unique relationships between them. Perhaps the show’s most successful relationship is that between Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson, and the show returned to that well last night by sending them each into the wilderness with their own separate youth organizations. Ron, with help from Andy, is supervising the weekend retreat for the Pawnee Rangers, a Boy Scout-like group of adolescent males, while Leslie, Ann, and April are guiding the Pawnee Godesses, a female [...]

Modern Family Recap: "Dude Ranch" and "When Good Kids Go Bad"

Wahoo, cowboys! Modern Family is back. The hourlong premiere was split into two episodes, with “Dude Ranch” being amazing and “When Good Kids Go Bad” being an underwhelming “pretty alright.”

Let’s start with the amazing! “Dude Ranch” saw the whole family (plus Dylan) on vacation at, uh, a dude ranch. They herd cattle, skeet shoot, and meet a creepy ranch hand who, surprise, has a crush on Gloria (not to worry, though, he'll prove his worth by the end of the episode with a fantastic “organizing the search party” speech including nicknames for everyone).

As with other classic Modern Family vacation episodes, the major appeal of “Dude Ranch” is [...]

Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: "The Bi-Sexual"

This season, Larry David seems to be partially filling the Cheryl void by bringing in big name celebrities to base his episodes around. David disciple Ricky Gervais gave a funny performance last week, Michael J. Fox is booked for the season finale, and this latest episode was Rosie O’Donnell-centric. O’Donnell is a real-life pal of Larry David’s from their days in the New York City stand-up scene in the late 70’s/early 80’s, and she was even considered for the role of Elaine during Seinfeld's casting process. She makes her third Curb appearance here, bringing her A-game to the show as she usually does. Larry David and Rosie O’Donnell have [...]

Louie Recap: "Subway/Pamela"

“You wanted to take a bath with me…?”

I love the still above. In a single photo, you have the entirety of the New York subway experience: in the background, a random piece of shit on the floor (not literal shit, mind you, which I’ve also seen), but our attention is on the sexually depressed Louie looking everywhere on the train but at what he wants to gaze at, the beautiful woman (played by Ashley Beach) literally inches in front of him. But oh he wants to, how badly he wants to impress her, and in his literally black-and-white imaginationland, he does. In the “Subway” segment of last night’s [...]

It's Always Sunny Recap: "The Storm Of The Century"

Back on top! After what I personally considered to be a real zero of an episode last week, It's Always Sunny returns to top form, or close to it, with "The Storm of the Century." Doesn't it make sense that Paddy's has an underground bunker Dee insisted be built to weather Y2K? And doesn't it add up that, with a massive hurricane headed toward Philadelphia, Dee would discover that the bunker's supplies have been decimated by Charlie's taste for sardines and pickled eggs, as well as Dennis's frequent subterranean fuck sessions? "He was probably down here with Mac watching you rape girls and eating pickled eggs," Dee rages when [...]

Up All Night Recap: "Mr. Bob's Toddler Kaleidoscope"

This week’s Up All Night sees Reagan in direct conflict with two people in her life – her best friend/boss Ava and another mother in her daughter’s baby class. The “emotional chess match” between Reagan and Ava begins because Ava feels Reagan is putting the emphasis on her newborn child instead of her. It’s expected that a little bit of Reagan’s attention will drift away from her work – what with being a parent for the first time being a big deal and all – but the level of involvement Chris and Reagan show with Amy’s baby class is a little much.

Louie Recap: "New Jersey; Airport"

“I’LL WAIT FOR YOU!”

Season one of Louie ended on September 7, 2010, with two episodes, beginning with “Gym.” In it, Louie attempts to pick up Pamela (again), but she’s not having any of it (again). She bluntly asks, “What makes you think I’d want to sleep with you?” Louie responds, “I don't think you would…I just…want to, and I was hoping you would let me." That episode was coupled with “Going Out,” where a babysitter sobs because of Louie’s single parent lifestyle, and she forces him to have a night on the town, even though he’s perfectly resigned to eating ice cream all evening. Which is to say, [...]

Curb Your Enthusiasm recap: "The Hero"

Ricky Gervais! Chris Parnell! Larry David continues to pull out all the stops when it comes to booking guests this season, with these two comedic powerhouses popping up in significant roles in this week’s episode, which also features former Daily Show correspondent (and an underrated one at that) Dan Bakkedahl playing a nosy waiter.

Last night’s show, “The Hero,” picks up right where the previous episode left off — a rare thing for Curb — with Larry eating Pinkberry on a plane trip to New York with Jeff and Susie. Susie seems to have calmed down significantly since the end of last week’s episode, though. She no longer seems [...]

Louie Recap: "Joan"

“You came here on a shitty bus to give Donald Trump your seventy-five cents."

I love the women of Louie this season. They’re either disturbing, overbearing, awkward, or all of the above, and without them the sadness to Louie’s character wouldn’t have the depth that makes this show so hilarious. Joan Rivers plays herself in “Joan,” where Louie learns from not just another strange woman in his life, but a seasoned celebrity who has seen both the best and worst times a successful stand-up comedian can experience. And how fitting this episode aired the day of the Emmy nominations — Louie snagged two for Outstanding Lead Actor In A [...]

Happy Endings Recap: "Secrets And Limos"

I love how much mileage Happy Endings is getting out of Max's limo purchase! In addition to be a consistently great visual gag, the limo represents the show's gradual shift from the insulated, self-contained episodes of the first season to the second season's more rooted plotlines, which lead to some very satisfying callbacks. If the roots Happy Endings decides to put down all happens to look like a vintage 1980s limousine, then so much the better.

Up All Night Recap: "New Car"

It’s a big week for Up All Night, as the show received a full season pickup on Tuesday, along with fellow NBC sitcom Whitney. Up All Night is very much in its early stages, and, like most sitcoms in their first few episodes, it’s still finding its footing. The good news means that the show will have 18 episodes left in its season from this point forward, giving it plenty of time to figure out how all of its pieces fit together. As in previous weeks, last night’s Up All Night found strength in its likeable stars Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph, and Will Arnett, giving them material that’s [...]

Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: "Car Periscope"

This week's Curb sees Larry trying to better himself in more ways than one — working with a personal trainer (30 Rock's Cheyenne Jackson) to better his physical health and possibly deepening his pockets through an investment opportunity from a forward-thinking inventor. The invention in question is the titular “car periscope,” a device that’s too wacky to actually exist but seems like it could be practical in the real world. In all fairness, the car periscope did look like a lot of fun. If Larry, Jeff, and Susie’s extreme excitement over the periscope are any indication of the real life enjoyment one would feel while using one, then I’d [...]

Curb Your Enthusiasm Recap: "Vow of Silence"

Those wondering when Larry David would get around to this season’s New York story arc are finally given an answer on this week’s episode, and LD’s reason for going to the Big Apple is definitely worth the wait. Five episodes in is the latest Curb has ever introduced a season-long story arc (these storylines are normally set up in the season premiere), but Larry David has been trying a lot of new things in Season 8. He’s shared credit with other writers for the first time on this series, hasn’t used Cheryl Hines beyond the premiere episode, and has given supporting players like Susie Essman and Bob Einstein more screentime [...]