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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]