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What have you been watching this week (w/e February 18)?

Posted on February 20, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Amber Heard on Top Gear

It's "What have you been watching this week?", your chance to recommend to friends and fellow blog readers the TV that they might be missing or should avoid - and for me to do mini-reviews of everything I've watched this week. Since we live in the fabulous world of Internet catch-up services like the iPlayer and Hulu, why not tell your fellow readers what you've seen so they can see the good stuff they might have missed?

My regular recommendations for maximum viewing pleasure: Archer, Being Human, Being Human (US), Cougar Town, House, Modern Family, Royal Pains, Shameless (US), Southland, 30 Rock and Top Gear.

This week's review backlog: Bedlam; Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior; Episodes; Mad Dogs; this week's Spartacus: Gods of the Arena; and a hell of a lot of episodes of The Killing.

Which leaves, after the jump, mini-reviews of Community, Mr Sunshine, Portlandia, Royal Navy Caribbean Patrol, Smallville and Traffic Light as well as last week's Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.

Incidentally, in case you haven't noticed, "What have you been watching this week?" only covers stuff that's already aired, so an invaluable source of recommendations for things that are coming up in the UK is provided by Scott Matthewman and The Stage's TV Today Square Eyes feature. It's helped me spot a number of things I would have otherwise missed.

Although for some reason, he's not flagging up tonight's Top Gear. I'll be watching, mainly to see how Jeremy Clarkson of all people deals with interviewing a very attractive, openly gay actress who likes to drive muscle cars, that's all I'm saying…

Community (Hulu)
Troy's meltdown in the presence of Levar Burton has to be one of the funniest things on TV this week.

Mr Sunshine (Hulu)
About four laughs in the whole episode, which is a shame after such a good start.

Portlandia
Hugely funny episode this week, particularly the Sex and the City spoof, with some great cameos from Selma Blair, Echo Echo and Gus Van Sant.

Royal Navy Caribbean Patrol
About as much insight as a cardboard cutout. Rubbish documentary.

Smallville (The CW)
Average really, bar the iconic end moment. But the walk down memory for Chloe was rewarding for long-time viewers.

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (Starz online)
As always, a great plot struggling to escape from under a ton of excess.

Traffic Light (Hulu)
Much better than the first week's episode, with the female characters getting a hint of depth. Still not fantastically funny but growing in promise.

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