It's "What have you been watching?", my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently that I haven't already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I've missed them.
The usual "TMINE recommends" page features links to reviews of all the shows I've ever recommended, and there's also the Reviews A-Z, for when you want to check more or less anything I've reviewed ever. And if you want to know when any of these shows are on in your area, there's Locate TV - they’ll even email you a weekly schedule.
Things are very slowly starting to hot up in terms of new programming this month, although as per usual, I’ve utterly ignored everything new on British TV, including Secrets and Chasing Shadows. Elsewhere, I've (p)reviewed the first episodes of:
On top of that, I gave another Amazon Pilot a quick whirl.
Really (Amazon Prime)
Ooh, a relationship comedy that tells you how it really is. Gosh, how exciting. I haven’t seen one of those since Married. Written, directed and starring Jay Chandrasekhar, the big difference here is that it’s set in Chicago, also stars Sarah Chalke and Selma Blair, and in common with virtually every other couples comedy, it also features Mr Ali Larter (aka Hayes MacArthur). Otherwise, about as funny as tooth extraction and as incisive as a cheap fortune cookie.
After the jump, the regulars: Legends, Doctor Who and You're The Worst.
Shows that I've been watching but not really recommending
Legends (US: TNT; UK: Sky 1)
A markedly more interesting episode than before, with the NCIS qualities of the first two episodes at vestigial levels, Ali Larter being given something interesting to do and the series’ main story arc being explored, with only minimal silliness. The arc itself has yet to be compelling since (spoiler alert) ex-special forces soldier is experimented upon isn’t exactly new or exciting but I’m a lot more willing to see how it plays out than I was during the first two episodes.
The recommended list
Doctor Who (UK: BBC1; US: BBC America)
After the horrors of last week, we get possibly Steven Moffat’s finest script in Doctor Who history, certainly the best one that actually includes the Doctor. While I’m not sure it hangs together 100%, it’s a rule-breaking episode that changes what TV Doctor Who can be and even what stories should be, giving us a three-handed character piece that never takes the obvious route and gives us an idea on a par with the Weeping Angels for innovation that it then subverts in the cause of characterisation. Worth several re-watches, I suspect
You’re The Worst (US: FX)
Constant Horror And Bone-Deep Dissatisfaction
Another smart little piece, this time a flashback episode that shows what Jimmy and Gretchen’s lives were like before they met each other and then shows how they’ve already changed each other. With literate dialogue, moving moments and unexpected directions for the plot, it’s very much the best comedy on TV at the moment, possibly the best and cleverest rom com of the past five years, and I don’t think there’s been a bad episode yet. Watch it.
- January 19, 2016: Preview: Angie Tribeca 1x1 (US: TBS)
A preview of the first episode of TBS's Angie Tribeca