What have you been watching this week (w/e January 7)?


Back on Friday after the Christmas break, 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?

So things are starting up again, slowly, fortunately so I’ve managed to stay up to date with just about everything that was on this week, I think. I’ve already reviewed InSecurity, so, after the jump, Cougar Town, Modern Family, No Ordinary Family, Peep Show, Running Wilde, and the week’s highlight, the return of the ever-marvellous Southland (best cop show since The Wire, in case I’ve not said that before). Guess which one I’ve decided to drop from my viewing schedules…

I have watched other stuff, but really Come Dine With Me and Time Team repeats aren’t necessarily anything I’d recommend other people watch.

Cougar Town (Hulu)
Not necessarily the funniest episode ever, but proof that the writers have really gotten to know their characters and so have we. A half-hour’s worth of fun.

Modern Family (Hulu)
A bit of a light episode, but a fun hot tub appearance by James Marsden and good to see Luke getting to be something other than the butt of everyone’s jokes for a change.

No Ordinary Family (Hulu)
And I’m out. Too bored to watch any more of this. Really, guys, you need to find a plot.

Peep Show (4oD)
The New Year’s episode – sorry I was a bit behind. Funnier than the Christmas episode, great to see Johnson back and even more great to see Big Suze back (NBC – why did you cancel 100 Questions again?). Roll on the next series!

Running Wilde (Hulu)
The second best episode of this season. Good to see Drea de Matteo in action outside Desperate Housewives, the writers have finally worked out how to make Keri Russell’s character interesting, and finally, Peter Serafinowicz’s chest hair is explained.

Southland (no full catch-up)
It’s back and it’s as awesome as ever. Not many changes since season 2: there’s a new detective (not sure i like her, but I don’t think we’re supposed to) and old wounded detective only gets a cameo; blonde beat cop’s heroics weren’t mentioned at all and she didn’t get much to do; and cheating detective is MIA. But the storylines are slowly getting picked up, so I’m sure they’ll all get mentioned sooner or later. John and Ben’s plots were, as usual, the most interesting parts of the show and good to see Stacy Haiduk (Superboy, seaQuest DSV) back in the world after imprisonment in Days of Our Lives. Puts all other cop shows to shame, but although it’s semi-serial, the fact crimes do tend to get solved by the end of the episode is about the only bad thing about it. Watch it, if you’re not watching it already.

But what have you been watching?

As always, no spoilers unless you’re going to use the <spoiler> </spoiler> tags, please. If you’ve reviewed something on your blog, you can put a link to it here rather than repeat yourself (although too many links and you might get killed by the spam filter).

  • George

    Finally! Caught up with series 8 of 24 which is both exciting, hilarious and stupid in that order.
    Primveal – Abysmal. I was really looking forward to seeing this but the serious seems to have lost its way.. I suppose its better than the mystical animals of series 2 though…
    Zen – Bloomin great. Well acted, funny…. just lovely.
    Wallander (Rolf Lassgard version) Actually coming around to this guy now… but he won’t replace Krister Henrikson for me.
    Should also catch up on Supernatural this week.. .not that excited about it as series 5 was so good, can series 6 get even near?
    Things to catch up on – Last Episodes of Misfits, Storyville and Dirk Gentley.
    Not too bad for January!

  • Mark Carroll

    I watched V’s season 2 opener. It’s … okay, exactly what you’d expect after season 1. Plenty of special effects. I’ll definitely keep watching, but I don’t need to own the DVDs. My wife’s threatening to have Netflix stream original-V at us, whose special effects will look positively awful in comparison.
    A child watched Shrek Forever After in my presence. I wasn’t at all blown away; I thought the first film was good, but by this point I think the franchise is more than adequately milked. The pop songs are pleasant enough though.
    A new CSI episode appeared. They’re trying to keep things different and interesting I think, but, meh, I’ve already seen enough, I’m not exactly hooked. I’ll keep watching … for now.
    Finished season 3 of In Plain Sight. Again, it’s okay, about what you’d expect after the first two. Resolution of season 2 cliffhanger wasn’t all that exciting. I expect season 4 to be more of the same.
    Still plodding through Foyle’s War, not sure how excited I am yet, but it at least remains different to other shows I see.

  • TemplarJ

    Being hooked up to a full Virgin TV package for the first time in years I’ve been overdosing on The Simpsons (not what it used to be bla, bla, bla) and Two and a Half Men (wife’s choice, not mine). Also watched Castle for the first time, and realised that it would be possible to spend my entire week watching plodding formula American TV with a vaugely charismatic lead actor (Castle, Mentalist, CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds and on and on) and at the end of that week not remember which was which or what happened in any of them. Is this middle age?

  • Slowly my shows are coming back after the holiday hiatus, but I still didn’t put much of a dent in my DVR queue. The best I could do was to finally watch the “Walking Dead” finale and “The Great Race” which TCM ran in October in tribute to Tony Curtis.
    Going into the slow season at work, I picked up a new DVD player and am finally checking out ‘Spaced’. (Nice to get paid to watch TV!) Up next from the Netflix collection – the TV version of “King Solomon’s Mines”.
    I’d recommend the latest episode of “How I Met Your Mother” (if you get it over there) called “Bad News” which had an interesting gimmick in it, leading up to the episode’s big reveal.
    Hopefully with their latest episodes (two this week) ‘Human Target’ did some re-adjustments on their re-adjustments.
    And ‘Modern Family’ had a pretty funny return with guest appearances by James Marsden and Jamie Gertz. Luke is really starting to shine in the show, overshadowed usually by the other kids.