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

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.




  • SK

    Episodes is getting better, but I was disappointed by the end, where Beverley acts gratuitously out of character just to create a cliffhanger. Still, only one more episode so I may as well watch it.

  • Mark Carroll

    I’m spending a couple of weeks in the UK soon. Of the stuff the TiVo will grab in the meantime, I asked my wife to keep House, V, CSI. The rest feels very missable indeed. Of those three, I suspect V’s the only one I really care about, mostly because there’s probably little of it left and the arc has some movement. When I get back, next on my Netflix list is Ultraviolet, after its recent mention here.
    I watched the final of the Swedish “The Girl With/Who <whatever>” trilogy. Eh, it was okay. I guess things are more tidily tied up now from the second.
    We finished season one of Community. That stayed good throughout.
    We watched some old Top Gear. It passes time. We’ve been watched current House, Castle, various CSIs, Criminal Minds. Not much sticks in my mind about them, though. They’ve been okay.
    Over here, we have NOVA and a sciencey spinoff of it, instead of Horizon. They’ve had some new episodes recently which we’ve all liked. They stay pretty good. The DVDs cost absurdly much though.
    I’m watching the Grammys at the moment. (Not live, of course.) I tend to have to make a positive effort to stay partly in touch with popular culture. I’m not far through it yet, but so far I have found that perhaps I shall like Muse, of whom I’d not previously known.

  • @SK agree about the ending of Episodes. Was very cross they did that to Bev, as it was out of character, but it did cause a lot of interesting moments/fun in the last episode. (Sorry getting muddled with my weeks!)
    Episode 4 of Being Human was AWESOME. Particularly the last ten minutes. I was on the edge of my seat, and just when I thought it couldn’t get better they introduced Herrick in the PSYCHIATRIC ward. I was so excited my entire family thought I was having a fit(-:
    Outcasts continues in its silly shlocky way, but am nontheless enjoying it anyway.
    Didn’t catch allof Human Planet on grasslands, but what I saw, was as ever, awesome.
    Otherwise took the kids to see Gnomeo & Juliet and surprised how sweet, touching and funny it was. Lots of tongue in cheek laughs at Elton’s expense too. Much better then expected.