What have you been watching this week (w/e April 2)?

Ron Swanson

My usual recommendations for maximum viewing pleasure are: Archer, Being Human (US), The Daily Show, The Killing, Shameless (US) and Stargate Universe. Watch them (and keep an eye on The Stage‘s TV Today Square Eyes feature as well) or you’ll be missing out on the good stuff.

This week, after only three seasons, I’ve given the much-hyped Parks and Recreation a try. Starring Amy Poehler and Rob Lowe, this was supposed to be NBC’s sleeper comedy – the one for people who want to feel smug towards people who watch Community and think they’ve discovered the best niche comedy nobody’s watching.

However, with the exception of Ron, the wonderfully moustached real man character, this was probably the unfunniest thing I’ve seen in quite a while. Even Good Dog was considerably better. It might be because it’s episode eight and no one’s putting their best foot forward, but Portlandia does almost everything in it but better and you’d be hard pressed to find an actual joke. Ron was good though. Can anyone tell me what I’m missing?

“What have you been watching this week?” is 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?




  • Mark Carroll

    I rewatched Firefly and Serenity. They remain very good.
    I watched a bunch of Cracker. That was quite good. I like how it gets into why the criminal is as they are.
    Things like Castle, CSI amble on as usual. Nothing too awful or amazing.
    I don’t think there’s been on much for us lately.

  • bob

    Can’t help with Parks&Recreation. I think it’s awful. The first episode was insultingly awful. At the insistence of a friend, I watched a recent episode. It was just boringly awful instead.
    What episode did you try?

  • It was the one that was on a couple of weeks ago where they all go on a camping trip together to get new ideas for events that will be even better than the Harvest Festival, during which some guy grabbed Amy Poehler’s breast while he was having a heart attack. Ron would rather everyone just was quiet so he could go fishing.
    It was as funny as it sounds.

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