What did you watch last week (w/e November 20)?

Time for “What did you watch last week?”, my chance to tell you what I watched last week that I haven’t already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case we’ve missed them.

My recommendations for maximum viewing pleasure this week: Dexter, Modern Family, Happy Endings, Homeland, Rev, Suburgatory and Community.

Things you might enjoy but that I’m not necessarily recommending: House and Ringer.

Things I used to watch, aren’t too bad, but are now desperately samey yet you might like: Boss, Burn Notice, Chuck, The Walking Dead. Let me know if they pick up again.

So, if you read the comments section of last week’s “What did you watch last week?”, you’ll know I’ve given up on a couple more shows:

  • Being Erica: which has just become so dull and samey, even though this season has essentially been “Let’s go and revisit all those old characters you used to like while simultaneously not moving the plot forward at all, but actually throwing it into reverse.” Bored now, and Alex says the latest episode has the most blatant product placement in history in it.
  • Chuck: same thing: bored now. Really, this show doesn’t have anything interesting to say any more, isn’t even fun and has actually become quite irritating.

But since last week, I’ve given up on:

  • Boss: as good as Kelsey Grammer is, the story itself is just too boring/too worthy in varying doses.

A few thoughts on what else I’ve seen this week:

  • Dexter: Oh. What a shame. Turned out the twist they served up was for one episode and one episode only. That was a waste.
  • Misfits: A combination of thrilling and daring with astonishingly stupid. So world history gets rewritten because the Nazis get hold of a mobile phone at some point before 1945 and use its technology to win the war? So how come life as we know it in the new present isn’t 65 years more advanced than it is now? Why is the Nazis, who still have a thing against gays, seem to have relented on the whole “master race” issue and don’t mind having the likes of Curtis around? But a lovely change of pace from the normal style of episode.
  • House: last week’s episode was much better, but it’s still not hitting the heights it used to.
  • Homeland: well, I was not expecting that. Either brilliant or more annoying than The Killing. I’ve yet to watch last night’s episode, which might sway my opinion.
  • Community: very funny, but slowly sort of petered out at the end.
  • Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey: Mostly on fast forward to prevent me from stabbing myself in annoyance at the pointlessness of it all. We’re on Mount Olympus, so what are we going to do? Talk to marathon runners and fortune tellers. That’s it? You came all the way to Greece to do that?
  • Rev: Had to watch this one of fast forward too, mainly because it was cringe-inducing and I don’t like cringe comedy. Funny in the bits I could watch, though.

And in the movies and books sections, nothing I’m afraid. Too busy watching TV!

“What did you watch last week?” is your chance to recommend to friends and fellow blog readers the TV and films that they might be missing or should avoid – and for me to do mini-reviews of everything I’ve watched. 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

    So what season of “Being Erica” are we on now, then — season 4? I’ve not started it at all yet, and am open to terminating it before undue disappointment.
    But, with season 3 of “Being Human”, I’m only a little way in so far, but it’s not awful yet.
    “House” and “Community” are coming along okay, but not amazingly enough that I actually recall quite what the latest episodes I saw were.
    I’ve been working my way through “Charlie Jade”. Maybe it needs some tighter editing, and it might get a little silly at moments and pretentious at others, but it’s actually holding my attention enough that I keep watching. It’s not great but, as science fiction goes … well, there’s not a lot of choice, really.
    I’m also still working my way through “Foyle’s War”. Up to season four now. It’s mostly okay, but I think the stories / plotting might not be quite as good as earlier. There was one lately that even I saw a mile off.

  • The other David

    I was so looking forward to your review of the first two episodes of Forbrydelsen II (I too can be pretentious), but I’ll content myself with WDYWLW. Well, I watched all four seasons/series of “A Bit Of Fry & Laurie” (I must put the quotes in it :-)). Quite enjoyable. A bit surreal at times, but the humor was excellent. I was pleased to see Garrow’s Law was back (ok, your standard courtroom drama but set in the 17th century), but enjoyable nonetheless. I also finished off Metalology! Dethklock rules! \m/
    I’m also trying to get another Danish series called The Eagle/Ørnen. An Australian suggested it having seen The Killing I and II, but I can’t vouch for it.
    The rest is just mindless drivel (Phoneshop, South Park, etc.)
    But keep up the good work, Rob. I always enjoy analysis, news and insights.

  • The other David

    S**t, messed up the name of Dethklok’s show! It should be Metalocalypse — not the lamo sounding name, Metalology. As Nathan Explosion would growl, “Yeah, that’s more metal. More brutal.”

  • MediumRob

    @Mark: Season four for Being Erica, yes. On the Community side, it turns out that a bunch of the writers left to write Suburgatory – which is probably why the latter show is as good as it is and might explain any shortfall with Community.
    @The other David: A Bit of Fry and Laurie was superb, although the last series was a little disappointing IIRC. Won’t be reviewing The Killing 2 – two episodes a week is too much for me and I didn’t finish The Killing for that reason (which would make reviewing series two hard). Glad you’re continuing to like the blog, too!

  • MediumRob

    I should also mention that I gave up on Hell on Wheels about halfway through the incredibly dull second episode.