What did you watch this week (w/e February 17)?

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

First, the usual recommendations: Archer, Being Human (US), The Daily Show, House, Modern Family, Happy Endings, Portlandia, Ringer, Royal Pains, Shameless (US), Southland, Spartacus, Suburgatory and 30 Rock. Do watch them (if you can and they happen to be on TV this week).

  • Archer: Back on form this season
  • Modern Family: A very good episode this week. Worried that lovely wife and I are now this close to being Claire and Phil.
  • Modern Family: Access All Areas: A Sky exclusive documentary. Interesting only to hear what everyone sounds like normally. Otherwise, cringe-making awfulness.
  • Royal Pains: Ooh. Surprising ending. Normally the show’s so fluffy. And it’s good to have Boris back after all this time away. Not sure about that ‘Swiss French’ accent and unless Boris was making a racist joke, Campbell Scott’s pronunciation of Frankstein needs some work.
  • 30 Rock: Funny again! Yay! And good Batman episode too.
  • Southland: I think we can conclusively assume now that everyone in the last three seasons who wasn’t a patrolman or Regina King has been fired so the producers can afford Lucy Liu. Also a very sensitively handled ‘coming out’ episode for Cooper.
  • Spartacus: Far less attention-grabbing than before and it’s hard not to imagine every scene improved by Andy Whitfield.

And in movies:

  • Inception: Still awesome
  • Heat: Still awesome
  • The Dark Knight: Better than I remember.

“What did you watch this 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

    Hmmmm. I saw “Mr Brooks” which was well-executed and worth a watch. I also saw “Citizen X” which was rather well done, but more interesting than entertaining perhaps. Neither was wasted time.
    We saw “Cowboys and Aliens” which wasn’t as bad as it could have been but overall wasn’t especially surprising; and “Dog Day Afternoon” which was again well-executed, also socially interesting and ended more or less as one would have guessed.
    I bothered with the Grammys but they were unremarkable.
    We finished “Lilyhammer”. It kept to form throughout. The first couple of episodes are a good predictor of the season. Not amazing, but decent and different.
    This season of “Top Gear” is failing to very much engage me, though I think it’s a mild improvement over last.
    I saw “The Tempest” with Helen Mirren as female-Prospero. I thought it was rather good. It was a somewhat courageous interpretation at times, so I expect that some people will hate it, and it wasn’t great enough that I’m going to run out and buy a copy, but it had quite a cast and was well worth a watch.
    We saw “Frontios” with the fifth doctor and the Onedin Line chappy and I couldn’t remember it at all from the first time around. It was quite good, except for some giggles for Turlough’s tractator trauma. Having seen “Silver Nemesis” recently it really is starting to again seem to me that the average fourth/fifth doctor stuff is way better than average sixth/seventh doctor stuff and I wonder if something changed behind the camera at around that time.
    Things like “Once Upon a Time” and “CSI” and whatnot amble on as ever. They pass the time adequately but I honestly don’t much remember them.

  • Mark Carroll

    Hmmmm. I saw “Mr Brooks” which was well-executed and worth a watch. I also saw “Citizen X” which was rather well done, but more interesting than entertaining perhaps. Neither was wasted time.
    We saw “Cowboys and Aliens” which wasn’t as bad as it could have been but overall wasn’t especially surprising; and “Dog Day Afternoon” which was again well-executed, also socially interesting and ended more or less as one would have guessed.
    I bothered with the Grammys but they were unremarkable.
    We finished “Lilyhammer”. It kept to form throughout. The first couple of episodes are a good predictor of the season. Not amazing, but decent and different.
    This season of “Top Gear” is failing to very much engage me, though I think it’s a mild improvement over last.
    I saw “The Tempest” with Helen Mirren as female-Prospero. I thought it was rather good. It was a somewhat courageous interpretation at times, so I expect that some people will hate it, and it wasn’t great enough that I’m going to run out and buy a copy, but it had quite a cast and was well worth a watch.
    We saw “Frontios” with the fifth doctor and the Onedin Line chappy and I couldn’t remember it at all from the first time around. It was quite good, except for some giggles for Turlough’s tractator trauma. Having seen “Silver Nemesis” recently it really is starting to again seem to me that the average fourth/fifth doctor stuff is way better than average sixth/seventh doctor stuff and I wonder if something changed behind the camera at around that time.
    Things like “Once Upon a Time” and “CSI” and whatnot amble on as ever. They pass the time adequately but I honestly don’t much remember them.

  • bob

    Cougar Town was back for its third season and it was pure pleasure to watch. This is a group of friends/family who drink wine and do silly things and never fail to demonstrate how much they care for each other. Feel good and hilarious.
    The ending to the episode was spoiled by the trailer that ran immediately before the episode. Another reason not to watch live tv. Ridiculous. It was still rather wonderful though.

  • MediumRob

    @mark: almost anything 4th or 5th Doctor is better than anything 6th Doctor. The 7th Doctor scripts in the 25th and 26th seasons are all right (not Silver Nemesis mind), but everything else about the stories is dire
    @bob: Forgot Cougar Town altogether – oops!
    I also forgot, incidentally:
    The Cricklewood Greats, which was Peter Capaldi’s BBC4 pilot, which very perfectly satirised all the UK film studios of the last century. Wasn’t that funny, but it captured Ealing, Hammer, et al exactly
    Lowdown: Australian satire on tabloid newspapers and showbiz reporting. Quite acerbic but doesn’t carry the hallmark of authenticity and isn’t funny. So watch DVDs of Hot Metal instead.

  • Didn’t watch much last week as was away, but am really enjoying new series of Being Human, as they are taking it in an interesting new direction. Was devastated to lose George, OBVIOUSLY, but Tom is fantastic, and Hal is growing on me. If you haven’t seen it, Tom’s version of Little Red Riding Hood on the BH website is hilarious. It feels like they’ve gone back to basics with it, and even Annie has improved. Jumping ahead of myself, but this week’s episode was hilarious, and including a joke that was nearly(but not quite) as good as George’s polo joke from the very first episode.
    Plus, Mark Williams is awesome.
    Have also been really enjoying Inside Men, which has been very gripping. Steven Mackintosh has been brilliant, all the way through. Love his portrayal of weak man hiding an inner steely strength.

  • SK

    Last week’s surprisingly funny comedy from Oz was Lowdown.
    Regretting a bit giving up on Inside Men halfway through the first episode, but it really didn’t grip me, and I had a lot of stuff backed up to watch.