What did you watch last week? Including Being Human (US), House, Portlandia and The Almighty Johnsons

Elisha Cuthbert on Happy Endings

It’s “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.

First, the usual recommendations: Archer, Being Human (US), Cougar Town, The Daily Show, House, Happy Endings, Modern Family, Portlandia, Ringer, Shameless (US), Southland, Spartacus, Suburgatory, 30 Rock and Top Gear.

  • The Almighty Johnsons: Seems to be finding its feet and the goddesses are starting to get a look in. Still not exceptional but a fun hour or so.
  • America’s Next Top Model: Strange to see all the Brits from Britain’s Next Top Model coming over to compete – and being nice to each other.
  • Archer: Yet to have a duff episode this season, although the return of Barry the cyborg isn’t especially welcome.
  • Being Human (US): Have been so uninterested in the UK version that I’ve dropped that altogether, particularly since the US one seems to be doing such a good job with its second season. Although the Sally stuff feels lightweight, the vampire and werewolf intrigue is infinitely superior to the UK storylines and we seem to have skipped the thankless fundamentalist scientist storyline as well. Which is a bonus
  • Braquo: Finally finished the whole of the first season. It continued in its usual vein of a bunch of cops doing some massively stupid things for no good reason other than to cover up the last load of massively stupid things it did. But when it did ultraviolence it was very good and the surprising ending just about justified the whole show.
  • Happy Endings: A surprising Colin Hanks cameo. What is more surprising though is just how good a comic actress Elisha Cuthbert is. Good to see her getting to be funny after all these years of… not being funny.
  • House: Billy Connolly!
  • Portlandia: Johnny Marr on a bike!
  • Ringer: The craziness continues and Ioan is a bad seed!
  • Southland: Slightly disappointing conclusion to last week’s cliffhanger, but a great episode all the same.
  • Suburgatory: Possibly the funniest dream sequence ever

“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?


  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.