The Too Much TV Roundup- May 30th

Lots of random TV shows were consumed on Memorial Day. Let’s see where they finally stacked up.

1) Bridgerton (Netflix)

English Audio Description: Yes

In the 7th episode, shit starts getting real. The fallout from the lack of the wedding starts to plague the families involved, meanwhile the Queen has set her sights on her target, which prompts a response from Lady Whistledown. But that final moment, where Anthony sees Kate in what could be a deadly accident (let’s face it, medical science in this time period is not on her side), put me on a cliffhanger for what I think is the final episode next week.

Final Grade: A

2) South Park (Comedy)

English Audio Description?: No

Little known fact, I love South Park, and I miss when we used to get episodes in the fall and spring. Now, after a long Covid pause, we got the shortest season ever, so I slowed myself on watching these episodes. I’m on the second to last episode of the 5 or 6 episode season they did have. This one made fun of teenagers, and to some extent, airsoft.

Episode Grade: A

3) The Outlaws (Amazon)

English Audio Description?: Yes

This show is quickly growing on me, as in the second episode we saw the backstories of more of the Outlaws, and how they got community service. The characters get more fully fleshed out, and the season long plot revolving around the gang Christian stole the money from becomes a more serious element in an otherwise lighthearted comedy. Massive tonal shifts actually work for this show.

Episode Grade: A-

4) The Flight Attendant (HBO MAX)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

In the 5th episode of Season 2, Cassy really starts to go off the rails after making a bonkers life choice in Episode 4. She starts to spiral, and everything doesn’t go her way, leading to disastrous results. Meanwhile, Rosie Perez actually gets a few moments to remind people why she ends up in the Supporting Actress race. She’s very underutilized, as is Shoreh Agadashloo, who comes in clutch right at the end.

Episode Grade: A-

5) This Is us (NBC/Peacock)

English Audio description Available?: Yes

Even though I’m now constantly reminded that Kate and Toby are no longer together, a fact that has actually ruined the show for me forever, I have to give props to the acting. This is the third to last episode for me, meaning I know what’s in store next week. It was already powerful stuff, even if I can’t buy Mandy moore as the age she’s trying to play, but she’s trying super hard. The rest of the cast is fire.

Episode Grade: B+

6) Al In The family (FreeVee)

English Audio Description Available?: No

So, I was floating around, and my mom wanted to watch something old, and I found this first season on FreeVee. I’ve literally never watched this sitcom, and now I can say I have. It’s amazing what they got away with in the 70’s. Hearing someone say racial slurs in a prime time sitcom was certainly an experience. Though, I keep being told that contextually that was the point of the show, to push boundaries? Carol O’Connor is the original Peter griffin (I’d say Homer, but Homer isn’t mean spirited).

Episode Grade: B+

7) ObiWan Kenobi (Disney Plus)

English Audio Description: No

In the second episode, we did get more action, and we learned more about this world that lives between Episode 3 and 4, but we also learn that Leia is really annoying. She is whatever the script needs her to be, without any thought to it. It’s like the people in the writers room thought “wouldn’t it be funny if…” without any resistance. The script was written by the Empire, there was no resistance. Leia in the first episode was the right amount of smarts and personality for her age. In the second episode, after being kidnapped, she finds herself being the opposite of intelligent, as all her fears have apparently gone away, and she wants to play dress up and check out the various vendors in the city. She makes Kenobi’s life a living hell for no reason other than the writers thought it would be funny. It doesn’t fit the tone of the show, and just turns Leia (a brilliant and independent woman) into a spoiled brat.

Episode Grade: B+

8) Jeopardy- (Syndication)

English Audio Description Available?: No

I may have only gotten 20 right, but I’m apparently the only person who can remember who died this year. It didn’t seem like a monumental task, but not even now 12 time champion Ryan Long knew who Sidney Poitier was. Ryan couldn’t even be bothered to pick someone who had actually died. His response of Phil Donahue was so bizarre, that he would think of all the people out there, Oprah would make that statement about him, I’m wondering how he’s made it 12 days. And the other two people apparently forgot which year John Lewis passed away.

Episode Grade: B

9) Top Chef (Bravo)

English Audio Description: No

A show I loved to watch pre-vision loss, I still listen to them talk about the food. I’d love for there to be audio description for this, but I doubt it will ever happen. I’m way behind, by the way. I think this was the top 9.

Episode Grade: B

10) Cheers (Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description Available?: No

It was the first of a two parter.

Episode Grade: B-

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