The Too Much TV Roundup- September 22nd

I got through several shows today, mostly because they were all half hour shows. Which one landed on top?

1) Paper Girls (Amazon)

English Audio Description?: Yes

That’s right.A cancelled and abandoned Amazon show topped the list today, as we focused a lot on Mac’s relationship with her brother Dylan, while also showing Ellen how the grown up version of herself had grown so far apart from her sister. All of this while there is a giant freaking robot in the barn out back. And then, our terminator seems to be ever so close to snatching Mac, before KJ saves the day. The episode had a nice twist (sort of) ending, and I don’t want to spoil, but I would rather still suggest people check this show out in spite of Amazon’s hasty cancellation.

Episode Grade: A

2) Uncoupled (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

The third episode finds NPH moving a bit further from his breakup, getting on Grindr, and then getting his Grindr on. This show could be more Sex and the City if it wanted to be, but it needs to devote more time to enriching the friends around Michael, instead of having them just walk in and walk out. But, if it doesn’t want to be that, it seems well suited to just be a starring vehicle for Neil Patrick Harris. The possibility of being able to same day a sledgehammer is somewhat concerning.

Episode Grade: A

3) She Hulk (Disney Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

The closest thing to a bottle episode we will get, as Jen attends a wedding. This episode doesn’t really advance the plot, though it is really fun, and features an immortal powered being that I really want to know more about. Did he survive the snap? Can he ever age out and die? Instead of his two lawyers being so appalled at his behavior, perhaps we could have explored his rather unique power set. Someone who can never die can either be a strong ally for the Avengers, or foe. And, I hope Josh isn’t part of the “let’s kill She-Hulk” movement referenced in the same episode.

Episode Grade: A-

4) Maggie (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

While the episode didn’t end quite so well for Maggie, it’s her birthday, and she can cry if she wants to. It was a highly entertaining episode, where her parents were on maximum crazy, as they couldn’t remember their security system password, nor could dad stop wanting to check out his daughter’s boyfriend’s feet. Meanwhile, the friend group of Maggie spent the entire time trying to surprise Maggie as a competition, as they always believe Maggie can see their gifts coming.

Episode Grade: A-

5) Solar Opposites (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

While I thought the journey in this episode was fun, as the Opposites learned that essentially they’ve zapped so many assholes that the town is now one of Parade’s top 10 towns in America. Although, that didn’t last very long. Meanwhile, the wall people are eating mosquitos. Yes, I just typed that.

Episode Grade: A-

6) The Connors (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I know this show is all about the comedy, but I did find it a bit much that Jackie and Nevill would try and have sex with Darlene and Ben in the same room. That was a leap the writers wanted me to take with them, that I just could not. I know Jackie is certifiable sometimes, but even she would have thought that was a bad idea. However, watching Darlene’s kids go through a bonding moment really put both of them in very different and interesting positions. I liked the new side of their characters. How long will it take to address the absence of DJ?

Episode Grade: B+

7) Home Economics (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Well, I normally think these obvious corporate synergy episodes are crap. They worked enough actual plot into this show, while the entire cast enjoyed Disneyland, and very specific rides, specific foods, and merchandise. But the icing on this cake, and savior of the episode was that sweet sweet Topher Grace Spider-Man joke. If you didn’t get it, I feel bad for you.

Episode Grade: B+

8) The Masked Singer (FOX/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: No

I watched this on hulu, which does not provide AD for the show. I don’t know if it has it live. I hate the format change, where only 1 of the 4 singers can advance. Instead of making the clues vague, they are quite literally hitting you over the head with the obvious nature of the clues. Even the judges had correct guesses right out of the gate. And that is definitely Amber Riley in that Heart costume. The “And I’m telling you” reference at the top is because she played Effie in a West End production of Dreamgirls, she mentioned auditioning for the biggest show and getting cut (Riley auditioned for American Idol and they actually passed on her), and her big break was Glee, which went on to win some awards, including Best Comedy Series, which she shared with her best friends (the rest of the cast), thus covering the “Comedy” element, as well as her other mentioned awards. Ladies and gentleman, this show got dumbed way the hell down.

Episode Grade: B-

2 thoughts on “The Too Much TV Roundup- September 22nd

  1. On this list…I am so glad someone is out there watching Paper Girls. I hope we can spread the gospel that even though this show was not given a second season, maybe it can find a second network and keep going. It’s a sneaky good show and I try to talk it up where I can. Once I resigned myself to the fact She-Hulk was going to be a straight up comedy, I started to enjoy it better. I don’t expect this to be anything more than another origin story that doesn’t get us any closer to the next Marvel phase, but I did think the wedding part of the episode was not nearly as interesting as the lawyering that was going on in her absence, as you noted. I have yet to see the Home Economics episode but am encouraged by your grade. So glad it got another season.

    1. I’m so sad at all the cancellations Amazon has been making. They abandon series really fast without letting them have a chance to grow. There’s a lot of TV out, and even I’m behind. Stop cancelling things so damn fast. Peacock *just* cancelled Queer As Folk, and at least that’s been a longer span of time to let that series find an audience. Could have been longer, considering how little Peacock has.

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