The Too Much TV Roundup- October 31st

So, what did i watch on Halloween night? This used to be a dead night for television as it was assumed people had other things to do. now everyone watches TV on demand, so they don’t even bother to run specials or reruns on Halloween anymore. Weird. The times we live in.

7) This Fool (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Despite a silly title that was justified later in storytelling in a ridiculous manner, this birthday centric episode wasn’t as funny as last week, nor did it really make a ton of sense. This show still has it’s own charm, it just wasn’t my favorite episode.

Episode Grade: B

6) Celebrity Jeopardy (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Spoilers. But, you know, I actually thought Hasan Minaj was intelligent? I thought Wil Wheaton would be a serious contender? Then, it turns out the girl from Pretty Little Liars is the beast to be reckoned with. Perhaps we will be sending a million dollars to her charity when all this is said and done. That moment where you are deflated because the two people you thought were a lot smarter (Wheaton really kicked himself on that ton and a half question), are really not.

Episode Grade: B+

5) Last Week Tonight (HBo/HBO MAX)

English Audio Description?: No

It’s less that this show deserved a 5th place finish as much as it was that this show featured some stiff competition. Huge points for the Harvey Weinstein gem, and the full disclosure segment. I know Oliver is preaching to the choir, but I always find his work illuminating on some level.

Episode Grade: A-

4) the Imperfects (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

In the second episode, I started to see more of a show that I’m certain I will enjoy, and certain that Netflix will cancel. But, this show, the world its creating, and the season long story long arc are only getting stronger. On the flip side, this is absolutely a show that would be unwatchable without audio description. It doesn’t exist in reality, gory details are needed, and there’s a lot to describe. Just, a lot. Little details, like the tendrils reattaching the head, we would totally miss otherwise.

Episode Grade: A-

3) The Undeclared War (Peacock)

English Audio Description?: Yes

OK. So, if you’re wondering why one of the best series of the year is sitting at number three, the easy answer is competition. The hard answer is, since my top 3 all have A grades, this one was wrapping up. I actually had assumed or I swear that I read it was a limited series. if so, that was not a great ending. It feels like an ending that suggests a second season is on the horizon. Then, I ahve the presence of mind to believe I’m the only one who watched this show, which won’t be enough to get it a second season, and I really wish it had been a limited, so it could wrap up the plot. Still, this turned out to be a pleasant surprised out of nowhere, and exactly why i try and give every show an honest shot.

Episode Grade: A, Season 1 Grade: A

2) The Great North (FOX/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: No

This is a show without audio description flying as close to the sun as it can get. And for good reason. This Halloween episode, featuring a honeybee centric storyline was truly perfection. It might just be my favorite episode of the series. They have some winners, but I have to say, I’d watch a spinoff around that possessed doll that eats children. She was hilarious. And, Guy Fieri (who i think did his own voice), also perfection. An episode that repurposed A Christmas Carol for its own needs, putting one character front and center, in an episode that was bonkers is why i bother watching this show despite it’s lack of accessibility. It has a great voice cast that really keeps me engaged. Usually this floats around a B+, but I needed to single out this episode. it made the best out of a holiday centric theme.

Episode Grade: A

1) The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I may not have loved last week, but this week I couldn’t get enough of two tremendous performances. Elizabeth moss gives a stunning monologue about needing to be with Hannah, and letting out all the regret about leaving her behind, how she promised she never would, and how she would do anything to get back to her. Meanwhile, Bradley Whitford’s Commander had a meeting with June where she spitefully reminded him that he was the architect of this whole nightmare, and his reaction to her was so depressingly matter of fact. “You think I don’t know that?” “It’s either do this, or kill myself.” He really believes he can fix what he broke, and for the sake of everyone, i hope he is right.

Episode Grade: A

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