The Too Much TV Roundup- December 13th

Eight TV shows today, plus two films. It’s officially 12 Days To Christmas. Did you get all your shopping done?

8) Unsolved Mysteries (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

The episode that starts off with Jodie Foster talking about her home being haunted by ghosts, and then veers in a wildly different direction was the second of the four new episodes, and the most interesting thing about this episode was that they found someone named Jodie Foster who is not “the” Jodie Foster.

Episode Grade: C

7) The Devil’s Hour (Amazon)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I would love to get into this show, but I’m not even sure this show knows what it wants to be for itself. Like, is it creepy? Who knows. There’s a part of the episode where Isaac is hitting himself, and it becomes this thing, and his mom is like “I’m not giving up on you”, and then like a few scenes later she’s talking with his apparently mentally challenged father about their son, and he’s worried more about sex than parenting, but then there’s like this huge drop about coming in the front door… but the back door was the one open! OMG! What the fuck is this show trying to do? I’m not scared. I’m annoyed. Mike Flanagan would have had me wet my pants by now.

Episode Grade: C

6) The Watcher (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

This show is getting to be too campy for its own good. It’s like it reminds me that Ryan Murphy is behind this, and this is why we can’t have nice things. Academy Award Nominee Naomi Watts has to suffer through scenes where her character is reduced to “If I’m not fucking my husband, what is my purpose in life?”, while Bobby Cannavale spends the majority of the episode listening to exposition about a family that used to live in his house, and the murder that was covered up. That scene *could* have been interesting, if he hadn’t just run into some creepy guy named john wandering around his house in the previous scene, and then at the beginning of this story… it’s about a guy named John. I hated that at the end of the story, all of this clicked for Bobby, when it clicked like 20 minutes ago for the audience. It’s not that I hate The watcher, but this third episode was terribly written and directed. If the series continues like this, i don’t know if I can bring myself to watch any more of it. This was so poorly written, yet I still think Bobby Cannavale doesn’t know he’s in a shitty show, and is giving a fantastic performance.

Episode Grade: C+

5) One Of Us Is Lying (Peacock)

English Audio Description?: Yes

As the main cast keeps getting harassed, there’s now a new girl who claims to be the long lost love of Jake’s life. Seems sketchy. Also, this seems to prompt the gang to finally get rid of that damn body. Season 1 was definitely more interesting. Watching them now is just a reminder that they are not criminal masterminds.

Episode Grade: B-

4) Reboot (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I’m going to admit and say that not all of these storylines worked for me. This episode tried really hard to balance four story arcs. One involved Paul Reiser trying to get his daughter a date, which was the story arc that worked and was the best fleshed out. Some of the stuff they say in the writers room is hilarious. Then, less successful was Zack trying to ask out someone special after finding out that doing so more than once constitutes sexual harassment. That was a one-joke plot. Then, johnny Knoxville atoned for his sins, as part of his rehab (where I literally forgot he was in AA), and spent most of the episode in a harness. Finally, they needed something for Keegan and Judy to do, so spending a day off at the hotel was the least interesting thing that could ahve happened.

Episode Grade: B+

3) The Crown (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Peter Morgan clearly does not think highly of Charles. It never matters what time period we are in, he will make Charles into an insufferable asshat immediately. Dominic West still sounds like Dominic West though. Imelda Staunton does fine here in her debut as Elizabeth, and Jonathan Pryce was fine. Elizabeth Debecki as Diana had some good scenes. I think later episodes will grab me more, but this first episode just felt like it was created to get everyone used to the new cast.

Episode Grade: B+

2) Abbott Elementary (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Janelle James won this episode as Ava.I became less interested in the plot about the teachers letting the lonely one hang out with them than i was in Ava and her antics throughout the episode. Yes, the episode also started to lean into this Jim and Pam thing between two of our teachers, but Ava’s lines were the best.

Episode Grade: A-

1) The Good Doctor (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

As Dr. Lin faces the possibility of being able to walk again, we got some great moments between her and her new boyfriend. Honestly, that’s why this episode ended up on top. His optimism that their relationship wouldn’t change, and they would still be exactly who they are even when she can walk again, while she’s worried about messing up a great thing… I thought how crazy to throw away walking again just because of a guy. Like, if someone could give me my sight back, I’d have enough faith in whatever relationship I was in, that we’d make it work, and I’d take the sight. I’m not going to choose to stay disabled out of fear that my boyfriend would leave me. But his perfect response, that “I can’t be the reason.” Was so perfectly written compared to everything else i saw this day. not to mention a rather strong story about bulimia and that cliffhanger ending, and this was a great winter finale.

Episode Grade: A

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