The Too Much TV Roundup- December 17th

This was a truly exceptional day of television. Trying to rank these shows was really har. I don’t think I’ve ever had this problem with this many shows.

8) Ghosts (CBS/ Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

When you see Ghosts at the bottom, it usually means I saw very little shows that day. However, that’s not true here. I think the only reason I could come up with for putting what was a rather interesting episode involving a guest star being in love with one of the ghosts, was that they made it a two-parter, and I just haven’t watched the conclusion. The odd thing is, also, it’s a Christmas themed episode, so they ran the episodes back to back. The way this episode ends would have made a really great cliffhanger for a break, but I guess they are resolving it right away? It was still funny though.

Episode Grade: A-

7) The Santa Clauses (Disney Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I wanted this show to also not be last, because it did something I had wanted this show to do, and that was bring back an old, much needed OG character (I think we can all guess who came back). But, I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen the episode. It made me happier than any other episode in this series thus far, plus really expanded on how Kal Penn is ruining Christmas.

Episode Grade: A-6) Dead To Me (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I noticed how the episode found a way to minimize the amount of work Christina Appelgate needed to do, by having her start off the episode kind of broken from the car accident. It was funny enough, but the odd thing was that I just needed to warm up a bit more because it had been such a long time since Season 2. I had forgotten so much, and even that recap made me realize how much i had missed.

Episode Grade: A-

5) Little Demon (FX/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes, seriously.

I’m not sure what the logic here is on putting audio description on the 10th episode of a series. Yes, I do watch and review shows without audio description, but not every blind and visually impaired individual is going to have that level of patience. Plus, this episode acted like it was just any old narration, when no one had ever come before it to describe any of the characters. So instead of making some game changing impact, by finally coming along and describing the world this show lives in, it read it like a normal episode, like nothing was different. So fucking weird. The people who make these decisions, I wouldn’t want them making life choices for me. I thought the season finale was funny, exploring how many times Satan has tried to produce an AntiChrist, and all the spawn living together, plus it left us on a cliffhanger with Ben. So, based on the strength of the finale, plus the existence of some audio description, I finally could rank this show a bit higher.

Episode Grade: A-

4) Yellowstone (Paramount)

English Audio Description?: No

For the record, i watch this with my mom, in case everyone is wondering how a show that has never had audio description remains so high on my list after five seasons. She’s really into it, and I got into it, and having a sighted person there to kind of tell you what’s going on (which we shouldn’t need to have, and not every blind person has) is not audio description. But, it has allowed me to learn these characters, and their stories. And Kelly Reilly was fire in the fourth episode this season, but it was Costner’s simple line to her that had me rolling. “Self Restraint. Find some.” I wish everyone had access to this show. it constantly tops any list I see done by blind people as to the show they would like to see audio description, not just started, but retroactively applied so they can start from the beginning.

Episode Grade: A-

3) The Peripheral (Amazon)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I’m getting a bit more invested in this Jonathan nolan series, and I think as more cards were revealed in the second episode, it really helped. Plus, this show is doing a good job of slowly expanding and having us understand who these ensemble characters are. it feels like the kind of show amazon has been cancelling though.

Episode Grade: A-

2) Cobra Kai (Netflix)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Daniel and johnny went to get info from Crease, some stuff was going down at Cobra Kai, but what I really loved about this episode was that it finally did what I’d been asking for all season, which was focus on the kids. Even some of the more minor kids came back. It was hte most fun I’ve had this season.

Episode Grade: A-

1) Tulsa King (Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Only one show got an A grade. That’s the Series Premiere of Tulsa King, which was unexpectedly a lot funnier than it should be. I was hooked before the episode even ended. Stallone was perfectly cast here, and Taylor Sheridan has built a show around him that just works perfectly for his type. I’m so excited for this show. That being said, who on earth recorded this audio description? I hate to slam AD teams, but have you actually listened to the track? it sounds like instead of a microphone, he was using a Dixie cup, or something. It’s this weird echo, like perhaps this was homegrown audio description. After a while, you just learn to live with it, but at the beginning it was so jarring. It’s not the narrator, his voice is fine, nor is it the writing. It’s the actual recording quality, or at least what Paramount Plus has put up. It just sounds so cheap. But definitely human.This might ahve been a guy in a garage. I don’t know.

Episode Grade: A

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