The Too Much TV Roundup- 02/12/23

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, just in case you’ve forgotten. Congrats to the Chiefs for their win, and Rihanna for a halftime performance that I heard good things about. I did not watch the Super Bowl. I will add that I did briefly check out the puppy Bowl, which apparently is licensed also to HBo MAX, and it was audio described. Although, it’s really hard to describe just how cute a puppy is. I didn’t watch enough of it for me to feel comfortable including it in the rankings.

5) The Mayfair Waitches (AMC Plus)

English Audio Description?: No

You know, when AMC Plus gave me this trial run, saying more content would be added with audio description, I really thought they’d start making a commitment to their new original shows. This one is another high profile Anne Rice adaptation, and I wanted a few weeks to get into it, and it still has no audio description, and like Interview With A Vampire, I think both are likely to be terrific shows, but are nearly impossible to follow without audio description.

Episode Grade: C

4) Reservation Dogs (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I keep checking in to see at what point Hulu adds audio description on an August release. Eventually Season 1 got audio description, so there’s reason to believe Season 2 will. But as I struggled to watch Episode 4, which seemed to revolve around the death of a tribal member, it was a challenge. It’s February. There’s really no excuse.

Episode Grade: B-

3) How I Met Your Father (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

A new season, and I figured I’d give this sitcom another shot. I was very lukewarm about season 1, and the start of Season 2 didn’t do anything to really change that perspective.

Final Grade: B-

2) The 1619 Project (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: No

I think there’s some importance in the material being discussed, especially during black history month. I think it’s incredibly telling that this Hulu original doesn’t have audio description. They’re launching a docuseries like this right before Black History Month intentionally, yet they clearly don’t care enough about its level of accessibility. My personal grade isn’t higher, simply because I’ve seen similar projects that I felt drove their points home quicker and harder. Then again, I’m a blind white critic, and perhaps I’m not the target audience. Or, maybe I am. Maybe more people like me should watch more product like this and our world would be better for it. Even in that regard, I would still feel like it was slow.

Episode Grade: B

1) Poker Face (Peacock)

English Audio Description?: Yes

What a breath of fresh air. Natasha Lyonne has landed a new role that I really hope will stick around at Peacock. They have yet to take a Peacock original to a third season that is a scripted show, so I’m cautiously optimistic this one could break that chain. It’s a great performance from her, as a human lie detector. Rian Johnson wrote and directed the first episode, and it pays off. If you haven’t checked this out yet, please do.

Episode Grade: A

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