100 Greatest Episodes of “The Simpsons”

This is part of my project to transfer my old Listology lists to WordPress.

  1. Homer’s Barbershop Quartet (5)
  2. Simpsoncalifragalisticexpiala-D’oh!-cious (8)
  3. And Maggie Makes Three (6)
  4. ‘Round Springfield (6)
  5. Homer At The Bat (3)
  6. Summer Of 4ft2 (7)
  7. King-Sized Homer (7)
  8. Rosebud (5)
  9. Last Exit To Springfield (4)
  10. When Flanders Failed (3)
  11. The Springfield Files (8)
  12. Bart On The Road (7)
  13. Saturdays Of Thunder (3)
  14. Stark Raving Dad (3)
  15. Treehouse Of Horror V (6)
  16. Mother Simpson (7)
  17. Scenes From The Class Struggle (7)
  18. The Springfield Connection (6)
  19. Lisa’s First Word (4)
  20. King Of The Hill (9)
  21. Bart Vs. Australia (6)
  22. Radio Bart (3)
  23. The Way We Was (2)
  24. Moe Baby Blues (14)
  25. Marge Vs The Monorail (4)
  26. Wizard Of Evergreen Terrace (10)
  27. Lisa’s Substitute (2)
  28. Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes? (3)
  29. Krusty Gets Kancelled (4)
  30. Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? (2)
  31. Lisa’s Sax (9)
  32. Homer The Heretic (4)
  33. The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular (7)
  34. Treehouse Of Horror IV (5)
  35. One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Bluefish (2)
  36. Homer’s Phobia (8)
  37. Duffless (4)
  38. Flaming Moe’s (3)
  39. Cape Feare (5)
  40. I Married Marge (3)
  41. Homer The Smithers (7)
  42. Who Shot Mr Burns? Part 1 (6)
  43. Who Shot Mr Burns? Part 2 (7)
  44. Homer the Great (6)
  45. Homer’s Enemy (8)
  46. Mr Plow (4)
  47. Bart Gets Famous (5)
  48. I Love Lisa (4)
  49. Home Sweet Home-diddly-dum-doodily (7)
  50. Lisa’s Wedding (6)
  51. Separate Vocations (3)
  52. El Viaje Misterioso De Nuestro Jomer (8)
  53. Kamp Krusty (4)
  54. Lisa On Ice (6)
  55. A Streetcar Named Marge (4)
  56. You Only Move Twice (8)
  57. Lisa, The Simpson (9)
  58. 22 Short Films About Springfield (7)
  59. Bart Of Darkness (6)
  60. Two Bad Neighbors (7)
  61. The City of New York vs Homer Simpson (9)
  62. A Milhouse Divided (8)
  63. Dead Putting Society (2)
  64. Treehouse Of Horror VI (7)
  65. Deep Space Homer (5)
  66. Bart Sells His Soul (7)
  67. Marge Be Not Proud (7)
  68. Homer Loves Flanders (5)
  69. Homer Defined (3)
  70. Two Cars In Every Garage, Three Eyes On Every Fish (2)
  71. Bart’s Girlfriend (6)
  72. Homer’s Triple Bypass (4)
  73. Treehouse Of Horror IX (10)
  74. This Little Wiggy (9)
  75. Some Enchanted Evening (1)
  76. Mountain Of Madness (8)
  77. Itchy and Scratchy Land (6)
  78. Trilogy Of Error (12)
  79. Bart The Daredevil (2)
  80. Lemon of Troy (6)
  81. Hurricane Neddy (8)
  82. The Canine Mutiny (8)
  83. Homie The Clown (6)
  84. Weekend At Burnsie’s (13)
  85. Bart The Lover (3)
  86. Bart Gets An “F” (2)
  87. Colonel Homer (3)
  88. Grampa vs Sexual Inadequacy (6)
  89. Lisa Gets An “A” (10)
  90. Miracle On Evergreen Terrace (9)
  91. Behind The Laughter (11)
  92. Secrets Of A Successful Marriage (5)
  93. Team Homer (7)
  94. Lisa’s Date With Density (8)
  95. Lisa’s Rival (6)
  96. Homer and Apu (5)
  97. Mr Lisa Goes to Washington (3)
  98. Poppa’s Got A Brand New Badge (13)
  99. $pringfield (5)
  100. Skinner’s Sense Of Snow (12)

(number in parentheses is season number)

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Favourite TV Episodes

This is part of my project to transfer my old Listology lists to WordPress.

  1. ER – On the Beach
  2. Six Feet Under – Everyone’s Waiting
  3. Lost – The Constant
  4. Breaking Bad – Full Measure
  5. Breaking Bad – Half Measures
  6. Friday Night Lights – The Son
  7. ER – Love’s Labour Lost
  8. Breaking Bad – Crawl Space
  9. Breaking Bad – Dead Freight
  10. Scrubs – My Old Lady
  11. Friday Night Lights – Always
  12. Breaking Bad – To’hajiilee
  13. Black Mirror – The Entire History of You
  14. South Park – Scott Tenorman Must Die
  15. The Simpsons – Homer’s Barbershop Quartet
  16. Frasier – Ham Radio
  17. Lost – The End
  18. Inside No. 9 – The 12 Days of Christine
  19. Scrubs – My Screw-Up
  20. Breaking Bad – Four Days Out
  21. 24 – Day 2, 10pm-11pm
  22. ER – Hell and High Water
  23. ER – The Letter
  24. Ally McBeal – Boy Next Door
  25. Louie – Bully
  26. Angel – You’re Welcome
  27. House – No Reason
  28. Breaking Bad – Face Off
  29. Gilmore Girls – A House Is Not A Home
  30. Scrubs – My Lunch
  31. Black Mirror – Be Right Back
  32. Cracker – To Be A Somebody
  33. Men of a Certain Age – Go With The Flow
  34. This American Life – My Way
  35. Breaking Bad – Ozymandias
  36. King of the Hill – The Substitute Spanish Prisoner
  37. The Simpsons – Simpsoncalifragalisticexpiala-D’oh-cious
  38. Lost – Through the Looking Glass
  39. Seinfeld – The Outing
  40. Malcolm In The Middle – Bowling
  41. Everybody Loves Raymond – The Breakup Tape
  42. How I Met Your Mother – Slap Bet
  43. Louie – God
  44. The Simpsons – Summer of 4 ft. 2
  45. Gilmore Girls – Wedding Bell Blues
  46. The X Files – Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose
  47. Monk – Mr. Monk Is Up All Night
  48. Angel – A Hole in the World
  49. Coupling – Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
  50. Without A Trace – Malone vs. Malone (So This Is Christmas)
  51. Curb Your Enthusiasm – The Doll
  52. Breaking Bad – Face Off
  53. Community – Cooperative Calligraphy
  54. Sports Night – Quo Vadimus
  55. Frasier – The Two Mrs. Cranes
  56. Malcolm In The Middle – Rollerskates
  57. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – Poppa’s Got A Brand-New Excuse
  58. Futurama – Jurassic Bark
  59. How I Met Your Mother – Slapsgiving
  60. House – Three Stories
  61. 24 – Day 1, 11pm-12mn
  62. Frasier – Author, Author
  63. Moonlighting – The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice
  64. Cheers – Pick A Con, Any Con
  65. The Office (UK) – Training
  66. Doctor Who – Blink
  67. Angel – Not Fade Away
  68. Futurama – The Luck of the Fryrish
  69. Mad About You – Up In Smoke
  70. Father Ted – A Song for Europe
  71. Friday Night Lights – State
  72. Six Feet Under – I’ll Take You
  73. King of the Hill – Keeping Up With Our Joneses
  74. Friends – The One With The Prom Video
  75. Parks and Recreation – Telethon
  76. Seinfeld – The Parking Garage
  77. Scrubs – My Finale
  78. The Simpsons – And Maggie Makes Three
  79. NewsRadio – Bitch Session
  80. The Office (US) – Christmas Party
  81. Everwood – A Thanksgiving Tale
  82. Community – Modern Warfare
  83. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – A Very Sunny Christmas
  84. The X Files – Pusher
  85. Cracker – Men Should Weep
  86. The West Wing – Two Cathedrals
  87. The Shield – Of Mice & Lem
  88. The Inbetweeners – Night Out In London
  89. Without A Trace – Suspect
  90. Lost – Walkabout
  91. Titus – Tommy’s Not Gay
  92. Only Fools & Horses – Danger UXD
  93. Family Guy – Wasted Talent
  94. The Shield – All In
  95. Jonathan Creek – Danse Macabre
  96. Frasier – Dial M For Martin
  97. The West Wing – In Excelsis Deo
  98. Black Mirror – White Bear
  99. Community – Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas
  100. ER – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  101. Only Fools & Horses – The Longest Night
  102. Band of Brothers – Why We Fight
  103. ER – The Long Way Around
  104. Futurama – The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings
  105. Monk – Mr. Monk and the Three Pies
  106. The Simpsons – ‘Round Springfield
  107. How I Met Your Mother – Come On
  108. King of the Hill – The Bluegrass Is Always Greener
  109. Tru Calling – The Longest Day
  110. Scrubs – My Occurrence
  111. Frasier – Miracle on 3rd or 4th Street
  112. King of the Hill – ..And They Call It Bobby Love
  113. The Simpsons – Homer At The Bat
  114. The X Files – Ice
  115. Twin Peaks – Lonely Souls
  116. Everybody Hates Chris – Everybody Hates Food Stamps
  117. The Sopranos – College
  118. The Middle – Hecks on a Plane
  119. 3rd Rock from the Sun – Jolly Old St. Dick
  120. Freaks and Geeks – Discos and Dragons
  121. Modern Family – Undeck the Halls
  122. American Dad! – Frannie 911
  123. My So-Called Life – The Substitute
  124. 30 Days – Straight Man In A Gay World
  125. Community – Advanced Dungeons and Dragons
  126. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – If I Were A Carpenter
  127. Black Books – Elephants and Hens
  128. Psych – Poker? I Barely Know Her
  129. Taxi – Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey
  130. South Park – Casa Bonita
  131. Hey Arnold – Arnold’s Christmas
  132. Boston Legal – Son of the Defender
  133. Kenan & Kel – Pair-Rental Guidance
  134. Dexter – Born Free
  135. Sabrina the Teenage Witch – First Kiss
  136. Peep Show – Holiday
  137. Dawson’s Creek – Detention
  138. One Foot in the Grave – The Trial
  139. Fawlty Towers – The Germans
  140. Huff – Lipstick on your Panties
  141. Blackadder – Dish and Dishonesty
  142. Lucky Louie – Flowers for Kim
  143. Brass Eye – Paedophilia
  144. Arrested Development – Pier Pressure
  145. 30 Rock – MILF Island
  146. Fawlty Towers – Communication Problems
  147. I’m Alan Partridge – To Kill A Mocking Alan
  148. That ’70s Show – Dine and Dash
  149. Louis Theroux – The Most Hated Family in America
  150. Rugrats – Chuckie vs the Potty
  151. Oz – A Game of Checkers
  152. The Wire – Pilot
  153. Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle – Stand-Up
  154. Are You Afraid of the Dark? – The Tale of the Lonely Ghost
  155. Northern Exposure – Aurora Borealis: A Fairy Tale for Big People
  156. The PJs – U Go Kart
  157. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Once More With Feeling
  158. Outnumbered – Series 3 Episode 6
  159. Sports Night – The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee
  160. Californication – California Son
  161. Portlandia – Aimee
  162. Hustle – The Last Gamble
  163. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip – The Christmas Show
  164. CSI – Strip Strangler
  165. Gavin & Stacey – Series 2 Episode 1
  166. Huff – Christmas is Ruined
  167. Breaking Bad – Crawl Space
  168. Curb Your Enthusiasm – Seinfeld
  169. ER – The Crossing
  170. King of the Hill – Nine Pretty Darn Angry Men
  171. The Simpsons – Homer’s Enemy
  172. Frasier – Look Before You Leap
  173. Breaking Bad – Problem Dog
  174. Seinfeld – The Contest
  175. Futurama – Parasites Lost
  176. Lost – Greatest Hits
  177. Malcolm in the Middle – Traffic Ticket
  178. Monk – Mr Monk and the End
  179. House – Broken
  180. How I Met Your Mother – Ten Sessions
  181. South Park – Cartmanland
  182. Friends – The One Where No-one’s Ready
  183. Curb Your Enthusiasm – Krazee-Eyes Killa
  184. Louie – Duckling
  185. Angel – Lullaby
  186. Twin Peaks – Pilot
  187. Father Ted – Hell
  188. Family Guy – Brian and Stewie
  189. Home Improvement – I Was A Teenage Taylor
  190. Gilmore Girls – Bon Voyage
  191. Joan of Arcadia – Jump
  192. Rescue Me – Justice
  193. Roseanne – Scenes from a Barbecue
  194. Bob & Rose – Episode 1
  195. Community – Contemporary American Poultry
  196. Diff’rent Strokes – Lifesavers
  197. Mad About You – Giblets for Murray
  198. Boston Legal – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  199. Friday Night Lights – I Think We Should Have Sex
  200. The Simpsons – Rosebud
  201. Arrested Development – Good Grief
  202. 30 Rock – The Rural Juror
  203. Everybody Loves Raymond – Baggage
  204. NewsRadio – Super Karate Monkey Death Car
  205. Cheers – Thanksgiving Orphans
  206. Awkward. – Fateful
  207. Mission Hill – Andy Joins the PTA
  208. Psych – Gus’s Dad May Have Killed An Old Guy
  209. Futurama – The Farnsworth Parabox
  210. That ’70s Show – Canadian Road Trip
  211. The X Files – Beyond the Sea
  212. The Simpsons – King-Size Homer
  213. Frasier – Author Author
  214. Futurama – Meanwhile
  215. Community – Remedial Chaos Theory
  216. Lost – Pilot
  217. Malcolm in the Middle – Water Park
  218. South Park – You’re Getting Old
  219. Friends – The One With the Blackout
  220. Moonlighting – ‘Twas the Episode Before Christmas
  221. Hey Arnold – Pigeon Man
  222. Girls – One Man’s Trash
  223. Everwood – Pilot
  224. Frasier – My Travels with Martin
  225. Friday Night Lights – Tomorrow Blues
  226. King of the Hill – The Unbearable Blindess of Laying
  227. The Simpsons – Last Exit to Springfield
  228. Friends – The One With the Routine
  229. Family Guy – Let’s Go to the Hop
  230. Father Ted – Chirpy Chirpy Cheap Sheep
  231. Everybody Loves Raymond – The Angry Family
  232. Jonathan Creek – Time Waits for Norman
  233. The X-Files – How the Ghosts Stole Christmas
  234. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – The Nightman Cometh
  235. King of the Hill – Pretty Pretty Dresses
  236. Seinfeld – The Chinese Restaurant
  237. Monk – Mr Monk and the Game Show
  238. Only Fools and Horses – Time on our Hands
  239. How I Met Your Mother – The Best Burger in New York
  240. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – Knowledge is Power
  241. Men of a Certain Age – Let the Sunshine In
  242. Frasier – Martin Does It His Way
  243. Futurama – Xmas Story
  244. Everybody Loves Raymond – Italy
  245. Ally McBeal – Boy to the World
  246. Hey Arnold – The List
  247. ER – All in the Family
  248. Seinfeld – The Soup Nazi
  249. The Shield – Family Meeting
  250. The X-Files – DPO
  251. Moonlighting – The Next Murder You Hear
  252. Rupert – Rupert and the Ghost
  253. The Simpsons – Mother Simpson
  254. Friday Night Lights – Hello, Goodbye
  255. The Office (US) – Casino Night
  256. South Park – The Death Camp of Tolerance
  257. Scrubs – My Last Words
  258. House – Everybody Dies
  259. Malcolm in the Middle – Christmas
  260. Futurama – Godfellas
  261. Arrested Development – Development Arrested
  262. The X-Files – Die Hand Die Verletzt
  263. ER – And in the End…
  264. King of the Hill – A Fire-fighting We Will Go
  265. Frasier – Daphne’s Room
  266. Futurama – A Tale of Two Santas
  267. Blackpool – Episode 3
  268. Spongebob Squarepants – Graveyard Shift
  269. Jonathan Creek – Satan’s Chimney
  270. The Flintstones – Fred Flintstone: Before and After
  271. Numb3rs – Spree
  272. Wilfred (US) – Truth
  273. Outnumbered – The Old-Fashioned Sunday
  274. Breaking Bad – Gliding Over All
  275. Shameless (US) – Just Like The Pilgrims Intended
  276. My Mad Fat Diary – Don’t Ever Tell Anybody Anything
  277. Portlandia – One Moore Episode
  278. Fawlty Towers – Waldorf Salad
  279. Awkward. – The Other Shoe
  280. Rectify – Pilot
  281. Kenan & Kel – Turkey Day
  282. Saved By The Bell – Home for Christmas
  283. Dilbert – Tower of Babel
  284. Utopia – Episode 1
  285. Rev. – Series 2, Episode 5
  286. Friends – The One In Vegas
  287. Flight of the Conchords – Yoko
  288. Enlightened – Consider Helen
  289. The Simpsons – Bart on the Road
  290. My Name Is Earl – Pilot
  291. Bob’s Burgers – Moody Foodie
  292. Spaced – Beginnings
  293. Lead Balloon – Idiot
  294. Malcolm in the Middle – Poker
  295. Blackadder – Goodbyeee
  296. Clerks – The Clipshow Wherein Dante and Randal are Locked in the Freezer…
  297. Sherlock – The Reichenbach Fall
  298. NewsRadio – The Cane
  299. The Sopranos – I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano
  300. The Simpsons – King of the Hill

 

Favourite TV Seasons

This is part of my project to transfer my old Listology lists to WordPress.

  1. The Simpsons – S6
  2. Breaking Bad – S3
  3. King of the Hill – S2
  4. Friday Night Lights – S1
  5. Community – S2
  6. Frasier – S4
  7. Community – S1
  8. The Simpsons – S4
  9. Men of a Certain Age – S1
  10. ER – S8
  11. Frasier – S2
  12. Malcolm in the Middle – S2
  13. The Shield – S5
  14. Six Feet Under – S3
  15. Lost – S4
  16. Seinfeld – S4
  17. Everwood – S1
  18. How I Met Your Mother – S2
  19. Breaking Bad – S2
  20. Louie – S1
  21. South Park – S6
  22. Everybody Loves Raymond – S6
  23. Scrubs – S1
  24. Monk – S3
  25. This American Life – S2
  26. House – S2
  27. The Simpsons – S7
  28. Futurama – S3
  29. Gilmore Girls – S5
  30. Angel – S5
  31. Friends – S2
  32. Friday Night Lights – S4
  33. Frasier – S3
  34. South Park – S5
  35. King of the Hill – S3
  36. Breaking Bad – S4
  37. 24 – S2
  38. This American Life – S1
  39. The X Files – S3
  40. Gilmore Girls – S2
  41. Everwood – S2
  42. Arrested Development – S1
  43. Twin Peaks – S1
  44. Moonlighting – S2
  45. Curb Your Enthusiasm – S7
  46. The West Wing – S1
  47. Seinfeld – S3
  48. The Simpsons – S8
  49. Futurama – S2
  50. Friends – S3
  51. Father Ted – S2
  52. The Shield – S4
  53. Only Fools and Horses – S6
  54. Lost – S1
  55. Boston Legal – S2
  56. Angel – S3
  57. ER – S1
  58. Friday Night Lights – S3
  59. Malcolm in the Middle – S1
  60. Buffy – S3
  61. Everwood – S3
  62. That ’70s Show – S3
  63. Breaking Bad – S1
  64. Parks and Recreation – S2
  65. How I Met Your Mother – S1
  66. NewsRadio – S3
  67. Friday Night Lights – S5
  68. The Office (US) – S2
  69. Curb Your Enthusiasm – S2
  70. The Inbetweeners – S2
  71. Californication – S1
  72. Bored to Death – S2
  73. The Office (US) – S3
  74. Home Improvement – S5
  75. The Middle – S1
  76. The Simpsons – S3
  77. ER – S2
  78. The West Wing – S2
  79. King of the Hill – S6
  80. 24 – S5
  81. Buffy – S2
  82. Cheers – S3
  83. That ’70s Show – S6
  84. Friends – S1
  85. South Park – S7
  86. Boston Legal – S3
  87. Everybody Loves Raymond – S7
  88. Six Feet Under – S2
  89. The Simpsons – S5
  90. Scrubs – S2
  91. Snuff Box – S1
  92. Lucky Louie – S1
  93. How I Met Your Mother – S3
  94. Seinfeld – S5
  95. Futurama – S4
  96. Lost – S5
  97. The X Files – S2
  98. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip – S1
  99. NewsRadio – S2
  100. Monk – S5

My Television Viewing, April 14 to April 22 2015

Polished off King of the Hill season 10, another solid run. “Portrait of the Artist As A Young Clown” is a classic Bobby episode, and works both comedically and dramatically, even if similar territory was mined back in the early seasons. A re-watch of S4 of The IT Crowd proved a good use of time, with the Countdown episode in particular  delivering the goods.

Finally got around to the first two seasons of Inside Amy Schumer. What a hilarious show. Schumer’s blend of sketches, stand-up, vox-pops and in-depth interviews make for a marvellous blend, and her material and style really work for me. She’s instantly become one of my favourite comedians. I’m glad that it finally hit DVD.

ITV’s latest attempt at puppet satire, Newzoids, fell flat on its face for the most part, but the Proclaimers parody worked excellently. Still, overall it opts for the easy gags, and seems pretty toothless. Better was this week’s Have I Got News For You, whose Victoria Coren Mitchell-presided proceedings delivered the goods.. once we got beyond a genuinely awkward Ian Hislop-John prescott stand-off. Jack Dee’s Election Helpdesk clocked up episode two of three, and while the premise remains a flimsy excuse for comedic debate, it sure is watchable stuff.

The Island with Bear Grylls, a Survivor-meets-Lost reality show sans elimination, continues to prove an acceptable diversion, and episode 5 – aired 22 April – proved genuinely tense in places. Back in Time for Dinner took its final trip back in time, to the 1990s, the first era which I’d lived through, and proved compelling. Britain’s Got Talent was fine enough, once again, though none of this week’s acts stood out to me, and Britain’s Got More Talent seemed more stretched for material than ever.

The latest episode of Mom continued the series’ brave recent addiction storyline, and continues to challenge network TV boundaries in a thoughtful way. It – alongside The Middle – rates as the best current sitcom overlooked by TV aficionados. Whose Line Is It Anyway? returned this week – always a pleasure, and Gary Anthony Williams is consistently good value in the fourth chair, though I would like to see Brad Sherwood and Greg Proops show up again. Not the most spectacular episode ever overall, but the “Greatest Hits” round was a genuine instant classic.

I also found time to check in with ongoing snooker coverage, and the Edsel Catatonia video collection DVD (packaged with their Paper Scissors Stone deluxe reissue) – often fun, often crazy, occasionally rather budget-restrained. No denying the quality of the music, mind.

Full seasons:

  • King of the Hill, season 10 – 8/10 – fifteen episodes, DVD, April 16, 2015
  • The IT Crowd, series 4 – 7/10 – rewatch – six episodes, DVD, April 17, 2015
  • Inside Amy Schumer, season 1 – 9/10 – ten episodes, DVD, April 20, 2015
  • Inside Amy Schumer, season 2 – 9/10 – ten episodes, DVD, April 22, 2015

Individual episodes:

  • Newzoids, series 1 episode 1 – 5/10 – DVR, April 15, 2015
  • The Island with Bear Grylls, series 2 episodes 3-5 – 6/10 – DVR, April 15-16-22, 2015
  • Back in Time for Dinner, series 1 episode 5 – 7/10 – DVR, April 16, 2015
  • The Graham Norton Show, series 17 episode 2 – 8/10 – DVR, April x, 2015
  • Have I Got News For You, series 49 episode 2 – 7.5/10 – DVR, April x, 2015
  • Britain’s Got Talent, series 9 episode 2 – 6.5/10 – DVR, April x, 2015
  • Britain’s Got More Talent, series 9 episode 2 – 7/10 – DVR, April x, 2015
  • Mom, season 2 episode 20 – 8/10 – DL, April 19, 2015
  • Whose Line is it Anyway?, season 11 episode 1 – 8/10 – DL, April 19, 2015
  • Catatonia videos – 8/10 – DVD, April 20, 2015
  • Jack Dee’s Election Helpdesk, series 1 episode 2 – 8/10 – DVR, April 22, 2015

My Television Viewing, April 7 to April 13 2015

Olive Films’ continued fast-paced releases of long-maligned King of the Hill seasons continued last week, and no sooner had seasons 9 and 10 arrived on my doorstep than I began to marathon straight through. The show was past its peak by this stage (roughly, seasons two through six were the strongest runs) but it never really got into a rut in the same way late Simpsons seasons did, and there’s still consistently good entertainment to be had here. Season 9’s finest is probably “Mutual of Ombwah”, which sees Hank on classic, small-c conservative form when he discovers that he forgot to mail an insurance cheque.

Series 2 and 3 of The IT Crowd continued to impress on this go-round; I should get to the final run this coming week. “The Work Outing”, from S2, remains a comedic masterclass, the finest episode of the entire show’s run.

The Graham Norton Show returned on weak form, with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse not on their finest form, and Kim Cattrall seeming vaguely out of place. Have I Got News For You got off to a better start, with Daniel Radcliffe proving a surprisingly effective choice of guest host.

Britain’s Got Talent hewed as close to cliche form as ever, but these early auditions rounds are entertaining enough anyway. Spinoff More Talent is outshining the show proper at this stage, thanks to Stephen Mulhern’s freewheeling spirit.

Not sold on The Island with Bear Grylls, feels like a poor man’s Survivor, Boot Camp and Lost hybrid to me. Jack Dee’s Election Helpdesk, on the other hand, toothless though the format itself may be, delivered a whole bunch of genuine laughs – and the lineup of guests on episode 1 was inspired (always great to see Romesh Ranganathan and Aisling Bea). And this week’s Mom dove even darker than last week, delivering one of the season’s stronger entries.

Full seasons:

  • The IT Crowd, series 2 – 8/10 – rewatch – six episodes, DVD, April 8, 2015
  • The IT Crowd, series 3 – 8/10 – rewatch – six episodes, DVD, April 9, 2015
  • King of the Hill, season 9 – 8/10 – fifteen episodes, DVD, April 14, 2015

Individual episodes:

  • The Graham Norton Show, series 17 episode 1 – 6/10 – DVR, April 11, 2015
  • Have I Got News For You, series 49 episode 1 – 7/10 – DVR, April 11, 2015
  • Britain’s Got Talent, series 9 episode 1 – 6.5/10 – DVR, April 12, 2015
  • Britain’s Got More Talent, series 9 episode 1 – 7/10 – DVR, April 12, 2015
  • The Island with Bear Grylls, series 2 episodes 1-2 – 5.5/10 – DVR, April 12, 2015
  • Mom, season 2 episode 19 – 8.5/10 – DL, April 12, 2015
  • Jack Dee’s Election Helpdesk, series 1 episode 1 – 8/10 – DVR, April 13, 2015

My Television Viewing, March 31 to April 6 2015

The most fun I had in front of a screen this week? Cougar Town – season 4 finally hit disc, and my fiancee and I marathoned all fifteen episodes within a 24-hour period. I’d forgotten how great it was at straight-up hangout comedy – perhaps even better at it than Happy Endings..

Sunshine, a BBC mini-series starring Steve Coogan as a family man-come-gambling addict, was a pleasant surprise, too. A little too syrupy for some, I’m sure, but I was sucked in completely. Tows the comedic-dramatic line wonderfully. From the team behind The Royle Family and the chronically underrated Early Doors.

Season two of The Wrong Mans improved on season one, compressing the latest story in the comedy-thriller hybrid series down to two one-hour episodes (from six 30-minute entries in S1). Corden and Baynton continue to make a great team, and the story was less meandering this go-round, making for a neat blend of genuine tension and comedic banter.

A re-watch of The IT Crowd series one proved fun. I think it was my third viewing; IIRC, I found the second and third runs even stronger. We’ll probably re-watch those soon.

ITV horror anthology Chiller proved decidedly un-chilling, though episode 2, “Toby”, at least proved intriguing. The Leaders Debate was insubstantial but interesting, and is hard to rate on any scale, really! Louis Theroux: Transgender Kids was a thoughtful, contemplative piece of documentary filmmaking, well up to Louis’ usual standards. And this week’s Mom ventured back into dark territory; it wasn’t the finest example of the show blending the light with the dark, but I continue to be impressed at the bravery and honest of that programme. It’s unafraid of complex subject matter in a way few other sitcoms, single- or multi-camera, are.

Full seasons:

  • Cougar Town, season 4 – 9/10 – 15 episodes, DVD, April 2-3, 2015
  • Sunshine, miniseries – 9/10 – three parts, DVD, April 3-4, 2015
  • The Wrong Mans, series 2 – 8/10 – two episodes, DVD, April 4, 2014
  • The IT Crowd, series 1 – 8/10 – rewatch – six episodes, DVD, April 5, 2015

Individual episodes:

  • Chiller, series 1 episodes 1-3 – 4/10 – DVD, April 4, 2015
  • Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, series 12 episode 7 – 7/10 – DVR, April 4, 2015
  • Mr. Bean – Mind the Baby Mr Bean – 7/10 – DVD, April 4, 2015
  • The ITV Leaders’ Debate – n/a – DVR, April 5, 2015
  • Louis Theroux: Transgender Kids – 9/10 – DVR, April 6, 2015
  • Mom, season 2 episode 18 – 7/10 – DL, April 7, 2015