Wipeout – This special Armed Forces edition introduced a fantastic new obstacle in the Qualifier.  Wearing vision-distorting goggles, contestants have to try and grab a trapeze to swing across a mud pit.  But none of that matters, because after a few seconds a giant bee swings down to knock them into the mud.  It’s got everything – it’s almost impossible to succeed, it’s got a surprise that’s impossible to anticipate, and it’s got a weirdly specific theme.  (Bees!)  We approve!

Louie – Wow.  This will be a hard episode to talk about and still keep things safe for work.  Let’s see – Louie’s friends invited him over for dinner and a thinly veiled fix-up.  (With Oscar winner and Homicide star Melissa Leo!)  After a hilariously awkward dinner, Louie and Laurie headed off for some drinks.  And then, well, she did Louie a favor, but he wasn’t willing to… reciprocate.  (Laurie:  “Are you saying I’m a whore?”  Louie:  “No.  Not by… how you feel.  I’m just saying that if I had done what you did, I would feel like a whore.”)  It was really an amazing scene – the interaction was so clever and honest, and nothing that you’ve really seen on TV before.  It’s such excellent work from everybody.  There’s also a fantastic framing sequence about Louie’s daughters telling jokes, and it’s so sweet and funny.  Such a contrast from the main theme of the episode.  Once again, Louis C.K. is making TV better than just about anybody else.

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7 Responses to Best TV Shows on TV – We’re Gonna Need a Turd Wig

  1. Larry Young says:

    What do you guys think of THE NEWSROOM?

  2. EJ says:

    We talked about it a little amongs ourselves – Myndi still hasn’t seen episode 2 as of this writing. I’m not quite on board yet – I feel like I’m being lectured, and the fact that the show seems poised to have a confrontational interview every week means a weekly straw man to get shredded by Sorkin’s stand-in. (It’s something that’s always bugged me about his TV work.) Still, the characters are mostly appealing, so I’m waiting it out for a bit yet. And in the interest of full disclosure, I may not be giving it a fair shake because of Sorkin’s oft-reiterated belief that Internet writers are all bitter failures. That’s always in the back of my head.

  3. cub says:

    one gentle question: wtf is a turd wig?

    i’ve googled and googled, and found no absolute reference that makes any sense, but i did learn a new bar joke.

    please educate your humble commenter.

  4. EJ says:

    First off, I apologize for anything you may have learned by Googling “Turd Wig”.

    It’s actually a line from last week’s “Bunk” – at one point the announcer said “We’re gonna need a turd wig because sh*t is getting ugly.” And since we keep it classy around here, I couldn’t possibly pass that up as a title.

    I don’t know if it makes any MORE sense now, but that’s where we got it from.

  5. Myndi Weinraub says:

    How we long for the simpler days of “Beefsquatch!” Thanks for reading, cub! Larry–I promise to get caught up on Newsroom in the next couple days and give you my thoughts…I don’t have quite the same issues with Sorkin, though I completely see what EJ is saying. I felt that way with Studio 60, for sure.

  6. cub says:

    EJ and Myndi,
    thanks for answering. i watch CB!B! but avoid BUNK due to gross foot phobia and that guy’s voice– (neither of which bothered me/were present when he worked w/K.Schall, iirc)–beefsquatch, indeed!

  7. EJ says:

    Working with Kristin Schall makes everybody more appealing!

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