There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, we’re compiling the five best moments on TV each week. Season finales made this a particularly rich week for TV, and this round sees the end of The Office, the long-awaited reveal of the mother on How I Met Your Mother, and a New Girl cameo from Taylor Swift.
Ted Mosby Meets the Mother of His Child
After eight years of anticipation, audiences were finally introduced to the elusive subject of How I Met Your Mother — and it’s the sexy baby from 30 Rock! With only a few words, Cristin Milioti of Broadway’s Once became the focus of this fall’s final season, the entirety of which will take place at Barney and Robin’s wedding.
Obama Doesn’t Know What’s Going On Either
Obama really is an everyman’s president, isn’t he? He is so much like the rest of us that he finds out about his own administration’s scandals on the news. At a recent press conference, he told a journalist he found out the IRS was targeting conservative groups on the day the information went public. A compilation from Tuesday’s Daily Show highlights that this isn’t the first time the White House has failed to tell Obama important information. Unfortunately, the POTUS can be just as in the dark about the government as most Americans.
Taylor Swift Steals Cece’s Fiance
On the season finale of New Girl, pop culture’s number-one jealous lover brought a quick end to Cece’s wedding. After Cece announces her intentions to leave her fiance, she’s unexpectedly baxtered by his declaration of love for none other than Taylor Swift. Another highlight came from a musical interlude — not from Swift, but from Schmidt and Winston’s attempt to sabotage the wedding with “Cotton-Eyed Joe.”
The Office Ends With Another Wedding
The Office came to a worthy conclusion with the wedding of Dwight and Angela, as well as its trademark engagement with the fourth wall. The show fully embraced its mockumentary status throughout the final season, and reunited the cast for a Q&A following up the documentary that was being made this whole time. The heartfelt ending provided appropriate closure to nine years of awkwardness, romance, and “that’s what she said”s.
Mel Brooks: Make a Noise
The fine folks at American Masters have set their sights on the iconic comedian and filmmaker, and the result (airing this Monday on most PBS stations) is one of their most delightful documentaries to date. Though getting up there in years, Brooks is a thrilling, energetic storyteller, and his interviews provide wonderful commentary—not only in the form of biography and jokes, but in his candid confessions of his sadness and occasional darkness. This is the story of a true comic genius, a man who helped change both television and film comedy. But it is also a love story; his late wife Anne Bancroft’s recollection of their meeting is winningly warm and funny, and when he recalls her death, you’re sad for him—that’s how thoroughly the viewer is felt that they know this brilliant man, and how well they’ve grasped what makes him tick. -Jason Bailey, Film Editor