This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments


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, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This week, one of the standout dramas of a standout period of premium television comes to a close, and Stephen Colbert turns the government shutdown into an unlikely romantic opportunity.

Breaking Bad Is Over and Done

There’s not much left to write about “Felina” or the genius of Vince Gilligan, but Breaking Bad may have been the most intensely anticipated prestige TV finale since The Sopranos, and unlike David Chase’s masterwork, most viewers seem to have thought Breaking Bad tied things up rather well. With Mad Men not winding down until 2015, AMC still has a bit of time to find its Next Big Show, but whatever it picks will have some massive shoes to fill.

Scandal Came Back

Unfortunately, I don’t watch Scandal, meaning two full seasons of Byzantine plot have guaranteed I don’t understand a thing that happened on the show last night. But Flavorwire’s Judy Berman recapped last night’s fictional goings-on in DC, and judging by the hot mess that was Twitter last night, Shonda Rhimes’s addictve drama delivered with its third season premiere. It begins!

Stephen Colbert Married a Couple on Air

Proving that late night TV hosts can make anything better, even the blinding idiocy of the people charged with running our country, Stephen Colbert took government shutdown lemons this week and turned them into TV wedding lemonade. Colbert presided over the nuptials of a couple who’d previously planned on getting married by the Jefferson Memorial, clad in faux-Catholic regalia. The bride carried an Emmy in lieu of a bouquet. Needless to say, it was awesome.

Chelsea Perretti Showed Off Her Interpretive Dance Skills

Cementing her status as Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s best supporting cast member just three episodes into the series, Chelsea Perretti stole the spotlight this week as station secretary Gina. When her colleagues’s earnest stump speeches to a group of at-risk youth fail to convince them to sign-up for a junior informant program, Gina busts out the Christina Aguilera, not to mention her moves. The result is a 30-second interlude of pure awesome.

Ann and Chris Began Their Graceful Exit

We already knew Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger were on their way out of Pawnee thanks to pre-season premiere press releases, but the second episode initiated the plot line that’ll eventually lead to their departure. After finding an honest-to-God baby store in Bloomington that’s not attached to a chemical plant, Ann begins to realize there might be better places than a small town in Indiana to raise her kid. She runs the idea by Chris at the end of the episode, and it looks like he’s on board. Cue Leslie’s tears.