Broad City Debuts
Executive-produced by Amy Poehler and starring two Upright Citizens Brigade alums, this gal-centric addition to the Comedy Central lineup manages to pass the Bechdel test and be hilarious, proving that it shouldn’t be so hard for other shows to do the same. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are, like so many other TV protagonists, broke, irreverent, and trying to get by in the big city. But with the help of sharp writing and plenty of big-name guest stars, Broad City manages to earn its place on your DVR lineup.
Adam Scott Directs Parks
An otherwise ordinary episode of everyone’s favorite sitcom had at least one distinguishing factor, besides Ron Swanson discovering the iPod: co-star Adam Scott stepped behind the camera to direct for the first time, following in the tradition of peer shows like Mad Men, which occasionally has its stars take the reins for an episode. Billy Eichner also pops up again as loudmouth Craig, and Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe have just one more episode left before they leave Pawnee for good. But this week was all Ben’s Adam’s.
True Detective Quickly Out-Porns Game of Thrones
Well, that escalated quickly! Turns out Woody Harrelson’s upstanding family man is cheating on Michelle Monaghan with the courthouse aide, and they have super kinky handcuffed sex! Seriously, this beats the time two hookers gave each other rim jobs in the background while Littlefinger speechified on Game of Thrones. That means True Detective has won the enviable title of HBO’s Porniest Show, and possibly even HBO’s Show With the Most Gratuitous, Unnecessary Nudity, in less than two full episodes. Impressive!
Sasheer Zamata Joins SNL
Saturday Night Live‘s first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph featured heavily in this week’s midseason premiere, which starred Drake as both musical guest and host. Zamata played Rihanna, a seventh-grader slumber party host, and a bratty high school student, holding her own in a jam-packed ensemble. Her presence may not solve SNL‘s persistent diversity problem, but it’s a major step forward (and a shout-out from Drake himself can’t hurt).
Donald Glover Leaves Community
Troy Barnes, you will be missed. Check out our recap of “Geothermal Escapism” here, and mourn the loss of network comedy’s indestructible dynamic duo. As with last week’s farewell to Pierce, Dan Harmon proves that he’s able to write characters out almost as gracefully (Scrubs joke aside) as he’s able to incorporate them into Community‘s ragtag ensemble.