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 round, Key & Peele give us their best Steve Urkel and Jessica Lange gives us her best 1950s German David Bowie.
Key & Peele Expose Steve Urkel’s Dark Side
Jaleel White’s ascent from onetime guest star to de facto protagonist of Family Matters appears, to the untrained eye, a simple matter of popular appeal. But Key & Peele know the truth: the man behind Steve Urkel was a full-blown bespectacled psychopath, terrorizing coked-up producers and co-stars alike with his unlimited leverage and… superpowers? Whatever, it works. And Jordan Peele’s (apparently improvised) closing catchphrase is note-perfect.
Samantha Bee Gets Wonky
It’s been a good couple weeks for joke-y news shows and investigative journalism. First John Oliver blew the lid off the Miss America Pageant’s ridiculously inflated scholarship numbers; now, Samantha Bee walks viewers through the scary lack of statistics on police killings in the United States. Between summoning the FBI by googling “ISIS ebola juggalos” and sassing her husband, fellow correspondent and guest host Jason Jones, Bee provides no shortage of laughs. But the takeaway from the segment is dead serious: we have no idea how many people were killed by the police last year, and it’s partly the federal government’s fault.
Jessica Lange Goes Bowie On Us
The moment that turned the American Horror Story: Freak Show premiere from merely “batshit” to “Ryan Murphy batshit.” Jessica Lange! That suit! That accompaniment! That DGAF anachronism! It was perfect, Freak Show is perfect, and anyone who says otherwise should watch the clip above on repeat for a minimum of two hours.
The Mindy Project Goes, Uh, There
2014 is a great time to be alive. Case in point: an entire network sitcom plot line about anal sex! Danny first claims he “slipped,” then that he’s going blind, and then finally confesses that, yes, he’s into that. So Mindy does what every girlfriend would do and… roofies herself? Nope, not your grandma’s Fox multi-cam.
Aziz Ansari Declares Allegiance to the Feminist Cause
Though Roxane Gay is right to point out that we’re perhaps worshiping a *gasp* male feminist a tad too much, Aziz Ansari’s explanation is funny, endearing, and unlike his Madison Square Garden show last night, free/not sold out. Check out his David Letterman appearance above to find out what feminists and dermatologists have in common.