The Bravermans Hit 100
Parenthood is heading towards the end of its final season, but this week marked another major milestone: the series’ 100th episode, in which Zeek heads to the hospital for what appears to be a heart attack. Not a whole lot of game-changers, plot-wise, but plenty of the emotional messiness we’ve come to expect from the NBC family drama.
Jon Stewart Plugs “Team Civilization”
The issues surrounding French weekly Charlie Hebdo and its brand of satire are complex; the question of whether it had the right to carry out that satire without its staff being subject to a horrific shooting is not. In a short, two-minute monologue before his show, Jon Stewart offered a sober reminder that no matter how outraged he gets over his political opponents, senseless killing is on another plane entirely.
Portlandia Tells Its Feminist Origin Story
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s new approach to their show may not be enough to save it from its increasing irrelevance, but if there are any characters who we’re happy to see given the full-episode treatment, Toni and Candace are them. The fifth season premiere shows their past among the corporate sharks and their awakening to the feminist cause — which will, of course, culminate in their founding of the sanctimonious bookstore we all know and love.
Dropping the “Vice” and getting back to spy basics, Archer introduces a couple of major changes into its sixth season: ISIS is now working for the CIA, ISIS is now no longer ISIS for reasons which should be obvious, and oh yeah, Lana and Archer have a kid. Archer bolts, of course, though he points out that he sort of has a right to: Lana used his sperm without his knowledge or permission, then sprang the news on him right when Abijean/AJ is born. Should make for an interesting addition to the always-complicated dynamic between the two animated spies.