This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Smile!


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, Broad City and Empire end their excellent seasons, and Mindy Project and Scandal welcome some high-profile guest stars.

And the Empire goes to…

There were many, many highlights of Empire‘s season finale. But ultimately, it wasn’t the murder, the arrest for an earlier murder, or even the cameos from Snoop Dogg and Patti LaBelle that stole the show. It was the resolution of the show’s central question: who gets the company after Lucious dies? Because he was misdiagnosed, that’ll likely be later rather than sooner, but the answer turned out to be Jamal — only after Lucious got him to do his dirty work, of course.

Abbi and Ilana cure street harassment

Well, not really, but they did give us the perfect response! This week’s all-St. Mark’s Place Broad City season finale kicked off with a strange dude telling our heroines to smile, and our heroines obliging… sort of. Start the countdown to next season now.

Laverne Cox comes to Mindy

Stephen Colbert is a tough act to follow; leave it to Laverne Cox to not only follow, but steal the show. As Sheena, Tamra’s cousin, Cox imparts some essential wisdom to Mindy, namely that confidence comes from… within? “Within? Who the hell told you that? Confidence comes from amazing outfits and perfect makeup.” Yeah, basically.

The Dean goes deep

Into virtual reality, when he becomes obsessed with a $5,000 system that transforms meaningless bureaucratic tasks into an epic quests (or as the creator calls it, “building worlds within worlds”). This enables some spectacular physical comedy from Oscar-winning screenwriter Jim Rash, including deleting a serial number by drowning a final in a ’90s graphics-rendered fountain.

Lena Dunham drops by Scandal

Her character’s name is “Kinky Sue,” and Huck slits her throat. That’s basically all you need to know, but for the curious: Sue has had kinky sex (hence the name) with a lot of very important men and is about to publish a tell-all book about it. Olivia eventually persuades her not to go ahead with it and even sets up a potential job with the Washington Post, but Huck doesn’t trust her. Also, she has a godawful wig. RIP, Lena Dunham!