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, Tom Cruise makes a PR push and Caitlyn Jenner fronts the most socially significant Kardashian spinoff yet.
Caitlyn Jenner Makes Her Docu-Series Debut
I Am Cait hasn’t necessarily received great reviews as a work of reality TV (and whatever you think of the genre, it’s old enough now that we can actually distinguish between good and bad reality series), but it’s an undeniably significant event in the history of trans representation in the United States, and the public’s relationship to trans celebrities. This week’s premiere of I Am Cait, the latest addition to the Kardashian-Jenner E! empire, saw candid conversations between Caitlyn and her mother… and a closet dish session with Kim, which the Internet obviously enjoyed more.
Forest MacNeil Reviews Glory Holes
Everyone’s favorite life experience critic is back, and this time, Forest MacNeil is allowing his job to destroy him in brand new ways! In this week’s season premiere, Forest gets shot, commences a new relationship with his nurse (played by Fargo‘s Allison Tolman), ends said relationship while reviewing “Blackmail,” and finally, takes on the task of evaluating “Glory Holes” as a newly single man. After rejecting the idea of using the Internet or seedy gay bars for anonymous sex, Forest opts for the glory hole “closest to my dad’s house.”
The Creepiest Lip-Sync
Tom Cruise’s press tour for Mission: Impossible is well under way, and surprise — no one’s asking about Scientology! The Tonight Show did offer a potential PR boost, however, in the form of Jimmy Fallon’s ever-endearing lip sync battle. Cruise mostly comes off stiff and kinda creepy (though that may just be the memory of Going Clear and its various, horrific allegations regarding the star), but look, it’s the dance move from Risky Business!!!
Rick and Morty Get Lost in Time
Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s insane Adult Swim show is back, combining the vivid absurdity of animation with Harmon’s well-established penchant for pop culture references and meta cracks. Season two premiere “A Rickle in Time” is no exception, as Rick and his grandchildren get lost in a “timeless oblivion” filled with Schrodinger’s cats while mom ‘n’ dad remain in “some grounded storyline about their shit marriage.” There are split screens involved.
Meet the Red Dragon
With Hannibal’s arrest last week, Hannibal has finally started to overlap with the film franchise that popularized Thomas Harris’s novels. Its current, and likely final, story arc puts Will Graham in pursuit of the “Tooth Fairy,” who’s actually the self-styled “Red Dragon” Francis Dolarhyde. Seeing Dolarhyde’s William Blake-inspired tattoos, trip to Hong Kong, and grisly murders through the eyes of Bryan Fuller is a treat, particularly with British actor Richard Armitage taking over for Ralph Fiennes in the role of Dolarhyde.