Goodbye, Key & Peele & Meegan & Andre
Key & Peele didn’t exactly opt for a grand finale — they left the eulogizing to the critics. (Shocker: Wesley Morris knocked it out of the park.) They did, however, include a sendoff to two of their most beloved characters in their final episode: bratty Meegan, helpless Andre, and the former’s fruitless attempt to end things with the latter once and for all. Key and Peele themselves will surely go on to stellar careers; it’s Meegan, Andre, and the rest who were really saying goodbye.
Joe Biden Opens Up
“I was a success, and my son turned out better than me.” It’s the first of many quotable lines in the Vice President’s conversation with Stephen Colbert, but the quotes aren’t the point. In just 20 minutes, the politician and the comedian, both of whom have experienced significant losses, touch on grief, support, faith, and Kierkegaard. The intimacy and humanity, just two days into Colbert’s tenure as host of The Late Show, are almost breathtaking.
Jimmy and Gretchen Cohabitate
What happens when television’s most mutually self-destructive couple share a home? Six-day benders, DVD kiosk theft, and butt stuff, of course. This week’s second season premiere saw You’re the Worst‘s main couple negotiate their fear of being boring — by never, ever admitting to that fear and playing a game of alcoholism chicken, of course. Jimmy and Gretchen’s quest to avoid becoming “sweater people” is as understandable as it is hilarious to watch.
Emma and Mark (Apparently) Will
Playing House wrapped up its short but sweet second season this week with a policeman’s ball, a Kenny Loggins concert, and a cliffhanger involving the comedy’s central will-they-or-won’t-they: Emma (Jessica St. Clair) and her high school ex Mark (Keegan-Michael Key, in one of his ten zillion TV roles). Now that Emma’s broken it off with Rabbi Dan, the path is seemingly clear—but we won’t know what happens until next season, assuming there is one. Your move, USA.
The Eye Doesn’t Lie
How do you make a documentary about a falsely condemned man funny? You have John Mulaney co-write the script for your parody, of course. This week’s Documentary Now! took on Errol Morris’s The Thin Blue Line (for those outside the show’s core demo, it’s that movie that got name checked a lot during the whole Jinx thing), providing its strongest installment since…well, last week. What can we say? Fred Armisen and Bill Hader really know what they’re doing!