This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Mumps and Boston Accents


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 time, the network lineup remains dormant while cable, streaming, and late night show some signs of life.


A profoundly silly spring premiere sees Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Captain Holt and Detective Peralta quarantined together with a nasty case of the mumps. Hilariously massive goiters, cold medicine-induced delirium, and “extreme testicular discomfort” combine for a delightful welcome-back to the show. The scene where Captain Holt is shown “Beautiful Mind-ing it” is worth the time investment alone.

Four Middle-Aged Dudes Go to Belize…

… and get themselves into a hell of a mess, thanks first to their (probably) gangster of a childhood friend and then their own mistakes. Amazon’s latest comedy, Mad Dogs , is both a full hour long and pitch black, and for those who have the stomach to make it through ten incredibly stressful episodes, the journey might prove worth it for the deconstruction of fragile, middle-aged masculinity. Also: Michael Imperioli!

Seth Mey-ahs Goes Boston

Late Night has officially made “the movie with the most Boston accents this year,” and host Seth Meyers plays every part. The faux trailer is a handy send-up of everything from Spotlight to Black Mass to The Town, and doubles as a handy guide to the towns and suburbs of the greater Boston area. Featuring guest appearances from Rachel Dratch and Meyers’ considerable, though now underused, comic acting talents!

BASKETS — “Renoir” Episode 101 (Airs Thursday, January 21, 10:00 pm/ep) Pictured: Zach Galifianakis as Baskets. CR: Ben Cohen/FX

Send In the Clowns

Zach Galifianakis’ Baskets may be disappointing, but with Louis CK as a collaborator and Louie Anderson as a co-star, its Thursday premiere was still a major event. Galifianakis stars as both Chip, a bitter failed clown reduced to working the Bakersfield rodeo, and Dale, his successful and somehow Southern twin brother. The two circle each other in a cloud of central Californian ennui, with results that will be gorgeously melancholy to some and painfully unfunny to others.

Jimmy Fallon Falls Again

Though on-camera this time, when Sarah Silverman admits she’s thinking about “my beaver” during a game of Word Sneak. (“It’s not what you think — it’s what I call my pussy!”), Fallon proceeds to fall off his chair, thereby providing the perfect end-of-the-week GIF for us all.