This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Burn It Down


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 week: Fire! Dynamite! Gunshots!

Dany burns down the house

Sunday’s Game of Thrones was the first real crowd-pleaser of Season 6, particularly for its final scene, where Jorah and Daario reach the ancient Dothraki city of Vaes Dothrak, but instead of valiantly rescuing their princess, they simply help her do what she does best: Burn the place to the ground and emerge unscathed. When she exits the burning Temple of the Dosh Khaleen intact, having killed the Khals gathered inside, she earns the loyalty of the Dothraki widows.

Jane and Michael’s fairytale wedding — kind of

Jane Gloriana Villanueva and Michael Cordero, Jr. finally tied the knot on the Season 2 finale of Jane the Virgin on Monday in TV’s sweetest wedding ever. The couple are juuuust about to finally consummate the marriage when Michael steps outside their hotel room to get ice and finds himself face to face with his former police partner, Susannah — who is actually the villain Sin Rostro in disguise! Dios mio! She shoots Michael in the chest, and the episode left us wondering if he’ll survive.

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Good-ish Times

Black-ish ended a stellar second season on Wednesday with a tribute to ’70s sitcom Good Times. Bow’s pregnancy, layoffs at Dre’s work, and the kids’ expensive summer plans all leave Dre feeling anxious about money. He falls asleep on the couch — precariously balancing a bowl of leftover biscuits and gravy — and has a vision of his family in the place of Good Times’s Evans clan, who live in a small apartment in a housing project in Chicago. The episode highlights the lingering effects of Dre’s own upbringing, which wasn’t nearly as cushy as his kids’.

Lady Dynamite explodes

Happy Lady Dynamite day! Fans of Maria Bamford’s wonderfully weird standup will appreciate this Netflix original, which is based on several periods in Bamford’s own life. Bamford plays herself as she tries to navigate Hollywood and keep herself from falling apart. Special points to Ed Begley Jr. and Mary Kay Place, who play Bamford’s parents.

President Meyer’s mother

Could President Selina Meyer be any more callous? Sunday’s episode of Veep answered that question with a resounding, “Yup!” When Selina’s mother has a stroke, she has to decide whether or not to “pull the plug”; when she realizes her numbers would improve by doing so, she goes for it. It’s only when Ben informs her that she lost the popular vote in the Nevada recount — “I’m so sorry for your loss” — that she finally breaks down.