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And this week's pick was easily Community's three episode season finale with 'Digital Estate Planning', 'The First Chang Dynasty', and Introduction To Finality'.
In 'Digital Estate Planning', Pierce is summoned to Hawthorne Enterprises to discuss his inheritance with his deceased father's former right-hand man, Gilbert Lawson (Giancarlo Esposito). The study group goes with him for moral support and must all pitch in to play the video game of their life on Pierce's behalf – or risk losing his inheritance.
In 'The First Chang Dynasty', When Chang gains control of Greendale's campus, the study group forms a plot to take back the school. Troy seeks help at the Air Conditioning Repair Annex.
And in the last episode, 'Introduction To Finality', Jeff and Alan (Rob Corddry) battle in court as opposing counsel in Pierce and Shirley's sandwich shop case. Vice Dean Laybourne continues to win over Troy to the Air Conditioning Repair School.
All three episodes were the best episodes that I think Community has done this season, they were all great, they were all very creative, and they just continue to prove why Community is one of the underrated gems on television.
In the first episode, the video game sequence was done brilliantly with the funniest jokes in the episode. The second episode was the weaker of the three but it still was a lot of fun and the last episode was just an overall great episode, this would've been perfect for the last episode of the series had NBC decided not to renew it.
The biggest surprise of the last two was how much I really liked all the stuff with the Air Conditioning Repair school, so much to the point that I would actually like to see a spinoff series with those characters.
The best thing about the last episode is that it sets up a bunch of things that could be brought up in the next season such as Star Burns faking his death, Jeff trying to find his father, and Dean Spreck planning to wage war on Greendale. All of these could be great if done right.
These three episodes prove why Community is still one of the great shows on TV and I pray to god that NBC doesn't do the dumbest thing possible and just give up on the show because they would be really dumping something great.
Fringe (Season 4, Episode 22) *SEASON FINALE*
"Brave New World, Part 2"
The Fringe team is pushed to their breaking point as they desperately attempt to prevent a catastrophic event that threatens the lives of everyone.
Leave it to Fringe to give us a kick ass ending to a really great season. I thought they did a good job giving us a satisfying conclusion to the season and it'll be very interesting to see what happens when the series comes back for its' last season. 5/5
The Simpsons (Season 23, Episode 21)
"Ned 'N Edna's Blend"
Ned and Edna elope, and Marge later organizes a proper marriage reception for them, which becomes a problem when the many couples of Springfield bring their many personal crises to the party. Meanwhile, Mrs. Krabappel-Flanders helps Rod and Todd make friends.
I really liked that they stuck with the Ned/Edna story that started back in the last season and I really liked how they made a good story about it in this week's episode. You also have some really funny moments in the episode and overall, it's a pretty good episode. 4/5
Bob's Burgers (Season 2, Episode 8)
Tina starts hanging out with bad girl, Tammy, in an effort to get closer to Jimmy Junior.
An overall funny episode with a good story for Tina. 4/5
Family Guy (Season 10, Episode 21)
After Quahog City Hall threatens to shut down Peter’s illegally-run business, Peter joins the Tea Party and successfully campaigns to shut down the government. Meanwhile, Peter’s father-in-law, Carter, reaps the benefit of all the chaos in Quahog.
I really wasn't impressed with this episode, the jokes just weren't hitting right, the stories felt lacking, and I just was very unimpressed with this week's episode. 2/5
American Dad (Season 7, Episode 18) *SEASON FINALE*
When Stan catches Steve playing imaginary games with his toys, he decides to take his son down to Mexico to help him become a man. But the trip takes a turn for the worse when Stan and Steve are kidnapped by a drug cartel, and it is up to Steve to break himself and Stan out of captivity.
Following last week's really disappointing episode, American Dad came back strong and ended a very good season with a very funny episode, easily the best episode of the night. There was a very good story, a lot of funny jokes, and the payoff was great. American Dad caps off another great season. 5/5
How I Met Your Mother (Season 7, Episodes 23/24) *SEASON FINALE*
"The Magician's Code"
In Part 1, Marshall and Barney are still in Atlantic City when Lily goes into labour. In order to get back to Manhattan in time for the birth, Marshall must do a deal with the devil — Barney. While waiting for them to get back to the city, Ted and Robin try to keep Lily's mind occupied.
In Part 2, Ted is conflicted when Victoria approaches him on her wedding day and asks him to elope. Meanwhile, Barney and Quinn are arrested by airport security while on the way to Hawaii when Barney refuses to open a box they are travelling with. The box is a magic trick that, when performed, reveals an engagement ring. Quinn accepts Barney's proposal, but in a flash-forward to Barney's wedding day, his bride is revealed to be Robin.
The problem with How I Met Your Mother this year was that it wasn't as funny as it should've been plus having constant breaks in-between new episodes, it messes up somebody's schedule who's trying to keep up with it, myself included.
Anyway, what about the finale itself. I liked the second part better than the first part. The first part got annoying after 15 minutes in but I really did like the last 5 minutes where the baby is finally born and that was a good moment.
The second part was so good right at the beginning, I liked a lot of the comedy bits, I liked the story, and I liked the way they brought back Victoria into the story. Although, the twist at the very end was not that hard to figure out at all, not that it wasn't that hard to figure out but considering the fact that Becki Newton, who played Quinn, is already working on another series for next season, basically tells me that she's out of the series within the next two or three episodes.
It seems like they are setting up the next season, season eight, to be the last season which I've read before that the creators of the show wanted to have happen, to end it at eight years. To me, that would be good because you can wrap up all the loose ends and give us a proper series finale for a show this good.
Overall, the season finale was a mixed bag. The first half was bad but it picked up in the second half. 3/5
Johnny Carson: American Masters (PBS)
Quite possibly the biggest star that television has ever produced, Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history. Over the course of his 30-year run on The Tonight Show, Carson interviewed 23,000 guests in 4,531 episodes. Watch as the life and career of one of the most beloved yet enigmatic icons in American entertainment history is explored. Kevin Spacey narrates the documentary.
This was a very entertaining documentary and also a very insightful documentary. You learn a lot about Carson that you never knew before this such as finding out that his mother was never a fan of his work on The Tonight Show even up to her death and that he was very bitter with NBC near the end of his 30 year run as the host of the Tonight Show. Stuff like that that's never been brought up in other documentaries or specials or even the later stuff which wasn't brought up in The Late Shift book.
It's a very good documentary and if you're a fan of the work of Johnny Carson and want to know more about him, I'd definitely recommend it. I'm sure that PBS will be airing repeat airings over the next few weeks but a DVD of the special will be available on July 22nd. 5/5
MONDAY & TUESDAY
America's Got Talent (Season 7, Episodes 1/2)
"Los Angeles & St. Louis Auditions" & "San Francisco Auditions"
This year marks the debut of Howard Stern's run as the judge on America's Got Talent replacing Piers Morgan and that's kind of why I wanted to watch this season.
To be honest, I thought Howard Stern did a pretty good job as a judge. He wasn't the shock jock that we've come to know him for, he was actually being a judge and at the same time, delivering some really funny moments in the process.
The other reason I watch the show is because this is the type of show where it's okay to have fun with the dumbasses that come on board. This isn't American Idol, where they expect you to support people who can't sing or the dumbass who's just there to get on TV. Some of these bits are so bad, they're hilarious. It's a really entertaining show and it's the type of show you have fun with. 5/5
Modern Family (Season 3, Episode 23)
Gloria and Jay bicker while trying to order lunch at a diner; Claire and Cam have different theories on how to discipline kids; Luke accepts an award under false pretenses; Phil has a hard time firing Mitchell from his temporary job at the real estate agency; the entire family participates in Alex's living art display of Norman Rockwell's Thanksgiving painting.
I liked this episode a lot, I thought there were some really funny moments and both stories actually did work well. 4.5/5
30 Rock (Season 6, Episode 22) *SEASON FINALE*
"What Will Happen To The Gang Next Year?"
Jack and Avery renew their wedding vows.
30 Rock started its' sixth season off on a shitty note with just bad episode after bad episode. And then, right around episode 12, they started to pick back up again and started to be really funny again.
The season finale was a very good wrap up to what started off as a shitty season. There was some good solid laughs and decent stories with all the main characters.
Glad to see that next year will be the last because they were really hitting low marks in between the end of season 5 and the start of season 6 and I don't think they can keep going because of that. 4.5/5
That wraps it up for this week and next week will be the season finale of The TV Weekly.