Thursday night TV notes

4 Dec

I’m not going to bother with any full reviews of the Thursday night lineup, but do have a few random thoughts worth jotting down…

{+} Alan Sepinwall really, really disliked this week’s episode of “The Office.” Like always, I agree wholeheartedly. That was so difficult to watch. The terrible thing Michael did + Jim’s inexplicably poor job as a manager + Dwight becoming a full-fledged asshole = not fun.

{+} Megan Keane at The Awl has penned an essay about the sad transformation of Jim Halpert. I’d never thought much about it, but his evolution from a snarky jokester who is too smart for his gig to an uptight manager who seems destined for lifelong middle management is indeed something of a tragic progression.

{+} Hulu has the “take #510” clip from last night’s “30 Rock,” which truly made me laugh harder than any other moment on network television this year. “Wave like a human being! You remember waving!”

{+} You ask, you get: a GIF of Ron’s dance around the buffet table from last night’s “Parks & Recreation.”


Anyone care to weigh in with mini-reviews or observations, please do. For my money, the night’s ranking went as such: (1) “P&R,” (2) “Community,” (3) “30 Rock,” (4) “The Office.” Still loving Thursday nights.


3 Responses to “Thursday night TV notes”

  1. TK December 4, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    Is this restricted solely to NBC? Because MTV debuted a doozy of a show last night, they blessed us with two hours of terribly bad TV that turned out to be entertainment gold. After seeing last night’s show and the previews for this season, I am sadly now hooked on Jersey Shore… I was in complete awe of these people, they are the definition of unintentional comedy.

    I’m going to be fist pumping like a champ all winter long…

  2. Gates December 4, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

    I hope you’re also watching “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” after all these mediocre (except for 30 Rock) shows. Actually, I can’t say that because I’ve seen P&R and Community once each…but geez, “The Office” has gone downhill fast. It just makes me uncomfortable to watch in a “Meet the Parents/Fockers” type way. Does that make any sense?

  3. RandBall's Stu December 7, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    Parks & Recreation is closing in on never miss status, entirely because of Ron Swanson.

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