Favorites of 2013: TV Ships and Friendships

This is the big one–the one with our favorite TV ships and friendships/partnerships/bromances/what-have-you of 2013.

Ships

Oliver Queen / Felicity Smoak

{Arrow}

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Felicity: You killed again, and I am the one who put you into the position where you had to make that kind of choice.
Oliver: He had you, and he was going to hurt you. There was no choice to make.

All three of us are big fans of Oliver and Felicity. They complement each other really well, they have great chemistry, and they deeply care for each other. And they’re just so pretty together. —Kerry

Danny Castellano / Mindy Lahiri

{The Mindy Project}

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Mindy: “You should get the Philadelphia roll. Danny says it’s amazing, it’s his favorite.”

Mindy: “Haven’t you ever had to do something because of work?”
Jason: “Yeah, sure, I just went to my boss’s kid’s graduation, but that doesn’t mean I’ve memorized her favorite sushi order.”

These two snuck up on me. I love their bickering, their friendship, and the way that they seem to be in love with each other without even realizing it. —Kerry

Monroe / Rosalee Calvert

{Grimm}

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Monroe and Rosalee’s romance could have seemed shoe-horned into the main narrative, and the differences in their upbringings could be overlooked, but the evolution of their relationship was natural, and they are confronting their contradictory natures in a way that’s both realistic and believable. —Moff

April Ludgate / Andy Dwyer

{Parks and Recreation}

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“I’m going to tell you a secret about everyone else’s job: No one knows what they’re doing. Deep down, everyone is just faking it until they figure it out. And you will, too, because you are awesome and everyone else sucks.”

This is probably the relationship most would have believed would fail, but it hasn’t. The love and support they show each other is unique and genuine. —Becca

Barney Stinson / Robin Scherbatsky

{How I Met Your Mother}

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Barney: “Our wedding is gonna be legendary.”
Robin: “No ‘wait for it?'”
Barney: “I’ve got you, I don’t have to wait for it anymore.”

Who knew they’d make it all the way to the neverending wedding weekend? The writing isn’t doing them any favors (they keep having to spin their wheels as the writers try to fill the entire season with pointless shenanigans) but they’re still growing into a supportive, if unconventional, couple. —Kerry

Jemma Simmons / Grant Ward

{Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.}

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F.Z.Z.T. is the episode I started shipping these two together. It is also the episode I finally started to like Ward. The scene where Ward mocks himself and Jemma corrects him sealed it for me. Plus: height difference. —Becca

Kensi Blye / Marty Deeks

{NCIS: LA}

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Deeks: “I’ve never had a girl give me her knife before. Does that mean we’re official?”
Kensi: “You know sometimes a knife is just a knife.”

Ah, one of the great ‘will they, won’t they’ partnerships of the police procedural world. As much as I continue to hold out hope Eric Christian Olsen will one day return to Greendale, I can’t put into words how pleased I am Kensi and Deeks have finally taken the logical next step. —Moff

Joan Watson / Marcus Bell

{Elementary}

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Bell [to Sherlock]: “Where’s your better half?”

Bell and Joan have always had a unique chemistry; Bell initially liked Joan better than he liked Sherlock, and Joan always had a deep respect for Bell’s talents as an investigator. This season, there was a one-off line where Bell complimented Joan in her bulletproof vest, and suddenly, it felt like there was something there. It’s never overt: even when Joan brings him meals after his injury, it’s played as Joan just being a nice person. I won’t be mad if they never date, but I think they’d be great together. —Kerry

Ryan King / Carrie

{Go On}

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Ryan: “I know we work together, and that’s weird. I don’t know what I want. I just- I just want it to still be a possibility between us.”
Carrie: “You’re right, it’s complicated. We work together… I quit. Ball’s in your court.”

The show got canceled, but before it ended Carrie kissed Ryan and told him the ball was in his court. I would like to believe this May/December romance actually worked out. —Becca

Ben Wyatt / Leslie Knope

{Parks and Recreation}

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“Your heart is in the right place. Your heart and your butt.”

They’re married! They’re still amazing together! And sometimes I go back and watch the early seasons, where Mark Brendanowicz calls Leslie a dork and treats her enthusiasm like it’s an annoying little quirk, and I get really, really, insanely happy that Leslie found someone who loves that about her. —Kerry

Rumplestiltskin / Belle

{Once Upon a Time}

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“You were the only one who could ever see past it… past the mask of the monster.”

While the Charmings have already had their somewhat happy ending, it feels like Rumplestiltskin and Belle will never get theirs. The pairing is beautiful, but it is hard for them to catch a break (especially after the winter finale). —Becca

Harvey Specter / Donna Paulsen

{Suits}

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Harvey: “You and Stephen, it bothers me. I know it’s not fair, but it does.”
Donna: “Good.”

I just want them to be together and happy. Is that too much to ask? —Kerry

Friendships

Shawn Spencer & Burton Guster

{Psych}

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Shawn: “I think we should call the police and let the chips fall where they may.”
Gus: “You’re talking like a real white guy right now, Shawn. Brothers don’t get the benefit of the doubt. I will not rot in a cell. You said we were in this together!”
Shawn: “C’mon, man. You know I’m gonna bake you a cake with a gun in it.”

Their friendship has only gotten better over this past year. Gus supported Shawn during his breakup with Jules, and Shawn learned to share Gus when Gus started a serious relationship with a woman. —Kerry

Sherlock Holmes & Joan Watson {Elementary}

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Joan: “You named a bee after me?”

Best partnership on TV. But, you know… besides all the other partnerships we have listed here. —Kerry

Team Arrow (Oliver Queen, John Diggle, Felicity Smoak)

{Arrow}

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Felicity: “What are you doing?”
Diggle: “Calling 911.”
Felicity: “Digg, wait!”
Diggle: “We can’t wait!”
Felicity: “How are we supposed to explain this? Everyone’s gonna find out Oliver is the vigilante!”
Diggle: “It won’t matter if he’s dead! Felicity, we can’t save him!”
Felicity: “I know! You’re right. We can’t.”

They all have their own special friendships with each other, and they work well as a team. It will be interesting to see how dynamics might change when/if someone else fully joins the team. —Becca

Ichabod Crane & Abbie Mills

{Sleepy Hollow}

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The friendship has grown so quickly in just a few episodes. It is a strong friendship, and their camaraderie is enjoyable. —Becca

Sarah Manning & Felix Dawkins

{Orphan Black}

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Felix: Sarah.
Sarah: What?
Felix: Um, just don’t die… ’cause your first funeral was just agonizing enough.

Felix has endured a lot (Sarah’s threatening ex-boyfriend, obstruction of justice, countless police interrogations, and oh yeah, all of that clone stuff) and he’s still deeply loyal to Sarah. That’s what family is for, right? —Kerry

Samantha Shaw & Root

{Person of Interest}

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While former government agent Shaw hesitates to give anarchist hacker Root too much free reign, the morally dubious Root’s willingness to take immediate action appeals to the trigger-happy Shaw. —Moff

George Altman & Noah Werner

{Suburgatory}

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The news of Alan Tudyk no longer being a regular on Suburgatory depressed me. I found George’s and Noah’s friendship was one of my main highlights for the show. In some ways, they don’t appear to have a lot in common, but the time they spent on screen together were some of the best moments of the show. —Becca

Ron Swanson & Leslie Knope

{Parks and Recreation}

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Ron: “You are a wonderful person. Your friendship means a lot to me. And you look very beautiful.”
Leslie: “Okay, weirdo. Let’s go.”

He walked her down the aisle. Twice. He also punched out a jackass at her wedding. Leslie, in turn, organized a beautiful wedding present for Ron: an intricate trip up to the Lagavulin distillery in Scotland. It moved Ron to tears. —Kerry

Lance Sweets & Seeley Booth

{Bones}

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Dr. Lance Sweets and Agent Seeley Booth have grown from bickering antagonists to friends and coworkers who trust each other’s instincts. —Moff

Ryan King & Steven

{Go On}

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Ryan had his support group, but he also has his best friend, Steven. Steven was still the one who understood who Ryan was, and wanted to be there for him. In my head, they are still the best of friends and double date together (Ryan with Carrie and Steven with Lauren). —Becca

Quentin Lance & Felicity Smoak

{Arrow}

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Oliver: “Felicity…”
Felicity: “Already on it.”
Lance [amazed]: “How the hell can she do that?”

Felicity and (former) Det. Lance have had only a few instances where they’ve worked together, but I think future episodes will reveal their values are more in line than they currently realize. —Moff

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And for this, we are thankful

Happy Thanksgiving! And, if you’re not in the U.S., hello and welcome to Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. We here at WWFTP are planning on spending the better part of today stuffing our faces. (Bread pudding? Bread pudding? Bread pudding?) On Friday, Becca will be heading out to work the sales; Kerry will be hitting the stores and drinking a (possibly) unhealthy amount of coffee; and I will be curled up, catching up on The Fades and finishing a present for my nephew.

But in the interest of celebrating the U.S.’s national day of gratitude, we thought we’d take the opportunity to share the things for which we’re thankful.

Kerry

Everything Is Bloomable

So much better than with that awful Island wig.

Stephen Amell. I’m not sure a more perfect leading man exists.

FSU football. And football in general.

Maycove

A genius, his locks, his partner and his tortoise. (Clyde is in his trailer.)

Jonny Lee Miller. His Sherlock Holmes is only getting better.

Hiddlesmell

I went with the derpiest photo I could find.

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston.

Bo Dennis

Ain’t she great?

Tatiana Maslany, on both Orphan Black and Parks and Recreation.

Becca

The Scarlet Avenger

Wow. Robot faces are so *lifelike* these days.

Joss Whedon brought back Coulson. Clark Gregg is a joy to watch as he plays Coulson.

Whedonesque on Tumblr

As pretty in color as it is in black & white.

Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. Shakespeare with actors from the Whedonverse is perfection.

Veronica Mar’s kickstarter. I’m not going to reveal how many times I saw the kickstarter and Ryan Hansen announcing Dick Casablancas would be back videos.

Felicity Sm0ak

She may be blonde, but she’s not *that* blonde.

Emily Bett Rickards was made a series regular on Arrow. Team Arrow would not be the same if we didn’t have the trio.

David Tennant, Life Ruiner

Yep.

David Tennant back on the small screen. (Including him soon being on the American version of Broadchurch; great choice, Fox.)

Film Onet

From left, Zachary Levi, Nathan Fillion and Tom Hiddleston at the premiere of “Thor: The Dark World.”

This picture exists.

Snarky Knightley on Emma Approved. I always have a hard time choosing between Mr. Darcy, Mr. Tilney and Mr. Knightley, and this web series is making it even harder.

Moff

Cobwebs, Books and Coffee

This has nothing to do with why I love this show, but it’s as perfectly weird *as* the show, so it works for me!

The cast of Sleepy Hollow is probably 90 percent of why this show works, and I’m so grateful it does because I need something a little bizarre to start my week.

Stop Then Rewind

And by ‘machine,’ Britta means ‘Thursdays at 8/7C on NBC, starting Jan. 2, 2014.’ Duh doy.

We finally have a start date for season five of Community, and whatever may come of the new season, at least I know when the Greendale Seven Six Five will be back on my screen.

I Lied Too

Good, bad or neutral as Switzerland, Acker as Root is both scary and scary good.

Amy Acker on Person of Interest. She’s always managed to bring charm to her roles, but her role on PoI has given her a chance to stretch her artistic limits as a character with questionable morals and even more questionable sanity.

Boys in Barrettes

Leslie Knope: Role Model. (No. Seriously.)

The ladies of Parks and Recreation, who manage to be everything I want to be when I grow up, both on- and off-screen.

Broadcast Archive @ the University of Maryland

What’s amazing about funny women? Is it that they’re funny? Or that people actually pay attention when they’re talking?

Carol Burnett winning the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. I grew up watching her show, and between her professional talent and her personal grace under fire, I can’t imagine a better role model for an awkward, chatty little girl like I was.

And, finally, I’m thankful for Becca, who is the Marianne to my Elinor, and Kerry, who listens to my nonsense when I’m tired and rambling on pathetically. Both of them were willing to join me on this little blog adventure, and I’m so honored they did.

Mid-term Report Card: Tune In, Tune Out or Turn Off?

As you may have noticed, we skipped doing our regular Tune In/ Tune Out the last two weeks. We were a little distracted by real life (HALLOWEEN! HOUSE GUESTS!) and movies (THOR 2!) and allergies (Me!), but we also figured with various shows taking one (or both) of the last two weeks off, we would, too.

And while we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled TI/TO this week, we wanted to take the opportunity to share our thoughts on the new and returning series that we’ve been watching this autumn. If you’re anything like us, you plan your watching (or DVR-ing) schedule on a nightly basis, so we’ve grouped our picks by day of the week, not by grade.

Did we miss your favorite? Should we have given a show more than one or two episodes to prove itself? Want to rage against the (mainstream media) machine? Catch us in the comments below, and let us know what you think. Happy channel surfing!

SUNDAY

Lanafanabanana

Regina feels our pain.

Once Upon a Time, ABC, 8 p.m. EST. Grade: C
Kerry: I gave this a D at first, but an average grade is more fitting of the material. The D in my heart just stands for “disappointment” because I wanted it to be so much better.
Becca: Parts of it are very enjoyable, but it feels like they overwhelm us with the Charming family each week. I can see why the majority of the dwarfs are happy to be in peaceful Storybrooke without them. It would also be great if they created a story about Hook by himself, instead of mainly using him as a love interest for Emma
Moff: It’s difficult to make much of an emotional connection when the characters’ only motivation seems to be to move the plot forward. I’d also like the show runners to give their audience a little more credit: We don’t need every character to spell every little thing out for us. (And maybe, if we do, its the story at fault, not the audience’s comprehension.)

Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 9 p.m. EST. Grade: A/A-
Becca: Masterpiece holds more gems than Downton Abbey and Sherlock. One of those gems is The Paradise, an enjoyable period drama centered around a department store.
Moff: I agree with Becca about The Paradise, which is wrapping up its first season in the U.S. and has already started season two in the U.K. It’s an interesting counterpoint to Mr. Selfridge, and it’s nice to see so much thought going into arranging the last three series Masterpiece has shown – Endeavour, Silk, and Foyle’s War – to carry through themes of self-reliance and the vagaries of sociopolitical scheming, which are also key in The Paradise.

PassionSimonBaker

Serious faces means things are happening.

The Mentalist, CBS, 10 p.m. EST. Grade: B/B-
Moff: As nice as it is to finally see Patrick Jane (and the CBI team) closing in on the elusive killer Red John, I’m left with two questions at the end of every episode in the current arc. First, will Red John really be captured/killed and/or brought to justice this time? Especially as the hunt for him is the impetus behind the whole series? Secondly, isn’t revealing the existence of a massive group of corrupt law enforcement officers who cover for Red John ham-handed at best and, at worst, painting the entire series with a big ‘ol retconning brush? Wouldn’t this reveal have meant more if we’d been given more definitive proof of its existence in previous seasons? C’mon, Show: Let us have an ‘aHA!’ moment at least once.

MONDAY

How I Met Your Mother, CBS, 8 p.m. EST. Grade: C
Kerry: The “bottle season” just isn’t working. I’m not sure how they can get out of this; they’ve pretty much committed to the format for the rest of the series.

Bones, FOX, 8 p.m. EST. Grade: B/B+
Moff: As nice as it is to finally be rid of Pelant, I’m beginning to wonder if this procedural has another full season in it after the current one ends. While there’s always been big, season-spanning arcs (What happened to Brennan’s mom? Who is The Gravedigger? Can they stop the sniper?), the choice to slot the long-anticipated Booth/Brennan wedding in before November sweeps means the last few weeks have felt like the show’s been treading water. I wouldn’t mind seeing Freddie Prinze Jr.’s CIA spook return sooner rather than later, and I’m holding out for a new big mystery or killer to appear sometime this month.

KiaraSnaps

You tell ’em, Captain!

Sleepy Hollow, FOX, 9 p.m. EST. Grade: A
Becca: The best new drama of the year. I enjoy watching the partnership between Ichabod and Abbie (even if I may not ship them). They have an enjoyable partnership, and I value it as much as Sherlock’s and Joan’s on Elementary. The side characters, like Irving, Katrina, and Jenny, are icing on this delectable dessert.
Moff: Agreed. I’ve read several articles that mention how this show “owns its crazy,” and, while I wouldn’t put it that way, it’s nice to see a show actually able to follow through on what’s promised when it asks the audience to suspend disbelief. It reminds me of when I watched The X-Files, except this time Director Skinner is a wry Black guy with better hair and a Twitter account.

Hostages, CBS, 10 p.m. EST. Grade: D

The Blacklist, NBC, 10 p.m. EST. Grade: A-

ErinMoriarty

No banter, no heart. At this point, we’ll settle for slapstick.

Castle, ABC, 10 p.m. EST. Grade: C/D
Kerry: The only thing saving this from a D is the fact that the show and the characters are still salvageable. Something is missing from this show, and the increasingly far-fetched cases are doing nothing to fill the void.
Moff: I gave it a D because I’m disappointed and bewildered. Where’s the banter? Where’s the heart? This isn’t even a case of Moonlighting because even the supporting characters aren’t keeping my interest.

TUESDAY

MARVEL’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC, 8 p.m. EST. Grade: B
Becca: Last week’s episode finally started to show potential in how great this series can turn out to be. Here’s hoping they continue on the path, and that it is not too late for them to be a success.

NCIS, CBS, 8 p.m. EST. Grade: A/B
Moff: It’s tough to keep things interesting after this many years, but even if the cases are a little predictable at this point, the performances are still solid and the writers are still finding new facets of the characters to reveal. It looks like November sweeps will introduce Ziva’s replacement, and while I would have preferred a POC to take Cote de Pablo’s place, at least it’ll be an infusion of fresh blood.

BodieBroadus

Listen to ’em: They’re cops. They know what they’re talking about.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, FOX, 8:30 p.m. EST. Grade: A/B
Kerry: My favorite new sitcom of the season!

NCIS: LA, CBS, 9 p.m. EST. Grade: B
Moff: I can’t quite put my finger on what’s off this season. It feels like there are a multitude of story threads that were introduced and promptly dropped only for the writers to abruptly remember its existence several episodes later. It’s not entirely disjointed, but there’s a big difference between slow-burn and sloppy story telling.

Not a Tame Lioness

Winky face.

The Mindy Project, FOX, 9:30 p.m. EST. Grade: A
Moff: I’ve only recently started watching season one, but Kerry’s grade for season two has me trying to figure out how antisocial I can be in marathoning what’s left so I can get to the new episodes.

Trophy Wife, ABC, 9:30 p.m. EST. Grade: A/A-
Kerry: It gets better every week. Glad it got a 22-episode order.

FYeah Amy Acker

Prisoner or guard? Only The Machine really knows.

Person of Interest, CBS, 10 p.m. EST. Grade: A/A+
Becca: The show is firing on all cylinders, and they have one of the best, enjoyable casts. Amy Acker is able to bring me goosebumps every time she is on screen.
Moff: I like a show that rewards active engagement, and every week, this show delivers. Sure, it’s evolved from a somewhat a-typical police procedural to a fascinating meta-commentary on technology, privacy, and absolute power – slash – scifi action thriller, but it’s can’t miss. (And now that the HR storyline is *finally* coming to a head? Hoo Boy!)

Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family. Grade: B
Kerry: As far as PLL episodes go, the Halloween special wasn’t too great, but it wasn’t bad either.

WEDNESDAY

The Tomorrow People, The CW, 8 p.m. EST. Grade: B+
Moff: It’s a pretty solid reboot of the original BBC series, keeping and honing the parts that make sense while trimming the fat (or, in this case, the hazy spiritual/new age-y stuff). Plus, saying it’s ‘Amellsday’ is fun.

Back in the Game, ABC, 8:30 p.m. EST. Grade: A
Kerry: Tragically cancelled, but it was fun while it lasted.

Wouldya Kiss Already

Even Ollie can’t believe how good the show’s gotten.

Arrow, The CW, 9 p.m. EST. Grade: A/A+
Kerry: The best superhero show on television.
Becca: Arrow is not experiencing any kind of sophomore slump. It only gets better, and has made me come to love Thea, Roy and Quentin this season. Here’s hoping they continue to only get better, and give us more Sara Lance and Sin.
Moff: Amellsday. AM-ELLS-DAY. A-MELLS-DAY. AMEL-LUS-DAY. See? It’s fun.

Modern Family, ABC, 9 p.m. EST. Grade: B

CSI, CBS, 10 p.m. EST. Grade: B/B-
Moff: Of the three versions of this show, the original has had the most cast turnover, but it’s also the only one that’s lasted. I can only assume it’s because CSI: Original Flavor continues to deliver with weird deaths, gallows humor, office politics that never overshadow the case, and solid performances from a stable of genuinely talented actors.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, FX/FXX, 10 p.m. EST. Grade: A
Kerry: It was another great season full of selfishness, cursing, and laughs.

THURSDAY

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, ABC, 8 p.m. EST. Grade: F
Moff: I so wanted to like this. I love Alice in Wonderland. I adore Michael Socha, between his turns on Being Human and Misfits. Naveen Andrews can be relied on for his commitment to a character’s story. And I know Jane Espenson is capable of telling a story about a woman who can beat off her oppressors even if she does so through tears. But this show is a mess, and it takes itself too seriously to acknowledge what a mess it is.

Kristen Wiiggle

This one’s for Kerry.

Parks & Recreation, NBC, 8 p.m. EST. Grade: A/A-
Kerry: It was great until it went on a weird month-long hiatus. We’ll see if they can keep their A without Ann Perkins or Chris Traeger.

The Crazy Ones, CBS, 9 p.m. EST. Grade: B/B+
Becca: The cast is brilliant, and it gives me feels every time I watch. Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar have a dynamic father and daughter relationship, and the supporting cast are excellent.
Moff: It may not have started strong out-the-gate, but it’s one of the few comedies I’m making a point of watching this autumn. Plus, it’s great to see Smidge given a chance to flex her comedy muscles in addition to her dramatic ones (and her sword arm.) And Robin Williams doesn’t overpower any of the younger performers, which isn’t always the case when a ‘comedy legend’ returns to TV after several decades.

The Michael J. Fox Show, NBC, 9:30 p.m. EST. Grade: C
Moff: The writing is uneven, and the confessional-style segues are a little jarring. But it’s salvageable, and the cast is talented.

Deducible Caps

When in doubt, eat the evidence.

Elementary, CBS, 10 p.m. EST. Grade: A/B+
Becca: The characters’ stories this season have been phenomenal, and I only wish it continue on this path.

FRIDAY

Night Always Awesome

Wherein Rosalee speaks for the audience.

Grimm, NBC, 9 p.m. EST. Grade: A
Moff: While the first season was a mess – Is it a procedural? Is it a fantasy? Is it a cop drama? A family drama? A romance? – and the second season had its missteps, this action drama is finally hitting its stride. The A- and B-plots are well balanced and on point each week, and ideas the writers floated in the first two seasons are finally becoming more concrete as the characters discover their strengths.

Haven, SyFy, 10 p.m. EST. Grade: B
Moff: This season started out weak, with the introduction of a few new characters who weren’t killed off within one or two episodes. But in the second half of the season, the stakes are being raised exponentially, thanks to one of those new characters. I don’t spend much time theorizing about where a show may go, but if I’m right and Haven is about to reveal the true identity of a character, even tangential Stephen King fans are going to flip.

SATURDAY

The Strangest Love

And, though she may hit me, this one’s for Becca.

Saturday Night Live, NBC, 11 p.m. EST. Grade: C/D
Becca: Can we make all of the episode Weekend Update? I keep hoping each new season will get better, but it doesn’t. The saddest part is I find Once Upon a Time more enjoyable than a sketch show I used to look forward to each week a few years ago.
Moff: And with Seth Myer’s tenure as head writer winding down…well. It doesn’t look good.

Some of the shows we’re thinking about catching up on over the winter hiatus are New Girl, Dracula, and Parenthood. Anyone else have suggestions?

Tune In / Tune Out: Week of Sept. 22, 2013

When we met up last night to discuss the first full week of the Fall 2013 TV season, we found ourselves a tad overwhelmed. So many new shows premiered this week that we found ourselves trying to remember exactly what we’d watched and what we’d thought. But this week’s Tune In / Tune Out represents what we found most memorable, for better or worse.

Tune IN

Sleepy Hollow: The dynamic between Lt. Mills and Crane was enjoyable, and the feel of them being partners is evident. It was a good second episode, and I’m glad John Cho is back, even with his deformed neck. The last five minutes of the show was what stood out to me the most. I hope Abbie continues to see the sheriff, and I can’t wait to see where the show goes with her sister being involved. – Becca

The Blacklist: James Spader did not disappoint. I enjoyed his role on the show, and it will be interesting to see where it goes. I’m still getting a he-could-be-Keen’s-father vibe from the show, and hope there is another reason why he is so interested in her. Keen, herself, was good, and I particularly enjoyed that what appeared to be a happy, normal life was, in fact, not. I know that may sound wrong, but I enjoyed the twist with her husband, and I can’t wait to see why he married her. – Becca

How I Met Your Mother: The first half of the hour-long season premiere was lackluster, but the second half (“Coming Back”) made up for it. Between Marshall’s storyline with Sherri Shepherd, Barney coming to terms with his brother’s bad news, and a long-awaited glimpse into Ted’s future with The Mother, this episode brought the heart and the laughs that we remember from seasons past. – Kerry

And the audience goes ‘awwww.’

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The show had its ups and downs, but the ups outweigh the downs. Knowing Joss Whedon’s other works, this is only the beginning of something promising. The problem is it is too hard to have background, a story, and a real depth into the introduction of characters in one hour. – Becca

Person of Interest: After a sophomore season spent relying on the major female characters to play girlfriends or be satisfied with lackluster romance b-plots, the third season opened with impressive performances from Taraji P. Henson, Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker, whose characters each had meaty storylines that almost outshone the Number of the Week. And if The Machine does have a female consciousness, the third season may be POI’s Season of the HBIC. Fingers crossed. – Moff

“It’s ‘Root’ if you’re nice. ‘The Right Hand of God’ if you’re nasty.”

Parks and Recreation: The sixth season opener, “London,” started with an impromptu wedding between Ron Swanson and his girlfriend, Diane, which is probably one of the best weddings we’ve seen on television.

We hear ya, Leslie.

Leslie, meanwhile, was grappling with the reality of her recall election while she visited London to receive an award, and the bitterness that comes with a thankless job. Between speeches from Ron and April to cheer her up, along with exciting news from Ann and Chris, Leslie seemed to break out of her funk. We were also delighted to see Peter Serafinowicz appear as Lord Covington, as well as Henry Winkler as Jean-Ralphio’s father, Dr. Sapperstein. The highlight of the episode was Ron’s tour of the Lagavulin distillery, which Leslie had sent him on as a surprise. – Kerry

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NCIS: LA: It’s funny. While NCIS managed to start off its 11th season with an interesting, if not earth-shaking premiere, its younger sibling started off its fifth season with a less than impressive outing. Maybe it’s that I can’t quite accept Christopher Lambert as a villain when I keep expecting him to whip out a katana and battle to the death. Maybe it’s how played out the Janvier storyline feels at this point, especially as we seem to know no more about him than we did at his introduction. Or maybe I just don’t like seeing Eric Christian Olsen looking so defeated. Tsk, tsk, show. Tsk tsk. – Moff

Come back to Greendale, Vaughn. It’s safe now, we swear. Jeff graduated.

The Michael J. Fox Show (second episode): The story was predictable, and while it had a few good lines, it was nowhere as good as the pilot. The plot of Mike hitting on his neighbor, and belittling his co-worker, Harris, was off-putting even after his explanation. – Becca

Moms: Like Dads, it feels as if everyone is too good for this show. The tagline could be ‘history keeps repeating itself,’ with the three generations of women having close to the same storylines. A good Chuck Lorre show would be Dharma and Greg, not this. The only way it would become interesting is if it was Salem, from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, doing the daily affirmations at the beginning of the show because he was slowly trying to take over the world. – Becca

Talk about unlucky black cats.