Comedy Quickies – April 27/28

B is engaging in a battle with his laptop and the evil forces of tech support. He assures me that he will emerge victorious one way or another and will be back with his always awesome insights into our fave comedies in time for May sweeps.  So until then you’re stuck with me.  – S

Cougar Town

We were promised an episode where Laurie discovers twitter and becomes awesome at it. As a follower and part of the @Larmy, I thought that it would be more obviously incorporated into the show (somehow?)  although I was impressed by the twitter account & how she used it to conquer trivia night.

What I really loved was 1) watching Jules be humiliated in public for stupid mistakes, mostly because her reactions were priceless, and because the contrast to Bobby completely owning his title as Wrong Balls Bobby as he hit his competitor’s ball at a major golf tournament after Jules prayed to have her bad luck transferred elsewhere. 2) Barb’s misuse of the work Kick-Ass after last week’s redefinition because gettng your ass kicked is never a good thing.

Below the jump: Happy Endings, The Big Bang Theory, Community, Parks & Recreation, The Office & 30 Rock

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Comedy Quickies – April 20/21 Cougar Town Returns, plus Modern Family, Happy Endings, Parks & Rec, 30 Rock & more

A quick round-up of this week’s Comedy’s. B is off this week so it’s just me, but don’t worry we’ll have him back ASAP to bring his snappy comedy reviews to the Party! – S

Cougar Town

The Wall

Because dosing someone with cough syrup & having them pass out in a hole they were digging would probably also be a fitting premise for any number of procedural crime shows out there – on Cougar Town it’s a mother’s love.

Baby’s a Rock n Roller

I love Bill Lawrence’s knack for balancing wacky humour with real life issues. It wasn’t hard to see where we were going when Jules decided to watch Stan for the night. She’s already raised a kid who turned out.. okay, she’s been through it and Grayson hasn’t. He was adorable with Stan, even building him a baby prison fort. Jules just wants to pound grape.

I love that Laurie loving Smith didn’t really change her. While she stopped loving clubbing, the one night stand and the glory of the walk of shame! Plus! Great use of the outdoor mall, loved the sound barrier between the wine bar and the pop-up nightclub.


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Comedy Quickies: April 13/14

It was a busy week! On the docket: Modern Family, Happy Endings, Breaking In, Workaholics, Community, The Office, Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock, and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

Modern Family

I love Claire, I love when she’s mad and flustered and uncomfortable. Julie Bowen is flat out hilarious. Watching her drive around reminiscing about her time in college while trying to talk Hayley into going was fantastic, even better was us knowing what was on the outside of the van when all the men were honking on both sides. Best was Claire starting out furious but then backing down with satisfaction when she heard that most of the calls were for the “hot blonde”. Of course Phil wouldn’t think that through, or even actually check to make sure the van looked right after he got it covered. – S

Loved the van. My favourite moment was Phil’s phone conversation with the potential John. Who knew an MLS listing could sound so dirty?! The Cam and Mitchell plot this week bored me. It’s funny to see Cam freak out and Mitchell step in as the supportive boyfriend, but the audience has seen this same storyline played out countless times already. Characters need to evolve to stay interesting. I was glad to see Jay making an effort to take Gloria’s advice. While he will never be a sappy show-your-love kind of guy, he’s making progress towards being a better family man. I like that. – B

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Comedy Quickies April 6/7

Comedy Quickies for April 6/7 including: The Big Bang TheorySecret Diary of a Call Girl, and new shows Breaking In and Workaholics.

Breaking In

It’s not that I had overly high hopes about this show, but simply based on its premise I expected Breaking In to be a more cleverly crafted comedy. Instead of a tightly wound satire about quirky genius hackers, the show was an overly fast-paced hodgepodge of worn-out humour. Both the characters and the dialogue need more work before this show officially joins the ranks of the other Comedy Quickies shows. That said, I am willing to give the show a chance and see if it can become anything more than just a rejected Chuck script. – B

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Comedy Quickies Special Edition: Happy Endings

When I realized that I had more to say about Happy Endings that would appropriately fit into the little blurbs we review our usual comedies in I decided that just this once, Happy Endings would receive it’s own little post. I jumped in agave it a chance last night and at the end of the (smartly scheduled) two episodes, I was satisfied. I’ve decided that I’ll watch it again and probably enjoy it. I’m thrilled.

I must admit that recently I’ve lost some of my wide-eyed sparkling amazed view of television and become more cynical than I’d like to. A few of my favourite shows seemed to by letting me down and there wasn’t much new warm & fuzzy glow of great TV light on the horizon. I decided to trust the buzz surrounding Happy Endings, and was especially encouraged by last minute tweets from Alison Brie and Nathan Fillion.

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Dramedy Monday – Nurse Jackie & United States of Tara, April 4

Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara aren’t officially comedies in our view, but because they’re not hour-longs the Emmys toss them into the comedy category. With that in mind, we have added them to the new Monday edition of Dramedy Quickies.

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Comedy Quickies March 23/34

Comedy Quickies for March 23/24 covering Modern Family, Community, Parks & Rec, The Office & 30 Rock!

Modern Family

When the story lines of all three families are intermingling the show seems to work the best. Finally a week where Cam & Mitchell aren’t at each others throats! I was getting so sick of them being catty all the time.

While the A-Plot with Luke befriending the grouchy next door neighbour was sweet & heartwarming and Claire and Phil being terrified of him was funny, it felt secondary to the other stories this week.

Hayley’s attempts to get out of her grounding by offering to babysit Lily was my tops. I love that she ended up doing a great job rule breaking aside. It was funny and had its heartwarming moments as her Uncles end up trusting her with their only child and almost wordlessly forgive her for having Dylan there, it’s what teenagers do. He left his shoes there, how does he forget his shoes. Dylan is lucky that he’s a lovable dope. Seriously, what is with the men in this show and their inability to wear shoes. In “Manny Get Your Gun” (2×08) both Phil and Luke struggle with footwear before leaving for Manny’s birthday dinner.

Jay’s bonding with Cam & Mitchell’s friends comes in a close second. When Jay loosens up he can be a hoot, and there was no way in hell Gloria was going to get him out of his man-date.

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Comedy Quickies for Feb 23/24

Comedy Quickies for February 23/24 covering Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, Community, Parks & Rec, The Office & 30 Rock!

Modern Family

Love the Gloria barbershop. You insult a woman’s driving, and you use the air bunnies? You do that to me and I kill you.

Lose the C-story just to give characters airtime. I wasn’t a fan of the Cam and Mitch subplot this week. – B

Really like how the story about Phil & Claire’s fight was structured in mini-flashbacks while Phil recounted the story to Gloria as she screamed at him with her boobs in his face and scissors in hand.

Such a great conclusion to the Phil & Claire story, they are such a perfect couple. – S

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Comedy Quickies for Feb 16/17

This week Comedy quickies are brought to you by B, S & H! Hooray!

Modern Family

Love the Xanex washed down with a shot of tequila.

Lose the glitter, it’ll settle in Lily’s lungs. Princess got schooled by Fizbo! Never break character, never, ever. – B

Julie Bowen is at her most hilarious as Claire when she is frozen with embarrassment like she was tonight. So fantastic. I also love that it really was all about Gloria. – S

Fizbo the Court Jester was equal parts terrifying and hilarious, but I loved that just as Cam accepted that he could let someone else take over the enertainment at his daughter’s birthday, Mitchell also accepted that no one could 1up a party’s awesome quite like Fizbo. – H

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Comedy Quickies for February 9/10

Welcome to our new section called Comedy Quickies. Our quick rundown of the half-hour comedies on our radar each week.We’ve got Modern Family, Cougar Town, Big Bang Theory, Community, Parks & Recreation, The Office & 30 Rock.


Modern Family

Love the antics of Clive and Juliana, especially when then could care less about the kids.
Lose the sideburns Dylan. Just because Haley hasn’t been single since she was nine, it doesn’t mean she’ll coming running back to you. Actually… yeah it does. – B

I loved the concept of “winning” valentine’s day. It could have worked well with any of the three couples, but it looked good on Gloria & J. I think Dylan was the real Valentine’s Day winner. That was pretty awesome. – S

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