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    Sex Education

    I agree that one thing that makes the show great is is the depth of so many of the side characters. Lily is awkward and weird but she doesn't seem to be upset by her eccentricity. I like how she can be both empathetic and bluntly honest and the other characters end up kind of liking / respecting her. Compare Lily here to the fat chick Lola on Big Mouth who is just supposed to be disgusting and mean. I liked the little foray into the mean girls clique, but I'm surprised Ruby wasn't a bit more reformed by the last episode. Overall i love the casting in that everyone is compelling to watch. However, I fully expected Ola to be 5 years older than Otis. She is lovely but so much more self-assured and confident than everyone at the school. She looked more destined for the big sister role than the love interest. I liked the actor playing Adam, but he also looked way too physically developed for the role, not that I minded when in the scenes he was barely clothed. I lost a lot of sleep because once I got to episode 6 I couldn't stop. Agree that I love how the story line with Eric's dad played out and the way the church was portrayed as actually helping Eric find himself.
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    S04.E10: Kimmy Finds a Liar!

    OK even funnier than the episode is the 1 star IMDB review complaining about the portrayal of the Men's Rights movement. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8367934/?ref_=ttep_ep10
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    S04.E10: Kimmy Finds a Liar!

    I loved Rob Huebl as Tad the HGTV host unable to stop hosting. The combination of writing and delivery was pitch perfect. Looks like Mikey's got something to say. Let's kick it back over to Mikey for the end of that thought.
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    S37.E13: Finale

    This has been the first season of Survivor I've watched in years. While I personally like Nick the best of the final three, I think Mike deserved the win and played the best game. He flew under the radar while the physical threats were picked off and then seemed to control all the votes in the end. Nobody ever cast a vote against him yet he only won immunity once. I'm shocked they chose Alison to leave before him in a season where many players seemed to respect maneuvering and strategy over physical prowess. I'm happy Nick won, and in the end it's a tautology that whoever wins deserves to win because he convinced the jury he deserved to win. That said, if I were on the jury I would have begrudgingly voted for Mike.
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    S04.E05: Kimmy and the Beest!

    My favorite moments came in the first 2 minutes during the kids' auditions. Starts to sing "5-6-7-8" Titus's horrified line delivery of "You forgot 1 through 4!" was perfect.
  6. My favorite joke was "Sentenced for three counts of white kidnapping and one count of Oopsie no Bueno"
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    S03.E04: Josh's Ex-Girlfriend Is Crazy

    When Valencia and Heather confirmed Paula's inattentive parenting, I realized they could completely recast her two sons and I wouldn't notice. And since you're distracted now, can I get a tattoo blueprint of the local prison on my arm?
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    Master Of None

    Every second with Angela Basset is amazing, but the moment after Michelle compliments Denise with the angry wine-drinking side eye while the aunt taking a swig from the bottle is the best thing I've seen all month. I may need to learn how to make GIFs to immortalize that second because it is PERFECTION.
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    Master Of None

    The actress that played the Indian woman Priya was just pops off the screen. I recognized her as the good Eleanor on the Good Place, where she is also terrific. So much charisma. And it looks like she gets at least one more episode. I think she and Dev will be interesting together if the hot war photographer doesn't snatch her away.
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    S03.E12: Kimmy and the Trolley Problem!

    I thought Billy Magnusson did a surprising job of echoing the mannerisms of David Cross. Although they look nothing alike, there were was still some of Russ 1.0 in there.
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    S03.E13: Kimmy Bites an Onion!

    The running Yuko gag didn't work for me, but I like how she lost half a point on her test for calling the truck a trolley. I did like how they kept coming back to Titus's pronunciation of moi. It's so Titus to decide the way to show Mikey he's successful is by bringing a peacock which he totally did not rent to the site. The shades on top of shades was a fun sight gag. Also I want to date all of the guys Mikey dates after Titus, or post-smooshing Russ once he gets over himself, but he'll probably go for Andy Cohen.
  12. This show just makes me smile. I love how this show reacts differently to mistakes than other reality competitions. Moments like Nia's reaction to Courtney's cookie showstopper falling apart with a helpful, "How can we salvage this?" to the way Mary and Johnny still find something to praise in an otherwise catastrophic result are so charming. The only downside is that looking at all the amazing cakes and cookies makes me want to ruin my diet. At least I can tell myself that if I'm going to eat empty calories, I should save them for something spectacular and not some generic oreo.
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    S05.E06: C**tgate

    It seemed clear to me since last week when they tagged Jonah to run, they are setting up a finale where Jonah wins the election, gets to cast the deciding vote, and in delicious retribution votes against Selina, sending her back to Veep.. It won't be a surprise but it will be delicious.
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    The West Wing Weekly & Other The West Wing Podcasts

    I saw their podcast promoted on NPR. It's rare to see so much buzz for a podcast before it has an actual archive to review. The podcast for now is giving me an impetus to re-watch West Wing on Netflix and follow along. I have so much affection for Wet Wing that the podcast doesn't need to be too polished or insightful for me to enjoy the project. Without the podcast re-watching the entire series seems like an enjoyable waste of time, but with the podcast it feels a lot less lonely.
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    S01.E07: I'm So Happy That Josh Is So Happy!

    My favorite part of Hector's parking story (probably 10x more lines than he's had all season) was how it ends with "cuz I used to have to pay." Poor Hector. Also, cuz I'm shallow, more of White Josh in tanks, or better yet, shirtless. Can't they start a sand volleyball game? It's SoCal.
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    S01.E02: Josh's Girlfriend Is Really Cool!

    I can sense that there are a lot of smart women writing and producing the show and for me that's providing some fresh sources for jokes. Paula's lie to her boss about Luna bars and Rebecca's excuse for missing work in episode three wouldn't appear in a show written and produced by men. For me, the musical numbers are the best part of the show. Weirdly the musical fantasy sequences seem the most real to me, especially the yoga song where Valencia both attracts Rebecca and brings out all her many insecurities. So far each episode has had a few jokes that both made me laugh and think "I can't believe they actually went there." This time it was "i can kiss my own hoo-ha. Can you do that?" to be taken one step further with "Butt stuff doesn't hurt at all." The show definitely has flaws and needs to do some calibration to find the right setting on the crazy dial for Rebecca. We need better explanation of why Greg would still be into her other than West Covina is small and dull and working in a bar he's already met most of the available women. I'm hoping someone from Jane The Virgin can give these guys a lesson on finding their tone. I'm rooting for it to succeed since there hasn't been a fun musical show since the first two seasons of Glee.
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    BoJack Horseman

    I loved how long they carried on the Vincent Adultman character. He cracked me up but I couldn't find who did his voice on IMDB
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    S17.E18: Episode 18

    Do you think this is an issue for both or just Shelli. I think Clay likes her but she seems more invested. For Clay she's just the best woman available. I'm pretty sure if he were sent home he'd have lots of cuddling options.
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    S17.E18: Episode 18

    You can tell Vanessa plays a lot of poker and Shelli does not by how differently they respond to other players' moves and strategies. Shelli seems to think she should just cuddle up with her adorable boytoy all summer while one person per week leaves without complaint until they give her a big check when it's over. Anyone who has the audacity to advance his or her own interest is evil and personally attacking her. Very happy to see her squirm. Vanessa is much more able to detach and treat Big Brother as a game. She devises a strategy and tries to work it to her advantage. At the same time she recognizes that other people will try to do the same thing. Her convo with James in the HOH room basically admits that James has the right to make the plays that he thinks will benefit him and treats him as an equal. Part of what you learn at poker is analyzing other players' strategies and adjusting to exploit the weaknesses. When things don't go her way, Vanessa may whine a bit, but she doesn't seem to take it personally. She acknowledges that her moves are risks and aren't guaranteed to work. She may whine a bit about having to face the consequences of her decisions and try to share blame to give her opponents other targets, but I get the feeling if Vanessa loses she will learn from it and move on. Shelli seems more more likely to hold a mean girl grudge for a while. Personally if I got to take a summer off and cuddle with Clay I wouldn't be that bitter. Sure he's no genius but he sure is pretty. I think he played football once.
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    S01.E01: The End

    Since EHG recently had a rant on title sequences, I wanted to say not knowing much about the show going in, the title sequence did a great job of setting the scene for me. Love the shot of the collapsing cake.
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    S01.E05: The Fall

    I'm loving June Diane Raphael as Brianna. First heard her on How Did This Get Made? podcast a few years ago but hadn't seen any of her work until NTSF: SD: SUV (also worth checking out). The first few episodes she was just asked to be smart, snarky comic relief, but in The Fall her character really grows. I love her initial manipulation to get Mom so sign up for Match.com ("Or you could just hang out here with Frankie all day.") Then later she plays well with Frankie and helps catalyze the bond between Frankie and Grace. Her scene at the end where she admits "My life is a lot of sad chicken too." made me go "awww"
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    S01.E04: The Funeral

    I wasn't invested in the first episodes. I don't know the writing was weak, or it just took that much time for the characters and show to gel, or if the show just realized after three episodes it's a drama and not a comedy. After feeling the opportunity cost of the first three episodes and almost giving up, the fourth was so gripping and powerful, tender and heartbreaking. Like Paramitch, seeing real characters in their 70s is also making me feel the loss of my mother. My mom a fan of Jane Fonda, had Grace's meticulous attention to appearance, perfect pose and navigation of social norms at any gathering - party or funeral - and the inner strength to pull herself up out of any rough situation. Jane was amazing and made me miss my mom terribly, but in a cathartic way. Sol's ability to choose compassion over the insult of being treated as an embarrassment and his insight into Robert's feelings was well-written and well acted. This episode was the first time I had compassion for Robert as well, despite him being the main villain in the story so far. You get the sense in the first three episodes that he wanted to fast forward to a place where he was settled with Sol and everyone around him had adapted without dealing with the havoc his choices wreaked on everyone around him. The scene at the funeral you can see him realize all the damage he's done to those he's loved that he was trying to ignore. I usually can't watch Martin Sheen without the baggage of his stardom and past roles overriding whatever role he's trying to portray, but in that scene he got me to suspend my disbelief and actually tear up a bit. The episode was so good it made the first three mediocre episodes feel less like they wasted my time.