Fall TV is here, and so ends the summah TV catch-up season. Here is what I caught up on!
The Walking Dead, Seasons 1-3: It’s so boring! So little happens, and there isn’t even any emotional progress! Rick is still tortured over his status as a leader! Carl is still fucking worthless! And yet, I keep watching it. I don’t know why. You probably shouldn’t start, if you haven’t.
The Mindy Project, Season 1-2: I knew I was going to like this show. Chris Messina is on it—how could I not like it? But what surprised me was how much I like it. Mindy Kaling is especially gifted with tone—contrast this show’s second season with New Girl’s atonal, amoral mess of a third—and it’s getting even better as the characters get weirder.
Orange Is The New Black: I guess the phrase I would use is…self-assured? OINTB is impressively whole. And it teaches—there’s so much compassion and understanding slipped in there that it probably improves a lot of viewers as people before they even know it.
Rick And Morty This might be the funniest eleven episodes of TV I’ve ever seen? It’s a concentrated dose of Dan Harmon—moreso than Harmontown, even, and that might be why I consumed it with such giddy ferocity. But even someone who isn’t fully in the tank for Dan Harmon will appreciate this show’s bizarre mix of roughness (I’m pretty sure they just use the first take for all the voicework and keep all the stutters and errors) and finesse (the second episode mimics the structure of Inception in order to prove that Inception sucks).