Why is Will Arnett so skinny? Why do they always cut the tops off of snack bags on TV shows? Why is Meredith on The Office‘s comedy bald cap so much better than Kristina on Parenthood‘s devastating cancer bald cap? There are some questions to which we will never find answers, I suppose. But one question I do know the answer to is: Were there comedy shows on TV this week? And the answer is YES! They were back! Not all of them, but most of them! Portlandia started off our week in comedy last friday with two new back-to-back episodes, and they were both very enjoyable. The season opened, naturally, with a song — this time, protest club hit “One Party At A Time.” It reminded me of a Mr. Show sketch that you think is not funny at first but then they keep doing it and you’re like, “Haha, oh wait, no, this is funny.” Right? Right or wrong? That episode also included appearances from Kurt Loder, Matt Pinfield and Tabitha Soren, and Tabitha Soren looked beautiful. (My favorite bit of that episode was the street naming sketch.) (It was a good one!) The second episode featured the return of Kyle MacLachlan and also Chloë Sevigny and Women and Women First, and also Martina Navratilova. It was great! WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT ME TO SAY? Bob’s Burgers was incredibly good. Sometimes when I talk about Bob’s Burgers there are a few of you in the comments who say, “Why do you talk about Bob’s Burgers so much when WE don’t ever talk about Bob’s Burgers?” And maybe that is because you should TAKE A HINT and START TALKING ABOUT BOB’S BURGERS because it is THE BEST? Don’t be a dummy. (Please follow me after the jump.) Something I enjoy very much these days is a comedy that, while very funny, also has a lot genuine love and sweetness to it. (See: New Girl, Parks and Recreation, Ben and Kate, the end of The Office this week.) Bob’s Burgers has that — a lot of it this week, with the separate Tina/Bob and Louise/Linda plot lines — and I think it might be most apt at balancing that bit of sweetness with enough hilarious comedy that even if you don’t WANT the sweetness (??) you still will enjoy it thoroughly and not be annoyed. So watch it. The New Girl was not my favorite episode ever — I enjoyed the Schmidt/Winston plot line more than the main Gang At The Cabin plot line, and they were both pretty much fine, but it didn’t really HIT for me and seemed more like a transitional episode more than one that is meant purely to entertain. Which is fine! Still love that show. I watched Ben and Kate this week, which is not something I always do, and I liked it a lot. It is certainly more on the sweet side than the hilarious side, but that is ok because I love the sweet side. “GIMME THAT SWEET STUFF!” Haha. Yuck. All of the characters on that show seem to be becoming clearer, more solid, and more real-human-seeming every time I check in with it, which is nice to see. (Unlike on The Mindy Project, which I did not watch this week [but I heard it was very bad] [and I believe it!].) And, ok, let’s talk about Thursday now. 30 Rock was good, even though Will Arnett was distractingly thin the entire time. I don’t mean to be a jerk about body stuff, because I am a WOMAN, and I UNDERSTAND, but is he ok? Someone check on Will Arnett. 1600 Penn is not a show for me, though in the second episode when Josh Gadd threw his sister’s cell phone in the pool and she told him to go get it and he said, “Why? I threw it in the pool, it’s not a phone anymore,” I laughed out loud because it was very funny. And, finally, The Office‘s episode was the best one of the season. I don’t want to talk about comedy on TV anymore, you talk about it now!

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  1. I have to say, 30 Rock has come back with a vengeance this season. I laughed more during this episode than probable half of Season 6. I’m glad they’re going out with a bang (and 6-year old child).

    Also, I am digging this 2 new Happy Endings a week.

  2. I have already written 1600 Penn off because it seemed like they conceived and wrote the whole show assuming that Mitt Romney was going to win the election and HELLO HE DID NOT. Also if Bill Pullman is not going to be saying “My God” a million times and extrasensory perceiving aliens’ devious plots against our planet, then god damn it I don’t want to see Bill Pullman be the president at all.

    • Bill Pullman should be required by law to say ‘survive’ at least once per episode or project he is involved in.

      ‘What’s this? I said take only what you need to seh-VIVE!’
      ‘We’re going to live on! We’re going to seh-VIVE! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!’

      etc

  3. Mindy was ok this, I laughed a few times. I think the biggest problem is they have way too many characters to deal with and just keep introducing more! If you want a good ensemble you have to focus on the core and really develop those people. It’s just not happening. I know the Office has a lot of characters, but most of them were just in the background in the first season, with focus on Michael/Dwight/Jim/Pam. Eventually we learned about the rest. Mindy is just rushing to develop all the characters and it gets very muddled very fast.

    ugh, I really want to like this show, but it’s really going downhill fast.

    • I love Steve Buscemi so much (I really need to start watching Boardwalk Empire, or as Julie Klausner calls it: ‘Bored B-O-R-E-D Walk EmpireZZZZZ with many Z’s Because We Are All Sleeping’), and when he was dressed as this teacher character all I could think about was Illeana Douglas’s performance in Ghost World, in which Buscemi also starred, and even though they did not share any scenes together, I interpreted this teacher lady as an homage of sorts.

  4. As always, Bob’s Burgers was great but my favorite show of the week in this week was Adventure Time. It’s not really a comedy pear say but dammit if that show isn’t enjoyable. It’s not just that I recently registered my female dog with the AKC as Canela Chris Jr. or the fact that I have a rainbow unicorn. Don’t get scared off because it’s on Cartoon Network, start watching that ish now, dawg.

  5. 30 Rock was off da hook. Although Alec Baldwin’s bad dye job gets to me. New Girl was qute but I really wanted to see Schmidt smoke crack.

  6. New Girl was great again but I’m glad Olivia Munn is gone. How can a girl be so beautiful and so hard to watch at the same time?

  7. I took the hint and started watching Bob’s Burgers and it has changed my life for the better. Also, now I am constantly making Tina’s stagefright noise. Eeeeeeehhhhhhh.

  8. Cougar Town is back! And it was a good episode, full of LOLs! I really, REALLY hope they don’t go there with Laurie and Travis though. I dislike that plotline. I like Travis and all, but Laurie could do SO much better. Maybe it’s because I have a hard time understanding how a grown woman could want to be with a 21-year-old dude (why are you watching a show called Cougar Town, then? I know). But whatevs. As long as there’s still wine and confidence dances and Penny Can, it’s all good.

  9. For the record, I was the one who said that stuff about Bob’s Burgers. Its funny because I have no opinion on the show, as I have barely seen it. I just felt like that show got covered when nobody seemed to care, but people seem to like it so I will shut my mouth.

  10. I would watch an entire episode of New Girl of just Schmidt pronouncing “crack-cocaine.”

  11. Guys…Guys? Am I the only one who likes The Mindy Project? Like, a fair lot?

    :(

    • I like it! I think there are some problems with it, but it’s consistently funny, and it’s still in its first season. I don’t care about most of the secondary characters, but I really love Mindy.

      • I like it! I sometimes feel like I’m forcing myself to laugh, but this week was pretty good.
        I do think they should drop the midwife stuff though.
        Also, while I’m here (hello!) I watched the first episode of 1600 Penn and really liked it, which was surprising! The opening scene was perfect and anything Martha MacIssac does ever will have my support. It might even beat out Ben & Kate as my favorite first-year comedy if it keeps up the pace.

  12. Bob’s Burgers is the greatest, and American Dad is great too and comes on the same station shortly after it, everybody should watch both.

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