“One Little Island Girl” | This is Us
It has been a week, darling readers, and considering today is Monday, I’m trying really hard not to talk about last night’s Oscars because we’re saving that for next week. (Thankfully, Katie’s got us covered with the one moment that we all can’t stop buzzing about, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s performance of their Academy Award winning song, “Shallow.”) Madam Secretary kicked off the week with a great return, Black-ish was delightful as per usual, The Magicians crushed our souls in an indescribably fantastic way. (It was so hard to choose between this episode and the one I went with. So hard. I can’t even explain.) Brooklyn Nine-Nine reminded us of what a fantastic team the 99th precinct is, and I’ve finally started Netflix’s One Day at a Time. Please don’t sleep on this show, darling readers — believe the hype, it deserves a renewal, and frankly, I’m so tired of fighting for the shows that we all ask for yet somehow neglect. The representation on this show is astounding, I’m not even caught up and I already know I’ll have multiple episodes I’d want to talk about in Year-End reviews. But for This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment, Beth’s journey on This is Us hit me the hardest.
January 27 – February 2
“Four Movements” | Brooklyn Nine-Nine
An eventful TV week kicked off with the emotionally packed Outlander season finale, and a solid episode of Madam Secretary. The Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role went to Emily Blunt for A Quiet Place and I’ve been beaming since then. Riverdale wasn’t at its best, but it did give us some answers I wasn’t expecting this soon. And The Magicians not only reiterated that our sweet Julia Wicker is a goddess, but our favorites are one step closer to defeating the monster that’s governing Eliot’s body. However, it was unsurprisingly Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s heartfelt episode dedicated to Gina Linetti’s departure that takes the crown.
“Pandemonium” | The Good Place
It has been a week, friends, and almost all TV shows are back on our screens. (Waiting impatiently for Game of Thrones, Superstore, and Elementary.) On a side note, I’m still too devastated over the Saints’ loss during the championship games to even talk about it. Sunday’s episode of Outlander brought us one step closer to the finale. This is Us unlocked the mystery of Nicky Pearson, Black-ish gave us another great episode, Riverdale unmasked the Gargoyle King but not without giving us another killer to find. The Magicians premiered with an emotionally and frustrating episode. (I just want all my babies back together again is this too much to ask for!?) And Brooklyn Nine-Nine took us back to 1999 reminding us of the beautiful friendship between Jake and Gina. But it’s The Good Place’s season finale that left me a bawling wreck — absolutely no exaggeration.
“Separation Part II” | Madam Secretary
With the perfectly heartfelt premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place’s incredible return episode, TV’s a delightful place again that has me grinning from ear to ear. Last week’s show of choice, Outlander showed us the ramifications of Jamie’s actions and Brianna’s frustrations leaving us with another intriguing episode. But it was Sunday’s return episode of Madam Secretary that I can’t stop thinking about.
Madam Secretary is a special show, it’s the only drama that’s allowed to be 22 episodes long because it’s the one platform that highlights politics in the eyes of a character driven cast. And both “Separation” episodes did what TV at its best does — evokes something powerful by mirroring the world we live in today. Sometimes we need to escape the treacheries of the world with fiction and sometimes, we need fiction to scream about what’s happening because it’s crucial to bettering our lives. We can try to escape and disregard politics all we want, and I’m all for people stepping back if it’s too much to bear at times, but when children are separated from their families, our voices need to be heard. And the two-part story on Madam Secretary refused to stay silent.
December 30-January 5
“The Birds and The Bees” | Outlander
Welcome to the new year, darling readers. I hope you’re all well and that 2019’s treating you superbly so far. The TV season hasn’t fully resumed from the much-needed holiday hiatus, but that’s okay because I’m pretty sure Outlander would’ve taken the crown no matter what aired this week. These posts will be a bit more sporadic throughout the year, but they have not been retired — I just need TV series to step it up, y’know?
“The Box” | Brooklyn Nine-Nine
It’s been another stellar week into Spring TV with a sweet episode of When Calls the Heart, a gorgeous display of marriage on Madam Secretary, a meme-filled hysterical half hour of Black-ish, a haunting episode of The Americans, and an incredibly relatable episode of Superstore. (Especially for those of us who are multi-lingual!) But from the moment this week’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine concluded, I knew it’d be the most exquisite thing I’d watch all week.
“Hollywoodland” | Timeless
And now that The Americans is officially back — Spring TV is blossoming exceptionally. (We’re just waiting patiently for the new season of New Girl!) We kicked off with a hugely impactful episode of Madam Secretary, a sweet showcase of marriage on When Calls the Heart, an incredible episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, an exceptional episode of Black-ish, a frustrating, but simultaneously intriguing episode of Riverdale, and a hilarious half hour of Superstore. A Series of Unfortunate Events made its second season debut and we’re definitely intrigued because the first four episodes will be covering my favorite books. But much like everyone and their mothers, we’re still buzzing about NBC’s Timeless.
“My Heart is Yours” | When Calls the Heart
Our hearts are soaring because most TV shows are back from hiatus and all is right in the world again. They kicked off Sunday with a brand new, hysterically moving episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a remarkable hour of Timeless, and the long anticipated When Calls the Heart. Tuesday met us with an incredible episode of Black-ish and Wednesday’s Riverdale was something, alright. Life Sentence continues to establish its place, and Superstore is driving us crazy in all the right ways. But you guessed it, we’re here to talk about When Calls the Heart and the wedding we’ve all been waiting for.
I wrote about Jack Thornton and Elizabeth Thatcher’s engagement through my tears, so even back then I knew that no matter what would air this week, I’d have to write about their wedding, too.
February 25 – March 3
“Video Game Release” | Superstore
Hiatus is still in the air with award season coming to an end so there aren’t many TV series back on our screens, but that’s okay because no matter what we would’ve watched, this episode of Superstore would have still taken the crown. This is Us was great, too and naturally, When Calls the Heart always brings joy into my life, and while I’m personally still buzzing about Black Panther, I can take a break from that for a moment to talk about how hyped I am about where Superstore’s headed. And most importantly, how thrilled I am that America Ferrera directed “Video Game Release.”
“Chapter Eighteen: When A Stranger Calls” | Riverdale
Apologies on the absence from these reviews last week, folks, but we were out meeting the cast of Once Upon A Time at the Burbank Con. That’s the best reason, right? And while our brains are still wrapped up on the perfection of Stranger Things, TV has been a real treat this week starting with Outlander showing off the immense chemistry its stars have. Madam Secretary reminding us of the fact that the McCords are marriage goals. This is Us delivered a powerful episode on the importance of our choices. The Mayor continued establishing its characters in a hilarious matter, Black-ish dealt with parent/child relationships, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine gave us the glimpse into a darkness in Holt’s past. But it was Riverdale that sent viewers down the kind of roller coaster you can appreciate but never want to ride again.