Thursday, May 02, 2013
Antenna TV's Hazel Mother's Day Marathon; Episodic Reviews: Community - "Heroic Origins" and Parks and Recreation Season Finale - "Are You Better Off? - Both Airing Tonight on NBC
Antenna TV will air a marathon of the classic sitcom Hazel this Mother's Day! The marathon titled "Maid-For-A-Day Marathon with Hazel" airs Sunday, May 12, 2013 on Mother's Day from 9am-3am ET. That is 16 hours of non-stop sitcom fun with 32 glorious episodes. The marathon will begin with the very first episode and will continue with episodes centering on Hazel herself. Episodes are airing in the following order: "Hazel and the Playground," "A Matter of Principle," "What'll We Watch Tonight?," "Winter Wonderland," "Hazel's Secret Wish," "Heat Wave," "Hazel's Day," "Hazel's Cousin," "The Natural Athlete," "New Man in Town," "Hazel and the Lovebirds," "The Sunshine Girls Quartette," "Hazel and the Stockholders Meeting," "Hazel's Day Off," "Hazel's Navy Blue Tug-Boats," "Hazel's Luck," "Maid of the Month," "Cheerin' Up Mr. B," "The Vanishing Hero," "Call Me Harve," "The Retiring Milkman," "Hazel and the Halfback," "Hazel and the Model T," "The Fashion Show," "George's Ordeal," "Democracy at Work," "Never Trouble Trouble," "The Flagpole," "Mind Your Own Business," "Mixup on Marshall Road," "To Build or Not to Build," "Stop Rocking Our Reception," "Hazel's Day in Court," "George's Man Friday," "Who's in Charge Here?" and "My Son, the Sheepdog."
You can watch Hazel regularly on Antenna TV every weekday at 3:00pm & 3:30pm ET. The sitcom, based upon the Saturday Evening Post comic strip by Ted Key, follows Hazel (Shirley Booth) and her everyday dealings with the Baxter family, George (Don DeFore), Dorothy (Whitney Blake), and Harold (Bobby Buntrock). The series aired from 1961-66 and lasted five seasons and 154 total episodes. Stay with us for continued updates on all things Antenna TV and Hazel!
On the next...Community:
NBC's Thursday night comedy that stars Joel McHale airs Thursdays at 8|7c and we have just watched the next episode that airs tonight (May 2). In the episode airing tonight, "Heroic Origins," Abed (Danny Pudi), becomes convinced that the study group was destined to meet at Greendale and pieces together everyone’s past – revealing that their lives have been intertwined for years. Meanwhile, Chang (Ken Jeong) plots to destroy Greendale once and for all.
This episode of Community may very well be one of the craziest they've ever done. Sure, it doesn't stage a zombie attack or a paintball war, but it actually suggests that the study group was "meant" to meet each other and that their paths crossed before they met at Greendale. Community may have no problem turning its characters into video game characters or stop-motion figures for a week, but it always found a way to somehow make all of this seem believable within its universe. Having the group's fate be connected in the way that this episode suggests it is, though, stretches credibility even for this show. It doesn't feel organic or carefully planned out- it feels like the show forcing its characters into a back-story that hadn't even been touched upon previously just because they thought it'd make an entertaining episode.
They weren't necessary wrong - "Heroic Origins" is a fun time, to be sure. Seeing where everyone was 5 years ago is pretty cool, and there's a handful of good jokes sprinkled through-out the episode. It also has a genuinely sweet ending - a lot of the show's happy endings have felt forced this season, but this felt really natural. There's a lot of stuff to appreciate in this episode, but I ultimately just couldn't get past the fact that the actual story the show was trying to tell rang false to me. I could accept an origins story like this one if it seemed like the show had actually built up to it and thought it out meticulously. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case, and instead this episode felt like the show doing an origins story just to do an origins story, rather than using it to say anything interesting about the characters. Still, even though I couldn't quite get on board with the concept, there's enough here to make this fairly enjoyable, if flawed, outing for Community. B-
On the next...Parks and Recreation:
NBC's Thursday night comedy that stars Amy Poehler airs Thursdays at 9:30pm and we have just watched the season finale that airs tonight (May 2). In the episode airing tonight, "Are You Better Off?," Leslie (Amy Poehler) celebrates her first year as a city councilor. A surprise discovery leads Andy (Chris Pratt) to call the only man he knows who can help with the investigation: retired Special Agent Burt Macklin. Meanwhile, April (Aubrey Plaza) gets some life-changing news, and Tom (Aziz Ansari) debates a big business opportunity.
In politics, the following question often comes up: "Are you better off today than you were before?" That is the theme of the latest episode of Parks & Recreation, where Leslie Knope is ready to get an assessment of her first year on the city council. She expects nothing but positive feedback, but instead, she is confronted with those whom she has angered over the past year (along with some flashbacks), and the sudden attack make it seem as if things really can't get worse... that is, until they do. Meanwhile, Andy finds a positive pregnancy test while digging through the garbage at Ron's cabin and is determined to find out who it belongs to (and along the way, he finds out another surprise that has a significant effect upon him). But that isn't all... Tom faces a big decision that could make him money instantly, and has to decide what to do. It is an episode full of questions, and all of them may or may not be answered in 20 minutes.
I really enjoyed this episode of the series. To me, it seems that this series keeps getting better and better as it moves along, and I have yet to see an episode from this season that I haven't enjoyed. This episode, while it initially appeared that it might be some sort of "clip show" rehashing the season, turned out to have quite a bit of substance, and the brief clips really did set up what was about to happen for those who may have missed those events (such as the Pawnee "soda controversy" and the new and improved "video store") without becoming overbearing. In a way, the turn of events was a bit surprising, but not so much in light of what actually had happened in Pawnee in the past year. The other stories going on in the episode were all pretty good as well, especially Andy's pregnancy test witch hunt (and without spoiling the episode, we should say that the answer the question is actually not obvious). I feel that this episode was a proper way to close the season and, as is typical with this series, is going to leave fans wondering what is next since just about everybody is left with some sort of cliffhanger at the end of the episode. A
New on DVD/Blu-ray (March/April)
03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest
Sitcoms Airing Tonight
Friday, April 28
Stuck in the Middle - "Stuck with a Boy Genius" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Harley, Rachel, Georgie and Ethan attend their school spring formal dance, while Lewie and Beast camp out at home in the backyard.
Andi Mack - "It's Not About You" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Andi's frustration boils over when she discovers that Buffy has secretly been confiding in Bex instead of her; Cyrus double-dates with Jonah Beck, Amber and her friend Iris.
Friday, April 28
- Gabourey Sidibe (The Big C) - Watch Gabourey on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- Martin Short (Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Martin stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- Britt Robertson (Girlboss) - Britt is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Anna Baryshnikov (Superior Donuts) - Anna is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Alec is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
- John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Laura Dern (Enlightened), Joely Fisher (Ellen/'Til Death), Clea Lewis (Ellen/Flying Blind) and David Anthony Higgins (Ellen/Malcolm in the Middle/Big Time Rush) - The Ellen DeGeneres Show celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Ellen coming out episode, so check your local listings.
- Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Alec talks about Donald Trump, too much alcohol and the thing that saved his life on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
- Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Courting Alex/Accidentally on Purpose/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. She also dishes about Imaginary Mary on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
- Kathryn Hahn (Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Kathryn is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.