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
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12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
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12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
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01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight
Tuesday, January 24
The Middle - "A Tough Pill to Swallow" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When a devastated Sue discovers that she has been kicked out of college because she forgot to renew her financial aid, Mike tries to come to her rescue and convince a tough college bursar to reinstate her. Meanwhile, having only taken oral liquid medication all of his life, a frustrated Frankie does everything in her power to teach Brick how to swallow a pill when he gets an ear infection; and Hutch becomes angry with Axl after he keeps driving the Winnebago without permission to Orson to visit new girlfriend April – leaving Hutch without any means of transportation to get to class.
American Housewife - "Art Show" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Anna-Kat draws a super plus-sized portrait of Katie for the school art show, Katie sets out to retrieve it by any means necessary. Meanwhile, with Katie away, Doris is left in charge of Oliver and Taylor. She’s determined to whip them into shape with her Tiger Mom skills, but she may have met her match.
Fresh Off the Boat - "Coming From America" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Louis flies the entire family to Taiwan in an effort to make things right with Gene (Ken Jeong). Upon meeting Gene’s beautiful fiancé, Margaret, and seeing the wonderful life he has built for himself, Louis questions whether his life in Orlando is just as great as it could be in Taiwan. Meanwhile, Jessica takes Eddie, Emery and Evan to her favorite childhood locales, including Dihua Street and Shilin Night Market.
The Real O'Neals - "The Real Match" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Jimmy recruits a reluctant Kenny to join his wrestling team for a one-time match, a surprise victory gives him the confidence to join the team full time to become the first, openly gay athlete at St. Barklays. Kenny’s newfound stardom makes Jimmy feel a bit replaced, but when an opponent refuses to wrestle his brother, Jimmy puts his feelings aside and rallies the team around Kenny. Meanwhile, Pat injures his back trying to help Eileen prepare for a weekend getaway, but things only get worse when she tries to be the perfect caregiver to impress VP Murray but fails miserably.
New Girl - "The Hike" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
While on a day hike, Jess and Robby (guest star Nelson Franklin) discover something unexpected about their relationship. Also, Winston throws a surprise welcome home party for Aly (guest star Nasim Pedrad). Meanwhile, Schmidt and Cece fail to impress their new neighbors.
The Mick - "The Master" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
All hell breaks loose, as the kids fight over who will take the master bedroom. Also, Mickey pursues a wealthy businessman who quickly discovers that she is not the prize he thought she was.
Teachers - "Stranger Danger" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
There’s a trespasser at Fillmore and a new security guard is hired. Ms. Snap and Ms. Bennigan hold a “Women Empowering Women” workshop, Mrs. Adler takes stranger danger too far, and Ms. Watson purchases a male safety dummy.
Tuesday, January 24
- Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Catch Retta on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
- Claudia O'Doherty (Love) - Claudia is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
- John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John talks about Patriots Day on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette visits Harry, so check your local listings.
- Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?/Spin City) - Jennifer appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
- Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina talks about the new Netflix series One Day at a Time on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.