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Viewed this Week (26)

Inspired by Ticket to Anywhere’s What I Watched, I post on Sundays about what movies and/or TV shows I watched the week before.  Some weeks will be epic, and some weeks…won’t be.  Let’s get to it!

TV:
Parenthood 4×4 – “The Talk”
New Girl 2×3 – “Hiring and Firing”
The Mindy Project 2×2 – “Fluffer”
Switched at Birth 1×27 – “The Declaration of Independence”
The LA Complex 2×13 – “Don’t Say Goodbye”

Movies:
He’s Just Not That Into You
Crazy, Stupid, Love

Thoughts on what I watched:

Parenthood continues to have a really excellent season.  I thought the way that they handled the conversation about the N-word with Jasmine, Jabbar, and Crosby was excellent, poignant, and super important. I continue to struggle with the fact that Adam and Kristina have not told the family about her cancer. I will continue to ask to see more Mae Whitman, because I love her.

How much do I love New Girl? Enough to brave the political ads to watch it live.  I thought this week’s episode was great–I love the concept of Nick as Jess’s relationship fluffer.  I feel like they continue to not give Winston enough to do, and what is CeCe’s role at this point?  However, a consistently funny show.

I want The Mindy Project to be better than it is.  I love Kaling and Chris Messina (seriously, the perfect man or what?), so I’ll keep watching, but I want it to be funnier.  I don’t know what it’s missing–and maybe it’s way too early to evaluate it so harshly–but nothing about it stands out for me yet.  I did like Mindy’s out-loud narration at the beginning, though.  That was cute.

Switched at Birth continues to plod along as my guilty pleasure.  I don’t buy Daphne and Chef as a romantic thing at all, though.  It totally squicks me out–even though I’m normally into the age difference thing.  It could be that they have no chemistry whatsoever, or it could be that he’s also sleeping with Melody.  Either way, this is a subplot I won’t be sad to see go when it inevitably does.

I don’t want The L.A. Complex to end, but if it does, the season finale was pretty great.  The show is the perfect mix of soapy and well done, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, I encourage you to do so.

A new post-breakup ritual is hate-watching romantic comedies.  It’s surprisingly really fun, especially because this most recent breakup isn’t a breakup that’s left me at all broken–this is more of an entertainment thing than anything.  I watched He’s Just Not That Into You this week because my brain needed a break, and it was kind of perfect in how awful it is.  Same goes for Crazy, Stupid, Love: I know some people love this movie, but I just can’t.  Even Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling don’t save it for me.

What did you watch this week?

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