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If you wanted to hear some terrible hot takes on immigration, religion, and race, look no further! TNT's drama Major Crimes has you covered, and you only have to watch one scene to get it all.
Fox sitcom The Mick got pretty gross with the November 28 episode "The Teacher" when they presented a love triangle between high schooler Sabrina (Sofia Black-D'Elia), her Aunt "Mick" (Kaitlin Olson), and her teacher, Mr. Reed. After Mr. Reed drops her off late at night on his motorcycle, and hearing how Sabrina talks about him, Mick suspects the relationship is inappropriate, and decides to find out for herself.
SMILF continues its attack on Christianity in the November 27 episode "Deep-Dish Pizza & a Shot of Holy Water," but this particular episode of the Showtime series takes it to another level when it's suggested, less than a month before Christmas, that the Virgin Mary's Immaculate Conception of Jesus Christ was rape.
With Thanksgiving only days away, I want to share one thing for which I'm thankful: from the premiere of SMILF on November 5 to its second episode on November 12, viewership fell by a third. Having just endured the third episode, November 19th's "Half a Sheet Cake and a Blue-Raspberry Slushie," here's hoping the American people continue to be driven away from this show as quickly in the weeks to come. The episode started with a George Carlin quote on the screen to set the tone. "That's why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it." Considering this show is about a woman following her dreams, and is written and produced by and stars a woman who is, presumably, living her own dream, the irony of this is fairly rich.
If there was a competition for how patronizingly a show could shoehorn the term "DACA kid" into one hour-long episode, I would have to think the November 16 episode of How to Get Away With Murder, titled "Live. Live. Live.," would take the gold medal by doing it twice in four minutes. That's not all, though. This episode actually managed to hit the rare social justice hat trick, by having one character hit three different hot-button issues: illegal immigration, homosexuality, and guns.
The finale of American Horror Story: Cult aired on November 15. The episode "Great Again" focused on the cultish nature of politics and the way in which people can come to worship the symbols of American freedom without thinking about what they really mean. Of course, because this is a Ryan Murphy show, and he's a raging Hollywood liberal, these thoughts were delivered by liberal (who is a feminist hero, a reasonable liberal lesbian) and a man who was, for much of the series portrayed as a Trump supporter (a lunatic murderer/cult leader who turned out to be a white nationalist).
Blackish is always far too willing to put social commentary ahead of actual entertainment, and the November 14 episode "Please Don't Feed the Animals" is no exception. This week's social justice topic that took the place of comedy? Issues of race and incarceration.
SMILF oozed onto the scene last week in its Showtime premiere that discouraged prayer and encouraged gross immorality and, well, was just gross. In the second episode, "1,800 Filet-o-Fishes & One Small Diet Coke," on November 12, we have more of the same.
Season three of Jane the Virgin was disappointing to me in its heavy-handed political content, and season four looks like it's going to hit us over the head with even more social justice storylines. The November 10 episode, "Chapter Sixty-Nine" was big on sexuality and all the buzzwords that come with it in 2017.
The eighth season of Shameless kicked off on November 5 with one character being extra patriotic, and the show as a whole being more political. “We live in a world in which everybody is talking about what’s happening,” executive producer John Wells told Variety. “I have very liberal tendencies, but the one thing you can say about what is happening is it’s started a conversation. There is a conversation in America about ‘Who are we? Who do we want to be? How did we get so separate? Why are we not talking to each other?’ And we try and go right at it.”
I had very low expectations of SMILF, and the November 5 premiere “A Box of Dunkies and Two Squirts of Maple Syrup” lived down to every one of them. In only 30 minutes, the show fit in more crass content than most shows do in years on the air. Since there was no real theme to said content, aside from "gratuitous," I think it's best to introduce you to this show simply by walking you through the first episode.
What did I just watch? I mean, I know I just watched the November 2 episode of Grey's Anatomy, "Come on Down to My Boat, Baby" but, in the larger sense, what did I just watch? It is truly amazing to me that this show is still on the air and, after this episode, I'm convinced that the only ratings it has are the people who watch it out of pure schadenfreude, those who watch it just to see what kind of insanity show creator Shonda Rhimes has in store for us this week. Certainly it's not because anyone needed to be taught this week's lesson- don't carry a loaded gun in your vagina.
What made NBC's Superstore think that their viewers would want to watch an entire episode about health care policy? We really don't, however, in their November 2 episode, "Health Fund," that's exactly what they gave us.
The focus of American Horror Story: Cult is, as the name would imply, on cult behavior. While that has been the overarching theme, the individual episodes have focused on things like post-election hysteria, racism, and sexual assault. This week, the episode itself actually focused on cults, and cult leader Kai (Evan Peters) said that modern politics are nothing but a cult of personality.
In the October 31 episode of Blackish, the spookiest thing is their take on education. In the episode, "Public Fool," Junior (Marcus Scribner) gets expelled from his fancy private school, which makes him persona non grata at the other private schools in the area. With those off the table, there is only one choice left- public school. Like most things on Blackish, they have to make this a race issue as well.
Like the e-mails your aunt forwards you, Will & Grace continues it's steep descent into irrelevancy. On the October 26 episode, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying," we are treated to more ham-fisted one-liners that might play well among the cast, crew, and their friends in the bubble, but are just silly to those of us they count on to actually, you know, watch the show.
SEAL Team on CBS is starting to become a reliably pro-American, pro-military show in a television landscape that doesn't give us much to enjoy. In the October 25 episode "Collapse," the drama portrayed American service members respectfully as those doing good in the world and liberals as, well, ridiculous.
With storylines about gender-curious gerbils and killer clowns, American Horror Story: Cult has been pretty off-the-wall but, in the October 24 episode "Winter of Our Discontent," they managed to go off the deep end. The episode had everything, from a Nazi cop, to an incestual threesome, to a woman bleeding to death from an abortion.
Family game night turns political on the October 24 episode of ABC's Blackish, "Advance to Go (Collect $200)," when Dre (Anthony Anderson) starts winning big and alienates the rest of the family.
Jane the Virgin has tackled a lot of issues over the years. Chastity (obviously), abortion, immigration reform, and even dealing with an evil twin. On the October 20 episode, "Chapter Sixty-Six," school choice was added into the mix. Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and Rafael's (Justin Baldoni) son Mateo always had anything he wanted due to his father's fortune but, because Rafael he lost his inheritance, Mateo's going to switch to public school.