Amelia Hamilton is an MRC Culture TV Blogger.
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If you haven't seen TNT's sci-fi series The Librarians, the season four premiere "The Librarians and the Dark Secret" might not be the best place to start. The show centers on "an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around." The season four premiere, which aired on December 13, saw the group trying to save the Library of Alexandria by stopping a secret sect of the Catholic Church determined to use the library's cornerstones to destroy it.
SMILF, what are we going to do with you? Writer and star Frankie Shaw clearly hates Christianity, as that theme comes through in nearly every single episode. In the pilot, her character Bridgette told her baby's father Rafi that prayer isn't allowed in her home and, just a couple of weeks ago, she suggested that the Virgin Mary was raped by the apostles in order to father Jesus Christ. In case you were wondering, she doesn't have such vocal opinions about other religions, just Christianity. In the December 11 episode Chocolate Pudding & A Cooler of Gatorade, Rafi goes to church seeking help, and the priest forces a kiss on him.
On the December 10 episode of Shameless, we are reminded that teen mother Debbie is a hot mess, as she spends the episode "Icarus Fell and Rusty Ate Him" trying to get her hands on the morning-after pill so that she doesn't end up having a second child on the way at the tender age of sixteen.
Things have been getting difficult in the town of South Park, Colorado, and they come to a head in the December 6 season finale, "Splatty Tomato." With the recent nuclear attack President Garrison (a thinly veiled parody of President Trump) launched against Canada, the world is on the brink of disaster and the kids of the town claim to see the president lurking around at night. The only people in the town who still trust him seem to be Bob White and his family: "The Whites still support the president," they say, but "no one cares about the Whites" anymore. (I see what you did there, South Park!)
Shameless follows a large working-class family whose youngest child, Liam, is black and in a private elementary school. In the December 3 episode of the Showtime offering, "The (Mis)Education of Liam Fergus Beircheart Gallagher," the school gives the kids a test with basic word association. Unfortunately, Liam fails the test, which his dad Frank (William H. Macy) thinks is due to the cultural bias inherent in the wealthy school being out-of-touch with working-class families like his. This leads to him trying to teach the school about regular people and Liam about using the guilt of the "liberal elite" against them.
Things are changing at South Park Elementary School and when PC Principal gets a new Vice Principal named Strong Woman, the last thing he expects is to have feelings for her. A PC man can't possibly have feelings for a co-worker, that would be inappropriate!
Teachers, a TVLand comedy series set in a public elementary school, got oddly political in their Halloween episode which, for some reason, aired on November 29, when they erroneously claimed that public schools don't teach students about Native Americans.
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.