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While it’s definitely not a family-friendly show, March 28th's episode of The Detour, “The Heat,” had a couple of hilarious moments that almost made up for the raunchiness of the rest of the show. The Detour centers around a not-so typical family as real-life couple and show creators Jason Jones and Samantha Bee play parents Nate and Robin who take their kids on a road trip.



This season of American Crime has been documenting (no pun intended) the plight of illegal immigrant farm workers as well as prostitution and drug use/addiction. In Sunday night’s episode, “Season Three: Episode Three,” all three issues were somehow tied together, as farm owners Jeanette (Felicity Huffman) and JD (Tim DeKay) attended a worker’s rally. 



This week Oprah's mega-church drama Greenleaf featured not one, but two gay storylines, both regarding discipline: one was a matter of self-discipline and the other dealt with discipline within church leadership. In Wednesday’s episode “Strange Bedfellows,” a rift forms over the decision to fire the church’s gay choir director Carlton Cruise (Parnell Damone Marcano). 



In Sunday night’s episode of HBO’s Girls, “Full Disclosure,” Lena Dunham's character Hannah is still informing her close friends and family about her pregnancy. Her decision to keep the baby comes as shocking “news” to those she tells given that Hannah is, much like Dunham herself, strongly liberal and extremely pro-abortion - so much so that Dunham stated publicly that she wishes she had had an abortion.



It’s no secret how much hate the left harbors towards guns, and how the media avoid reporting on the number of lives saved by them. But Sunday night’s episode of HBO's Big Little Lies, “Once Bitten,” gave a rare glimpse into the benefits of gun ownership, particularly for women who have been victims of violent crime.



There has been much rancor over gay conversion therapy programs for decades, but the topic has again been hotly debated as of late with Vice President Mike Pence’s support for such programs as well as Ken Blackwell, Domestic Policy Advisor to the Trump Presidential Transition Team. ABC’s 20/20 revived the debate in an exposé last week, as well. Though judging by the reviews, the exposé leaned heavily in favor of those who demonize such programs.



Whoever said truth is stranger than fiction has obviously not watched NBC’s new “mockumentary” comedy Trial & Error, loosely based on the real-life crime of Michael Peterson, accused of killing his wife in 2001. The series pokes fun at the recent popularity of true crime documentaries like Making a Murderer and O.J. Simpson: Made in America, and was inspired by a documentary of the Peterson murder trial called The Staircase.



As the Hollywood Left is wont to do, Tuesday night’s episode of NBC's Taken was filled with lessons on judgment and prejudice from a liberal point of view. In an effort to impart the lesson that not all Muslims are terrorists, Taken takes an extreme left turn that defies all logic and reason by shifting the blame for terrorism onto white, male, government officials.



On Sunday’s episode of HBO’s Girls, “Gummies,” Hannah (Lena Dunham) continues with her decision to keep her baby that she conceived after a very brief fling with a surf instructor while on a writing assignment. The seemingly pro-life storyline is a bit suspect given Dunham’s avid support of abortion and her wish that she could have had one herself (which she later apologized for while stating that she still wants to remove the “stigma” surrounding the controversial procedure.)



The title for episode two of Big Little Lies, which aired Sunday, February 26, on HBO, ended up having a much deeper meaning than just competition among some of the mothers to have the most popular children, the best birthday parties, and to be the alpha mother ruling over all other moms at fictional Otter Bay Elementary School set in Monterey, California.



On Tuesday’s episode of Fresh Off the Boat, “Gabby Goose,” the Asian-American sitcom featuring Taiwanese immigrant family the Huangs poked a bit of fun at the use of hyphenated American names during game night at the Huang’s home.