Karen Townsend

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Episode three of Our Cartoon President aired on Showtime February 18. Titled “Rolling Back Obama,” President Trump declares his legacy to be that he tore down the legacy of President Obama. Thank goodness it is only a half hour show because even this Stephen Colbert creation couldn’t seem to think of much of a legacy to tear down.


Showtime describes their new "workplace comedy" Our Cartoon President from executive producer Stephen Colbert as a “hilarious look into the Trump presidency.” Spoiler alert: this show is not hilarious, unless maybe you have Trump derangement syndrome or have extremely low standards for comedy.


The February 7 episode of NBC’s Chicago P.D. titled “Anthem” begins with the familiar scene of a student protest over the suspension of two college basketball players for kneeling during the National Anthem. What complicates the story is that the organizer of the Black Lives Matter protest is the child of a Chicago police officer.


The February 6 episode of Freeform’s The Fosters titled “Scars” depicts an ICE agent tipping off a teenager about a planned raid at a high school for DACA students who have reached the age of 18 years old. Presumably, the agent has grown a conscience after seeing the horrors of the Trump administration's immigration policy firsthand.


It was only a matter of time before Dr. Shaun Murphy received his first transgender patient. In the February 5 episode of ABC’s The Good Doctor titled “She,” like most of us would, the autistic surgical resident had some difficulty understanding transgenderism. The story concentrates on how the doctors at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital deal with the patient’s family.


In the February 1 episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Miranda Bailey goes into a competing hospital, convinced she is having a heart attack. This episode is heavy with flashbacks as past memories are triggered by this experience.


The January 31 episode of CW’s Dynasty, titled “Promises You Can’t Keep,” really outdid itself in making a conservative running for office into the worst sort of man.


Season Two of Netflix’s One Day at a Time began airing January 26 with 13 half-hour episodes. Picking up where last season left off, the show is all about immigration, gun control, and teenage political activism sprinkled with Trump bashing.


How political were the 60th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night? According to host James Corden, the music audience's response to Hillary Clinton "might have been the biggest cheer of the night."


The January 25 episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy titled “Personal Jesus” provides an opportunity for a biracial character to lecture white cops on a prejudicial bias and how it affects their job judgment. The liberal writers also cleverly (in their minds) work a real-life event into the mix by naming a 12-year-old boy after a victim who made headlines.


In the episode titled “Hashtag IWasMadeInAmerica” of Freeform’s The Fosters airing January 23, the determination to normalize DACA recipients and reward illegal behavior was strong. Torn from the headlines of newspapers across the country, disrupting a conservative speaker’s event on campus was even shown to be noble.


Season Four of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie was released on January 19. The usual unconventional antics were included in the 13 half-hour episodes but this time an unexpected twist was included. The adult comedy incorporated a death at the hands of one of the duo’s vibrators for senior citizens.


The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards aired January 21 on TNT and it was all about the ladies, from First Lady Melania Trump, to the #MeToo women. For the first time, the awards show incorporated a host, actress Kristen Bell and a decision was made in advance to only use female presenters. Men were relegated to second class status, only helping to present the nominations of ensemble awards.


In the January 16 episode of TLC’s I Am Jazz, titled “Resisting Temptation”, transgender teenager Jazz Jennings and "her" mom, Jeanette, are invited to participate in panel discussion on gender dysphoria for a podcast. The discussion includes a scientist from Toronto, Dr. Susan Bradley. Other panelists are Zinnia Jones, a transgender woman and researcher from Atlanta, and Jodie Patterson, a mom with a transgender son who is looking for guidance on dealing with her child.


In the episode titled “Islands” that aired on January 15, Dr. Jared Kalu (Chuku Modu), a biracial surgical resident, desperately wants his job back. He was terminated after a physical confrontation with another doctor. Kalu punched the other guy and the hospital fired him. Reasonable enough, right? The only way for Dr. Kalu to get his job back at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital, though, is to file suit against the hospital for wrongful termination using racism as the reason. 


Season Two of Netflix’s Kathy Bates comedy Disjointed was released on January 12 with 10 half-hour episodes. The series is clearly liberal in its writing and dialogue but most episodes are done in a light-hearted way. Except for an obligatory swipe at the California left’s favorite villains, the Reagans.


The Fosters continued its leftist lecturing about DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and immigration policy as the second half of Season Five kicked off on January 9, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement bearing the brunt of the scorn.


Awards season has begun which means a fresh opportunity for Hollywood and media elites to congratulate themselves. Oprah Winfrey warned the press is "under siege these days" despite their "insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth." 


Former Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) was a guest on the December 8 episode of Netflix’s Chelsea titled “We All Have to Fight and Be Loud.” During the interview, Boxer relayed some opinions of psychiatrists who believe that President Trump has brainwashed Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and turned her into someone “who is kind of cult-like.”


The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend features a mentally off-balance liberal woman named Rebecca as the main character and the December 8 mid-season finale, titled “Getting Over Jeff,” made sure to incorporate the usual conservative targets that often randomly land in the show’s dialogue, including calling the Bible science-fiction.