Rebecca Downs

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The December 7 episode of Speechless on ABC, ‘F-O-Follow T-H-R-Through’ involves the DiMeo family seeking to get it together and finish plans for past projects. For middle child, Ray DiMeo (Mason Cook), this means following through on building "an accessible playground for kids with all abilities" known as J.J.’s Dream, named after his brother with cerebral palsy. Showing no good deed goes unpunished, Ray finds he has plenty of lines, red tape and petty government bureaucrats to go through first.



As the immigration battle and talk of refugees seeking asylum rages on, CBS’s December 3 episode of Bull, “Separation,” takes a crack at the issue. At least, it attempts to in the hour long episode, complete with a cop-out at the end, a tactic the show has been prone to.



ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder has already so far shown to have anti-police tendencies, including when it comes to black police officers. In November 8’s episode, “I Got Played,” the Shondaland Production raised the stakes, not only against police officers, but white people and the country overall.



If there’s a theme in Star’s October 31 episode “Someday We’ll All Be Free,” it’s the suffering and healing of the black characters on the show, particularly the gay ones. The suffering of these characters is so righteous, that it is ultimately likened to the suffering of Jesus on the cross, and taken to mean that God has bestowed a special kind of love upon them.



Viewers who tuned in for The Big Bang Theory’s October 25 episode “The Imitation Perturbation" were treated to more than the story arc of the week, namely the feuds surrounding couples impersonating each other for Halloween. Those who watched until the very last second may have noticed a very political "vanity card" for Chuck Lorre’s Productions that blasted President Trump as "a fascist, hate-filled, fear-mongering, demagogic, truth-shattering, autocratic golf cheater."



Shonda Rhimes’ How to Get Away from Murder on ABC hasn’t shied away from seeking to disrupt the current criminal justice system, and that includes disrespect towards police officers who protect and serve our communities. Apparently, even the decision just to become a police officer constitutes an act of betrayal.



With Halloween approaching, Young Sheldon, in its October 25 episode “Seven Deadly Sins and a Small Carl Sagan,” refused to miss the opportunity to create a caricature of Christians and how they regard the day. The First Baptist Church, where Sheldon’s mother, Mary (Zoe Perry), attends, is looking to use Halloween to scare the townspeople with a haunted house showing the seven deadly sins and hell, in hopes they’ll go to church.



Hitting viewers over the head when it comes to their agenda on gun control isn’t new for Hollywood, but it sure rings hollow on a show like Fox's Star, where characters are pointing guns at each other at an alarming rate. Past seasons have involved gun deaths as well as main characters threatening to shoot friends and family members over disagreements.



NewsBusters has ranked Young Sheldon one of television’s worst shows towards Christians, and October 11’s episode “A Financial Secret and Fish Sauce” provided viewers with a reminder of why. Sheldon (Iain Armitage) has been so troubled by the need to keep a secret from his mother at the behest of his father that he can’t even go to the bathroom. To distract himself, he stays at his best friend’s house for his very first sleep-over. His friend, Tam (Ryan Phuong), is a Vietnamese Catholic and the family practices their heritage and religion at their home, which does not go unnoticed by Sheldon.

 



On the October 9 episode of Dick Wolf’s FBI on CBS, “Prey,” FBI Special Agents Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) and Omar Adom ‘OA’ Zidan (Zeeko Zaki) are tasked with investigating the unsolved murders of 18 young women. The women are discovered to all have been victims of a sex trafficking ring still in operation, but, instead of just focusing on the plight of these victims, FBI chooses to flaunt the debunked “one in five women are sexually assaulted” figure, repeating it four times!



A lesbian Muslim who is wrongly suspected. A white man who is a member of the alt-right with racist and Islamophobic views. Such was the storyline for October 4’s How to Get Away with Murder, the Shondaland production currently in its fifth season on ABC.



Society often tells young women that they have to choose between either their unborn children or their careers, but one defiant singer refuses to choose on Fox's music drama Star.



Viewers of Dick Wolf’s Law & Order spinoffs knew better than to expect anything original when it came to his new show on CBS, FBI. Sure enough, it didn’t take very long at all for the old tired liberal TV tropes to appear on the September 25 series pilot.



In the season three premiere of Bull on CBS, Dr. Jason Bull (Michael Weatherly) returns to work following a heart attack, and brings along a not-so-fun case for his team. A young mother will die within a few weeks if she doesn’t get a new liver, which her health insurance company has denied the claim for. And, to the team’s shock and chagrin, they’re representing the insurance company!



Fathers are often portrayed on television as being dolts, bumbling idiots, and an annoyance to their wives and children. In the case of CBS's Young Sheldon, George Sr. has even more reasons to annoy his young son, with Sheldon being as intelligent as he is, and the father-son duo often not understanding each other. But, on Monday night, viewers were treated to a rare heart-to-heart moment where Sheldon was actually able to learn an important life lesson from his working-class father.