There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, Scandal and Community come back from their midseason breaks.
Fitzlivia Gets Frisky in the Oval
Scandal is back after a long, long three months of midseason break. Plenty happened on the political front; VP Sally announced that she’s running against Fitz in the primaries… while continuing to serve as second in command. But predictably, the most talked-about moment of the episode was the fandom’s least favorite couple sucking face in the Oval Office, only stopping when the First Lady walks in on her husband with his campaign manager. Twitter was not happy, but hey, they’re the show’s central pair.
Broad City Does Improv
Given that both Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobsen are UCB vets, you can bet that they’ve got something to say about terrible improvisational comedy. Sure enough, Ilana’s bisexual, cunnilingus-loving love interest does turn out to have an Achilles’ heel: he’s the Britta Perry of improv, hogging the stage with his severely misguided Dr. Evil impressions. Ilana can’t bear to watch; it even distracts her during sex. Like all of Broad City, it’s priceless, but Glazer and Jacobsen making fun of their own medium is one of the show’s most successful bits to date.
Ben Conquers the Iron Throne
He and Leslie attempt some sexy Game of Thrones role play, but woefully un-geeky Leslie doesn’t get the references. Ben Wyatt is never better than when he’s going full nerd (“IT TELLS HUMAN STORIES IN A FANTASY WORLD”), so between that and our favorite couple’s first anniversary, we couldn’t be happier.
Community Moves On
For its second episode without either Pierce or Troy, Community did an impressive job of rallying its ensemble after an Olympics-induced hiatus. Jason Bailey recaps “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality,” but our personal favorite moment belonged to John Oliver: “Have you met the girls who do like me, Jeff? Neither have I, but trust me, they’re bad people.” Love you, Duncan.
Portlandia Puts a Bird on It
For its fourth season premiere, the IFC sketch show brought on Kirsten Dunst and TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe for some help rounding out the ensemble. By now, you know how the show works; if you’re into a send-up of hipsters that never seems to run out of new angles, be sure to catch up.