I've become a bit of a coach potato in recent weeks with the launch of the new TV season, which is weird since there are only about two shows that I genuinely think are any good. I used to find the West Wing insufferably self-righteous (which it still is) but at least it's intelligent and takes my mind off the real US president for an hour. And after last week's genius episode featuring the burnt-out hospital lawyers singing TV themes a capella (and the just generally fucked up Dr. Cox) I am now championing Scrubs as the best thing on TV, period. The rest of the stuff I watch I freely admit is cheese (CSI and Smallville) or not nearly as good as they used to be (Law & Order, ER and the frighteningly unfunny Friends). For this reason Television Without Pity, with its dead-on hilarious recaps, is rocking my world lately. The ER recaps are especially inspired. From the season premiere, featuring the unforgettable scene of a helicopter slicing off Dr. Romano's arm:
'Blood splatters both the nurse and Monty. Luka and Susan look up, and their eyes widen as they run toward the scene of contrived plot point revolving around a man whose name, if you remove the "arm," spells simply, "Noo!" We go to commercial wondering if next week Luka's going to lose a leg in a tragic can-can accident involving an axe-swinging lumberjack.'
And as my last TV-related tidbit of the day I recommend you download, "Movin' On Up", the theme song to The Jeffersons. It's really gooooood.