I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and write anything meaningful over the last week, so thought I’d do a super quick round-up of shows I made time to watch… all of which are American. Make of that what you will
Masters of Sex- S01E01 (Main picture)
New to Channel 4, the first episode showcased some elegant writing, great acting and lots of nudity, as you’d expect from a show with that name. Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen head an impressive cast.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -S01E03 “The Asset”
S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to be entertaining and fun, but without a great deal of substance. The characters all feel a little too Joss-Whedon-by-numbers to be great, but it’s good diversion for weekend viewing and a nice change from endless reality shows.
Bates Motel- S01E05 “Ocean View”
Increasingly shaky in its characterisation, and obsessed with Norman’s teenage love life, I am not sure if I’ll be sticking with it. Norma continues her affair with the policeman that looks spookily like her other son.
Parks and Recreation- S06E04 “Doppelgangers”
Leslie Knope and co continue to amuse in the sixth season of Parks. Eagleton Ron was a particularly nice foil for Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson. I have to confess I did miss Andy though.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia- S09E04 “Mac and Dennis buy a timeshare”
A particularly funny story in what has started as a strong season, with some nice little references to past ‘Sunny schemes. Frank in his pants always signals a good episode.
American Horror Story: Coven -S03E01 “Bitchcraft”
This season of American Horror Story has sent the regular cast to New Orleans and given them a tale populated by witches. Miss Robichaux’s finishing school is like the witchy version of Professor Xavier’s academy, or as they put it, Hogwarts for witches. Aside from the obligatory use of “In a gadda da vida” (I would love to see that particular cliché put to bed) this looks like it might make up for the god-awful second season.