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Thursday Night TV Open Thread

COMMUNITY: A-. This is my favorite show on TV. Meta, self-aware, and great lines. I wished they hadn’t done that live-camera documentary thing, though. Explainabrag: It’s because it’s become a cliché on television, and I am really good at spotting those sorts of things.
THE OFFICE: D. Ninjas, was this worst episode of The Office ever? Yes. Yes it was. Pretending to be in a bad movie is not charming. It’s just bad. But yes, Bug’s Life is much better than Antz.
PARKS AND RECREATION: B. Okay episode. Seems like they’re building to the Harvest Festival. Whozit and Whatshername are back together, eh? I liked the bits with Ben Wyatt the Human Disaster and the fart DJs. The fart DJs especially.
30 ROCK: A. The clear winner of the night, agreed? And even without Tracy Morgan! Plus noting how fun it is to mock Eat Pray Love? One “good job spanking” for Liz Lemon and co.
ARCHER: B. Airboat! Alligators! Awesomeness! Aisha! America! But still a B episode.

BONES: B+. Mr. and Mrs. Skeleton are concerned about Little Femur being teased in class by schoolyard bullies. Meanwhile, Mandible fights with her boyfriend Fibula. C. Everett Koop co-stars in this very special episode that dares to ask, “How is the head bone connected to the heart bone?”
AMERICAN IDOL: C. The adventures of Xzibit and Randy Jackson continue, as they search the deserts of Arizona for the Yodawg Totem of Power. Dramatic climax involves a railroad crossing, a pimped-out ride, and irradiated scorpions.
OUTSOURCED: F. Painfully unfunny glimpse into the lives of “Rogers and Clarke,” portrayed respectively by Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell, two untalented lounge singers who travel to Egypt and end up inciting riots in Freedom Square and toppling a government.
TWO AND A HALF MEN: D. The ill-advised series follow-up to The Human Centipede ponders what happens when one part of the trio (Norm MacDonald) loses everything below the neck yet not his wise-cracking sense of humor.
BIG BANG THEORY: B-. Vanna White stars as Roman Catholic priest and astronomer Georges Lemaître in a gender-bending romp. God, glamour, galaxies, and gams galore!
GREY’S ANATOMY: A-. Time-travelling English physician Henry Gray and his trusty Shiba Inu battle dinosaurs and a plot by a 21st century Brooklyn blogger to kill Hitler, thus altering the timeline for the worse. Birdie and Topher Grace star.
WIPEOUT: A-. Reality show puts real-life privileged American teens in the sweatshops of Burma and says, “You want it? You build it!” Then they are forced to kill each other in a barbaric gladiator free-for-all. Based on the Twitter account.
ANTIQUE ROADSHOW: C-. Summer Glau stars in this now-cancelled series about a psychic detective and her ex-boyfriend (Seth MacFarlane), who has been magically transformed into a priceless 18th-Century Qianlong Jade plate. Together they fight crime in the mean, meth-ridden streets of Springfield, MO.
PERFECT COUPLES: C-. A fat funny man (Gabriel Iglesias) is married to a beautiful but shrewish wife (Jessica Alba). Next door neighbors (Kim Richards and Brad Garrett) barge in at the least opportune moments. Meanwhile, the in-laws (Tom Delay and Dyan Cannon) live right across the street! Mix-ups involving misunderstood overhead conversations account for 90 percent of the “humor.”
LOS HEREDEROS DEL MONTED: ¡A! ¿Estás perdido? Porque el cielo es un largo camino desde aquí. Acabo de esta realidad, pero usted busca mucho al igual que mi próxima novia. Soy el Señor Derecho. Alguien ha dicho que estaba buscando para mí. Con Erik Estrada.
$#*! MY DAD SAYS: B-. Documentary about retired type-setters who live in an Arizona retirement home. In this episode, a proponent of Comic Sans is forcibly removed from the community.
VAMPIRE DIARIES: B-.The harrowing tale of the bloodthirsty journals continues. Guest-starring Betty White as the voice of “Queen Victoria the Vampyre’s Diary.”
CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION: A-. 17 year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) is just able to keep her family together in a dirt poor rural area, despite a catatonic mother and an absent meth-making father, Jessup. After her father’s arrest, the local sheriff tells Ree that Jessup put up their house as collateral for his bail; unless he shows up for trial in a week’s time, they will lose it all. Ree pushes on, putting her own life in danger for the sake of her family, until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed.