Thursday Night TV Is STILL Back!

You know, I can sill remember those first tentative steps after double-hip surgery, just after my 48th birthday. You spend years thinking that this is just the way the the world needs to be: all pain, all suffering, all the time. And then, suddenly, with a few deft cuts of the doctor’s blade, life is returned to light and color. I had never imagined it could be like this! If you’re having trouble following this metaphor, what I’m saying is that all summer was like having two bum hips that ached when a storm was approaching and ground together in their sockets when you climbed the stairs. But that so far this fall’s Thursday line up of sitcoms and comedy is like double hip surgery, bringing relief and joy into the world anew.

On the Thursday night installment of Saturday Night Live, which, incidentally, I understand that it’s hard to figure out what to call it and how to brand it, since it’s Thursday, and the show is called Saturday Night Live, but surely they don’t have to actually start the show off by shouting “LIVE FROM NEW YORK IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT,” that is just a step of cognitive dissonance too far, but anyway, Jason Suedekis introduced his Glenn Beck character.

Let us hope that he brings that one back for more than 10 seconds during the regular season. (Fingers crossed? Barely. He will obviously bring this one back for more than 10 seconds during the regular season.)

Community was great. The second episode wasn’t quite the POWERHOUSE of the pilot, but it was still TBS Very Funny. Chevy Chase is so good. It’s weird that no one knows who he is and that he’s never been a well-respected comedian for decades.

And Parks and Recreation is seriously so much better this season. In last week’s episode, when Leslie went to the zoo and someone had spray-painted “It’s Flipper and Eve, not Flipper and Steve” on the penguin cage, I LIRLed.

Not to mention the Videogum “Louis C.K. Promise.”

On It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the gang went on a road trip. In the historic sweep of this show, this was a middling episode. Comfortably situated between much better and much worse. But it had plenty of L’s, and, you know, even middling hip replacements are better than NO HIPS AT ALL. (I should probably just keep using this metaphor forever, right? Right.)

And then there was The Office. Man, that show is just KILLING it. They should probably end the show after this season so that they can go out on a high-note. My favorite part was the “hanging on the flippity-flop” joke. Incredible. Hanging on the flippity-flop jokes are second only to Bruce Villanch jokes. FACT.