Battlestar Galactica (Portlandia)
Doug and Claire getting sucked into watching BSG, and getting so obsessed with their marathon that they quit their jobs and stop paying the bills, was both funny and alarmingly accurate. The bonus surprise guests that followed were maybe even better.
1. The Obama Show
So that’s how you make Fred Armisen’s previously listless Obama impression funny! Have him play President Obama-as-Bill Cosby. From the note-perfect recreation of The Cosby Show's opening credits sequence (we particularly loved Joe Jamal-Biden's killer dance moves) to Obama/Cosby's love of hoagies to the performance of Ray Charles's “Night & Day” with Hilary Clinton standing in for Rudy Huxtable on the “Baby!” refrain, we dug every minute of The Obama Show and can’t wait for the next episode.
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The Characters Can Be Wacky and Archetypal without Being Racist
Han and (more so) Oleg are pretty horrifying characters, and they’re the main reason why, when I try to convince people that 2 Broke Girls isn’t that bad, people look at me like I’m crazy. Something I really love about Portlandia is that the writers don’t seem to have any problems writing for a person regardless of their age, gender, size, shape or color. If there is a person of Asian descent, they will not automatically be dorky virgins who speak in broken English. If a woman is attractive, it doesn’t immediately mean she’ll be a bitchy or dumb. Some actors on the show are actually fat, and there’s nothing particularly “quirky” about them. See where I’m going with this? And this isn’t to target just 2 Broke Girls — Portlandia is one of the only series on TV with actual diversity without that very diversity being a punch line in and of itself.