The Best Thing I Saw on TV This Week (1/5 – 1/12)

After taking a couple of weeks off as I waited for holiday hiatuses to end, it’s time once again to take a look at the best of the past week in the television world. Sunday gave us a hilarious and entertaining look at the last five years of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Castle returned on Monday with one of its most emotional hours ever. Tuesday’s New Girl presented a charming look at the careers we choose, and The Mindy Project continued to enable my Danny Castellano obsession. Finally, Thursday’s 100th episode of Parks and Recreation served as a reminder of everything that makes that show so special—it encourages us to dream big and love big.

There were a plethora of excellent moments on TV this week—from Danny’s pop culture inspirations for Mindy’s workouts to Leslie and Ben’s trip to Paris. But my favorite moment of the week came from Monday’s episode of Castle. The episode’s final scene, with Ryan and Esposito reuniting with their loved ones, including Ryan’s new daughter Sarah Grace, was filled with a warmth that went straight to my heart. There was something incredibly moving and beautiful about the image of Lanie and Esposito, Ryan and Jenny (and Sarah Grace), and Castle and Beckett so happy together. It reinforced the idea that Castle is a show about the family we create and the people we choose to love far more than it’s a show about mysteries and murders.

What was the best thing you saw on TV this week?

6 thoughts on “The Best Thing I Saw on TV This Week (1/5 – 1/12)

  1. I am always amazed how the writers can keep Castle moving forward week after week in a subtle, honest and usually quite realistic storyline. The actors are of course wonderful and make us really care about the characters as if we knew them. This episode was really emotional and well done. Once again cudos all round.

  2. “Castle is a show about the family we create and the people we choose to love far more than it’s a show about mysteries and murders.” – perfect. drop mike.

    Best thing on TV – “You smell great”. Levity in the array of emotions is why Monday nights at 10PM are appointment television.

    • Can you believe I didn’t hear “You smell great” until my next-day re-watch? That’s one of the things I love most about Castle—there’s always some new little thing you miss the first time around that makes a re-watch even better.

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