The Best Thing I Saw on TV This Week (10/19 – 10/26)

This week in television started off with a very emotional hour of Once Upon a Time, a fantastic Halloween episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and another strong episode of The Good Wife. Monday’s Castle basically gave all of us everything we never knew we always wanted: Nathan Fillion interacting with a room full of cute kids. On Wednesday, Black-ish addressed a controversial issue in a way that was both sensitive and genuinely funny, and Nashville introduced another “dad who didn’t know he was a dad” storyline. Finally, Thursday’s episode of Scandal was the most tense and dramatic of the season (and that’s saying something), and it was followed by another master class in acting from Viola Davis on How to Get Away with Murder.

It was impossible for me to pick just one thing I saw on TV as the best of the week, so I’m going to cheat and pick one night. Sunday nights are a TV lover’s dream this season, and this Sunday was an exceptionally great night. Once Upon a Time‘s much-hyped date between Hook and Emma exceeded even my high expectations with just how genuinely sweet and romantic it was (especially that “goodnight” scene outside the loft’s door). Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Halloween episode had me laughing from start to finish, and Holt’s description of how he pulled one over on Jake was another highlight reel moment for Andre Braugher and made me love that character more than ever before. And the showdown between Alicia and Peter on The Good Wife had me thinking Emmys already in the middle of October. There’s nothing better than ending a weekend with some excellent television shows, and Sunday TV is exactly what I need to put me in a good mood to start the workweek.

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

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5 thoughts on “The Best Thing I Saw on TV This Week (10/19 – 10/26)

  1. Never knew we all wanted?? actually Nathan Fillion in a room full of kids is not and never was at the top of my list!! Just a filler episode for me I’m afraid!

  2. I just nodded along to many of these moments. And for as strong as that Peter and Alicia scene was my favorite moment came on Monday. As much as I adored every moment in the classroom with Fillion the best moment of the week came an hour earlier on the CW’s Jane the Virgin. Heather’s great assessment of the show this week spoke to everything that I think makes the show worth watching. However that porch swing moment between mother and daughter was the best piece of television I saw this week. It was sincere, confused and culturally on point. The very real helplessness portrayed by a mother who can’t make her daughter’s pain subside and in the moment takes stock in her own choices that could have placed her child in this pain. Much has justifiably been said of Gina Rodriguez’ performance. But it is the character of Xiomara to whom I have quickly grown attached. Her character has been a complete surprise in both the plot and the actor portraying her. This isn’t simply a Patina’s teenage mom who never grew up. This is a woman who holds onto her youth in order to hold onto her dreams. Her choices aren’t always what one would have assumed and the show proved again inthis scene that what we observe isn’t always the entire story. That speaks to the very essence of stereotypes and why this moment was the best thing I saw.

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