Television watched in second half of 2019

The Tick season 2? 1B? (2018)

The Tick has amnesia in this series, but sometimes has vague memories of past adventures, with offhand references to Lady Justice and “spoon” (also a random “science ain’t an exact science” quote from 12 Monkeys). Playing larger roles in this season: Superian (Brendan Hines of MacGyver Remake), The Terror (Jackie Earle Haley), and Dangerboat (voice of Alan Tudyk). I basically love the look of this show, and the actors are good, and I laugh every time they say “big bismuth” (so about 1000 times), and apparently ten more episodes came out back in April.

Veep season 5 (2016)

Whew, this didn’t lose any steam after Armando Iannucci left. Selena torments her VP-elect Hugh Laurie during her doomed campaign to remain president after an electoral college tie. Jonah runs for a house seat against his former 2nd grade teacher, and for a while Jonah becomes assistant to his ex-assistant Richard (Sam Richardson of Detroiters)… Catherine makes a War Room-style documentary… Selena’s secret service agent (Clea DuVall of Carnivàle) quits because she and Catherine are in love… Selena is sleeping with John Slattery… Dan is sleeping with Amy’s sister Mary Garrison (Begin Again)… Mike and his wife want kids, interview Portia from Search Party as a surrogate. Selena and Hugh Laurie and the lot of them are out in the final episode, and Laura Montez frees Tibet on her first day as president, which having just been to the Carter Center, seems like a reference to the Carter/Reagan Iran hostage crisis.

Portlandia season 2 (2012)

Still funny… now with Jeff Goldblum, Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins, Kumail Nanjiani, Edward James Olmos, Jack McBrayer, Penny Marshall, Eddie Vedder, St. Vincent, Joanna Newsom.

Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories season 1 (2014)

I guess I’m 15-ish years late, but… these guys are good. Absurd comedy Twilight Zone-ish anthology series. Eric’s new neighbor is extremely intimidating. Bob Odenkirk plays a toe-removal doctor pursued by detective M. Emmet Walsh. T&E and Zach Galifianakis live and work in a bathroom. Eric is obsessed by an androgynous high-school musician. Jason Schwartzman does a product placement gig while unconscious. “I’m a legitimate cool guy indie actor – I don’t do commercials.” John C. Reilly gets all his stuff taken away by a 1-800 scam. Eric is cured of his diaper addiction but has to become a sauce boy for the mob – that one ends with a Bonnie Prince Billy song! Finally, Zach Gilford wants to date his coworker but That 70’s Dad is a priest from his hometown who has conspired to have Zach’s testicles removed.