Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

TV season recap by your own EW TV Staff

Posted on

TV season recap by your own EW TV Staff

Best ”Dana Carvey Show” sketch: ”Germans Who Say Nice Things.” A pair of Aryans who bark hilarious banalities (”It was a pleasure babysitting Kevin!”) in Colonel Klink accents.
Worst ”Dana Carvey Show” sketch: ”The Stupid Practical Jokers.” A pair of idiots pull stunts like paying for gas — then driving off without pumping it! So inane it reportedly took a network president (ABC’s Ted Harbert) to think it up.

Best supervillain: The Who’s Roger Daltrey as an intergalactic slimeball on ABC’s Lois & Clark. ”See me, hear me, touch me, fear me…”
Runner-up: Kathy Bates as foul-mouthed ex-Tonight Show exec producer Helen Kushnick, in HBO’s The Late Shift. And we thought she was scary in Misery.

Best Phil Hartman role: As blowhard newsman Bill McNeal on NBC’s superb sitcom NewsRadio.
Worst Phil Hartman role: As blowhard newsman Hugh MacAttack in those stupid McDonald’s commercials.

Most shameless stunt: CBS’ Taylor-Made Monday, with Liz popping up on The Nanny, Can’t Hurry Love, Murphy Brown, and High Society. At least none of them were wedding episodes.

Best bloodsucker (literal): Mark Frankel as vampire godfather Julian Luna on Fox’s Kindred: The Embraced.
Best bloodsucker (figurative): Adrian Pasdar as white-collar parasite Jim Profit on Fox’s Profit.

Biggest marketing mistake: ABC’s Aliens in the Family was yanked before cute baby Bobut could become a toy.

Ratings stunts we’re sick of: Law & Order‘s Kincaid (Jill Hennessy) crashed her car and Homicide‘s Pembleton (Andre Braugher) slipped into a coma on two heavily hyped NBC finales; Roseanne‘s Dan (John Goodman) suffered a heart attack and Home Improvement‘s Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) faced cancer on Very Special ABC episodes.

Most overhyped event: NBC’s The Beast. We liked it better under its original titles — Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3-D
Most underhyped event: David Duchovny’s uncredited guest role as a pool shark on Fox’s Space: Above and Beyond. Why the network didn’t promote his appearance on this little-seen show is an unexplained phenomenon worthy of The X-Files.

Show most in danger of becoming the ”Love Boat” of the ’90s: NBC’s Friends, with its motley crew of guest paramours like Tom Selleck, Brooke Shields, and Charlie Sheen.

Best Duet: Ice-T and Tupac Shakur’s ”You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” on Fox’s Saturday Night Special. Luckily, SNS exec producer Roseanne didn’t join in.
Worst Duet: Kathie Lee Gifford and Della Reese’s ”Mockingbird” on CBS’ Touched by an Angel. Now, Della Reese and Regis — that we’d like to hear.

Best performance by an actor with bad hair: Charles Nelson Reilly as a frizzed-out writer on Fox’s The X-Files. Appropriately, his hair looked like it came from another planet.
Worst performance by an actress with bad hair: Loni Anderson as a beauty contestant’s overly coiffed mom on Fox’s Melrose Place. She couldn’t have looked less natural if she were wearing one of Burt’s old rugs.

Best cop finale: After the birth of one son and the death of another, Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) fell off the wagon (in riveting style) — then climbed back on board — for ABC’s NYPD Blue. Someone give that man another Emmy.
Biggest cop-out finale: Paul (Paul Reiser) and Jamie (Helen Hunt) nearly split up — until she conveniently got pregnant — on NBC’s Mad About You.

Biggest leap: Garth Brooks as Fiddler on the Roof‘s Tevye on ABC’s Muppets Tonight. Who knew he had chutzpah?

Season-finale plotline we can live without seeing again: The wedding that wasn’t: Paige (Joely Fisher) cheated on her fiance with Spence (Jeremy Piven) on ABC’s Ellen; George (Jason Alexander) wished for his fiancee’s death — and got it — on NBC’s gruesome Seinfeld send-off; Caroline (Lea Thompson) called it off with her fiance and chased Richard (Malcolm Gets) on NBC’s drippy Caroline in the City wrap-up.

Best star-sung theme song: Drew Carey’s sunny ”Moon Over Parma” on ABC’s The Drew Carey Show.
Worst star-sung theme song: Chuck Norris’ flat-as-a-panhandle ”Eyes of a Ranger” on CBS’ Walker, Texas Ranger.

Best episode directed by a TV doc: Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier (NBC), in which Daphne (Jane Leeves) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) finally tango.
Worst episode directed by a TV doc: Anthony Edwards’ self-indulgent ER (NBC). Good thing directors can’t be sued for malpractice.

Cruelest trick: NBC briefly replaced The Single Guy with the even more irksome Boston Common — then renewed them both for next fall.

Comments