Show-o-Matic

Breaking down each episode of our favorite formulaic shows by how closely it hews to said formula.

In Which A Hail Of Preachy Anvils Flattens Any Desire To Watch Law & Order: SVU

A quintessentially Season 18 double episode -- well intended and acted, but self-righteous and clumsy -- tries to tell us what to think about immigration policy. 2017.05.25S18.E21

Viva Las Vegas, And Adios Matt And Amber's Teen Mom OG Wedding

What happens in Vegas gets broadcast to the world -- and what happens in Vegas is Matt being a monster. 2017.05.22S06.E22

Arrow Is One Episode Away From Retirement

Team Arrow is all set for some offseason fun, but it turns out Prometheus isn't done with them yet. 2017.05.18S05.E22

Preaching To The Converted On Law & Order: SVU

Curative intercourse and conversion therapy get the PSA treatment. 2017.05.18S18.E19

Cate And Ty Play Chicken With Butch's Addiction (And With Some Actual Chickens) On Teen Mom OG

Meanwhile, Amber's getting sick of being in a relationship with a dirty dog. 2017.05.15S06.E21

Law & Order: SVU Spills The Special Tea

A TED-talk shaman is accused of rape by hypnosis; did the episode make Sarah D. Bunting verrrrry sleeeeepy? 2017.05.11S18.E18

Arrow Starts To Wrap Things Up

As the fifth season approaches its finale, the show picks up some threads left over from its premise. 2017.05.11S05.E21

Will Catfish Help Colleen And Tony Ford The Distance Between Spokane And Baton Rouge?

Colleen has doubts about Tony's identity...but Tony also has doubts about Colleen's......and since she admits to Max and Nev that she pretty much started out lying to them, is there anyone in this story who's trustworthy? 2017.05.10S06.E11

Maci Thinks She's Sitting Pretty On Teen Mom

But then Ryan and Mackenzie's engagement adds yet another co-parent to the equation. 2017.05.08S06.E20

Amber Has A Very Pouty Christmas On Teen Mom

Gary is Santa, and Matt's the Grinch. 2017.05.07S06.E19

Law & Order: SVU Declares (Info)War On Good Writing, Sympathetic Characterization

The show's take on fake news involves a very real, very unwelcome return to the Noah-in-peril well. 2017.05.04S18.E17

Arrow Gets Locked In A Small Room

Oliver and Felicity can't escape each other, so they're forced to address their relationship. And also escape the deadly methane. 2017.05.04S05.E20

Will Catfish Answer Dylan And Ally's Prayers By Bringing Them Together?

Max and Nev meet Dylan midway through the sleeve of Christian tattoos he's been getting. Will they help prove Ally really is his gift from God? 2017.05.03S06.E10

Tyler Makes Nova's Birthday Party All About The Adults On Teen Mom

From Butch to Kim to Catelynn's empty womb, there's a whole lot of hokey-pokey going on. 2017.05.01S06.E18

Is Law & Order: SVU's Take On The Roger Ailes Allegations Fair And Balanced?

HA HA HA HA HAAAAAA try 'tiresome and preachy,' but there's some good work from the guest stars. 2017.04.27S18.E16

Arrow Deals With Split Loyalties

Felicity's running with a new crew, and they're either hackers or Jabbawockeez. 2017.04.27S05.E19

When Ari And Lanum Both Point Suspicious Fingers At Each Other, Will Catfish Prove Which Of Them Is Legit?

Catfish's producers get emails about opposite sides of the same relationship. Are Max and Nev equipped to unravel this story? 2017.04.26S06.E09

Farrah Waves Off Simon, Sophia's Tantrum, And Her Natural Hair Color On Teen Mom

While the moms take time to be moms, Ryan's girlfriend is busy mothering him. 2017.04.24S06.E17

Zelena Does A Good Deed On Once Upon A Time

But will watching be a punishment? 2017.04.24S06.E18