Show-o-Matic

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

The Blacklist Gets Hacked

With Liz mostly doing nothing (surprise!), it's Aram's time to shine! 2017.02.17S04.E14

The Law & Order: SVU Squad Tries To Put The Cycle Of Abuse On Ice

A hockey-team hazing goes horribly awry, but St. Liv's sanctimony really needs to go puck itself. 2017.02.16S18.E11

Arrow Takes On The Second Amendment

It's a Very Special Episode as everyone debates the pros and cons of gun control for an hour. Really. 2017.02.16S05.E13

The 100 Goes Bunker Hunting

Clarke and Co. search for a spacious refuge from the apocalypse. 2017.02.15S04.E03

Leah Gets Potentially Badses Newses About Her Girlses On Teen Mom 2

Chelsea, normally the grownup, lets loose at her bachelorette weekend, while Nathan, Jenelle, Kail, Jo, and Leah all mostly manage to be adults. 2017.02.13S07.E20

Trying Not To Catch A Wave On Girls

Sent to ride the surf, Hannah instead ends up riding a surfer. 2017.02.12S06.E01

The Blacklist Sees Enemies All Around

Mysterious people keep coming after Red's business, but at least we stopped talking about Liz's dad. 2017.02.10S04.E13

Dinner For Five Is Always Making Gone With The Wind

In which Faizon Love does not exactly totally answer the question of whether he had to 'actually' put his head in a rhino's patoot. 2017.02.09S01.E07

Arrow Brings Back Bratva Drama

Will ghosts from Oliver's past come back to haunt him when he returns to Russia? Yes. Obviously. 2017.02.09S05.E12

The 100 Must Choose Between The Few And The Many

The show gets back to its thematic roots as the children consider repeating the sins of their parents. 2017.02.08S04.E02

Law & Order: SVU's 400th Episode Is A Mother

The show celebrates a milestone with a MarHar-directed take on the predator-shrink trope. 2017.02.08S18.E10

Chelsea Drives Away From A Parenting Storm On Teen Mom 2

This week and every week: lots of cute kids, lots of hurt feelings, lots of doubt that MTV started a therapy fund. 2017.02.06S07.E19

Time To Cash Out On 24: Legacy?

Eric takes a big risk to get his hands on some very valuable evidence. 2017.02.06S01.E02

Once Again, It's [Real] Time For 24: Meet 24: Legacy!

But has the reboot accomplished a smooth transfer of Bauer? 2017.02.06S01.E01

The Blacklist Doesn't Believe In Happy Endings

But it does believe in true love, provided that love includes murder and incurable disease. 2017.02.03S04.E12

Dinner For Five On The Pitfalls Of Being Lord Of The (Onion) Rings

Kevin James returns, and the show begins to find its footing. 2017.02.02S01.E06

Arrow Looks For Its Missing Piece

As Oliver takes a break from the plot to go recruiting, does the show stay true to its roots? 2017.02.01S05.E11

The 100 Makes Its Case For Its Continued Existence

And does a pretty decent job! Now if only everyone can avoid all dying from radiation poisoning in six months.... 2017.02.01S04.E01

Can The Flash Stop Himself From Being The Hero?

Cisco meets his match, possibly in more ways than one. 2017.02.01S03.E11