Show-o-Matic

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

Valencia's Diet Is Changing, And So Is Everything Else On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

A major cast departure, new friendships, and Valencia eating carbs. It's great for the characters, but is it good for the show? 2016.11.18S02.E05

Pitch And The Law Of Averages

A rain-delay kangaroo court brings up a lot of feelings. Is the show guilty of first-degree unrequited-love clichés? 2016.11.18S01.E08

Arrow Faces Some Competition

There's a new kid in town, and he's infringing on Oliver Queen's turf. 2016.11.17S05.E06

The Flash Examines The Shade Of It All

But sadly, not in the Latrice Royale way. 2016.11.16S03.E06

Teen Mom's Maci Has A Stripper In Her Lap, Instead Of A Baby

What if Teen Mom met Magic Mike? At last, we have an answer. 2016.11.14S06.E13

Henry Is All Grown Up And Turning Once Upon A Time Into An Annoying John Hughes Movie

This week had a lot of Afterschool Special-itis, honestly. 2016.11.14S06.E08

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Taps Into Some Feelings

Rebecca's haunted by the ghosts of boyfriends past, Paula and Heather are worried about her future, and a new client wants to keep everything fresh. 2016.11.11S02.E04

Ginny Has A Giant Problem On Pitch

And while she's bracing for the release of those hacked selfies on the team's San Fran road trip, the call-up of Lawson's replacement sends him into a flashback tailspin. 2016.11.11S01.E07

The Blacklist Still Wants To Know: Are You Liz's Father?

It's a simple question. Are you Liz's father? Are you Liz's father? Well, are you? Somebody has to be, right? 2016.11.10S04.E08

Beats, Rhymes And 25 To Life: The Travels Of Law & Order: SVU

Love and hip-hop don't go so well together when a label chief decides he can't with a rising star's girlfriend. 2016.11.10S18.E06

Arrow Takes A Break

Dolph Lundgren stops by to lighten the mood a little on a dark show. 2016.11.10S05.E06

On Teen Mom, Catelynn's Adoption Just Went From Open to Closed

Not pictured: Brandon and Teresa. Possibly forever. 2016.11.07S06.E12

Once Upon A Time Goes To The Dogs

Evil Queens, sleeping curses, and true love's kiss...you'd be forgiven for not being sure what season it is. 2016.11.07S06.E07

Rebecca Drops A Bombshell On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Rebecca hangs the moon on what she believes to be a sign from fate, but when she gives all the heart will it make Josh cut, print, and move on? Poor Rebecca; they just keep moving the line! 2016.11.04S02.E03

Let's Have A Drink With The Blacklist!

Just maybe steer clear of the Bloody Marys, unless you're a DNA match. 2016.11.04S04.E07

Ginny Goes Overboard With The 'Just Do It' Concept On Pitch

A lucrative endorsement deal leads to a social-media meltdown for our hero while Sarah D. Bunting wonders what the BFD is about a little Roomba beer pong. 2016.11.03S01.E06

Arrow Trades In Its Villains

But is it a good idea to let a great bad guy go just because you think the next one will be even better? 2016.11.03S05.E05

The Flash Wonders If Monsters Are Real

Monsters like...this very one, in fact! 2016.11.02S03.E05

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Dreams Her Dream

Will Greg's return mean everything gets back to normal, or get super-awkward? Wait, 'normal' is super-awkward. 2016.10.28S02.E02

Shaking Things Up On Legends Of Tomorrow

Someone new has powers, someone old doesn't, and someone else joins the team, at least for now. 2016.10.28S02.E03

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