Show-o-Matic

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

On The Flash, Barry's Life Flashpoints Before His Eyes

And an old enemy is there to gloat about it. 2016.10.04S03.E01

Maci Celebrates Mother's Day By Having Yet Another Baby On Teen Mom

Everyone celebrates in her own way: Catelynn with horses, Amber on a boat, and Farrah by partying with Pikachu. 2016.10.03S06.E08

The Blacklist Goes Under The Knife

But you probably won't be happy with what they're surgically removing. 2016.09.29S04.E02

Biden Time On Law & Order: SVU

The Vice President declares victory over the rape-kit backlog, but one of the unjustly accused that testing freed falls under suspicion again. 2016.09.28S18.E02

Teen Mom's Catelynn And Tyler Go On A Hike -- But, Unfortunately, She Doesn't Tell Him To Take One

In a couples-centric episode, Amber and Matt buy a house, Maci and Taylor wait for their baby to come, and Farrah and Simon continue being toxic. 2016.09.26S06.E07

The Blacklist Is Back-List!

And that's good news for almost everyone…um…not so fast, Liz. 2016.09.23S04.E01

Will Catfish Help Andrew And Zac Find Out If They're A Good Crossfit?

Tinder matched Andrew with a foxy Crossfit trainer. Are they star-Crossfit...ted? 2016.09.21S05.E20

Law & Order: SVU Weighs The Rights Of The Many

A ripped-from-the-headlines shooting sees Liv taking the needs of the few personally. 2016.09.21S18.E01

Teen Mom's Amber Takes A Break From Lying On The Couch To Lie On A Bed Instead

Meanwhile, Catelynn is replaced by photographs, and Tyler sees an opportunity for his big break. 2016.09.19S06.E06

Will Catfish Help True Love Bloom Between Luis And Sydney, Or Is She Running A Covert Op On Him?

Luis wants to know the truth about his trouble-plagued online girlfriend Sydney. But is she for real, or just hiding behind an alias? 2016.09.14S05.E19

Who's The Biggest Baby On Halt And Catch Fire?

Cameron's bummed about going home again, Donna's bummed about butting heads with Cameron, Joe's bummed about a possible health scare, and Gordon is...his usual self. Quite a collection of sadsacks we've got on this show. 2016.09.13S03.E05

Farrah Wears A Cocktail Dress On A Boat And That's Maybe Her Fifth Worst Decision On Teen Mom This Week

Meanwhile, Amber celebrates her birthday, Maci buys another house, and Catelynn goes away. 2016.09.12S06.E05

Will Catfish Help Catherine And Graham Bring Her Country Boy Fantasy To Life?

Catherine is ready to uproot her life for an online boyfriend she's never met. Is this wise? 2016.09.07S05.E18

Is Halt And Catch Fire's Boz Well?

The normally awesome John Bosworth mopes his way through this episode. Then again, everyone's a bit unhappy except Gordon, and isn't it weird to read that sentence? 2016.09.06S03.E04

Teen Mom's Catelynn Regrets Her Piglet But Not Her Tyler

It's Easter, which means drama-filled egg hunts, grandparents in costume, and poorly thought out pet adoptions. 2016.09.05S06.E04

Will Catfish Help Sort Out The Convoluted Story Of Andrea, Alex...And Andrea?

A YouTube star seeks help tracking down the person or people who've been impersonating her and her family online, in the process crossing paths with a singer-songwriter. Have there ever been two people less likely to want to tell their stories on MTV?! 2016.08.31S05.E17

Idealism Battles Capitalism For The Soul Of Joe's Antivirus Software On Halt And Catch Fire

Ryan discovers that Joe may not be a great guy, while Diane discovers that Boz definitely is. 2016.08.31S03.E03

Teen Mom's Farrah Can't Decide If She's More Afraid Of Her Mom Or A Colonoscopy

Meanwhile: Amber gets a new ring, Maci gets a pretending-to-be-new bump, and Tyler throws the same old hissyfit. 2016.08.28S06.E03

Will Catfish Help Candic And Titus Sort Out Their Relationship Without Shutting Out Her Husband?

Candic found friendship through an online retail site. Is she actually shopping for a new man? 2016.08.24S05.E16

No Means No On Halt And Catch Fire

Donna and Cameron can't get a VC to say yes to their latest plans. Ryan can't get Joe to hire him. And Gordon just can't catch a break. 2016.08.23S03.E02