Show-o-Matic

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

The Legends Of Tomorrow Meet The Justice Society Of America

Fortunately, the first impression the Legends make isn't their last. 2016.10.20S02.E02

The Flash Pits Red Against Magenta

Magenta's too strong to fight, so Barry tries talking to her. We should run for cover, right? 2016.10.18S03.E03

Catelynn Has All the E-Mo-Tions on Teen Mom

There's a lot of actual parenting in this episode, except that Farrah's baby is a frozen yogurt shop. 2016.10.17S06.E10

The Blacklist Nose What's Up!

What does an eco-terrorist have to do with getting Liz's baby back? Almost nothing! 2016.10.14S04.E04

Stein Meets Einstein In Legends Of Tomorrow's Season 2 Premiere

They say never meet your heroes, but this one helps the team stop an A-bomb. BUT AT WHAT COST? (Unclear, really.) 2016.10.13S02.E01

Law & Order: SVU Raises The Bar On The Suzy Favor Hamilton Story

An Olympic pole-vaulter's adrenaline cravings make her a (ripped-from-the-headlines) target. Related: Kim Rollins got parole. HMMM. 2016.10.13S18.E04

It's Damage-Control Time On The Flash

Barry's got a lot of people mad at him. Luckily he's still adorbs. 2016.10.12S03.E02

The Dream Of The '90s Is Alive On Halt And Catch Fire

Halt And Catch Fire ends its third season -- but, inexplicably, not its series run -- with the true centerpiece of the show left on the outside looking in. 2016.10.11S03.E10

Farrah's New Glasses Make Her Perspective Even Weirder on Teen Mom

This Father's Day, the two main storylines are Farrah's frozen yogurt, and Larry and Ryan's frozen relationship. 2016.10.10S06.E09

No One Puts A Baby In The Blacklist!

Tom and Liz's baby is still missing...and that's a good thing (for the show). 2016.10.06S04.E03

The Man In The Mirror Is A Sleazy Pickup Artist On Law & Order: SVU

And the episode itself shows us two faces, with zippy dialogue and strong acting culminating in a cheap shocker. 2016.10.06S18.E03

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