(Author’s Note: Because I was attending the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the Power Rankings for last week’s episodes are a day late. Apologies. )
10. Community: “Community” is on a tad of a slide. It still hits the sweet spots, but it’s not generating a lot of laughter. This week, with the return of Modern Warfare, I expect it to compete next week with the “Justified” season finale for the top spot.
9. Happy Endings: The show is growing on me more each week, and it was fun to see Damon Wayans, Sr. drag out the 90s’ cliches in an episode with his son. But, it’s Casey Wilson who is currently my favorite character. This show feels like a younger generation “Cougar Town,” deftly mixing alcohol and comedy.
8. Breaking In: The ratings are solid on this show (last week, among the 18-49 demo, it was 16th, ahead of “How I Met Your Mother” and “Parks and Recreation”) but it still feels like no one is really paying attention, and you should be: Cash is like “Community’s” Abed crossed with 7UP Guy. And he does a mean Wookie.
7. Cougar Town: I don’t know who stole the show the most this week, Bobby “Wrongballs” Cobb or one of the signers of the Constitution, Richard Stands. How many people started following @TheLarmy after this week’s episode? “Crap, just threw out my shoulder busting a “whut whut.”
6. The Office: It wasn’t an outstanding episode given the magnitude of it, but I appreciated the writers’ respect for Steve Carell’s low-key send-off wishes. Plus, the scene between Michael Scott and Jim Halpert near the end was really well done.
5. The Killing: This week’s episode was a marked improvement over last week’s. as it focused in a possible conspiracy, a potential cover-up, a twist in that the father once had mafia ties, and that suspect’s relationship with the political campaign. Everything was brought into focus again, and there’s the real possibility that, in the next episode, there could be another murder, this one much easier to solve.
4. Game of Thrones: See TK’s recap.
1. Parks and Recreation: I just couldn’t pick a top show among these top three this week. “Parks” was another near-perfect episode. The decision to marry Andy and April so quickly has worked — their relationship is even more cute as a married couple. And the painting this week gave nearly every character (well, except Ann, as usual) the opportunity to shine. As comedies go, nothing on television approaches “Parks and Recreation” right now.
1. Doctor Who: Brilliant second-part to the season opener, even if it felt like too many of the tricks of the plot settled themselves a little too easily by the end. But it has set up a clear arc for the mythology episodes this season. See C. Rob’s recap.
1. Justified: It looked like Dickie was a goner, leaving little to settle in this week’s final episode of “Justified.” But that twist in the end, plus the return of the evil version of Mags Bennett has set up what expects to be one hell of a finale. I just hope there’s time enough for Raylan and Art to settle their differences.