Best character: Pass
“Entourage with football players” is a fantastic elevator pitch for a recently fired former mid-level Spike TV executive trying to get a foothold at a pay cable station. And as much as I enjoy Dwayne Johnson’s hairless polish and Denzel Washington’s son occasionally sounding just like Denzel Washington when I close my eyes, this show is, um, really quite not great.
I watched five episodes, and after each one, I got weirdly introspective about why I was wasting my life watching Weymouth native Rob Corddry cannonball into hot tubs. The “issues” that they “tackle” (drug use, financial problems, having sex with groupies in club bathrooms and then punching people who are rude to you while someone videos it) seem like flimsy straw men that just need to be checked off before they can get back to celebrating the glamour of the football life. I took a recent spin through the latest season as well. It's not any better.
Best character: One of those cats
The bar for animated shows is really high. BoJack Horseman and Archer and Bob's Burgers are all ridiculously entertaining, and manage to use their animation to push things forward in a way that takes old tropes and freshly paints them; you know, like that old one about the bunch of kids stacked up on top of each other in a coat dating a cat entertainment agent. Animals is none of those. The entire premise of this show seems to be: BUT WAIT, INSTEAD OF HUMANS, THEY'RE CATS! There are funny elements, and some of the set pieces hit, but you have no reason to attach yourself to any of the random characters. In BoJack, you actually feel his pain and depression coming through. In Archer, you can see how he developed into an entirely insecure, lacrosse-loving secret agent. In Animals, you just kind of wish you were watching something else.
55. K Street
Best character: Constitutional democracy. Or Howard Dean.
This was an “improvised” show on HBO in 2003 featuring James Carville and Mary Matalin as fictional/real or maybe real/fictional political consultants. Per Jay Z’s logic, it’s not real (read: available) to HBO GO, therefore it doesn’t really exist. But I watched some of it again on YouTube. One of the clips featured Rick Santorum. Don’t watch that clip.