The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of March 30, 2015

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed—or at least be able to fake it—with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.


The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber

The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber

Monday 10:00pm on Comedy Central

Why: Because people who are paid to be mean (and funny) get to metaphorically whale on Justin Bieber, a shit-eating grin with a body attached. True story, a young person once said to me of Biebs, "I don't buy into the hype, I just think he makes good music." For corrupting the youth of the world, Justin deserves every insult he gets.

Prepare to talk about: How many times Mr. B looks like he wants to cry but manages to hold it in; whose slams were the meanest (from clips, it sounds like it might be Hannibal Buress); how soon until Bieber announces his retirement from public life; how much you hate Usher for subjecting us to this Canadian hellhound.


Outlander: S1E9

Outlander (Midseason Premiere)

Saturday at 9:00pm on Starz

Why: Because, as SideReel's own Zaz put it in her 5 Reasons We Love Watching: Outlander post, there's kilt porn, eye sex, and actual sex! Also the opening sequence is hilarious (A flute! A deer! Lady Druids!) and, hey, it's attractive people with sexy accents heaving their bosoms.

Prepare to talk about: Whether Claire really misses her husband when she has Jamie to keep her company; how it seems pretty unlikely that one could look EXACTLY like one's ancestor; what's with that self-proclaimed witch; how many bosoms will heave in the second half of the season.



Mad Men: S7E8

Mad Men (Midseason Premiere)

Sunday at 10:00pm on AMC

Why: Because all things must begin to end, and considering this is Mad Men (the most depressing story this side of a Chekhov play), it will almost certainly end badly. Things people have lost on this show: a foot, an eye, hair, spouses, jobs, innocence. Sigh. Can't one of these people just have a good goddamn day for once?

Prepare to talk about: How Pete Campbell is the unsung hero of the show; whether Don's gonna die at the end of the season; whether Harry Crane should be fired (hint: yes); how Peggy is the best.



Leah E. Friedman is the editor of You can follow her musings on Twitter.


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