The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of November 6, 2017

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.

 

Grey's Anatomy: S14E7

Grey's Anatomy
(300th episode)

Thursday at 8 pm on ABC

Why: This week's Grey's is not just any old episode of the series. It is the show's 300th episode, which puts Grey's in a pretty elite group of primetime scripted series that have made it to that milestone, including NCIS, Law and Order (and SVU), ER, The Simpsons, and CSI, to name a few of the more contemporary shows. Don't worry, this isn't another 2 hour episode where Meredith dies and comes back to life, although there are some stunts worthy of this special event, including new patients that so closely remind the team of George and Christina that they will "ignite memories of ghosts from their past." This episode is meant to be a gift for the fans, and will even include Izzie Stevens in spirit, which as any fan of the show would know did not part on the best of terms with the series or its creator, Shonda Rhimes. The episode as a whole will certainly be an emotional rollercoaster (and, apropos, features an actual rollercoaster, which is the source of the accident that brings in the look-a-like patients), intended as a love letter to the show's most loyal fans.

Prepare to talk about: Which old songs they play; how much we miss Christina; how if we started watching this show when it premiered, we are officially old.

 

Saturday Night Live: S43E5

Saturday Night Live

Saturday at 11:30 pm on NBC

Why: This weekend's host is one of summer's breakout stars, Tiffany Haddish, from Girls Trip (although she has been acting for some time and some might already recognize her from her work on NBC's The Carmichael Show, among other series). While Haddish *still* might not yet be a household name, hosting Saturday Night Live is definitely a major step! Haddish - who we learned from Girls Trip is excellent at slapstick comedy - should be game for whatever SNL throws her way; this should certainly be one of the season's stronger episodes. Additionally, the musical guest this week is none other than Taylor Swift, who may not be able to come to the phone right now, but can definitely come perform on Saturday Night Live after dropping her new album "Reputation" one day prior! She'll almost certainly sing the polarizing "Look What You Made Me Do", but all eyes are watching (and ears are listening) for which other new songs she'll perform, as well as whether she also appears in a skit or perhaps a digital short.

Prepare to talk about: How we still desperately need a new breakout cast member this season; how we want to be best friends with Tiffany Haddish; how we still can't get over how terrible "Look What You Made Me Do" is.

 

No Activity: S1E1

No Activity
(Series Premiere)

Sunday at 10 pm on Showtime

Why: CBS All Access has not yet been promoting No Activity nearly as aggressively as it promoted the launch of Star Trek: Discovery earlier this Fall, but this is also an important launch for the network (they can't survive on just Discovery). The series is the first original comedy for All Access, and is produced by big names Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Funny or Die. It's a cop-themed show, based on an Australian show with the same name, starring Patrick Brammall (series co-creator, who appears in the Australian version) and popular SNL-alum Tim Meadows. The guest star list is also impressive, including Ferrell, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris, Mackenzie Davis, Jake Johnson, Jason Mantzoukas (who appears everywhere these days and is always completely hilarious), Jesse Plemons, and Michaela Watkins, to name just a few. CBS All Access is smartly debuting the series after the Fall finale of Discovery, and similar to Discovery, will then debut one new episode each Sunday night.

Prepare to talk about: Who is Patrick Brammall, exactly?; If anyone will actually watch this series, even with all the talent behind it.

 

Rachel is the product manager of SideReel, and she loves Taylor Swift, but thinks all of her new songs released thus far have been garbage, except for "Are You Ready For It?", which isn't bad.

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TelevisionFanboyContributor
Nov 9, 2017 2:04AM EST

Grey’s has lived for such a long time now! Kinda excited to see how/who they bring back for the 300th.

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Nov 9, 2017 3:12AM EST

No Activity is the funniest and best Aussie show I've seen since The Chasers War on Everything. Would recommend watching it before its inevitable remake across the pond.

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Nov 9, 2017 3:14AM EST

Teachers also started again again this week. It's an underrated comedy about 4 female teachers misshaping the young minds of tomorrows generation.

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Nov 9, 2017 3:27PM EST

Wait, have I lost the ability to count? I use two ways to keep track of the shows I watch, Sidereel and some other app, and both show me that the episode of Grey's this week is only episode 299?! Am I missing something? Has an episode of Grey's disapeared? Or do I (and the people of Sidereel and the maker of this app) need to go back to school for some extra math classes?

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RachelLEditor
Nov 9, 2017 4:55PM EST

@Patricia Looks like there's a 2 hour episode back in season 11 that we (and evidently other sources) have listed as a single episode, but has been officially counted as 2 separate episodes. Mystery solved!

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RachelLEditor
Nov 9, 2017 4:59PM EST

@Patricia FYI, just separated it out into 2 episodes.

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Nov 10, 2017 3:24AM EST

@RachelL, Thanks for the clarification and the separation :D

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Nov 11, 2017 12:15PM EST

Oh, Taylor.

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