"Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Before you vacuum up the chip crumbs from the sofa and wipe down the seven-layer dip smears from the coffee table, catch the freshman comedy that swept the Golden Globes in a special post-Super Bowl slot Sunday night. Its low ratings have kept it on the bubble, but by giving it a slot after the big game, Fox is clearly positioning it for growth.
And for good reason.
That's what makes this show work as well.
Playing foil to Samberg's irritating-but-lovable man-child are eager overachiever Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), goofy Boyle (
Following the financially challenged, sporadically ambitious and consistently eccentric Hecks as they navigate work, life and child-rearing, "The Middle" doesn't have the zeitgeist flash of super-geek characters or the high concept of multiple wives / story lines, but it does explore and celebrate the sort of family a person might actually have, or at least know well.
With Axl (
Sure, the Avengers are there, off-screen, but it's getting more and more difficult to miss them at all. ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m.
What it has meant to viewers is fewer straight-up investigations and more fanciful flashbacks and dream sequences. Not, perhaps, to everyone's taste -- this episode's big reveal is guaranteed to rub more than a few Baker Street Irregulars the wrong way -- but the writing, the performances and the sheer derring-do of the story lines leaves us hoping it won't be another two years before "Sherlock" returns. KOCE, Sunday, 9:58 p.m.
Oh yeah, and the Super Bowl's on at some point on Sunday.