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There have only been five new installments of “Saturday Night Live” this calendar year, so you’ll be forgiven if the pace of the season as a whole has seemed somewhat off. Throw in the fact that Seth Meyers left between one of the two lengthy breaks in the past three months, and you have a downright disjointed season. But starting tonight, “SNL” airs three new episodes in a row. Anna Kendrick and Seth Rogan will have their respective chances to shine in upcoming weeks, but tonight, it’s time for Louis C.K. to host for a second time. His first hosting gig back in the Fall of 2012 was a mixed bag, but did offer up some classic stuff (including the digital short “Lincoln” and the first installment of “Last Call,” a now-recurring sketch that tends to close out episodes) as well as fascinating disasters (“Mountain Call” is still cringe-worthy »
- Ryan McGee
“And One to Grow On” will not go down on anybody’s list as one of Modern Family’s funniest 22 minutes, but it is one of the only episodes this season to focus on a theme and run with it, successfully. The final scene is another family gathering, to celebrate Fulgencio’s 1st birthday. To mark the occasion, however, the Modern Family writers uses the pre-party storylines to focus on the ways that growing up is not an easy thing. Episode scribe Jeffrey Richman does a stellar job at weaving the strands and similar behaviours from the different stories together, wrapping up the drama in satisfying ways.
This half-hour of Modern Family also diverts some of the more obvious sitcom archetypes that the episode could have used. The moment you see that the oblivious Haley is going to help an anxious, alert Alex learn to drive, you fear for the »
- Jordan Adler
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